Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett believes nature has the power to heal.
In his exhibition at Qualicum Art Supply and Gallery, through the end of May, Corbett brings the wilderness indoors in hopes of reminding viewers of the larger world.
“I tried to bring the outdoors in to pay homage to the natural world and remind us of how rewarding it can be to take the time and reconnect with nature,” she said.
Since BC doctors can now prescribe Parks Canada passes to patients as a form of healing, Corbett wondered why she couldn’t do something similar with her job.
“As my artwork hangs on your wall, it’s also a constant reminder of – hey maybe I should go out and visit this place that I admire so much on my wall,” she said. . “It’s a form of healing, and people are also going out and exercising.”
As an avid outdoorswoman, being in nature and adventure is another of Corbett’s passions, especially since she can use it as an excuse to “work” and find inspiration for things to do. future paintings.
In fact, she plans to take most of the summer off on an adventure with her best friend, where in August they will travel to Haida Gwaii and hike a network of trails for the month.
“Maybe I can create a whole exhibition about the summer of travel,” she laughed.
His three favorite subjects to paint include West Coast scenes, inspired by his surroundings; the Okanagan, because she lived there for about four years; and the birds of British Columbia for their detail and since they can still be found anywhere in the wild.
“You may not always see a bear or a moose, but you will always see a bird. If only a crow,” she said. “Although – the west coast is definitely my passion. And that’s what I connect to the most right now.
As a full-time artist, ‘painter’s block’ doesn’t affect her, because there’s always something to accomplish, she said, as she ‘pushes through’ paintings if necessary in order to work on something that really excites him.
“I’m not an artist who has to feel motivated to work all the time. I am always inspired. It’s never a problem for me – there’s always something I can do. Even if I don’t really feel like working on something with details, I can always do something simpler,” she said, adding that she aims to paint every day, no matter what. what for 30 minutes.
Most of the pieces on display at Qualicum Beach have been completed within the last year and feature the different landscapes and seascapes of Vancouver Island. A few smaller pieces on display, however, feature Chilliwack Lake, the Rocky Mountains, and Mount Baker to round out the collection.
Corbett’s collections reflect all recent outdoor adventures.
“I love the idea that my works offer something to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get there, either because they don’t kayak or because it’s far away,” he said. she stated.
As a realist painter who works in acrylics, she has stated that she is inclined to maintain a separation from photorealism, in order to keep the interpretive element alive.
“In some cases, it can seem almost abstract when you’re up close. But then, the further you get from the room, the more realistic it becomes. What I really like – this duality. Because it always gives the impression of being a painting and not a photograph.
Corbett has been immersed in the art world since she was eight, when her mother signed her up for private lessons with an instructor she ended up studying with until she entered college. university.
After graduating with a fine arts degree that she “didn’t know what to do with,” Corbett returned to school and earned a degree in photography where she worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for about 14 years. In doing so, she brought a photographer’s eye to her paintings by considering factors such as light and composition.
On the horizon, the paintbrush-wielding outdoorswoman is gearing up for a solo exhibition at the McMillan Arts Center in Parksville for May 2023, and can’t wait to create an all-new collection to fill the main room.
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