A north Nanaimo art gallery will exhibit avian magnificence this month.
Xiaowen (Christy) Blom is the featured artist for Nanaimo North Town Centre’s Art 10 Gallery.
According to a release for the exhibit, Blom is a member of the Art 10 Gallery, the Federation of Canadian Artist s, the Vancouver Chinese Artist Association, and the Chinese International Calligraphy and Painting Artist Association. She has loved to draw and paint since early childhood and enrolled in art courses at Sichuan University in the early ’90s. After moving to Canada in 1999, and in order to continue her education, Blom enrolled in sketching, oil painting and watercolour painting classes at Vancouver Island University.
“Her works often combine fine brushwork and freehand brushwork to show the subtle and elegant mood of Chinese traditional way of painting and also add on the colour, light and composition effect of Western painting as well,” noted the release. “The unique raw xuan (rice-based) paper requires special training due to the capillary spreading of the water colours on this medium. This type of paper displays the beauty and softness of a bird’s feathers as the colours gently mix together on the paper creating a unique blend.”
Blom’s work can be viewed at the gallery until Feb. 29.