656-4633 – Shirley Marshall
652-3563 – Jan Pelton
“Touch of Art” is a group of local artists, who live in the Victoria area, mostly on the peninsula, and gather together to share their creative motivations through their painting. The group consists of the eight artists listed below. All of the artists, except for Jan currently work in acrylics; Jan’s medium of choice is watercolour. The group has been meeting, on a regular basis, once a week throughout the fall, winter and spring for a number of years with their efforts culminating in 5 biannual art shows having been held at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park.
Shirley Marshall has been painting for over 50 years and has been successful with the rendering of animals, birds, trees, West Coast scenes and virtually any subject matter she attempts. Shirley has a passion for her art and has been a mentor to many of the members of the group. She sells her work locally as well as abroad. A number of her paintings can be found in England, as well as throughout the USA and Canada.
Sylvia Nicholson completed her first painting on a beach with a glass of wine in hand. It was a 20 x 30 inch floral in reds. When it later won a first place ribbon at the Saanich Fair, Sylvia knew she was, “On her way!!!!” Sylvia looks for inspiration everywhere, painting wildlife, beaches and flowers to name just a few of her varied subject matter.
Sherry Filipovic draws inspiration from her travels through Europe, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, as well as Alaska and of course, Canada. She finds the most exciting subject for her is something old, something that tells a story when you look at the painting, or allows you to put yourself there in that moment of time. Sherry has experimented with new techniques over the years but continues to paint her “stories”, incorporating the new when possible.
Linda Proctor has been painting with “A Touch of Art” for 10 ½ years. She hadn’t ever painted before but Shirley encouraged her to try and now looks forward to their weekly gatherings. She loves nature, incorporating that love into her paintings of raccoons and other wildlife as well as her nature scenes. Her paintings are a source of joy to both her and the viewer.
Marlene Mitchell is our “odd duck” artist – in terms of her paintings at least. She does what the rest of us can’t, or at least don’t try to. Her abstracts delve into the realm of 3-dimensions, with textures being at the forefront.
Jan Pelton’s inspiration often comes from flowers with their beauty being enhanced by the interplay of light, colour and form. She is often moved by the beauty of nature as well, whether it be a sunset or sunrise, an old barn or the sky after a storm. More recently, Jan has had success capturing the love expressed through a devoted pet.
Kathy Lee is the youngest member of the group and picked up her first brush at 48 years old. She always said she couldn’t draw or paint but was pleasantly surprised that her first painting, in her words, was “Not too bad.” Kathy has an adventurous soul and is always willing to reach outside of the box to explore new techniques and themes.
Dianne Comba comes to us via Calgary and has an extensive background in painting, having worked in oils, acrylic and watercolour. Her paintings, no matter the varied subject area, have a spontaneity and energy about them that is transferred to the viewer.
For all members of the group “Touch of Art”, often the most gratifying part of producing a piece of art work is having someone, whether it be family, friend or stranger express the desire to own a piece and take it home to grace their own walls. If this is you, we hope that you will continue to enjoy the piece that you have selected for this purpose.