Category Archives: Featured Artists

Featured Artist – Joanne Ayley

I have always wanted to draw and paint and I’ve dabbled in many art forms over the years while making a living as a writer and graphic designer. Since moving to BC from Ontario in 2008, my love for making art has been supercharged. There is certainly no shortage of inspiration here. Landscapes, flowers and wildlife – especially our local birds – are my primary subjects, although I often am drawn to interesting buildings too.

You can see more of my art at

‘Pender Island Retreat’ by Joanne Ayley, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 18″
‘Staking a Claim’ by Joanne Ayley, Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 24″

Featured Artist: Linda Greig

Tulips in the Rain – Acrylic, torn paper on 18″ x 24″ canvas – by Linda Greig

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!

Circles of Blooms – Acrylic, fabric, torn paper, fibres on 11″ x 14″ canvas – by Linda Greig

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!

You can see more of my art at

I have several pieces hanging at Adam Walker’s (MLA) office at 184 – 2nd Avenue W. in Qualicum Beach.

In March 2022 I will have an exhibition at the MAC in Parksville.

Featured Artist: Roselyn Scott

Wind in Beach Grasses by Roselyn Scott
Moving the Flock by Roselyn Scott

“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…”