gilakas’la / čɛčɛ haθɛč, We are deeply grateful for, and respectfully acknowledge that the lands upon which we and all our Central Island Artists produce their creative work are the unceded traditional territory of Puntledge, Eiksan, K’ómoks, Homalco and Tla’amin first nations, and the Te’mexw Treaty Association.


Artist Statement

In quantum mechanics, it’s said that when an object is looked at, it is changed. I think the reverse is also true. The sustained observation and rendering of things in this world stirs in me a deep feeling of affection; at times I feel my eye and brush are really touching them. This feels special. This feels important. I am changed, because I look. I am changed, because I make.

Pigments have a consciousness. When I paint, I imbue these materials with the focussed energies of my heart, mind, and gestures of my body. The pigments absorb these frequencies, and project them back out to me and the future viewer of the work. Painting is its own language, beyond words and the limitations of the logical mind.


Val moved to the Comox Valley from Vancouver in 2021 when she felt a pull to live closer to nature. She enjoys sharing her passion for drawing and painting through teaching from her private art studio in Courtenay. Val studied Media Arts at Emily Carr University, graduating with Honours in 1988. After making dance videos for twelve years, she switched to painting. She was a finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition in 2003, has received a number of artist grants, and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Centre and St Georges’ School in Vancouver. Her paintings and drawings have been published in Carte Blanche Volume II: Painting (Magenta Foundation); International Painting Annual 3 (Manifest Drawing and Research Centre); Capilano University Press; and Subterrain Magazine, among others. Her work is included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Surrey Art Gallery, and Vancouver General Hospital, as well as in the homes of many enthusiastic private collectors.

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