Artist Donna Swain is bringing a little of the Sunshine Coast to the North Okanagan.
A painter and instructor, Swain is back in Vernon to give a workshop and show her abstract landscapes as part of Nadine’s Fine Art and Frames 12th annual winter open house and exhibition.
“Donna is an abstract artist in the true sense of the word and she has taught her techniques annually at Nadine’s Fine Art,” said owner Nadine Wilson. “My open house will also feature all of my wonderful contributing artists, from realism to total abstract in every medium imaginable.”
Swain says she finds inspiration from her surroundings, with the shapes, colours and textures of the coastal landscape. Her abstract landscapes are expressed through mixed media.
Swain studied fine art at the University of British Columbia and has taken numerous workshops in Canada and the U.S.
As a Golden arts instructor, she regularly gives workshops on the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver and the Okanagan, and covers a wide variety of subjects from basics to advanced levels.
Her work shows in West Coast galleries The Landing, Artworks, and Fresh on the Coast as well as at Nadine’s in Vernon, and in juried shows at Vancouver’s Federation Gallery.
In addition, her art has been published and shown in corporate offices in Germany, China, India and Dubai.
Swain is about to launch an online instructional workshop, with the first session, Watercolour Fundamentals, expected to be released soon.
Swain will give her workshop on mixed media in design elements at Nadine’s Nov. 27 to 29. Space is limited, with a maximum of six participants, first come, first serve. Call Nadine’s at (250) 542-8544 for details.
The 12th annual Christmas open house takes place at Nadine’s, 3101 31st Ave., Nov. 25 with work on display through December.