Arts & Culture Program at YQQ Comox Valley Airport

Each fall, Comox Valley Arts partners with Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) to share the talents and vision of local artists on a theme related to living in Northern Vancouver Island. This is an exceptional opportunity for the artists, whose work can be seen by more than 500,000 airport visitors each season. 

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The new exhibit is now up and on display! 

Titled “The Spirit of Vancouver Island”, this show will run for six months from November 2017 to May 2018.

David Ballantyne
Pacific Rim

Born in Alberta in the 1950s, David found making visual art to be his primary interest at an early age. Drawing came first followed by the discovery of photography. He took up the challenge of painting in his later years.
He has won awards and exhibited his work in Canada, the USA and Europe. He has also received arts grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
He is represented in the collection of The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and private collections.
David resides in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Christine Boyer
Through the Trees

Christine Boyer moved to Vancouver Island in 2011 from Toronto, Ontario after visiting the Island while on their family vacation. Trained as a scene painter for theatre, her work is often large scale. Christine draws on her Scandinavian roots and the beauty of the outdoors for inspiration in her abstract acrylic paintings. She operates a studio in Royston where she lives with her young family. Other works can be viewed at (Facebook and Instagram accounts with the same name).

Therena Carlin
Lavender Love

I am a local portrait photographer based out of Campbell River servicing all of Northern Vancouver Island. I specialize in maternity, newborn, studio and fine art portraits. you can find me on my website at

Lise Chiasson
The Crystal Lake

I’m a born and raised West Coast textile artist, inspired by our forests, lakes and ocean to create art that stimulates the senses.

Ronald Coutts
Herring Run

I am retired and a self taught fine art photographer.I choose to make my photos look more like a painting and take them to another level.I primarily print on canvas.

Marianne Enhorning
Winter Fairyland

“Marianne creates evocative, dreamlike works in oil that are figurative, nature influenced and abstractly architectural. Her art explores the division between modern society and nature, longing for a more harmonious world.
“Painting is my voice, the place where I can express passions that words can’t reach. I begin with a pallet of paint, a new canvas and no preconceived ideas. When I raise my head I see an image true to my being that still evades words.””

Jayson Fuerstenberg
Above & Below

I find myself inspired by nature’s never ending endowment and pervasive spirit. My prints and drawings attempt to convey the “magic” that one can imagine within it, and as I work on a subject, I intend to not just replicate what I see but to translate it using my own set of tools and symbols. Tools such as line, pattern, graphic mark-making and symbolism that I have developed over the years into a personal style.

While the end result is important I often find the process just as meaningful. Whether planning out a multicolor serigraph or spending eighty hours drawing a giant whale, I take joy and feel contentment from the act of doing. I find it to be therapeutic and a way of connecting with the subject.

Though I do not set out intentionally to convey themes I find that my recent work has been influenced heavily by my transition to a new home on Vancouver Island.”

Fran Goldberg

Fran Goldberg’s abstract artwork lives at the intersection of unconscious processes, crazy random happenstance, and conscious intention. Each painting’s journey begins without a predetermined plan, yet joyfully unfolds as the art and artist communicate with one other. The destination is often disclosed as the painting whispers a direction or path or actual words in the form of a title. Fran’s paintings celebrate colour, texture, and the beauty she sees in the world around her. She invites and honours each viewer’s unique emotions or thoughts in response.

David Hunwick
Heart song

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Tracy Kobus
After The Flood

My acrylic paintings bring a contemporary perspective to the artistic tradition of exploring our relationship to nature and the mystery of wilderness. I reflect on how in the distant past humans didn’t consider a relationship to nature any more than they would consider a relationship to their arm or leg. Now we consider nature as a resource, an environment to protect, a place for recreation or as a way to “get away from it all” – nature exists as something separate from ourselves.
In my paintings nature becomes the setting on which all our ambitions and feelings play out. Wonderment at a river’s flow, amazement at the colour of moss, sadness at the sight of tree stumps or contemplation walking on a winding nature path are all important ways to regain our connection to this sentient world – to start to find it within and part of ourselves. It is this essential connection to something bigger and more powerful than us, that I want to communicate in my paintings.

