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ARTIST: Terry Gilecki

BIOGRAPHY: An ardent interest in the beauty of Koi, and the diversity of their colors and patterns, has led artist, Terry Gilecki, to devote his artistic endeavors to capturing their essence in his masterful paintings.

Collectors all over the world have been buying these exotic images and, while Koi are the main feature of his work, Gilecki also likes to include their surroundings by merging the elements above and below, as well as those reflected on the water’s surface, in his paintings…

Born in 1954 in British Columbia, Gilecki received a diploma in Commercial Art in 1973 and began working as a free-lance commercial artist.  His imagination and ability to innovate proved to be outstanding when confronted with challenges.  In just a few years, with a talented staff he had personally trained, he began to independently produce large pictorial art for international advertising corporations.  Along with this endeavor, he began painting fine art.  As the growing demand for his art increased, he realized that he had found his niche and now devotes himself fully to the field of fine art.

His attraction to and study of Koi brought him to the realization that through his paintings, he would be able to emulate the simple and rewarding pleasure of actually watching Koi.  Gilecki is,” pleased that the ‘effect’ translated so well into his art, allowing him to bring a small piece of Paradise into a viewer’s home.”

Gilecki likes to offer some information on the Koi themselves to show why he is so enthusiastic about them.  The more he paints them, he says, the more he discovers about their interesting and much debated history and origin, their individual characteristics, their apparent ability to recognize and respond to their keepers.  For instance, Koi are bred in every country and considered to be the most popular fresh-water, ornamental pond fish. Generally, they live 25 – 35 years. However, certain pedigrees can live much longer; there is a documented record of a koi that lived with a family in Asia for 3 generations. At 226 years old, Hanako was the longest living fish ever recorded. The years are counted on their permanent scales the same as the rings of a tree.

They are often referred to as “living jewels” or “swimming flowers.”  In Japan, they were referred to as “Warriors Fish” and “The Fish of Nobility since they were too costly for the average person to buy and keep.  Today, top quality Koi can cost as much as $25,000 with pedigree Koi values still climbing into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The ancestry of Koi has only been traced back a few hundred years. They are mystery and it seems, a relatively new species that evolved through selective breeding of natural genetically mutated “albino” common carp which populated the rice paddies

While their history and origin are much debated, Gilecki feels that even though he could paint Koi for his entire life, he still would not know it all.  “Creating a painting is a journey and returning with discoveries worth sharing and exploring, makes the journey worthwhile.”

Gilecki’s unique paintings of Koi have provided him with a seemingly endless source of inspiration.  As you look at his art, you are drawn into an intimate world between the surreal and the real — a world that fills you with an inner peace and a profound sense of calm.

Terry Gilecki

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Out of the Picture
by Terry Gilecki
“For my original mixed media series on floating wood panel, I have taken select portions from my limited edition prints, combining textural effects and hand painting and multiple gel medium layers to create these unique and original pieces of art… ” – Terry Gilecki
Medium Dimensions Price
Mixed Media on Panel 12 × 12 in $1,837
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Charms
by Terry Gilecki

“For my original mixed media series on floating wood panel, I have taken select portions from my limited edition prints, combining textural effects and hand painting and multiple gel medium layers to create these unique and original pieces of art… ”
– Terry Gilecki

Medium Dimensions Price
Mixed Media on Panel 12 × 12 in SOLD

ARTIST: Brent Heighton

RESIDES: Vancouver, British Columbia

-painting professionally for over 25 years.
-travels  throughout the world in search of adventure and subjects to paint: Europe, Asia, Caribbean, Mexico
-has won numerous awards in Canada and the USA
-artwork in corporate and private collections in more than 25 countries

EXHIBITIONS & ART SHOWS:
– New York, Tokyo, Germany, Belgium, Holland, throughout the United States, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Canada.

ARTIST WORKSHOPS:  is a teacher of artist workshops and has been teaching for over 15 years.

