30+ years of experience in painting and decorating with expertise in work that requires a high skill level in detail, accuracy and colour design, communication. I have been a Red Seal Certified Journeyman since 2001. My advanced skills have been honed in the areas of residential restoration, interior and exterior, from beginning to end. In the last five years I have done everything from that to include more specialty finishes, Venetian plaster, faux finishing, to high end fine furniture finishing. In my career I have offered solid organization, planning, reliability, responsibility, maturity, attention to detail, and safety.
It's not just the tools and skills in painting that make the difference, but a broad knowledge of paint products. Many are not compatible over each other. Attention to quality products also makes a huge difference. That old saying "you get what you pay for" is actually true in this regard. I am also known for helping guide and advise clients to colours that will work best for them.
In the mid 1980's I worked as Assistant Property Manager at a large condo complex owned at the time by Rancho Realty on West 4th in Vancouver BC. I painted condo rental units, showed suites, set up lease agreements, and was grounds keeper. Later, with my own team I got busy doing residential homes and a number of office interiors for Park Georgia Realty. From then on until I moved to Salt Spring in 2002 I did many many homes, and had the honor to work for 3 different Housing Co-ops managed by CoHo Management in Vancouver.
After moving to Salt Spring I continued residential work, from luxury to average homes, each with the same care and attention to detail.
Click here for my resume. (PDF link will get posted in a few days) References upon request.
What is a Journeyman?
In the past, a Journeyman was a man who reached a high level of a particular trade by getting as much experience as possible, usually obtained by journey's to many small towns and cities. Interestingly this still exists to a certain extent in parts of Europe. Today "journeyman", or "Red Seal" Certification is reached through 4 years of apprenticeship, or by an outright "challenge" to take the exam.
In Canada and the US, a Red Seal Painter Certification is accepted in the Commonwealth as proof the individual meets the highest standards of a skilled painter and finisher. In Europe however once you reach journeyman plus some years of proven skills, one becomes a Master painter. I like the term "journeyman" because it hints that one cannot know everything. A journeyman painter working on the space shuttle needs a completely different set of skills and requirements than does a journeyman painter working on a movie set: each works in a world apart.
All highly skilled tradespeople are forever on a "journey": always looking for new challenges and learning new skills. One thing is for sure, every job is different!
The first thing to note about my painting on this medium is that it is NOT ANYTHING LIKE Stained Glass. Stained glass looks the same from either side, but not my work.
The only similarity between my work and stained glass is that side A and side B are reversed. When you look at the reverse side of my work, you are looking backwards in time to the first layers put down. I know, it's complicated!
Another major difference between my work and stained glass is that my work has area's that may be very opaque, so light does not transmit evenly through the entire work. And on the reflective side, because you are really seeing the art in a 3D way, the light can reflect and bounce off and through it in very unusual ways.
Upon completion of a work I determine if it is what I call a two sided (example to the left with "Wonder") or one sided (example, last of these images) work. If it is a one sided work then it gets framed accordingly. Of course if only one side is preferred then it can be hung in such a way as to only see one side such as against or close to a wall. A two sided work can then be hung in a window, beside a window, hung to create a partition of a particular area, or anywhere inside....
Some people fear that acrylic glass can be scratched. Yes it can, but so also can almost ANY work of art if you scratch it. If you treat the work just as you would any fine art, it will outlive you, your children, and your children's children. Once the acrylics cure on the glass they will not come off with normal careful handling like you would do with any fine art piece. I have a few art works in my inventory that are 15 years old, and they look exactly as they did 15 years ago.
Take a look at the 2 images of "Wonder" above. It is a 2 sided artwork (made to be viewed from both sides if so desired). At the top is the painted side which is more dramatic & full of texture, whereas the bottom image (reverse side) is showing the first layers put down, and has a much softer look and feel. This is typical of a 2 sided acrylic glass piece - 2 pieces of art for the price of one!
"I remember when"
shown here with a 2" brass standoff framing system
About Pressboard Art
This is a sample of some of the work I produce on press-board. I prefer mediums with near frictionless surfaces to enhance my techniques.
My career as a photographer began with training in the Media Arts Program at Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, from 1976-79. I then returned to Calgary in 1980 where I built my own B&W and colour darkroom, which went with me when I moved to Vancouver BC in 1983.
For years I did all of the darkroom and news photography for Angles Newspaper and in the late 80's I branched out and began freelancing for several of the best-known modern dance companies in Vancouver including Karen Jamieson, Margie Gillis, and Anna Wyman Dance Companies. I also worked for the Vancouver Opera's school program, and did a major stint with the World Opera Company. As time permits I will be adding some of my images from this period.
Since the early 2000's photography has become "democratized" to an amazing extent. Everyone has a digital camera in their phone or as a separate device. The obsolescence of film has made almost everyone in the world a "documenter" of their lives and the world around them. Combined with the instant posting of these images on the Internet, this has the potential to provide an extraordinary, profound and very personal representation in how we see our own lives, and those of others.