Trish LaFrance
Fisherman's Wharf

Originally from Vancouver, B.C. I have been an artist most of my life. For a majority of that time I have worked mostly in pencil as a medium completing numerous commissioned works and limited editions. Recently since moving to Campbell River I have started a series of west coast paintings reflecting the beautiful scenery this area offers.

Kathryn Manry
Crossing to Goose Island

My work examines water – reflections, wave patterns and ripples, the idea surface and depth, transparency and reflectivity. Some of the pieces are quite abstract, and focus in on more intimate elements of the subject. Others, such as Crossing to Goose Island, have a more traditional landscape format. It is always a fascinating and challenging subject for me.

Robin Mayor
Share Dancing

Robin Mayor was born in 1937 in London, England. He studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London from 1954-1959. He continued his studies at École des Beaux Arts, in Paris.

In 1960’s, Mayor went to the United States and started teaching at the Western Washinton University as an Assistant Professor. During this time he also served as Chairman of the Art Department at Spelman College, in Atlanta. In 1969, Mayor became the director of The School of Art at Bradley University.

In 1972 he traveled to Vancouver, where he took the position as President of The Emily Carr University of Art and Design until 1985.

During the 1990’s, Mayor worked for several Art Schools including Alberta College of Art and Design, and The Victoria College of Art, among others.

Robin Mayor’s artwork has been exhibited in many galleries in Canada and The United States, and is represented in many private and corporate collections.

Mayor has received the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and he is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy since 1992.

Mayor currently lives and works in Courtenay, British Columbia.

J. Alice McCallum
Coastal Waters

My art is pen and pencil. Because it is free flowing, it has allowed me to overcome boundaries and limitations I held about art. Sometimes my drawing turns into something recognizable, but patterns are never pre-determined. I am inspired by the world around me; the ocean, the farm and everyday objects.
The Zentangle Method was new to me. I only came across it when a friend posted a drawing and I wondered if I could do something like it. I began and I was hooked. I wanted to draw every pattern I came across. Some patterns were easy and others were much harder. I was winging it, but was having fun. When I took the training to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher it all fell into place. This has allowed me to expand, and experience patterns in ways I had not before. With a stronger sense of the fundamentals my art expanded in ways I could not have believed.

Mary Madiline McMahon

Snow to Surf is my vision of the many scenes racing down the mountain to the waters and ocean shores. The trees, brushstrokes and color of my palette hopefully bring my vision to life.

Robert Moon
Riding With Grandad, Comox Valley

I have always loved trucks and fins it the perfect vehicle for my artistic expressions.

Marilyn Peeters
Happy Hour

Marilyn has been an artist as far back as she can remember but it was not until later in life when her children started middle school that she decided to go back to school and study art. She not only wanted to be an inspiration to her children but to also follow her lifelong dream. Peeters completed her Fine Arts diploma at North Island College and in 2009 she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with Emily Carr University at NIC. Her work transcends the limits of British Columbia’s natural landscapes, yet, still capturing the essence and symbolism of British Columbia. Her connection with nature has been engraved in her soul since childhood. As a child she remembers spending many hours alone in the woods behind the house lost in her imaginary games and thoughts. The forest became her extension of home, an area that gave her a release from the unsettling family dynamics. Now as an adult, Peeters continues to appreciate the land in a dynamic way; nature brings her a sense of empowerment and strengthens her soul which allows her to create a place that is somewhat unusual. She likes to see it as a manifestation from a form of a spiritual ground of her faith.

Painting by Bev Peterson - Searching for Sid
Bev Petersen
Searching For Sid

“Although art defined me from a young age, it took a long and circuitous route to liberate the artist within. Art was never abandoned, simply channeled into other pursuits.

Sporadically, I painted, completed art programs, participated in workshops, and honed skills. Retirement from the business world has given me the opportunity to develop as an artist.

Inspirations and mediums may vary, but my goal is to paint authentically, fearlessly and joyfully.”

