Wanda Doyle

Biography

 

 

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Wanda Doyle is a local artist, born and raised in Vancouver.  Essentially self-taught, she has attended many workshops to inspire her creativity and expand her knowledge of techniques. She works in the studio most afternoons from 3 - 6 pm however appointments are recommended.  Suite 203 - 1515 Pemberton Ave North Van, 2nd Floor, Studio E.  604-603-7886.

 

Her passion for painting became apparent at a very young age when she would mash pencil crayon fillings with water to make paint.  Nowadays, she paints with store bought acrylics and oils. 

 

Wanda is an active volunteer with arts groups and a regular donor of art to fundraisers to support various community events.  She is currently on the Board of the North Shore Artists Guild.

 

 

Wanda participates occassionally in "First Saturday Open Studio" events where select studios welcome visitors to their studios the first Saturday of the month, noon to 5:00 pm. Check the website to confirm which artists are participating on any particular Saturday.   www.firstsaturday.ca

 

Read about First Saturday as written in the Georgia Straight   

http://www.straight.com/arts/628596/first-saturday-open-studios-offers-monthly-glimpse-local-ateliers

 

 

 

 

“Painting is yet another form of creativity which makes my life worth jumping out of bed for!  It's my life's adventure.”

 

Detailed Art Bio

Solo Exhibits:

  • The Vancouver Fish Company, from Sept 2015 ongoing
  • The Fish House Restaurant, 2015
  • The Foyer Gallery, Oct 2013
  • Starlight Casino, Oct - Nov 2012
  • Galileo Coffee House, Sept - Oct 2011
  • Columbia Integrated Health, March - Oct 2010
  • Saltaire Restaurant, April 2009
  • CTV Boardroom, March 2009
  • The Foyer Gallery, Jan 2009

Group Exhibits:

  • Griffin Business Centre, ongoing
  • Art in the City, Vancouver, B.C.  May 2017, May 2014
  • Spring Fine Art Sale, North Shore Artists Guild, West Vancouver, May 2009-2017
  • Westerleigh PARC, Art Walk, West Vancouver, Apr 2017
  • North Shore Art Crawl Weekend - March 2016, Mar 2015, Apr 2014, Apr 2013
  • Annual Fine Art Sale - NSAG, North Vancouver, B.C. Dec 2007 - 2016
  • Silk Purse Gallery, 2016, 2009
  • Delany Coffee House, Dundarave, July/Aug/Sept 2016, Jan 2017
  • Delany Coffee House, Park Royal Village, July/Aug 2016, 2015
  • The Pipeshop at Shipbuilders' Square, NSAG, North Vancouver, July 2016, July 2015
  • Brushstrokes Gallery in Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, B.C. - various
  • Arts Off Main, Vancouver, July/Aug 2016
  • Ferry Building Gallery, Boldest Brightest Best!, West Vancouver, June 2016
  • Park & Tilford Gardens, North Shore Artists Guild, North Vancouver Aug 2014, 2015
  • West Vancouver Yacht Club, various
  • 195 Studios - Open House, various 2013
  • Squamish Adventure Centre, various
  • Portico Gallery, Squamish, various
  • Hycroft Manor, Vancouver, Aug 2013
  • Squamish Artcrawl, Aug/Sept 2013
  • Foyer Gallery, Squamish, B.C.  Aug 2014, 2013, Nov 2012, Feb 2010
  • Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, Aug 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Arts Council of New Westminster, Queens Park, B.C.   July 2012
  • Stock Home Design, Squamish, Nov/Dec 2011
  • Art on the Pier, North Vancouver,  Aug 2011
  • West Vancouver Public Library, Feb 2011
  • Hunter Bisset Gallery, Vancouver, starting July/Aug/Sept/Oct 2010
  • Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, July 2010
  • UpStares Gallery, 2009, 2010
  • Whistler ArtWalk Live!, Jan to Mar 2010
  • Wild at Art, Squamish, B.C. Feb 2010, Mar 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Aurora Gallery, Vancouver, Nov & Dec 2009
  • ArtWalk by VISUALS, Sept 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Art at the Market by VISUALS, Summers 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Earthly Crystals, Gifts & Fine Art, Britannia, June 2009
  • Garden Tour Art Show, Squamish, B.C. June 2009
  • B.C. Bright White, Squamish, B.C.  Feb 2008
  • Father's Day Show, Furry Creek, B.C. Jun 2007
  • Capilano Mall, NSAG, North Vancouver, B.C., May 2007
  • Park Royal Mall, NSAG, West Vancouver, B.C., Feb 2007
  • Silk Purse, West Vancouver,B.C., Jan 2007
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver, B.C., Nov 2006

 Awards:

  • First Place Ribbon - Seascapes, for "Brentwood Bay", NSAG, Pumpkinfest Oct 2016
  • People's Choice Award, VISUALS, Squamish, B.C. for Moonlit Sail, Aug 2009
  • Jurors' Choice (Nancy O'Toole & Craig Yeats), North Shore Artists Guild, West Vancouver, B.C. for "Contemplation", May 2007
  • People's Choice Award, VISUALS, Squamish, B.C. for “The Old Customs House”, July 2007
  • People's Choice Award, VISUALS, Squamish, B.C. for “A Walk in the Park”, July 2006

