Category Archives: Influences

Nature Drawing and Journaling

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling:


This comprehensive guide to nature drawing journaling contains basic to advanced level instruction on:

Ways to use your journal to enhance curiosity, creativity, and sharpen your naturalist’s eye.
Simple techniques to improve your visual memory and help you draw what you see.
Lessons on how to use graphite, pen, watercolor and gouache for fast field sketches.
Lessons on how to draw wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, landscapes, seascapes, and skies.
Full color, 302 pages.


The Children and Nature Movement

Richard Louv is the recipient of The Audubon Medal and author of national bestselling book, ‘Last Child in the Woods.’ He continues to write and research on the children and nature movement which is growing exponentially. In the following article, he discusses this movement and how we can all do something to be a part of it.

Children and Nature Movement by Richard Louv


The ‘DIY’ Gallery Experience

It was an amazing experience to open the doors and run my own gallery. I moved into the former Yates St loft of artist Jimmy Wright. I had 2000 sq/ft of downtown Victoria space to paint and play in while I attended full-time university.  Learning entrepreneurship in a text book was applied to the real world as nothing helps you grow faster than jumping in with both feet and just doing it. I learned a lot about myself and what I could handle and what I wanted to handle. It built up stamina and perseverance, which would serve me well in my future endeavours.

LC Gallery

LC Gallery 4

LC Gallery 5

LC Gallery 3

LC Gallery 2

Mopsey bowl of salad

My First Influence

My very first post is lovingly dedicated to my Great Grandma, Di Varley. Grandma Di was a local Vernon artist who specialized mainly in porcelain painting on plates and dolls; she taught me to draw as soon as I could hold a pencil.  Grandma was blessed with many inspiring artist friends and as a little girl, my first watercolour influences sprouted in the studio of Patricia Lawton, pastel portrait tips from Norma Aiken and acrylic landscape inspiration from her friend Mary Keith.

The art influence continued in Victoria BC from Grandma Di’s cousin, Bernie Evans. Bernie and I had many weekend outings to the local galleries, parks and afternoon tea times with his friends Doug and Lorie Genn. In 2000, Doug and Lorie invited me to an inspirational weekend retreat at Painters Lodge, Campbell River for “Painters at Painters” where their son Robert Genn was one of the guest artists. It was an all-star cast that weekend with 26 Artists in Residence including Fenwick Lansdowne, Toni Onley and Ted Harrison. It was the weekend that changed my direction in life and I knew on the trip home that I wanted to be an artist. Upon my return from Painters Lodge, I switched my 2nd year major at UVic from Biochemistry/Microbiology to Entrepreneurship in hopes of learning how to make a living as an artist.

I am grateful for every minute that I had with Grandma Di and Bernie. It is because of them that I had the support and courage to follow my heart and meet the influential artists that would shape my future.

Great Grandma Di Varley, Pastel Artist

Great Grandma Di showing her painting.

Bernie and Leanne

Cousin Bernie and Leanne on a weekend outing in Beacon Hill Park, 1999.

Great Grandma Di Varley, Porcelain Artist

Great Grandma Di showing some of her porcelain work at local painting exhibition.