My photographic work now employs all the amazing digital tools available, long ago abandoning the darkroom and its chemicals. Now what took days in the darkroom I can do in a few minutes or hours from my laptop, and I look forward to sharing this new work with you also.
Anna Wyman Dance Co.
Limited Edition Prints
This is the landing page for Museum Quality (Archival) Limited edition (signed and numbered) Prints. More will be Coming Soon in the Print Shop.
This year my fine art prints have expanded to include digital reworks of my photography, acrylic glass pieces, and my press-boards works. These will all be found in the Print Shop.
To learn about my printing standards for Museum (Archival) quality prints, click here.
Most recent in sales and going backwards in time...
I don't include Limited Edition print sales in this gallery.
The Cool Cube
Acrylic and resin on plexiglas
Journey to the Sun Table
"Heal These Broken Wings"
2'X4' Resin, Botanicals, Acrylic on press-board
"Music Gone Viral"
2'X4' acrylic on press-board.
Resin, Botanicals, Acrylics on Acrylic Glass. 1'X2' in local Salt Spring cedar frame.
Ocean Swell I & II
Ocean Swell I & II has finally found a beautiful home! A beautiful 2 panel plexiart set with maple header. Approx 2'X4'
"A Rich Life" 2014 Lloyd Nicholson
Botanicals in resin, acrylic on acrylic glass. Approx 20" X 8"
"Lady Day" 2015 Lloyd Nicholson
Botanicals in resin, acrylic on acrylic glass. 2'X1' in local Salt Spring Cedar frame.
"Coming Home" 2014 Lloyd Nicholson
Botanicals in resin, acrylic on acrylic glass. 4' X 2'
"The Breakout #1" 2014
Acrylic on press-board 4' X 2'
framed in local weathered cedar rail frame
"a Dream... Canada"
SOLD 2015 2'X4' Acrylic on Acrylic Glass with embedded botanicals: Maple leaves, Strands of wheat, seeds, spring moth & butterfly wings in oil resins. Framed in weathered local Salt Spring cedar.
"The Little Bathroom Table" 2014
a lovely elegant table for the "powder room", made with joined maple and coated in pure white acrylic. The art is protected & sealed under safety glass.
"The Little Bath Bench #2" 2014
Sold 2014, 19" height X 16" length X 9" width. Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals (butterfly, dandelion seeds), under safety glass.
This is the 2nd in a series of very sturdy benches that can take the weight of the average person. Milled & Crafted from local Salt Spring Cedarwood.
"Cape Cod Crackle Finish" Plinth SOLD
Single Panel Pocket Door Comission SOLD 2014
Acrylic on Acrylic Glass with oil resin embedded botanicals. Topped with safety glass, price included wood finishing and all products except the door cost.
"Monarch Landing" 2013
Sold Artwork 4' X 2' acrylic on acrylic glass. Framed in steel by a local Salt Spring welder, with a rust patina coated in lacquer
"Space Candy" 2004
SOLD 2014 Created in 2004. Acrylic on Acrylic glass 2'X4'.
The Brazilian Amber
This beautiful wall piece was sold to a couple in Edmonton who had it backlit and mounted onto their wall. This picture was taken just before i shipped it to them!
"All Good Things #4" 2012
SOLD 2012-2014 #''s 1- 4 All sold between 2012 & 2014. Acrylic on Acrylic Glass with oil resins for embedded botanicals: butterfly & dandelion seeds. Each framed in clear cedar, approx 18" height X 10" width.
"Love the Creatures" 2014
Sold 2014. 2'X4' Acrylic on Acrylic Glass with embedded botanicals (butterfly wings.)
"U.M." (Upward Mobility) 2014
sold 2014. 2'X4' Acrylic on press-board in local Salt Spring cedar frame.
"Canada with Love" 2005
Sold 2014. 36"X24" Acrylic on Acrylic Glass with Embedded botanicals: wheat shafts, local moth & seeds. Drilled Brass (Standoff Wall Mounts)
"Moon over Water-World" 2009
SOLD 2014 4'X4' Acrylic on acrylic glass.
"Olde Neptune" Small Plinth SOLD
Acrylic faux finish on joined 1" MDF (seamless)
SOLD 2014 2' X 4' Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals (wheat grain, small moth, dandelion seeds).
"Transom Window" 2009
SOLD 2014 24"X 8". Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals (small butterfly, dandelion seeds).
"The Little Bth Bench" #1 2012
SOLD 2012 19" height X 16" length X 9" width. Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals (butterfly, seeds), under safety glass.
This is the 1st in a series of very sturdy benches that can take the weight of the average person. Milled & Crafted from local Salt Spring Cedarwood.
