Artists Bios - Art in the Park 2013.


Karen Santos   


Karen Santos is a Mexican artist who has been painting since she was four years old. She began her artistic training under the tutelage of her mother, an avid painter, art teacher, and art psychologist. Although Karen practiced many forms of art, it was her painting that was often praised by her teachers and the critics who visited her mother’s school. Karen continued her studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Karen currently lives in Vancouver and paints regularly while embarking on her other career, opera performance.


Rick Patassini and Ana Isabel Martin del Campo   


Rick is a local artist from Maple Ridge, and his wife, Ana, is a Mexican artist who has participated in international festivals for several years. Together, Rick and Ana make paper maché sculptures, jewelry and photo art.


Ken McRae 


Ken McRae is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art. He has worked as a graphic designer and print sales associate for the past 43 years. Now retired, Ken's new hobby is close up and landscape photography. Ken's design sense has enabled him to view the beauty of nature from a very unique perspective, and captures his interpretations of "Visions of Nature". Under controlled lighting conditions in his studio, Ken is able to capture close up images, true to their Natural colour.


Deanna Fligg 


Deanna Fligg is an artist based in Port Moody, British Columbia. She expresses her ideas creating paintings, drawings, photographs and jewelry. In 2006, she received her Fine Arts Certificate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then received her Management Certificate in Interior Design from BCIT in 2008. In 2013, she was awarded with her certificate in Floral Design. Deanna realized at a very young age that she loved to express herself through visual art. In 2006, she began to capture bees in photos. Now, Deanna is trying to promote awareness through her artwork about how important bees are to us.


Gayle Arnold   


Art is my passion. Painting is my primary medium but I am also a singer in a band called The Strangest Days. I grew up in Coquitlam and learned to paint as a child taking lessons from a local artist. After high school I was accepted into Emily Carr University of Art and Design. By 2009 I graduated with my Bachelor's of Fine Arts. Since then I have been working as a professional artist creating commissions, exhibiting, and teaching art lessons.


M. Moheet and R. Mohit  


The movement of the colors and the emotions behind them can be felt in the works of M. Moheet, who takes inspiration from life and the beauty contained therein. Philosophy and poetry are the focal points of the work created by R. Mohit. He incorporates Persian calligraphy from various works of Persian literature pertaining to philosophy and the Divine. R.Mohit’s collection, ‘Divine Poetry’ showcases his mastery of Persian calligraphy together with his knowledge of Persian literature. Both brothers have degrees in architecture and have been practicing artists for more than three decades. The ‘Sama’ collection is a collaborative effort for M. Moheet and R. Mohit to celebrate the mysticism of the Sufi movement.


Sherren MacLeod  


Intense colour, striking florals, whimsical island life scenes are what Sherren is known for and inspired by. She I always knew that she would be a painter, knitting, sewing, gardening – always creating something with colour. As a self taught artist she learned to paint by observation and reading many books plus attending workshops and selling her work at the Saltspring market. Currently she is inspired by; sunsets, bare trees in winter, Vancouver’s bridges and farm scenes. Living in Mission, now with her husband and adult children, they enjoy a full life of travelling, painting and gardening. Email: Sherren MacLeod


Don Portelance 


Don Portelance is a professional artist and art teacher living in greater Vancouver. He has exhibited in many countries and his artwork hangs in corporate, public and private collections worldwide. You are invited to explore to view his work: oil paintings, watercolors, chalk pastels, acrylics and stone lithographs. You will find a wide variety of images based on his travels, local British Columbia landscapes, figures, florals, still life, abstract ideas and more.



Jordanka Yaretz


I have been painting for 43 years. I have been feautred in 5 local TV shows and one of my painting sappeared in the Chatelaine magazine. Eight of my naïve paintings of children playing in the snow were reproducted into Christmas cards by UNICEF. For the past seven years I have been painting a series of Mysterious TREES with human quality. My TREE paintings have become very popular with collectors around the world. Five of my TREE paintings have been used in TATTOOS, two paintings are on the cover of music CD's..



