Thursday, September 24th – 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Please join Richard for a lovely safe day of art this fall that starts at 12:30pm! Bring a lunch to enjoy in the Garden before heading over to the Pavilion to learn how to paint “Spirit Fox” on Japanese art paper. Within many indigenous cultures, Fox as spirit animal offers guidance to one for taking quick action, adaptability and mental alertness in dealing with everyday and life issues. Everyone is welcome. Beginners are especially encouraged. Richard’s classes frequently sell out so early registration is recommended.
Richard’s classes are also fun, relaxed and fully supported within a safe learning environment. Overhead projection will ensure social distancing requirements are met. Provincial Health guidelines will be followed. Hand sanitizers will be available. And use of masks will be recommended for instances where distancing is not possible. Tables, chairs and all art supplies will also be cleaned before and after use.
Richard Wong is a local professional wildlife artist with international credentials. His art is popular. His classes are fun. Learn more about Richard: www.richardwongwatercolors.ca
Class Fee: $55.00 (includes workshop, art supplies and Garden admission)
Call 250 479 6162 to register or register online below.
Richard Wong, Artist Statement & Biography
“How I Became A Wildlife Artist”
This great adventure of mine started fairly innocently.
I spent a glorious 25 years with the provincial government of British Columbia working in finance and policy (Ministry of Environment). During that time, I came to appreciate our wildlife and natural environment, all so delicately balanced! Then it came time to retire. So I did.
My life as a wildlife artist started soon thereafter. With time on my hands, and a Christmas gift of art supplies (from my wonderful spouse), I enrolled in art classes (2010). First it was traditional watercolor classes. Then it was Chinese brush lessons. I soon discovered Japanese art paper, and my career (second) as a professional wildlife artist began. Learning to paint, especially watercolor, allows me to capture the very essence of wildlife and nature like no other medium. Much of our wildlife is affected to the point where we are losing them rapidly. So I do what I can to spread this message of awareness: to paint and capture our wildlife in beautiful, vibrant watercolors; to teach others how to do this; and along the way, to engage and connect people and communities through my love of art. This love has taken me to Australia and the United States, where I’ve taught, presented and shown my work (Watercolor on Japanese Art Paper). I now paint (professionally), teach and sell from my lovely home base in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Wishing everyone a very lovely journey as we embark on yet another wildlife/art adventure full of wonder, excitement and discovery!
Professional Wildlife Artist
Watercolor on Japanese Art Paper