Laura Hilts stands with her Organic Geometry series of paintings now on display at The Gallery in Qualicum Art Supply. — Adam Kveton Photo

Home decor inspiration turns to Organic Geometry paintings

FCA Arrowsmith president showing new work in Qualicum Beach

Former high school art teacher Laura Hilts said one of the things she always tried to teach her students was to keep exploring and trying new things.

Hilts, president of the local Arrowsmith Federation of Canadian Artists chapter, is showing she’s taking her own advice with her latest series of work now up at The Gallery in Qualicum Art Supply in Qualicum Beach.

Generally an organic, spontaneous painter who lets her emotions express themselves in her work without too much of a plan, Hilts said she turned to home decor to get inspired in a new direction.

“I was looking for interesting compositions and I came up with this idea of looking in home decorating magazines,” she said.

Hilts said she fashioned a viewer frame to look at sections of the interiors, turning the magazine sideways and upside-down, finding grids like venetian blinds and staircases, and other geometric shapes.

“Then I made little sketches until something got me interested and excited,” she said.

What came out of it was her Organic Geometry series: watercolour and acrylic paintings with geometric backgrounds and restricted colour palettes, but including an organic element as a focus.

“The geometric shapes would be something I wasn’t that comfortable with, so I had to incorporate a little bit of me from the past into my new idea.”

The result is an often colourful, colour co-ordinated juxtaposition of consistent curves and lines with flowers, in a realistic or abstract style.

While it is a definite departure from Hilts’ usual process, she said the more ordered work was a nice change from the emotional roller coaster that her work is often derived from.

“I liked it because it’s like solving puzzles,” she said. “You’re moving things around objectively… it was fun.”

Asked what she hoped students of her art class would come away with, she said, “Art should be fun, and I would hope that they would enjoy themselves, trying new things and exploring.

“After they’ve learned some of the basics, then they can work to become whatever they are in their art. Be you. Have a genuine voice. But have fun.”

Also at The Gallery in Qualicum Art Supply is a Christmas tree filled with ornaments made by local artists Linda Sams, Heather Mathews and Margery Blom. These include painted works and little, home-made houses.

Send news tips to:

adam.kveton@pqbnews.com

Just Posted

Hotel, restaurant and multi-use residential complex proposed for Resort Drive

Parksville could soon see more rental units, some zoned for commercial use

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

ECHO Players’ 2018/19 season announced

Qualicum Beach theatre company to show Peter Pan musical, Enchanted April and more

More Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Douglas-fir ecosystem protected from logging

B.C. Gov’t announces 980.5 hectares of protected land added

Qualicum Beach mayor plans to run for re-election

Teunis Westbroek hopes to continue serving needs of Town’s residents as mayor

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Most Read