Last month I had the joy of catching up with talented Vancouver Island Artist, Sheryl Parsons in her beautiful Havenwood Studios.
"I thank God for my love of painting. The process gives me purpose beyond my family and responsibilities that is good for me, that renews my spirit, makes me happy and allows me to be able to give to friends and those I love."
Fun fact: I first met Sheryl when we were volunteering in the Coast Collective gift shop. She trained me on the cashier position and we spent many hours chatting about art, life, and everything in between. Being presented with the opportunity to reconnect in person after so long was so much fun.
Ok, let's begin...
First of all tell us who you are!
Sheryl Parsons at Havenwood Studios
What do you make, create, or sell?
I’m a painter who loves to paint the trees, beaches and local landscapes of our beautiful South Vancouver Island. I’m also a beginner in abstract art and trying to merge landscape with more of an abstract expressionist look.
Where can people find you online?
How and when did you first start your craft?
In grade 6 a boy in my art class said “wow you’re a good artist “ and I thought “who me an artist?” So by grade 12 my timetable included 5 art classes. Then I earned my BFA at UVIC for painting and just stayed in love with the visual arts my whole life.
What has been your favourite creation so far?
My last completed painting is Silent Sympathy 30x36 Water Soluble Oils on deep Canvas
What is your favourite part of your creation process?
I love the first stage of the work in Progress when it’s still mostly monochromatic with three tones; the light, mid and dark tones with loose brushstrokes. At this stage the possibilities are endless of where the painting could go and the joy for me is watching the process evolve.
Aside from the tools of your craft, what is the most important thing for you to have when you sit down to create?
I like to go for a 10 minute walk around the property at my studio to breathe, take in the new growth of the forest maybe take a few photos. This helps me shed the stresses of the world and get into the moment in my studio. I usually put on some music but at times I just get into the painting and an hour later I notice I didn’t even turn on the music yet lol.
Do you create full time? How much time do you spend on your craft?
I usually come to the studio 2-3 times a week for 4-5 hours
Any tips for others starting out in your creative field?
Practice all the time and look at lots of art. Join a local art society, follow the artists who’s work you love and go to the openings and mingle so you can Ask about their art.
Having the support of local artists while I build my business has been so wonderful. Sheryl has been a huge part of that support and I love that I had the opportunity to work with her on this fun shoot. I especially loved wandering round the grounds of Pendray House, seeing Esquimalt Lagoon from a different perspective, and really get to see and understand the natural aspects that inspire Sheryl's beautiful creations.
Sheryl's work can be found in the Fields, Fish, and Forests show at the Metchosin Art Pod, as well as other locations island wide. Follow her creative journey online here.
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