Recently Alice has decided to widen her scope and will be undertaking the challenge of working with oil paints.  She
greatly enjoys plein air painting, and while several pieces were created in the beautiful areas throughout Victoria, Alice
mostly works from her home studio in Oak Bay.  Amongst her larger body of abstract paintings are interspersed a few still-
lifes and landscapes.

Alice has spent the bulk of her career working in the employment services field and is employed as a director with Beacon
Community Services.  Prior to Beacon, Alice worked at Camosun College under contract. She has also worked in the
financial, hospitality and retail sectors. Alice’s husband Gerry and their son Christopher lived for three years in Japan
from 1991-1994 and had many opportunities to view Japanese artisans throughout the prefecture of Yamagata. During her
time in Japan Alice worked primarily with oil pastels.

“What I work to capture in my paintings is the vividness of life.  The shifting colours and tones of nature are so inspiring to
me.  While I live in Oak Bay, I travel to Sidney to work and am awestruck at the changes that occur in the sky, clouds,
trees and other foliage along the highway throughout the seasons.  I am also a fan of the naturally occurring phenomena
in our universe such as nebula and neutron stars and hope to do a series of abstracts that capture my impressions. Most
of the time when I sit down at my easel I have no idea what is going to unfold.  I usually start with the colours I want to use
that day and go from there.  I’ve always admired the impressionists and the current piece under development on my easel
is inspired by those artists.”
Alice Van Blokland
Alice Van Blokland’s art was first featured in Barrie,
Ontario at the age of eight when a picture of her and her
first public work (a finger painting!) was published in the
Barrie Examiner. Many of Alice’s siblings also had artistic
leanings, one sister going on to be a graphic designer and
another an interior designer. Taking art courses throughout
her youth, Alice went on to study art at Barrie North
Collegiate and then with private tutors from England and
China. While she has done some work in water colours,
her greatest body of work is in acrylics.

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