Artist Statement

I am interested in human experience of nature today.  How our environment is used, respected and valued shapes our relationship with the natural world and our place in it.  The words of poet, Khalil Gibran: “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” have long resonated with me and inform my current work.  I am concerned with reclaiming a belonging with nature. This series, framed in our current reality of climate change, emphasizes that there is a better future to work towards.

I work in acrylics because it requires me to be deliberate, without overthinking.  This allows the mark making to be spontaneous; capturing movement as a moment in time.

It is important that a painting is handmade and singularly unique.  I believe this gives an authenticity to the message in a time where we are inundated with mass production.  The brushwork is obvious and is evidence of the painting process as part of the story.

Bio

Meghan Spence, is a painter based British Columbia, Canada. She began as a self-taught artist in the Okanagan Valley, working as part of an artistic team on a City wide mural project in her hometown of Vernon BC.  She later relocated to the Lower Mainland of BC, shifting from murals to acrylics on canvas.  She continued her education, studying painting at Emily Carr University.  Her paintings are regularly shown in Galleries and art spaces around British Columbia. Natural ecosystems and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are of central importance.  Her paintings show gestural brushwork, impasto textures and vibrant colour relationships conveying handwork and personal connection.

Select Exhibitions

  • 2019 Solo Exhibition (upcoming)- Vertigo Gallery, Vernon, BC

  • 2019 Group Exhibition (upcoming) - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford, BC

  • 2019 Women in Art - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford, BC

  • 2019 Arts Scene Uncovered - Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler, BC

  • 2018 International Artist Day Show - 100 Braid Street Gallery, New Westminster, BC

  • 2018 Art in the Garden - North Vancouver, BC

  • 2018 Artists' Choice Exhibition - Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • 2018 Active Members Exhibition - Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • 2017 Great White North - Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler BC

  • 2017 40 Below - Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • 2017 ic(o!)nic Canada - Fort Gallery, Fort Langley BC

  • 2017 Arts 2017: Reflections on Canada, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC

  • 2017 Canada 150 Art Show - Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • 2017 Clouds Exhibition - CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver BC

  • 2016 Memento Mori - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC

  • 2016 Oxygen for the Soul - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford BC

  • 2015 Anonymous Art Show - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford BC

  • 2014 Downtown Abbotsford Art Walk, Abbotsford BC

Membership

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