BRIAN & NANCY STREET

BRIAN & NANCY  STREET
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Biography:

Brian was born in China of missionary origin. After living his first nine years in China and Japan, he moved to Alberta for further schooling. Here he was raised in a country setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Throughout his life he has not only shown a good eye for colour, shape and detail, but also has developed a creative talent in his many 'hands-on' ventures.

After attending Ryerson College in Toronto, Ontario, taking a Photo and Graphic Arts course, Brian toured Alaska and worked in the Yukon. He settled in the Comox Valley in the mid 70's. He has recently retired from commercial fishing and is now devoted to full time wood turning. He has been studying with the master turner, Jason Marlow, learning the techniques used in wood turning in the expression of strong, graceful form. Brian's work is on display in Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, and Whistler as well as the Comox Valley.

Artist's Comments:

Much of the wood I use was cut 20 to 40 years ago and recently purchased in logging communities across Vancouver Island. Due to age and climatic conditions, much of the wood has developed inherent cracks. All of these have been stabilized in the creative process, yet left to give the pieces character and symbols of age. All of the pieces are for dry use only (fruit, dried flowers, or simply for display). The finish may be maintained with an application of clear paste wax and buffed with a soft dry cloth.

Nancy Street

Born in Ontario Canada, Nancy Street was raised near the shores of Lake Huron where she first developed her love and appreciation for nature. By the age of 10 she was expressing her artistic sensitivity in woodcarving. In 1973 Nancy moved to British Columbia where she joined a company devoted to training young artists in carving B.C. Jade. A dream come true!

In 1984, Nancy opened a new studio in the interior where she not only diversified her artistic expression by using such media as Brazilian soapstone, marble, sodalite and alabaster; but also she created larger and more dramatic carvings.

Now living on Vancouver Island, Nancy carves during the winter and joins her husband fishing outside Tofino during the summer months.

A subtle chemistry of line, simplicity and sensuality is the very essence of Nancy's unique and personal style.