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Mary Harrison

I have lived on Vancouver Island all of my life; the last 55 years in Campbell River. Raising a family and working for over 36 years at Campbell River and District General Hospital left little time for artistic ventures. But, I do recall that my freezer top in the 1970’s was a rainbow of colours from my first attempt at oil painting. My first studio was better known as the utility room – the only place that could be secured from three very active little girls.

Not until retirement did I focus my passion for learning towards anything and everything creative. Oils, driftwood art, watercolour, acrylic, encaustic, stained glass, mosaic, silk ribbon embroidery, carving, cardmaking, raku, fabric art and paper crafts – I love it all.

I have no formal art training other than workshops by some of our very talented local artists. Much of what I do is picked up from books and online resources. My inspiration and support comes from my family, friends and a few wonderful groups of artists I have the privilege to work and play with (Needle Arts group) and (Seaside Painters). Everyone should be so fortunate to have such networks.

My current works are mainly: acrylic painting and silk ribbon embroidery on batiks, some mixed media with metal leafing, and original art cards. Never having had an individual exhibition, my greatest rewards come when someone says “wow”, and purchases my work to take home. I’m very proud that my art is living in homes world wide.

I hope to continue learning and creating for the rest of my life. If I like what I produce, I do it again trying to improve; if I don’t like the results, I try something new.


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