WINNER | THE ALLIANCE OF SALT SPRING ARTISTS (ASA) AWARD – $1,000
WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 1ST PRIZE – $3,000
Garry was born into a large third-generation family on Salt Spring Island. Vast amounts of time spent on the then less-populated island, many years of farming and years spent simply living there have shaped the development of a different sensibility regarding landscape and beauty. His works twist the often overlooked mess of impenetrable underbrush to focus on the intricate detail and subtle beauty the island has revealed to him. Since graduating from the Vancouver School of Art, where he studied drawing, painting and sculpture, he has visited and revisited the island landscape as a source of his art and has come to favour painting as his primary means of expression.
Roadside | 36″ x 48″ | Acrylic painting on canvas
This is an acrylic painting on canvas. The image chosen represents a depiction of a life that is surrounded by the growth and decay of the vegetation that makes up our typical West Coast roadsides. The effects of the autumn sun and even the lowly broom bush become important.