Winters in Mexico led to a large series of works inspired by the seaside towns of Mexico, exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery in 1994. Birkin recently revisited Mexico and painted a show in Puerto Vallarta in March 2016.
Sansum Narrows became his seaside home in 1996. The jewel in the rough coastline, swift currents, and steady breezes are the present source of his creative juices.
For award-winning silversmith Susan Koch, summers spent on Galiano Island inspired a lifelong fascination with beach stones and sea glass.
Susan likes to incorporate these elements in her organic sterling silver jewelry. All her pieces are hand-fabricated and as unique as the people who wear them.
Her training in silversmithing has led Susan to Vancouver, Victoria, San Francisco, Seattle, Mendocino, and the mountains of Central Mexico.
Susan divides her time between her small farm in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, and her cottage on Ruxton Island. Susan loves to work in delicate and rare beach glass which she has spent much time collecting and crafting.
Peter Loebel was born in Munich, Germany in 1961. He currently resides in Victoria, BC and works as a full time artist and art instructor. His art work focuses on the human figure and more recently on architectural topics. All figure works are created from a model in life drawing sessions. Architectural paintings are done on location in and around Victoria and while traveling. He is a member of several art groups in Victoria such as the Al Fresco Painters and the Victoria Urban Sketchers.
Peter predominantly works with Charcoal, Conte, Nu-Pastels, ink and watercolour. He develops his drawings and watercolours from a quick gesture and finishes them on site in one session, without reworking the image later in the studio. He believes that this process, together with distinct mark-making allows him to better depict the moment. Each representation attempts to break the static condition of the subject, revealing a vibrant movement and creating a transitional snapshot.