The 20th Annual Nanaimo Artwalk takes place on December 1 and 2. Visit me in The White Room (4 Church St.) to view my new work, as well as works in progress. I’ll also have prints and cards of favourite paintings from the last 10 years. I’m currently working on a new oil on board commission, and a series of small mixed media (pyrography and oil on board) entitled, “World on Fire.” These edgy pieces are inspired by past and current events that I find alarming, but that we should remember, never forget, and learn from. The fires of Summer 2018 which signal run away climate change, alongside the pipeline purchase is what started this series for me, but it has expanded in my mind to include, the Holocaust, Indian Residential Schools, and Detention of Migrant Children in the US and Europe. It is my hope that humanity can pull together to seek peaceful, lasting solutions to the myriad crises we are facing as a society.
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This newest commission – Gateway – is an oil on canvas 41″ x 72″. It is inspired by the idea of merging one’s consciousness with the ocean to achieve a sense of nirvana.
Nice! I finally upgraded my site and am excited to share my newest painting with the world. It’s a commission for a lovely couple’s first wedding anniversary. The inspiration is Steelhead Salmon fishing on the Sarita River on Vancouver Island, BC.
Nadine Wiepning- oil on board, 36″ x 48″, 2017
Thanks to the City of Nanaimo and the DNBIA for making this installation possible!
VIU post-bacc Education students were teamed up with 9 community artists to create an art piece that represents a Social Justice issue and its solutions.
We created a 5 ft. tall cell phone titled “Blood Phone i5: The Latest and Greatest in Modern Slavery” to highlight the plight of men, women and children in the Congo who are forced to mine coltan for use in most technological devices. Their slave labour reaps profits for the warlords, who sell the Coltan to fuel the local war.
We added “apps” to illustrate the problems (there are too many) and the solutions (which includes recycling your old cellphone, not upgrading, unplugging, seeking out Fair Trade electronics*, and getting the facts).
*Fair Trade electronics are not yet a reality, but we can make it one! See: http://www.change.org/en-CA
I worked on this mural in the last glorious days of September. I enjoyed many sunny afternoons as I strove to bring some light and colour to a previously blank space.
My inspiration came from Impressionist painters and their influences, specifically the Barbizon school (a style of painting that was revolutionary in its day for featuring regular people in paintings, as well as the natural environment).
Next time you are near Nob Hill Park, be sure to check out the mural, around the back of Oak Tree Manor.