I have loved art and creating for as long as I remember. My parents’ house is still adorned with both wall and door murals that can attest to this. I have a B.A. in Art/Secondary Education and have taught in schools in USA, Ukraine, and Canada. I have also painted murals in each of those countries!
After 5 years in Ukraine (and three kids) we decided to move back to Canada, our country of origin. We moved to Duncan, BC – a small town on Vancouver Island. I have always wanted to live on “The Island.” This was where my grandmother lived and I remember my mom telling me about her visits and stories about the dolphins, whales, purple starfish, moss covered trees, and endless beachcombing opportunities. To me “The Island” seemed magical. I have done a lot of travelling in my life and Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to – and I get to LIVE here! I am continuously inspired by the beauty I see around me!
When I go exploring I always bring my camera. The photos I take are my research. I print out the photos that I find particularly inspiring and I work from them in my studio at home. I love to play with colour, shape, and movement. I aspire that my end result will not just be a depiction of a location but that it will also contain the emotion of what it feels like to be in that place.
I also enjoy painting art for children. My little bird character that I have is always getting himself into interesting situations! I love to sketch out ideas for my next bird paintings and see what he’s up to next. I have also been creating name paintings for over 11 years – ever since my first niece was born and I wanted to make a unique gift for her.
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Jen Slofstra-Tinsley has a B.A. in Art/Secondary Education and has taught art in schools in the United States, Ukraine, and Canada. She is a member of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. Jen now resides in Duncan, BC, Canada