A Japanese saying goes,
‘The pebble in the brook secretly believes itself to be a precious stone’.
These paintings are portraits of pebbles, stones and rocks, all of them precious things.
Where: Britannia Art Gallery (in the Library), 1661 Napier St, Vancouver, V5L 4X4
When: August 7 – 30, 2019
Opening Reception: August 7, 6:30 to 8:30
‘Killer Whale’ Flint. Acrylic and spackling on a wood cradle, 12″ x 24″. ‘Snowy Mountain’ Flint. Acrylic and spackling on a wood cradle, 24″ x 12″. Topographical Flint. Acrylic and spackling on watercolour paper mounted on ash board, 16″ x 12″.French Flints. Acrylic and spackling on watercolour paper mounted on ash board, 16″ x 12″.Crystal Flint. Acrylic and spackling on wood cradle, 12″ x 12″.A Collection of Flints. Watercolour on watercolour paper, 16″ x 12″. Silvery Pebbles. Mixed media painting on watercolour paper, 11″ x 15″. Beach Pebbles. Mixed media painting on watercolour paper, 11″ x 15″.Trio of Pebbles. Pebble portraits in custom frames, each 14″ x 18″ framed.Sage with Pink Desert Rock (Naramata); mixed media & handmade paper on masonite; 48″ x 36″Botanical Beach Rock, mixed media with broken glass on a wood cradle, 12″ x 16″ Point No Point. Acrylic and spackling on a wood cradle, 12″ x 36″.
Elizabeth Jensen (known as Elizabatz Gallery)
When I was young one of my greatest joys was exploring places with my dad. His influence left me always curious about my surroundings, the geology and plant life of every place I visit, the importance of the smallest details. What is the nature of this place or plant or rock about at its most basic level?
Sometimes I paint portraits of the pebbles I have collected over the years, trying in my paintings to find different ways of telling a story about the individuality of each rock.
I am often out sketching rock formations and more than once people looking at my work have asked me if I was a geologist. I have a ton of these sketches and won’t run out of subject matter anytime soon.