Brian has studied Photography & Graphic arts at Ryerson College in Torornto, spending time in Alaska, the Yukon & eventually making his home in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
After retiring from commercial fishing, he has been able to devote himself to Wood turning fulltime.
Through his many skills and talents, along with a unique creative flair, Brian has opened new doors as a flourishing artist.
Brian especially enjoys working with West Coast burls: red cedar, cypress, maple & hemlock, which all show beautiful colour and grain patterns. The wood Brian uses has been taken from the forests of Vancouver Island over the last 40 years. This diminishing & precious resource should be treated with respect, as he believes these burls are becoming an endangered species. Brian's art is owned by collector's internationally who share his love affair with wood.
At 10 years of age, Nancy's youthful dreams were expressed with a simple block of wood & a utility Knife. This hobby blossomed into reality when Nancy moved to the West coast in 1973. Working as an RN in Vancouver, she sought a piece of BC Jade to carve. Needless to say, she traded her nursing cap for a grinding wheel.
In the mid eighties, Nancy branched out into using Soapstone, and Alabaster. These softer rocks lend themselves to Nancy's graceful & flowing forms. Nancy not only does abstract, figurative, stylized bird & animal pieces, she also collaborates with her husband Brian, to create Wall Sculptures.
Nancy's work is displayed around the world, and sold only in 5 galleries in British Columbia & Alberta
Living in and around the coastal forests of Vancouver Island throughout his lifetime has enabled Courtney to find and use a variety of amazing woods in his Old Growth Vessels and Masks. Beginning with lathe work he has progressed to free hand carving. The free hand vessels and masks are very exciting to Courtney, allowing him to explore the wood's natural colours and textures, enabling the wood itself to guide him in his creations. Courtney's wood work has found loving homes in Cnada, the USA, Europe and Australia.