PUBLISHERWestern Lights Artist group

Brent Heighton

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Sunlite Window
by Brent Heighton
Medium Dimensions Price
Oil on Board 9 × 12 in $1,397

ARTIST: Roy Hinz

ARTIST CREDENTIALS:
July 2010 Artist Studio’s, Western Art Show- Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 2010 “Best of Show- 3D” Western Art Show- Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 2011 Artist Studio’s, Western Art Show- Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 2011 Western Art Auction – Western Art Show- Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
April 2012 “Spring is in the Air”, Art Show and Sale Cochrane, AB
July 2012 Artist in Residence, Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, AB
Oct. 2012 Guest Artist, State of Art Society (SAS) Group Exhibition Calgary, AB
July 2013 Artist in Residence, Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, AB
May 2014 Guest Artist, State of Art Society (SAS) Group Exhibition Calgary, AB
July 2014 Artist in Residence, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Whistler, B.C.
July 2015 Artist in Residence, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Whistler, B.C.
Sept. 2015 Artist in Residence, Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, AB
Oct. 2015 Guest Artist, State of Art Society (SAS) Group Exhibition Calgary, AB
May. 2016 Guest Artist, State of Art Society (SAS) Group Exhibition Calgary, AB
June. 2016 Natures Expressions Art Group, Spruce Meadows- Nationals Calgary, AB
July. 2016 Artist Studio’s, Western Art Show- Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
Sept. 2016 Natures Expressions Art Group, Spruce Meadows- Masters Calgary, AB

Roy Hinz

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Balancing Act
by Roy Hinz
Medium Dimensions Price
B.C. Soapstone 7 × 4 × 10 in $797

ARTIST: Marilyn Hurst

RESIDES:  BC Canada,
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
-Has painted professionally for over 20 years
-Owned for over 13 years an Art Gallery in Cabo San Lucas that became the benchmark of excellence for the art community in Southern Baja
-Has discovered that living ones life as an artist was the most important ingredient to becoming an artist.

TECHNIQUE:
My paintings are a ménage of life experience and creative energy. The landscapes, florals, portraiture and expressionist abstracts all reflect the vibrant colors of life as a contemplative artist inspired by the colors of Mexico and the beauty of my home in the Pacific Northwest.

Marilyn Hurst

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Moody Blues
by Marilyn Hurst

“I’m working to bridge impressionist with abstract. In these two pieces I wanted to suggest seasons in a meadow but keeping the colours fresh and spontaneous.”
– Marilyn Hurst

Medium Dimensions Price
Acrylic 10 × 10 in $497
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Tangerine Dreams
by Marilyn Hurst

“I’m working to bridge impressionist with abstract. In these two pieces I wanted to suggest seasons in a meadow but keeping the colours fresh and spontaneous.”
– Marilyn Hurst

Medium Dimensions Price
Acrylic 10 × 10 in $497

ARTIST: Terry Isaac

RESIDES:  Penticton, BC

AWARDS AND HONOURS:
– Special Guest Artist and Juror.  Art of the Animal Kingdom. Bennington Center For the Arts, 2009
– Special Guest Artist and Juror.  Nebraska Arts Council.  Kearney, Nebraska, 2009
– Top 40 Award. Small Works. The Greenwich Workshop, Connecticut, 2009
– Jurors Award. Century of Sanctuary, St. George Art Museum, Utah, 2008
– Artist of the Year. Reflections of Nature. Fallbrook, California, 2003
– Artist of the Year. Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. Seattle, Washington, 1998
– Spotlight Guest Artist. Florida Wildlife Exposition. Orlando, Florida, 1997
– Special Guest Artist. Wildlife Art Festival. National Zoo, Washington, DC,1996
-Master Palette/Peoples Choice Award. Masterworks in Miniature, Gallery One, Ohio, 1995
– Featured Artist. Wings Over The Platte. Stuhr Musuem of the Prairie Pioneers, Nebraska, 1995
– Featured Artist. Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. Tacoma, Washington,1992
-Winning Artist. New York Duck Stamp,1991
-Artist of the Year. Original Art Showcase. Prestige Gallery, Mississauga,                1990
-Featured Artist. Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. Tacoma, Washington, 1989