Martha Ponting
From The Ocean

My wonderful life began in rural S.W. Ontario. Being raised on a farm provided opportunities to appreciate nature and the ever changing seasons. I have lived many places in Canada. The natural environment and the people have influenced me and therefore my creativity. Curious by nature, I am largely self-taught; passionate about listening, answering and exploration. My most recent concentration has been on 3-dimensional narrative assemblage statuaries. They often incorporate treasures form the past and give them new meaning and presence in time.
For painting, acrylics are my medium of choice. They are well suited for conveying mood, texture, light and for creative expression.
So much to learn, to enjoy and to share!

Kathi Rudko
Julia's Repose

“I paint for three main reasons; to preserve a moment in time when I have been touched by beauty or mystery, moved by the rhythm of sea grasses or shadow patterns on beach rocks , by the glow of morning light on a child’s cheek or the texture of crumbling brick; to challenge myself to transform my vision into technically strong artworks and finally to relish the pure pleasure of moving pencil or paintbrush over a surface.

Having painted in watercolour for more than a decade I now paint primarily in acrylic and oil, savouring each for its power: for the unexpected movement and transparent layering of watercolour, the building of surface and texture in acrylic and the marvelous melding of colour in oils.

My subject matter is eclectic. The coast and islands of Vancouver Island are my home and inform and inspire my art- the vanishing of large tracts of forest and wild coastal areas are in my mind as I create my landscapes. Another subject I never stray far from is the figure, primarily women and children. Recent travels in Europe inspired many architectural renderings. Recently I have been moving towards more nonrepresentational work, exploring more playful and loose interpretations of the natural world.”

lucy schappy

Lucy Schappy is a Vancouver Island artist.
Her passion is colour.
She works intuitively to create colourscapes that evoke emotion. With a sense of wonder she observes the world around her and translates her experiences into paintings; joy, beauty, hope and love are common themes.

“The struggle to create a living, breathing painting that can reach out and touch the viewer is the task. There is a certain power or vitality that comes from the journey, the discovery, the layers of asking, the dance of brush and canvas. As in life, the beauty lies in the discovery which is not easily won.”

Lucy Schappy’s work is available at various galleries and is in collections around the world. For inquiries please visit her website.

Joe Smith
Into the Rainforest

Art is a refection of a moment in time. A moment that can have an emotional impact on people in many different ways. The color in a sky, light reflecting on water, memories conjured up by a familiar scene … these and more join to become a part of our persona. My objective is to capture these moments so that they can live on forever in the eyes and minds of the viewer.

Madeleine Wood

Madeleine Wood, painter of natural delights, is a Comox Valley based artist with a life long passion for art. She studied at Emily Carr Institute and Concordia University for her MFA, and exhibits her oil and acrylic paintings regularly. Her current works are up close and personal, based on photographic observations of her everyday experience. She is represented by Madrona Gallery in Victoria and Elevation Gallery in Canmore and opens her studio to the public during the Central Island Studio Tour. Madeleine also welcomes visits by appointment and enjoys tutoring and mentoring.

Christi York
Drift Articulation

Christi York has been studying and practicing weaving with natural materials for the past 3 years, and seriously creating for about 1 year. She enjoys the physical process of harvesting her own materials as much as the actual weaving time.

Humbled by the unimaginable timeline of nature’s creations, underlying themes in her work are inspired by both the hard science and ethereal theories of evolutionary biology, ethnobotany and biomimicry. Christi is also fascinated by the scientific advancements in these fields, especially when they align with traditional teachings from indigenous cultures. She believes that the distant future will probably need to look more like the recent past.

She is mostly interested in re-learning the early human technology of weaving techniques to create sculptural pieces – although the occasional basket or utilitarian object does emerge from her studio.

Christi grew up in Saanich, (greater Victoria), where a lot of her childhood play time was spent in the woods, crafting ephemeral “houses” for fairies and gnomes. After spending more than 20 years on the mainland in Vancouver, with careers in both graphic and jewelry design, she moved to the Comox Valley. Surrounded once again by forest and nature, it is possible that Christi’s obsession with learning and practising basketry arts is a reflection of revisiting that child-like connection to the woods.