Elaine Watts


Elaine loves capturing the drama and contrasting effects of light and shadow. She started with landscapes in watercolor, but learned from teachers in Canada and Australia in other mediums as well. Elaine can be impressionistic or detailed, and she often discovers bits of magic hidden in her paintings. It is a mystery to her how they get there! Elaine is inspired by nature and the beautiful places in the world. Summerland is becoming her home after 25 years in Coquitlam.



June Corstorphine


June loves transforming paper and other organic material into art. She has a passion for all that is unique and hand-made. June creates one-of-a-kind pieces exploring themes such as faith and antiquity, utilizing embossing, embedding and casting techniques. Hand-spun art fibers add a rich textural component to some pieces. June tears up colored paper and blends it with water to make a slurry, which she dips her screen into and turns it out onto a surface with decorative objects. When the pulp dries it is 'cast' with designs as fibers, metallics and ephemera become embedded into the dried paper. It is a delightful, messy process full of happy 'accidents.' It is June’s sincere desire to uplift and encourage others!


Reet Herder


Reet belongs to the Fraser Valley Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FVC), the South Surrey White Rock Art Society and the Port Kells Art Club (PKAC). She is the Advertising Executive for the FVC and PKAC.  She has shown her artwork in their venues and many of her paintings are in private collections across Canada. She paints mainly in oils but also in acrylics.   She started her jewellery business in 2010 and has been showing her pieces at her home, craft shows and festivals. Glitz and Glamour is her forte and she loves to share her creations with the public.


Ninna Sinder


Ninna started "mucking about" with clay some years ago, inspired at an early age by an Aunt who enjoyed pottery in her spare time. Continuing to expand her command of clays, techniques, tools and glazes, she applies an eclectic style to her functional pottery. Both in her home studio and local Art Centre. Muckabout was chosen as the name for Ninna's pottery and all the other great things she makes with her hands


Sandra Cattermole


Sandra Cattermole is a British Columbia artist who paints in pastels and oils. Subject matter ranges from B.C. landscapes, especially coastal waters, to large florals and plant studies. Email: Sandra Cattermole


Wendy Schmidt


Wendy was born and raised in Coquitlam and now resides in New Westminster. Her aim is to express appreciation of nature and wildlife through paintings and photography.  Wendy enjoys painting wildlife in its natural habitat doing what nature does best. She likes to capture a peaceful feeling, a calmness of colours. Observing nature inspires her,  “there is always something new to see and re-create in a painting.  Our Creator has given us a never ending discovery in nature”.


Johanna Richards and Betty Block


Betty & Johanna are a mother-daughter "team" that create colourful and thoughtful works of art from Folk Art benches to still life, portraits, landscape and abstract paintings. Betty has been active in the Fraser Valley art scene for years and currently has a studio gallery, Bayview Gallery in Lake Errock. Johanna has studied fine arts at Emily Carr, UBC and Cap College bringing a variety of influences into her work. Using mainly acrylic's they draw from the inspiration in nature and images from around the world to paint a picture that everyone can enjoy.


Manfred Kraus


Manfred discovered photography in his teens. He photographed Vancouver from the air producing posters, calendars, DVD's and T-shirts. Having extensive experience with film or analog photography he embraced digital photography, turning a photograph into a painting through software and printing Giclee's on canvas. With his newest panorama photo equipment he creates super high-resolution panorama photo Giclees over 7 feet wide on canvas or photo paper capturing the spectacular Vancouver Cityscapes and other popular Mountain-Naturescapes. His photography and artworks can be seen at Greater Vancouver framing shops the White Ocean Gallery on Granville Island and on his website



Merrill Masson


Merrill began her artistic journey almost 20 years ago when she lived on Quadra Island. She was inspired by living next to the ocean, near the pristine forests and parks. She is currently living in Coquitlam where she was born and raised. She continues working on her mandalas and enjoys her piano teaching and quilting. She has done commissioned works, and has participated in several art shows. Her work has been displayed in many different businesses locally.