EDUCATION: B.S, Western Oregon State College, Monmouth Oregon

SELECTED RECENT SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS:
-Briscoe Museum Night of Artists Show, March 2018
-One Man Show at Picture This Gallery spring 2011
-Life in Nature – Terry Isaac.  Evans Gallery, Kelowna, 2010
– American Miniature Settlers, West Arizona, 2010
-Masterwork in Miniature, Ohio, 2010
– Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2009
-Masters Gallery. Waterfowl Festival. Easton, Maryland, 2009
-Jackson Hole Art Auction. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 2009
– Wildlife Fine Art in Japan. Japan Wildlife Center. Machida City Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2008
-The Art of Zion: A Century of Sanctuary. St. George Art Museum, Utah, 2008
-Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction. Calgary, Alberta, 2008
– Birds in Art 2008, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
– American Miniature Settlers, West Arizona 2008
Masterwork in Miniature, Ohio 2008
– The Art of Terry Isaac, Penticton BC, 2008
-Wildlife Discovery 2004, Scottsdale, Arizona
-Art of the Animal Kingdom, 2004, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
-Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s prestigious annual “Birds in Art” from 1987-1997 and 1999
– Wildlife: The Artist’s View in 1990 and 1993

MUSEUMS:
-Art and the Animal 2004, Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, New Jersey

PUBLICATIONS:
– “Trotting to Water” artwork used for Ducks Unlimited Artist Portfolio 2018
-Featured on the cover of Saturday Evening Post
-Wild about Babies, Harvest House Publishers, 2004
– Painting the Drama of Wildlife Step by Step, North Light Books, 1998
– Painting Birds Step by Step, North Light Books, 1998
– The Best of Wildlife Art, North Light Books, 1997
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
– Painted for Walt Disney Productions
– Painted for Audubon Society Handbooks
– Winning Artist. New York Duck Stamp 1991
– Accepted into “Birds in Art” 14 times in the last 20 years

Terry Isaac

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Mischief Makers
by Terry Isaac
Medium Dimensions Price
Acrylic on Board 12 × 12 in SOLD

ARTIST: Gregg Johnson

RESIDES: Edmonton, Alberta

EDUCATION:
B.Ed and post graduated studies in Fine Art Education

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Senior High art teacher during 28 years
Since 1994 became full time artist
Signature member of The Society of Western Canada Artists

EXHIBITIONS & ART SHOWS:
Solo Exhibitions in Edmonton, Jasper and Canmore

Gregg Johnson

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Charming, with a Lifetime of Memories
by Gregg Johnson

“This little gem and and the barn nearby tell the story of real people who endured long cold winters and summers of hard work raising animals and crops to sell in order to maintain the family unit and realize the universal hope of making things better for the next generation. The years have taken their toll, but enough of the homestead remains to give us a glimpse of the challenges and narratives of early life in Alberta.”
– Gregg Johnson

Medium Dimensions Price
Watercolour 14 × 11 in $747
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Still Hanging in There, Barely
by Gregg Johnson

“Artists find inspiration everywhere in this “wonderful world.” And for me, the backroads of Alberta render some of the most interesting painting material. And I especially like the areas east and north of Edmonton, where farmers have left their abandoned buildings more or less intact—-a testimony to an earlier, tougher time and the memories it forever saves in wood and bricks. This barn and the house nearby are exquisite examples of this tribute to the past.”
– Gregg Johnson

