ArtSplash: The canvas of Signy Cohen

West Coast Artist Signy Cohen will be featured during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival at the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s next big event, ArtSplash! at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet from March 15-23, 10am-10pm daily.

Cohen found her love of drawing and working with colour at an early age and while many budding artists start at their love affair early, Signy has made a career out of that fist spark. Growing up in an artistic home, Signy’s parents gave her the freedom and encouragement to explore different mediums and expressions of creativity.

Signy attended Vancouver School of Art, Capilano College and Malaspina College where her interests were in drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She moved to the west coast in 1989 and continued her explorations in art making. Signy also has had a career in doing portraits, graphic design and illustrations for national and international clients. After thirty years of portrait making, she still does portraits for the Prince Albert Hall of Fame in Saskatchewan and is working on six portraits for this year’s inductees. Her illustrations have appeared in ten international books, she has taught summer courses for children in the ‘Kidz Art Program’ and opened the well known local Reflecting Spirit Gallery in both Tofino and Ucluelet.

Recently, Signy is reestablishing herself as a print maker, along with exploring her passion for working in oils. Her large oil paintings express impressionistic flowing movement and the reflected light of water. Her work won the ‘People’s Choice’ in last year’s ArtSplash! show and that image is the centre piece for this year’s poster for ArtSplash! To see more of Signy’s work, you can go to www.reflectingspirit. ca, visit her galleries or come to the ArtSplash! at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet from March 15-23, 10am-10pm daily.