Mostly Watercolours, showcasing local artists Trisha Scarlett Milne and Heather Wilkinson, runs
July 16-August 3 at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox. The artists are friends with much in
common: both are excited by watercolour, have travelled widely, live in the Comox Valley and
winter in La Manzanilla, Mexico.
Trisha Scarlett Milne, a Comox Valley resident since the early 1980s, began using watercolour
twenty years ago. Painting as Trisha Scarlett Montague, she had Blue Door Studio in
Cumberland from 2002-2005 and was active in the local and provincial art community during
that time while selling and receiving recognition for her work. In 2005, she began teaching
overseas focussing more on teaching and less on painting. She lived in Pakistan, Kazakhstan,
Myanmar and more recently, Mexico. Milne’s strong watercolors depict landscapes and people
in British Columbia and the countries where she has lived. She paints at Juniper Studio near
Heather Wilkinson has lived in the Comox Valley since 1995, working as school counsellor,
while also gardening, hiking, skiing, cycling, singing, dancing and enjoying the bounty of the
valley. Retired now, Heather finds joy and beauty in moments of connection with people and
places. She has photographed many of these moments. In 2013 Heather began painting, mostly
watercolours, mostly from her own photos. Her portraits are remarkable, capturing the emotion
in the faces and, particularly, the eyes of her subjects.
A reception will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 1-3 pm. The artists will be in attendance and
everyone is welcome.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10
am to 4 pm, closed Sunday/Monday. Admission is free.
For more information about the gallery, and to see a virtual display of the exhibition, visit