I love texture and colour. And flowers! My paintings are inspired by rambling, colourful gardens or vases overflowing with brightly coloured blooms. I paint in acrylic and often embellish with torn paper and fibres.
In my previous life I owned a book store, worked as a teacher-librarian, reviewed books, and taught future teacher-librarians at UBC. I retired and thought I would write a book. But no! I took an art course at TOSH and was hooked! Many courses later, I still find joy in painting!
My art is intuitive. No plan. No drawing. I may begin with an idea or a colour. After years of working within a strict timetable, I find that I deeply appreciate the freedom of simply responding to a painting as it progresses.
I used to teach art to little kids. Now I get to be that little kid, and play!
“My early years were spent in Australia prior to moving to Canada; both countries influence my paintings. After retiring to the Island I took advantage of the wealth of artistic talent and teaching here to further my painting knowledge. I work in acrylics and mostly paint from photographs in a fairly loose and sometimes slightly abstract style. TOSH, MAC and DeCosmos have been great support to me along the way…..the journey continues…”
My name is Donna Noble, and I retired to Vancouver Island in 2016. My first experience with painting was in high school; it was here that I realized that I wanted to paint again. I work mainly in acrylics, but am planning to move to oils in the future. I am greatly influenced by our beautiful Island. I believe an artist is something that one is born to be. I continue to self learn by trial and error.
Francine Street – DeCosmos 1st Vice President
Francine Street is best known for her realistic style. She is inspired by a broad range of inspiration for her creativity. What remains constant is her enjoyment from drawing detailed wildlife images and the challenges of drawing or painting figurative works from life.
Francine has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Growing up in a rural community on Vancouver Island, her childhood was spent outdoors surrounded by the forest and the Salish Sea. More recently, travel and the resulting experiences in different landscapes and cultures, have greatly influenced her.
Francine also organizes life drawing sessions locally, teaches, is Vice President of the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society, and has an Active Membership status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Born and raised in Southern British Columbia, I spent many hours turning anything I could put my hands on into art. After graduating with a Degree in Art and Communications, I worked as a Graphic Artist for 35 years and retired to Vancouver Island. My main interest has been painting, felting, papermache and exploring Vancouver Island.
“To me my art is my oxygen; when I am creating something, I feel alive.”