Medium Dimensions Price
Watercolour 14 × 11 in SOLD

ARTIST: Andrew Kiss

AWARDS AND CREDENTIALS:
2011 People’s Choice Medicine Hill Art Show
2011 Best of Show – Artist Studio Calgary Stampede
2010 People’s Choice- Medicine Hills Art Show, Alberta
2007 Best of Show – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2006 Best of Show – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2005 Best of Show – Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede
2005 Collectors’ Choice Award – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2005 Chocolate Lily Book Award for Wild Babies 2004
2005 Collectors’ Choice Award – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2004 Best of Show Booth – Calgary Western Showcase
2004 “Cool Woods” winner of Skipping Stones Honour Award
2003 “A mountain Alphabet” – Official bestselling children’s book in Canada
2003 Three images for DU- National Portfolio
2002 Peoples’ Choice Award – Best original – Calgary Art Essential Show
2002 Selected from 100 artists – “Best of Show” at Spokane Western Art Show
2002 BCWF – Master Artist –“ Long Way Home print”
2002 DU Artist of the Year (1st. Ever 2 time winner)
2001 DU Canada stamp & print – “Soft Landing”
2001 DU print program – “Early Frost”
2001 BCWF Master Artist – “Thrill of the Catch”
2000 BCWF Master Artist – “Alert”
1999 People’s Choice Award- Art Essential Show – Calgary
1999 Saskatchewan Conservation Stamp
1999 Featured in “The Best of Wildlife Art” – North Light Books
1999 BCWF Master Artist – “Family Gathering”
1998 Two man show – Munich, Germany
1998 Canadian Collectible of the Year Award. – “King of the Hill”
1998 1st. Runner up – Wildlife Habitat Canada
1998 Orlando Wildlife Expo
1998 Prince Edward Island Conservation Stamp
1997 Featured in “The Best of Wildlife Art” North Light Books
1997 One man show – Zurich, Switzerland- also 1996, 1995, 1994
1997 Featured Artist – Artist Direct Show – Calgary
1997 Featured Artist – Pacific Wildlife Art Show – Seattle
1996 Selected for “Birds in Art” – Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
1996 BCWF Master Artist
1995 Top 100 Artists – Art for the Parks – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
1995 Special Guest Artist Pacific Rim Art Show, Tacoma, Washington
1995 Runner up for Best of Show – southeastern Expo, Charleston, SC
1994 People’s Choice Award – Vancouver International Art Show
1994 DU Artist of the Year
1993 Canada Summer Games Official Artist

Andrew Kiss

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Austria Countryside
by Andrew Kiss

“Celebrating 50 years of painting by doing 50 -11 x 14 images of some of the places I have been to. These are only a couple of the many places I have been to.”
– Andrew Kiss

Medium Dimensions Price
Oil on Canvas 11 × 14 in $1,297
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Kilimanjaro
by Andrew Kiss

“Celebrating 50 years of painting by doing 50 -11 x 14 images of some of the places I have been to. This is from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania”
– Andrew Kiss

Medium Dimensions Price
Oil on Canvas 11 × 14 in $1,297

ARTIST: Julia Lucich

RESIDES: Salt Spring Island, BC

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS:
2018 – Tenth year juried into the prestigious Western Art Showcase of the Calgary Stampede
Most recent additional representation by The Old Town Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

In May, 2018, I was commissioned by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to create a painting for Vancouver’s new TECK Acute Care Centre. The painting measures 3 1/2′ x 9′, and is in the Party Animal genre….a multi-coloured group of grizzlies fishing at a waterfall. It was installed in October, just prior to the hospital’s opening.

BIOGRAPHY: Continuing to work in a representational style, I found that color, for its own sake, had the ability to influence the power and impact of a painting. In 1995 I was working on a painting of giraffes, whose astonishing shapes and contours seemed to lend themselves to an outrageous approach. I chose to introduce color totally outside the normal range, and the result was one of unexpected whimsy. This painting gave birth to the Party Animal Series, and was selected by USArt magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for wildlife.

The Party Animals remain a compelling force, transcending the genre of “wildlife art” and appealing to anyone looking outside the box.

Often my portraits or figurative paintings have a narrative quality, with a focus on dramatic lighting that emphasizes mood and emotion. But no matter what I’m painting, I want the image to convey a positive energy, allowing the viewer to connect with the joy of life.

Julia Lucich

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A Wee Party Babe
by Julia Lucich

“This little guy was waiting contentedly in a neighbour’s barn on a day I’d arranged to photograph some sheep. He stole the show.”
– Julia Lucich

Medium Dimensions Price
Acrylic on Canvas 14 × 11 in $747
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Little Red
by Julia Lucich

“There’s something mesmerizing about an onion…a surface glow that almost defies one to disturb it by peeling the layers away.”
– Julia Lucich

Medium Dimensions Price
Acrylic on Canvas 8 × 10 in $427

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