Tofino Artist Gael Duchene
Reverence for nature can be seen and felt in the art of Gael Duchene.
Gael believes that nature is always
the best creator
and she showcases its magnificence through
twenty years ago
from London Ontario to live and work
on Meares Island at
Kakawis Family Center. She fell in love with the pristine wilderness,
the people of the west coast and their cultural history that embraced
living in harmony with their surroundings.
Gael has always enjoyed artistic discovery in various mediums: painting,
drawing, fabric art, photography, and jewelry. Her love of woodturning
was born 10 years ago when friend Keith Plumley taught Gael this
craft. He encouraged her emerging talent and found Gael her first
lathe. Carver Richard Menard, now on Denman Island, taught face-carving
After a piece of wood is shaped on the lathe Gael often adds her
unique artistic expression: inlayed shell and stone, the four elements
from the Medicine Wheel, painted, carved, and wood burned designs.
She also carves faces on large pieces of turned wood.
Gael enjoys collaborating with other artists. An example is the large
feast platter “Sacred Circle” at Long Beach Lodge, turned
by Keith Plumley.
“When carving the weathered, outer layers from a burl that industry
has discarded, I always marvel at what is revealed inside. This beauty
and sacredness was once held within the living tree and I am reminded
of the importance of our connection with nature.”
Gael’s work is in homes around the world and can be seen
at her home studio by appointment 725-4277, and every Saturday at
the Tofino Public Market.