I was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1959 to Glenn and Ruth Dunlop, and currently resides in Victoria.
I have spent my life living on Vancouver Island — sailing the Gulf Islands, skiing British Columbia’s mountains, kayaking the ocean shorelines, and hiking East Sooke Park’s forests. These experiences significantly influence my artwork’s subject matter today.
Creating art has also been a large part of my life since I can remember. At age eleven, I began to paint. I have worked with an array of mediums, a few of which include: Watercolour, acrylic, oil, clay sculpture, carving and pen and ink. I have also enjoyed teaching my style and techniques of pastel painting, holding classes in my home and at the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies Unit.
My artistic style is recognizable abstract landscape — clean-lined, simply-complex, giving it a natural rhythmic flow. When I am out in nature and see a stunning view that takes my breath away, it is at that very moment that I capture ‘wow’ onto canvas. In the first moments of being in awe it is the overall view that is taken in, rather than moments later when I begin to focus on individual elements and details that make up the view. At first,
In 2002, soft pastel on paper was my medium of choice and I continued to work with this traditional medium for a number of years to follow. In 2007, I started to experiment with ways to use pastel on a larger format than what was possible when using pastel on paper, and in early 2009, I successfully created my first pastel and resin on canvas original.
In the spring of 2009, I started to work on a new west-coast-inspired collection, included largely pastel on paper originals and several pastel and resin on canvas originals.
Over the following 6 years, I continued to work with both traditional and non-traditional uses of pastel until January 2015 when I began to work solely with the pastel and resin on canvas medium. I am currently creating a new body of work called Where the Spirits Live – Along BC’s Coastline. This collection is a visual story of my life long connection with British Columbia’s stunning forests, trees, coastlines and ocean. Please visit my Coastal BC Gallery page for more information.
I use highest quality artist materials in my studio.
- Schmincke Extra Soft Pastels
Schmincke pastels contain the finest quality and highest concentration of pigments.The pigments are carefully ground on extra-hard stone-mills to replicate the traditional hand grinding process. Each pastel is carefully formed and labeled by hand.
- Liquitex Pouring Medium (resin)
Liquitex Pouring Medium is non-toxic, permanent, non-yellowing and non-cracking.