Julie Sabiston holds one of her paintings at the Nanaimo North Town Centre. The piece is part of Sabiton’s exhibit

Julie Sabiston holds one of her paintings at the Nanaimo North Town Centre. The piece is part of Sabiton’s exhibit

Floral paintings featured in Nanaimo exhibit

Julie Sabiston's exhibit runs until the month at the Art 10 Gallery.

When Julie Sabiton saw a garden filled with dahlias last year, she came up with an idea.

“The sun coming through the dahlias really struck me,” Sabiston said.

At the time, Sabiston was preparing for a month-long exhibition at the Art 10 Gallery.

“I knew that I had this show coming up in the spring,” Sabiston said. “Usually I quite often do seascapes landscapes.”

But once Sabiston, saw those dahlias, she started thinking about other plants.

“That sort of got me started,” Sabiston said. ”I thought about tulips and more spring-like plants.”

After months of painting, Sabiston’s exhibit, which is titled Shadow Dance, is currently on display at the Art 10 Gallery until the end of April.

The exhibit features floral-themed paintings created using watercolours and acrylic.

“It’s about shadows  because being an artist you are always fascinated or very aware of light an shade and tones,” Sabiston said. “I’ve always liked shadows because of the patterns and I think I’ve always liked patterns because I did print making.”

Sabiston’s exhibit runs at the Art 10 Gallery until the end of April. For information, please visit www.www.myartclub.com.

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