Workshops:

  • Maria Josenhans, April 2017
  • Michael O'Toole, May 2016
  • Leanne Christie, Oct 2014, June 2015
  • Andrew McDermott, Dec 2014
  • Tatiana Mirkov-Popovicki, Apr 2014
  • Paul Chizak, Jan 2013
  • Liz Wiltzen, July 2011
  • Sarah Kidner, Nov 2010
  • Ali Sepahi, Feb 2010
  • Nancy O'Toole, Spain Retreat, Sept 2009
  • Painters at Painters Lodge, May 2009
  • Eszter Burghardt, Apr 2009
  • Barry Chadwick, Mar 2009
  • Nancy O'Toole, Aug 2007, Nov 2007, Sept 2009
  • Painting on the Peak, Aug 2007
  • Mike Svob, Sept 2006
  • Painting on the Peak, Aug  2006
  • Bruce Simons, Jun 2006
  • Jerry Yarnell, various
  • Emily Carr College, 2005
  • Capilano College, 2004

 
Active Member and Volunteer:

  North Shore Artists Guild:

  •    Event Manager, Annual Fine Art Sale, 2016
  •    Board Member at Large for Exhibitions 2016/17
  •    Co-ordinator, Ferry Building Gallery Exhibit June 2016
  •    Membership Survey 2015
  •    Spring Fine Art Sale Prize Table 2014
  •    Membership Capping Review Committee 2012/13
  •    Annual Fine Art Sale Team Captain for Sales 2007
  •    Membership Director 2006/07, 2007/08
  •    Member since 2005

 

  Federation of Canadian Artists

  •     Member since 2010

 

   FirstSaturday.ca member since 2016

 

  VISUALS (The Squamish Valley Artists Society):

    •    Artist Holiday Market, Squamish, B.C. Dec 2013
    •    Squamish Visitor Centre Art Co-ordinator 2014, 2013
    •    Newsletter Editor 2013, 2014
    •    Publicity Assistant 2010, 2011
    •    President 2009/2010, 2008/09
    •    ArtWalk Director 2007, 2008, Assistant 2009
    •    Marketing & Publicity Director 2007/08
         Member since 2006

   Wild at Art:

    •      Visual Arts Manager 2010

 

News Articles

 

Congratulations to Wanda Doyle as her Moonlit Sail painting drew the most votes for the People's Choice Award during the August 1, 2009 Art at the Market!

 "Moonlit Sail Tryptic" by Wanda Doyle

(Written by Margreet Dietz.  Submitted to the Chief Newspaper)

Wanda Doyle’s Moonlit Sail painting won the VISUALS People’s Choice Award, as visitors of the one-day Art at the Market group exhibition on August 1 voted for their favourite among 45 pieces created by seven local artists.

Doyle’s heavily textured blue metallic acrylic painting on three wood panels resonated with voters. “I love the three-dimensional acrylic – I can feel the waves,” one wrote on her ballot. “The feel of the movement is very apparent,” another voter said.

This People’s Choice Award, created for members of the Squamish Valley Artists Society, is Doyle’s third after winning also in 2006 and 2007.

Doyle was enthralled by painting as a child but a hectic work schedule as an adult didn’t leave enough time for her art until she retired. She decided to revisit her childhood passion when a newspaper cartoon inspired her. Thinking it would make an excellent painting for her new home she bought materials and set about creating it in 2003.

Doyle, an active VISUALS volunteer for the past three years, is also a member of the North Shore Artists Guild and the Federation of Canadian Artists. In May 2007 she won the North Shore Artists Guild Jurors' Choice.

She works in acrylic and oil paints, and loves to explore with colour schemes, styles and subject matter.

“All my paintings are different. No particular style stands out. My work represents who I am - someone who loves variety, enjoys the freedom of jumping from one thing to the next and likes to experiment. My mood is always changing so nothing is ever the same,” Doyle says.

Moonlit Sail is Doyle’s first heavily textured painting, a style she loves and plans to develop further. This work stands out for the self-confessed perfectionist because it came together so easily which is rare. “It takes me months and months, sometimes years to finish a painting to the point where I really like it. I am always coming back and putting a dab here and a dab there, changing this colour and that colour.

“That’s actually how I do anything in life. I focus on something to the minute detail. It frustrates other people if I am working on a committee project. In painting nobody else needs to be bothered by my perfectionism because I can do it all by myself.”

However, Doyle has found perfect can be effortless. “One of the things I learnt was how it doesn’t have to be hard. Moonlit Sail has to be the easiest painting I have ever done in the shortest amount of time. Yet it has won the People’s Choice.

“I was feeling very loose and easy when I created that painting. It just flowed. I didn’t have to rework things. It was virtually finished within a couple of days and then I made a few tweaks here and there. I took some time deciding where to put the sail boats in the picture.”

Doyle is preparing for VISUALS’ ArtWalk, held September 19 and 20 in venues across Squamish. Doyle’s works will be in the new Pure Flower Shop and Frame House, and the UpStares Gallery, both on Cleveland.


Samples of Doyle’s work can be viewed on her website, www.nsartists.ca/wandadoyle
. Also visit www.squamishart.com.

Margreet Dietz

PWAC professional member
http://www.pwac.ca/



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