‘JOURNEYS & DISCOVERIES’, Recent Paintings by Lynn Onley & Shera Street, June 5 – 26, 2010

Touch of Tulip by Shera Street

Touch of Tulip by Shera Street

JOURNEYS AND DISCOVERIES

Two dynamic artists, Lynn Onley and Shera Street, will be showing at Insight Gallery in June. Each of these women have been practising artists for over three decades. They have been on many artistic journeys and both have had great joy in their discoveries. Each have a broad range of painting styles, and though their imagery is very different from each other, they are both seasoned creators and teachers who have travelled an innovative path.

Active Pass by Lynn Onley

Active Pass by Lynn Onley

About Shera Street

“Painting, especially focusing on colour, has been an integral part of my life since childhood.  Painting is the activity that draws me into peace and balance and is my meditation. I strive to find balance between inner and outer worlds as I put hand to paint brush on canvas or pen to paper.
I paint in numerous styles with strong interests of coming from my authenticity of the moment rather than guessing at the public response.
I open my cupboard of paints and ask spirit to guide me to the colours and let the painting tell me what it wants.
To me my paintings are like a prayer to bring joy, heartfulness, lightness and beauty to the viewer.  My desire is to call you beyond the fixed boundaries of your everyday living into the vitality of your creative soul.  Have you a longing that’s waiting for you to answer with brush, song, words or dance?”

Shera weaves the richness of her life experiences into the joyful expression of her colourful art.  Her love of colour was born on the cattle ranch of her youth, with its expansive skies and endless horizons.  Since her earliest age, Shera’s pen and pencil have drawn images in lines on paper (or just about anything else in front of her).  She has exhibited as a painter in the media of oil, water colour, and acrylic for over 45 years.  Water colour crayon is her best loved travel medium; and travel she does, leading tours to Machuppichu in Peru.  They have a new tour called Elephants and Buddhas travelling to Thailand.

Together, Shera and Chidakash built Serenity by the Sea, a retreat centre on Galiano Island.   Many have visited in the last 18 years, finding a place for their soul to breathe.  The Serenity Gallery is open to visitors to view paintings, print and cards, or participate with Shera in a creativity session.  She has self published, Your Line and Mine, and Inner Expressions, both are journals with line drawings of the human form.  Her newest books are Once Up On An Elephant, Let’s Play, and Li’l Blessings Book.  Her art can be seen on web at serenitybythe sea.com/Shera

Magnolia Magnificence by Shera Street

Magnolia Magnificence by Shera Street

About Lynn Onley

I was born on February 24th in Brantford Ontario to Mary Burrows and Toni Onley. My sister was two years older. Both of my parents were artists who studied at the “Doon” school under Varley. My father immigrated from the Isle of Mann with his family when he was nineteen. Tragedy struck and my mother suddenly died when I was two and a half. She was only twenty three.

As a young child I spent three years in Mexico (San Migulel Alende) as my father had a scholarship to study there. This left a deep impression on me. Later on these images of my vibrant life there continued to emerge in my ceramics and sculpture. I returned to Mexico as a student to study Mayan history.

In the years to come it was evident I had the same driving force as my parents to constantly create art. I began my formal training at Capilano College, the Vancouver art school then finishing at the Emily Carr College of art in 1982.While drawing is something I’ve always pursued, I was inspired by many medias, but at the time sculpture was my passion, thus my major.

It has always been a deep conviction for me that my mother never got to complete her artistic journey, so I’m determined to stay on course despite the inevitable obstacles. At thirty five I could no longer deny my interest in painting and this is when I began regularly flying and painting with my father. These treasured times were filled with adventure when going to beautiful and remote B.C. locations in my fathers` flying boat. Although my dad had a great sense of humour the compliments from him did not come easy. If it was good it was good. He trained me to really look. Now I have a critical eye and see if a composition works. He was a wonderful teacher. I miss my mentor and dad. It’s true that one lives on in their art. It always remains fresh. That is the beauty of great art. Through all the trials that life hands out, some people land on their feet, I would like to think I’m one of them.

Retreat Cave 1, by Lynn Onley

Retreat Cave 1, by Lynn Onley

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