I love writing these Nature Wise columns! I really appreciate that they're well received. I'd like to do a collection of columns and essays like this as a stand alone publication.
The following images are a select exploration of my work in a variety media including watercolour, acrylic, graphite/coloured pencil, printmaking (etching, lithography, transfer assemblages), and photography spanning the years 1967 to 2021. They are arranged by date, beginning with my first formal art training at the Jack Wilkinson Art Studio in Victoria, BC, 1967-68 to a recent commission (2021) inspired by my Cortes Island adventures.
I'm always looking at everything; listening for unusual sounds, interesting words; following narrow paths, gravel roads; connecting things in unusual ways. These days, I'm fascinated by our relationship with food, inspired in part, by my food forester friend Richard. He introduced me to growing food in a thoughtful relationship with natural systems, even welcoming invasive vegetation. He recognizes that 'invasives' survive and thrive in the increasingly hostile world we've created. I'm also fascinated by folks who hesitate to shop at our local Farmer's Market or our excellent locally sourced and low waste stores because..."their food is too expensive!" Is it too expensive? By what measure? I want to know! Perhaps it's the "local isn't really food" syndrome. I want to investigate our local food hesitancy and local food suppliers...all the whys, whats and why nots of the local food industry as it becomes increasingly important. Why? Because growing conditions are changing and supply chains are collapsing. I want to invite my readers to walk with me as we visit nearby farms, farmer's markets, local food outlets...to know the people who are willing to work eighteen hour days in all kinds of weather to provide our food. I want to share the sweet tasting produce from those who are attempting to save the world, one lettuce at a time.
Join me as I embrace...words written or spoken, delivered with enthusiasm, passion, care, wisdom, depth, creativity.
I'm Dianne Bersea, a person of many personalities and endeavors..., photographer, painter, illustrator, designer, thinker, visualizer, writer, sometimes iconoclast, and often frustrated communicator. This blog provides an outlet for all of the above. All images are mine.