I was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1959 to Glenn and Ruth Dunlop. I currently reside in the Victoria area.
I have spent most of my life living on Vancouver Island — sailing the Gulf Islands, skiing British Columbia’s mountains, kayaking Saltspring Island, and hiking East Sooke Park’s trails. Most recently I visited the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in the Great Bear Rainforest. These experiences significantly influence my subject matter of today.
Art has been a large part of my life since I can remember. At age eleven, I began to paint, and over many years, have worked with an array of mediums: watercolour, acrylic, oil, clay sculpture, carving and pen and ink.
My artistic style is recognizable abstract landscape — clean-lined, simplified, with a natural rhythmic flow. When I am out in nature and see an awe-inspiring view, it is at that moment that I capture and translate it onto canvas.
In 2002, pastel on paper became my medium of choice, and continued to work with this traditional medium for many years to follow.
2007, I began to experiment with ways to use pastel, yet in a larger format than what was possible using pastel on paper. And so, in 2009, I successfully created my first non-traditional pastel and canvas original.
I continued to work with both traditional and non-traditional pastel mediums until January 2015, at which time, I began to work solely with pastel on canvas. It was then that I also began to create my new Coastal British Columbia collection, and continue to work on this collection to date.
The collection is a visual story of my life-long connection with British Columbia’s stunning oceans, coastlines, forests and trees. 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.