I'm so happy to finally be sharing the last installment of "the heART of pender project" with you all. This series showcases two local Pender Island artists while they create. My goal in this project is to show you through two blog posts, how beautiful art is while it is being created, and the amazing, and talented people behind the work.
Welcome to part two of "the heART of pender project"
Artist: Thuja Wood Art artist Colin Hamilton
I met Colin through his wife who I met on facebook after I posted that I was looking for artists for a project. Colin invited me to his studio so I could see what type of art he creates. It was wonderful meeting Colin and his wife and they graciously showed me around their garden and studio while we got to know each other. Colin's art is both business and passion. He runs a successful business on Pender creating items from recycled and reclaimed Cedar Red wood into frames, gates, and fences (just to name a few things). I was excited to see what Colin had in mind for this project and we set a date to begin. In total I visited Colin three times to document him while he worked and to show how a chunk of driftwood transformed into a piece of ART!!!
I returned one sunny Pender Island day to begin, and Colin asked if we should work in studio or outdoors? Outdoors I asked? Sure he said. And so we grabbed some gear, a chunk of driftwood and headed into the forest beside his home and got to work.
By the end of our first session the chuck of driftwood was masterfully being transformed by Colin into a piece of ART!
The weather turned to rain during our second session so it was into the Cob studio for more work on the sculpture. This Cob studio/workshop was built by Colin and so interesting to see with an amazing skylight giving natural light to work with.
This day Colin set up the sculpture on his workbench, turned on some seriously cool music, and got to work.
Our last session involved finishing sanding and staining the piece. I must say the stain smelled amazing and Colin uses an environmentally friendly product to stain. The whole studio smelled of lemons and it was fantastic.
Watching Colin work over our three sessions I can truly say that he is a master at what he does. He is a fantastic artist, kind person, smart business man, and just super cool guy! Thank you Colin for being a part of "the heART of pender project"
The finished piece...stunning work of art!
After studying visual arts and traveling the world, Colin along with his wife made Pender Island home and began Thuja Wood Art which focuses on sustainable artistic woodworking.
I asked Colin how Pender Island influences his art and he said "I would say that lifestyle is a big part of it, this job lets me lead the lifestyle I want, set my own hours, work in my own space, be at home lots so that I can also be working on the property, house etc. The other big influence of the islands is the that this is one of the few places in the world where we get this much driftwood, so having my job double as sustainable forestry as I salvage the driftwood from local beaches and get to life in paradise is pretty cool!"
To learn more about Colin and his business check out his website at http://thujawoodart.com/about/
Come see Colin and his work at Sea Star Vineyards Art Showing "From the Woods" located on Pender Island from June 23-25. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/IslandOfArtFestivalOnPenderIslandBc/
Check out more info on Colin and see more of his work...