The art of Nancyanne Cowell  

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This was the 2017 exhibit at The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, curated by Jaime Clifton-Ross.  A five-year collaboration between author and artist, exploring how love, science and compassion can help us leap towards a more sustainable world. How do we leap towards new sustainable pathways? Each chapter of the Edging Forward book was featured — with writings by author Ann Dale and paintings by artist Nancyanne Cowell. This exhibit was a celebration of art, nature, sustainability and the future of humanity. 



Fernweh Press published a beautiful catalogue of the writings and the paintings that were created for the 2017 Edging Forward exhibit at The Robert Bateman Centre. To view, please click on the circle.





Carbon Thoughts by Nancyanne Cowell was selected for a post card addressed to the honourable Office of the Prime Minister of Canada.  It captures the transforming energy of my country's maple tree. A seed, giving life to Canada's Parliamentary Library and Peace Tower — knowledge and compassion.





Carbon Thoughts (detail), by Nancyanne Cowell was selected for the front cover of Focus Magazine, October-November 2017 issue.




Edging Forward
Ann Dale

Achieving Sustainable Community Development
The Edging Forward print-book and illuminated ebook will be officially released and available for purchase on February 7, 2018. (This is a Peter Sibbald Brown design.)


This was a creative collaboration between author and artist experimenting with a multi-sensory synergy between literature and visual arts.  As part of an integrated print, media and visual art project, the Edging Forward ebook is illustrated by a series of paintings by Canadian artist Nancyanne Cowell. Responding to core concepts presented in each chapter, her life-affirming paintings draw on relationships and intersections between the built and natural environments. 


The artist is quoted: "By responding to themes, legends and fairy tales within each chapter, I draw on relationships and interconnections between our built environment and the natural world.  Water — as a symbol of renewal, cleansing and emotional energy; flows throughout the painting series. It is the source of all life. Making up most of the Earth and most of our bodies, water is a conduit between and amongst all species, communities and the biosphere. Painting beyond the conventional boundaries of the traditional 'landscape', my brushes found moments of emotion and wonder expressing these marvelous mysteries. These paintings are an offering that we may find possibility — towards a fresh understanding of being. With our planet deeply seeking care, perhaps this exhibition will stir both our hearts and minds to find meaning and strengthen our connection with the world around us."  - Nancyanne Cowell, Edging Forward art collection




Life Is Calling was especially created for the "2016 Inaugural Exhibition" of the JDStevenson Gallery, a premium boutique gallery on Vancouver Island.  At the grand opening, this painting sold within the first 20 minutes.





SEASIDE Magazine, January 2014 issue, published an article Time Suspended: Dust Motes, Dragonflies and Dandelion Clocks by Stephanie Webb, BA, BFA, MA, Contemporary Art Critic. [..."Many speak about the beauty of Cowell's paintings; however, for me, these canvases are more. Something deeper is implied. For example, in Timewriter (pictured), swirling brushstrokes of deep burgundy vibrate with energy yet are held in check by the areas of blush pink and incandescent cinnamon. These quieter spaces, or pauses, encourage contemplation. Also, the inclusion of other elements and motifs, such as dots and dragonfly, is telling. I am reminded of days gone by  when there was time to watch dust motes dance in the sunbeams, when there were opportunities to stare lazily at darting dragonflies and when I really believed you could tell the time by blowing dandelion clocks  and I mourn my loss of innocence. The dragonfly is a gentle reminder that change is inevitable. Like the circle, these ancient beings are often seen as symbols of transformation and connote the cyclical nature of life."...]


Nancyanne was on the front cover of ISLAND Gals Magazine, Real Women Real Stories, in the June 2013 Issue 2, Volume 3.  This was the Publisher's Note: Vancouver Island, British Columbia ["Nancyanne Cowell, Peer-recommended as an artist of inspiration for her 'ecoscape' paintings and evocatively creative process. It has been an honour, privilege and delight to have Canadian artist, Nancyanne Cowell, as one of our feature contributors to ISLAND Gals magazine. Her authenticity and vision pours through both her written word as well as her thought-provoking and potent artistic expression on canvas.  ISLAND Gals looks forward to future collaborations with Nancyanne and remains supportive of her journey."] -Johanna Socha, ISLAND Gals Magazine






SEASIDE Magaine, 2013 Women to Watch, March 2013 Issue; RECYCLED VASES...IN THE GARDEN - Nancyanne Cowell, Artist.  This was an extract, [..."I found this most charming vase in the recycle, and took it home with me. And deep inside, where no one could see, several cracks appeared. Most delicately, I washed the curves with soap and water until they shined. Surveying the garden, my inner voice flickered and listened to the tweak of the creative moment. I knew. I stood the vessel into its place, its home  its new passage to be, residing next to the immortal Iris. I put fresh water and flowers in it every day until the cracks in the surface began to heal. Sometimes the vase felt vulnerable when seen inside, but I would place more flowers in, and fill it with my favorite song. It would be transformed again. It knows it is strong enough for anything."...] 






Nancyanne's painting Unveiling Your Voice is on the wall for this featured home in Y.A.M. Magazine, July/August 2011 edition, with the Feature Article: Custom Homes.