Monday, January 26, 2009

Shop Local Series: Starryeyedstudios of Victoria, BC

Victoria, capital of BC - Parliament buildings and inner harbour.

Alesha Davies Fowlie is the very talented artist behind Starryeyedstudios and she lives in an urban area about a twenty minute walk from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Her townhouse is situated on a hill in a neighbourhood populated with lot's of Garry Oak trees and she has a beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains from her studio window. Victoria is a beautiful place to live, with ocean views, arbutus and oak trees, and of course the parliament buildings and lot's of other historic sites such as Craigdarroch Castle and the Butchart Gardens.

Flying Fish art card has been professionally printed from a watercolor and mixed media painting.

Alesha's primary art medium is painting and she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1993. She makes her living mainly through giving art classes in watercolour and acrylic at local art centres. As well as selling paintings and art cards, she produces magnets and pendants from her own illustrations.

Majestic Tree pendant.

Alesha also likes to works with Japanese Chiyogami and other decorative papers. She is a keen collage and assemblage fan and likes to also use recycled papers such as maps and book pages, as well as re-making and altering her old paintings and drawings. Alesha has a small glass kiln for making fused glass pieces for her functional art line and occasionally dabbles in decorative glass work.
Japanese Kanji magnets have been made from hand cut fused glass.

Reflecting on how she sees her work being influenced by her surroundings Alesha says: " My art work has always featured sea life, ocean themes as well as mountains, rocky cliffs and trees. I am not a traditional landscape painter but these natural themes definitely re-occur in my work. As we have a huge Asian population here I think I am drawn to that type of imagery as well, and that is reflected in my work."

Dancing Crabs art card

Alesha belongs to the Island Artisans Association and has many friends in the art and craft community. When asked if she feels supported by her community in her art Alesha replied: " Yes, we have lots of markets, fairs and traditional art shows but many of my friends who practice a less commercial form of art making say that the opportunities for success for this type of artist is limited. We have a great new art school here, the Vancouver Island School of Art, which I think is on it's way to becoming one of the best in the country."

This spectacular beach view can be seen from Dallas Road, a favorite walking route for many Victoria residents and visitors out to enjoy the gorgeous ocean views and fresh sea air.
Thank-you Alesha for allowing us a peek into your life in this beautiful city. It's easy to see why you have chosen to make this your home.

Please visit Alesha's two shops on Etsy here:
Alesha Davies Fowlie

Reported by Morgen of Inkyspider designs and Kootsac re-usable bulk food bags.


Crafty Ash said...

wow what a neat glimpse into such inspiring work!

minouette said...

I used to live in North Saanich. I have (amongst other things) some of Alesha's magnets on my fridge which remind me of my time on the Island.

Nice article!

Alesha Fowlie said...

Thanks so much for this great article Morgen!
I really appreciate it.