Tofino Art: Linda Heslop
Linda Heslop is as rooted to Vancouver Island as the stones, sandy
beaches and sea stars she paints with vivid realism.
Tutored by her artist father she has drawn and painted since early
childhood and began painting in earnest before entering her teens.
For fifteen years she worked freelance, illustrating numerous books,
magazines and also writing and illustrating her own book, The Art of
Caving, which detailed her years as a cave explorer and mapper.
Linda is an avid explorer, hiker and lover of nature, with both her
vocation as a painter and her recreational pursuits involving seeking
out wilderness in the remoter areas of Vancouver Island.
Linda now works exclusively in watercolour, her subject matter focusing
on the ocean, the life and secrets to be found where sea meets shore.
Highly realistic in style her paintings reflect an unusual blend of
art and science. Behind the colour and shape of clustered sea stars
there lies a fascination with the biology of these life forms themselves;
within the translucent colour of a curling wave there is a delight
in the physics of water and gravity; and hidden in the simplicity of
a beach stone composition there is an awe of geological time frames.
Many of Linda’s paintings are inspired by the beauty of the Pacific
Rim area. A walk on a wild pacific beach will reveal that no artist’s
license is necessary to enhance the rainbow hues of our west coast
sea stars. In keeping with the motto “Take nothing but pictures,
Leave nothing but footprints” Linda Heslop’s art is an
invitation to take a little of the west coast home whilst leaving it
undisturbed for others to enjoy.
Linda’s original paintings, prints and cards are available at
Schooner Gallery in Tofino. Visit the website at www.tofinoart.com
Tofino artist Linda Heslop works exclusively in watercolours. Her vivid paintings focus on the biology of life where the ocean meets the shore.