"Moonlight & Gold" #'s 1 & 2 - 2012
SOLD 2013 & 2014 each - each 10"X18". Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals (feather, dandelion seeds).
"Drop of Ocean" #2 2004
SOLD 2012 Acrylic on Acrylic glass. Cut from the very first 2'X4' panel of this art medium that I began creating in 2003. African glass bead fasteners, art in local Salt Spring Alder frame.
"Summer to Fall" 2012
Wood finishing & Installation included (2 panel pocket door) Acrylic on acrylic glass with embedded botanicals strands of wheat, dandelion seeds), under safety glass.
"Ocean Wave" 2003
SOLD 2012 Acrylic on Acrylic glass. Cut from the very first 2'X4' panel of this art medium that I began creating in 2003. Mounted in Yew wood.
"Neptune Summer" #'s 1-3 2011
SOLD 2012 (all 3 separate art works, 7"X18" each) Acrylic on Acrylic glass (embedded botanicals: local moths, seeds). Framed in clear cedar.
"The Little Hall Table - Jetsonian Love Finish" 2004
SOLD 2007 Acrylic on acrylic glass. Art cut from the 2nd panel of Art using this medium that I tried out (2003) called "The Jetsonian Love Finish". Local Alder table
"Summer of Sol" 2005
SOLD 2006 Acrylic on Acrylic glass 2'X4' with botanicals embedded in oil resins. Framed in local kiln dried Alder.
"Olive-Mesa Crackle Finish" Large Plinth SOLD
"Summer Day on Salt Spring" 2003
SOLD 2004 2'X4' Acrylic on Acrylic glass with embedded botanicals: shafts of wheat, moths & seeds.
"Ocean of Dreams" Sold 2005
3 panel Acrylic on Acrylic Glass in local Salt Spring Alder frame.
"Drop of Ocean" #1 2003
SOLD 2005 Acrylic on Acrylic glass. Cut from the very first 2'X4' panel of this art medium that I began creating in 2003. African glass bead fasteners, art in local Salt Spring Alder frame.
"Jetsonian Love Orb" 2003
SOLD 2005 Acrylic on acrylic glass. Art cut from the 2nd panel of Art using this medium that I tried out (2003) called "The Jetsonian Love Finish". Local Alder table
"Jetsonian Love Orb" 2003 Reverse Side
"Storm Warning #1" SOLD 2009
Acrylic on press board (MDF) in a local Salt Spring Alder Frame
"Storm Warning #2" SOLD 2004
Acrylic on press board in stained Local Alder frame-stand
"Storm Warning #3" 2004 SOLD
Acrylic on press board in local Salt Spring Alder stand
This is the landing page for my Archive of Art Shows. As a full time gallery member of the Salt Spring Gallery from 2010-16 I have had a number of stand alone shows there, but also at other venues "on Island", such as as Mahon Hall and ArtSpring. I have also shown at the Sooke Fine Art Show, and Vancouver and Victoria Galleries.Below are links to my largest shows of the last 10 years.
I started out drawing animals, insects and imaginary creatures. My earliest inspiration probably came from cartoons, then Miro, Kandinsky and Picasso.
By my teens I was drawn to images inspired by Charles Dickens, and then later became fascinated by the Surrealists. And so I began painting imaginary landscapes inspired by the literature of C.S. Lewis and Ray Bradbury. As a teen I actually sold some of these works to private collectors.
In 2003 I was inspired by my late partner to start painting artwork again, and with my deep knowledge of paint technology, began to delve into the realm of painting on Acrylic Glass and super smooth substrates as a base medium, rather than canvas or paper.
My techniques involve what I call "traveling" (pouring) paint into a water "carrier”. Then splashing, splooshing, dragging, using fans & levelers to change flow, or blowing through a straw; all sorts of techniques that mainly do not involve using a brush.
Since 2003 I have been working with these techniques and mediums and my work has evolved. I understand many of the limitations of these processes, but love the liberation, spontaneity, and sheer joy in the surprises these multi-layer techniques produce.
I use acrylic glass (Plexiglas) for two reasons. First, polymers (like acrylic) love binding to each other if allowed to dry/cure properly. Once the carrier (water) has evaporated, the acrylic paint binds very well with acrylic glass.As long as the work is treated like any other piece of fine art, it will outlast you, your children, and their children's children. . Plexiglas has a long history as one of the oldest plastics to come into mass production, and it does not containany of the hormone mimicking disruptors that have been a great cause for alarm in other plastics.
Before and After
Before and After is my digital restoration service for your photos, prints, slides and negatives. Click the Before & After Gallery for samples of this work. These restorations are all in the $35.00 range.
Please use the form on the Contact page to start a conversation about your requirements.
Formerly Edmar Creative Castings,
Creative Castings is now my small decorative plaster casting business. The catalogue is being rebuilt, but a limited number of items are currently available and you can see and purchase them from at the Creative Castings Shop.