ARTIST'S STATEMENTThe sources of inspiration for my work are diverse and often unrelated. I am
inspired by forms within the garden and the patterns on them, botanical illustrations, textiles, and corroded metals. For me the garden is a place of calm and renewal; allowing a time of mediation and observation.
Memories and the passage of time are continuing themes within my work. My training as a printmaker influences my surface approach and use of colour; it also allows me to create a drawing sensibility in my work. Washes of glass layers allow for experimentation with nuances of colour and surface as I interpret ideas. The transparent colours and the luminescence of them continue to seduce me. I generally work in a series using recurring elements to build layers of meaning into the piece. I am attempting to evoke the suggestion of the passage of time, the seasons of the garden and the phases of one's life.
VELVET DA VINCI SHOWS
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
Penland School of Crafts, Fall Metals Intensive (studio assistant), 1998
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S., Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1979-1981
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C., 1978-1979
Okanagan College, Kelowna, B.C., Diploma, Fine Arts, 1976-1978
Arte Fresca, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle WA 2008
Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence Within Diversity, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC 2008
Co-laboratory, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA 2008
Anti War Medals, Shaw Jewelry, Northeast Harbor ME 2008
250 Earrings, A Contemporary Jewelry Art Show, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle WA 2007
Celebrate Craft, Craft Council Gallery, St John's NF 2007
Fusion, The Enamel Society 11th Biennial International Exhibition, The Cultural Center, Columbus Ohio 2007
Anti war Medals, Thomas Mann Gallery I/O, New Orleans LA 2007
Fiberforms, Artcraft Showcase Gallery, Mahon Hall Salt Spring Island, BC 2007
Signs of Life, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle WA, 2006
8th International Juried Enamel Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, 2006
100 Brooches, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle WA, 2006
Precious Metals, Artcraft Showcase Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC, 2006
2005 In Print / In Presentation, The Riley Gallery, Woodmere, OH, 2005
Metamorphosis, Enamelist Society Exhibition 2005, Sandra Blain Gallery Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, 2005
100 Brooches, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA; East Carolina University School of Art & Design, Greenville NC; Bellagio Gallery, Asheville NC, 2005
Format to Facet: Body Ornament West, Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, AB Canada, 2005
SOFA NY, The David Collection, New York, NY, 2005
Color, The Richey Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2005
CHESS, Velvet da Vinci, The Vennel Gallery, Irvine, Scotland, The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, Wales, 2003, The Crafts Council Shop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, Thomas Mann I/O Gallery, 2004
New Metal: Emerging Views, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2000
Contemporary Metalsmiths 2000, Young & Constantin Gallery, Wilmington, Vermont, 2000
Fifth International Juried Enamel Exhibition, Velvet da Vinci, 2000
Talismans for the Coming Millennium, Emerson Gallery and Washington's Gallery of Art, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, 1999
Northwest International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, 1999
Fourth International Juried Enamel Exhibition, The Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, 1999
Phinney and Friends, Phinney Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1999
500 Necklaces, Lark Books, introduction by Marjorie Schick
500 Brooches, Lark Books, introduction by Marjorie Simon
Contemporary Enameling, Lark Books, introduction by Linda Darty
Exhibition in Print 2003, Metalsmith, Curated Exhibition in Print, Contemporary Enamel; curated by Maria Phillips and Gretchen Goss
Salt Spring; The People the Place, a visual odyssey of an island, Photographers: Howard Fry, Michael Levy, Osman Phillips, Chu'an Publishing
Art Jewelry Today, author Dona Z. Meilach, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Color on Metal: 50 Exceptional Works from Jewelers and Metal Artists. authors: Tim McCreight and Nicole Bsullak, Guild Publishing
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Jurors' Award, 7th International Enamel Exhibition sponsored by Northern CA Enamel Guild, received in 2004 for Directions
Jurors' Award, 9th Biennial Juried Exhibition of Enamelist Society, received in 2003 for "Descending Cream Circles"
Award of Merit, 5th International Enamel Exhibition sponsored by Northern CA Enamel Guild, received in 2000 for "9 Patch Quilt Series"
Purchase Award, Vancouver Art Gallery Rental Committee, received in 1987
Honorable Mention, Images and Objects V, B.C. Assembly of Arts Councils, received in 1987
Helen Pitt Fund for Fine Art, received annually 1977 - 1980
Florence Bond Fund, received in 1977
Canada Council Art Bank, 1990, 1991
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.
Okanagan College Collection, Kelowna, B.C.
Prologic Computer Corporation, Richmond, B.C.
Greiner, Bethell and Company, Burnaby, B.C.
Private collections within Canada and the U.S.