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KIRSTEN BRAND
VICTORIA, British Columbia
E-mail: kirstenbrand@shaw.ca

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Artist's Statement February 2018

I am a Victoria born painter and have been studying painting and drawing since early childhood. 

My understanding of nature is as a harmony of energies that must all work together. The profusion and growth rhythms of flowers and plant life create a visual music for me. I use organic elements such as water, earth, rock, and botanical subjects to convey the vitality, flow, and movement of the life force. 

 My current work is in a transitional period and moving more towards local west coast botanical subject matter. I continue to use chalk pastel to create coloured line drawings of collected photo material and then use acrylic paint and chalk pastel to render both line drawing and painting together.

 My work is inspired by all the botanical life around me. Remnants of desert life are still a fascination in their complexity, intricacy, and diversity of structure, shape and color. Our local Vancouver Island ecology with itís ever changing seasons and itsí many varied plants from native to introduced species provides endless interest. The many varied gardens and trees both public and private, including Butchartís Gardens provide continuous  colourful and exciting subject matter.

 The climate is changing and the human population is exploding and very unique areas are  being impacted up and down the island and mainland of B.C. Hence my passion to paint some of their ecology.

   Kirsten

Husband of the Artist Statement:

As I walk through life, I pass by a multitude of marvelous and beautiful things. Kirsten stops; taking each moment as something precious that must be savored. And I, much later, have the opportunity to enjoy what I have passed by, and did not see.

Ross

Husband, Web master, Framer, Housekeeper, Patron.