Roger Champagne is a home studio potter, making primarily functional tableware. His work is inspired by function with a touch of whimsey, and a dash of west coast colours. I love to play with glazes to reflect the colours that I see daily on my hikes with my dog.
J Keith Davies
I was born in North Wales, United Kingdom, and was raised in a small village in Flintshire. Together with my wife Ann, I moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. in 1998, where I currently live and work as a professional photographer. My interest in photography began at the age of four, inspired by a local photographer in that small welsh village - George Jones - and later by my school headmaster, who was also a serious photographer. Having been so inspired, I first used to steal my older brother’s ‘Brownie 127’ camera whilst he was at work, and although I had no film, as far as I was concerned I was a photographer capturing scenes in that small welsh village, sneaking it back into my brother’s bedroom at the end of the day before he returned from work. In 1994, I gained my Licentiateship qualification with The British Institute of Professional Photography, and a year later, a Licentiateship qualification with The Master Photographers’ Association, having studied photography with both Fuji and Kodak. Prior to our move to Canada, my wife and I ran our own photographic studio close to that same welsh village, specialising in weddings, portraiture and landscape work. Photographers from whom I have gained much inspiration over the years are: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Don McCullen, Charlie Waite and the contemporary American landscape photographer Alain Briot, amongst others. This is probably the reason why my main focus is now landscape photography. My wife Ann and I are the owners of the ‘Frame One’ gallery at North Saanich, BC., Canada, where my work is on display and for sale. Photographic prints are also available from my website at jkeithdavies.com
jacqueline austin has been painting all her life. She showed a talent at a very early age while growing up in England and was selected for art competition shows as early as age of 8. She developed her skills and studied art as a hobby early on, taking to it professionally 30 years ago.
jacqui works in all medias including oils, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. The combination of her classical and commercial art training add a contemporary edge to her work. The subject matter is varied and depicts portraits, wildlife, graphic art and some abstract.
She works from a studio on Vancouver Island in Saanich B.C. which is shared with her partner, a professional photographer Gabriel Taschereau (www.pixreflections.com). austin studios inc forms part of a creative team, which combines the talents of both Jacqui and Gabriel. By working together and supporting each other produce art and photographs in a technical and inspirationally charged environment.
Some of the work produced there is a fusion of art and photo where hand painted backdrops play a role to enhance the photos as well as well as photographs where artwork is added as part of the digital photographic processing. Reference photos and lighting techniques from the photo studio are used to enhance and inspire the paintings process.
Commission pieces, including large format paintings have sold and been shown across Canada, England, Australia, Italy and France.
Gabriel was first introduced to photography in 1971. Ever since then it has been a lifetime passion of his. Over the years he has developed a style that is pure to what he sees combining art and reality. He is focussed in capturing timeless moments. He has a keen eye for great composition of his images with excellent processing technique.
He is specialized in family and individual portrait photography along with wedding and business work. His philosophy is simple: Never rest on your laurels. He knows that his reputation is only as good his last shoot. He excels at the ﬁne art of handling even the most difﬁcult of models. On the set, he’s in total control. In the darkroom, his imagination takes ﬂight. We are located in Saanich, BC (near Victoria). We have a full size studio with state of the art equipment.
Nicole Valentine Rimmer was born and raised in Victoria BC. Her first job was at a glass blowing shop cleaning up after the artists. It was there that she was mesmerized by the molten fluidity of glass. She started working in glass in 2005 and moved into metal smithing in 2010. Her work often stretches the limits between glass and metal.