Water holds an enormous fascination for me. I can spend hours watching how it flows andWater holds an enormous fascination for me. I can spend hours watching how it flows andchanges colour, pondering what wonders swim in its hidden depths. Since I was young, Ihave felt the pull of the sea, which inspired me to learn to dive, to sail and finally to paint.It's probably no surprise that my favourite medium is watercolour.Home is Island Prism , my husband's little yellow sailboat. She's carried us across thePacific Ocean and beyond. Returning to BC, we still live aboard and are happiest whenout cruising the waters of Vancouver Island. This summer, my floating studio has carriedme to beautiful and remote anchorages up in the Broughton Archipelago. The beautifulislands, ever-changing moods of the sea and incredible wildlife have provided endlessinspiration. The calm waters and feelings of serenity led me to explore reflections and theever-changing light, with a focus on the contrasting palettes of midday and sunset.Rippling white lines of untouched paper give my paintings a sense of life and movement,capturing the feeling of water. These flowing lines evolve as I paint, creating a flowthrough each piece. I do not use a resist, but rely on my brushes and a steady hand!Vibrant colours and layers of translucent pigments help me to create the sensation oflooking beneath the water. I try to reflect a little of the spirit of the island and ocean ineach of my paintings as I share my explorations of this beautiful part of the world.
Andrea England is fascinated by the sea. Perhaps it's no surprise that she prefers to paintAndrea England is fascinated by the sea. Perhaps it's no surprise that she prefers to paintin watercolour, with its flowing, translucent, temperamental nature. The compact and transportable nature of watercolours also allow them to fit in with Andrea's wanderlust,which led her to travel through and live in Oceania before settling in Canada.Andrea's home and studio is Island Prism, a 36' sailboat. With her Canadian husband Jim,she has sailed around New Zealand, voyaged to Thailand and crossed the Pacific Ocean.Whilst cruising through South East Asia in 2013, Andrea started sketching landscapes,plants and animals as a way of engaging and recording the places she visited. Returningto New Zealand, her sketchbooks became visual log books and creative playgrounds, away to carefully observe the colours and curve of a whale's fin, the muscles in a dolphin'sbody, the pattern on a manta ray. Intrigued by the wood carvings and tattoos ofPolynesian art, Andrea began to explore their sinuous lines and use of negative space,developing and interpreting these in her own way. Gradually these explorationsdeveloped into a flowing style of watercolour painting.
These days, Andrea prefers towork on Fabriano cotton rag paper, but her sketchbooks still form the core of hercreative practice.Andrea entered her first art exhibition in 2018, with the Richmond Art Society'sMidsummer Art's Dream. Since then, she has participated in group shows at CoastCollective, Victoria Arts Council and Port Moody Arts Centre. She has also had soloshows at Cedar Hill Arts Centre and Coast Collective, and was Artist-in-Residence atVictoria's Delta Ocean Pointe during May 2019.Now based in Victoria, BC with husband and boat, Andrea uses watercolours to sharethe beauty of Vancouver Island and the many wonders of its diverse wildlife and habitats.Rippling white lines of untouched paper give her paintings a sense of life and movement,capturing the feeling of water and wind. Vibrant colours and layers of translucentpigments create the sensation of looking beneath the water. Andrea tries to reflect alittle of the spirit of the island and ocean in each of her paintings as she shares herexplorations of this beautiful part of the world.