Friday, May 30, 2008

Riley Charters

Riley Charters is happy to sit back and let her husband Bill do all the talking. She doesn't feel the need to stand out and be noticed. Her paintings stand out for her.
Oils, some acrylics, pastels, found objects, gold leaf, coffee grounds and white glue for textures are just some of the mediums that She uses for her paintings. She finds inspiration from family stories, stories her father wrote down, and observations of her family. The culture of her Salish history, her Mom from the Thompson, Coldwater Band and her Father from the Shuswap Barrier are rich with inspiration for her visual art. Riley also enjoys researching First Nations in BC and putting her research on canvas. If she isn't painting she's beading and making jewelry.
Abbotsford and Mission areas have been her home for a long time. For three years in the mid seventy's she went to art school in Nelson. She has continued to take art classes through the years and doesn't intend to stop learning new techniques or new way to fashion her art.
Riley took some courses in Facilitation and then went on to facilitate a class in printmaking at Abbotsford's John MacLure elementary school. She would also like to enrich her life with travel and experience other cultures along with more teaching to enrich young lives through art.
A couple of years ago Bill drove for miles ( we are in Canada eh) kilometers around BC and Alberta looking for Galleries that would display Riley's work. She has her work in Banff at the About Canada Gallery, The Path Gallery in Whistler and Eagle Feather in Victoria. Her next show in Abbotsford will be with the Graphic Guild starting October.
19th at Kariton Gallery.
Visit Riley's web page Riley Charters


Anonymous said...

My husband and I purchased Flute Serenade last year whilst in Whistler on our honeymoon, it is now part of our small but growing collection and our favourite purchase yet, we make sure that everyone sees it when they visit us! We both love Riley's work and are hoping to buy more in the future. We love the fact that there are stories attached to the pictures and we feel kind of haunted by some of them. Keep up the good work Riley!

Karen Durant said...

I hope to see Riley at the Quaaout Lodge in Chase this week end April 17 to 19 2015.