Artist Statement

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My inspiration to paint is a God-given gift that I cherish.   I find myself compelled to improvise & experiment with my art; this makes it genuine & unique.

Often people experience an emotional response to my artwork, and this profoundly affects me.   When someone connects with a painting, it affirms a deep conviction I have that I have found my Calling in this life.

I am an abstract impressionist painter.  Rather than create a literal image, I seek to capture a feeling or experience.  This way the viewer is more likely to discover something that is personally meaningful to them.  It is with great humility that I reflect upon the beauty & serenity my paintings portray.

My work is an organic collection of landscapes, seasons, nature & essence.  I am as likely to find inspiration in the simplicity of a rock, as I am in the majesty of a mountain range.

In contemplating my journey as an artist, I can’t even imagine where I will be in a few years’ time.  With so much passion, determination & commitment, my journey is sure to be an exhilarating one!


Having studied texture mediums from all over the world for about 20 years, I have several mineral based textures that I incorporate into the majority of my paintings. All are water based and environmentally friendly, natural products (and none are drywall mud!). Many have marble powders and limestone in them.
In addition, I use the “Golden” Professional line of Acrylic-based textures (some of my favourite are the Pumice, glass bead gel, crackle, tar gel).
Acrylic paints & glazes 80% of the time; mineral (powder) pigments & mica powders 20% of the time.
For those times that I use Resin in my art, it is always 2-part, environmentally friendly, professional quality resin. I have a few different product lines I draw from.


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A fascination with texture has motivated Jenn’s exploration for knowledge, training, and the acquisition of the finest products available.  It is a combination of unconventional materials, and Jenn’s accomplished skill in applying them, that form the foundation of every painting she creates.  Jenn’s unique painting style is a striking convergence of refined texture, exquisite colour and luxurious patinas.

Her intuitive sense of composition and colour are evident in each body of work she unveils; from the ‘soft & subtle’ to the ‘bold and compelling’, Jenn’s style is unmistakably distinct.

Jenn creates the finest quality, original paintings any discerning collector would appreciate.

Jenn was born in White Rock, BC.    North Vancouver, BC  was home to her during her elementary & high school years.   She now resides in the Fraser Valley with her husband and two boys.

Pari’s exhibit, ‘The name of this tree…’ featured in NS News

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“Bellevue Gallery held the opening reception of their latest show The Name of This Tree. . . on Oct. 11 with artist Pari Azarm Motamedi in attendance. The show, which runs until Nov. 10, features paintings by Pari based on the works of Iranian poet Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani…” (via North Shore News)

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Rotating Group Exhibition

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December 2012 – January 2013



Featuring works by several gallery artists, including Michael Elkan, Gillian Armitage, Wayne Eastcott, Michiko Suzuki, Galen Felde, Emma Milley,  Leszek and Lynn Wyczolkowski, Pari Azarm Motamedi, and Chris Anderson. This show is on display through December to January 2013.  If you are an art lover with a desire to experience the creative journey of our exceptional artists, please join us for this rotating group exhibition.


The name of this tree…

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“A Feeler” by Michiko Suzuki

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“A Feeler (Compassion vs. the Volcano)” by Michiko Suzuki

Michiko Suzuki’s solo exhibition, “A Feeler” exhibits large-scale etching prints for the first time at The Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver.  Suzuki developed the process of ‘toner etching’ in 1993 allowing for the expression of shadow, light and delicate detail to be captured in a present moment of truth.

Michiko’s technique requires swiftness on the part of the artist to encapsulate immediacy in her art form.  Using photocopier toner, an exceedingly fine powder; Suzuki blows it through a straw into delicate patterns on a copper plate.  Even the slightest flutter will cause this ultra-fine powder to lift and float into an image of its own devising.  Once she has formed her ‘feelers,’ she then burns the pattern into the copperplate by heating its underside.  The copper plate is then etched and the image transferred onto fine Japanese paper.

For Suzuki, the act of creation is not enough; it is only when the viewer connects with her art that she feels her work is complete.  Even the titles of her prints are designed to invoke viewer participation.  She calls her pieces “A Feeler” in honor of the people who are touched by her work visually, emotionally and physically.  Her development of large scale prints is significant to printmaking itself because the viewer experiences the work on a human scale.  Traditionally printmaking was done on a much smaller basis, however, large scale etchings are comparable to larger paintings.

Three of Suzuki’s pieces being showcased at the Bellevue Gallery were shown at the Contemporary Art Exhibition held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and the Kyoto City Museum of Art in Japan.  These pieces are very significant to Michiko’s desire to evoke compassion and serenity in a disharmonious world.

This creative process is a spiritual journey for Suzuki.  It is critical, for example, that she physically connects with the toner powder, either through her breath or by placing her fingers directly into the powder.  She says she murmurs while she works and senses a direct emotional connection to the folklore of her native Japan.  She makes her art accessible in order to grant viewers a reprieve from the confines of hyper-technology and overcrowding; hoping her prints offer balance between time and space.

Exhibition runs from February 14th to March 16th, 2013 – Opening night Feb. 14 6-8pm 


The name of this tree…

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October 11, 2012 marks the opening of Bellevue Gallery’s exhibition, ‘The name of this tree…’ featuring paintings by Pari Azarm Motamedi.  This latest exhibition by Pari is based on the poetry of Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani.

Kadkani’s poetry expresses, in beautiful layered images, the observations, thoughts and experiences of an artist and scholar experiencing life in contemporary Iran.  Pari aims to convey her interpretations of these poems and their layers of meaning in a visual language that has been developing over a lifetime of contemplation and work.

While interpreting Kadkani’s poetry, Pari has chosen to focus on three different areas of concern and preoccupation which affect both the twenty first century poet living in Iran, and the twenty first century artist living in the West.  She believes the same areas of interest are shared by many of us living in this era of questions and contradictions.

The first area of concern focuses on poems that are a response by the poet to immediate and spontaneous times in ordinary life. The poet alludes to the importance of appreciating the moment instead of focusing on what lies beyond.  Secondly, the author focuses on sociopolitical events, and finally Kadkani deals with universal questions of life, human experience, and existence.

In Kadkani’s poems one encounters a sensitive, thoughtful artist saddened and angered by all that is happening around him and in the world.  Even so, Kadkani sees beauty, living life fully in each moment while at the same time deeply thinking about the bigger universal questions of life.

Pari shares the same concerns as Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani, and expresses this through her work and paintings, using Kadkani’s poetry as the source of her inspiration.

Mark Heine in September Globe and Mail

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“His art is shrunken to fit on a postage stamp. It has also been blown up to decorate the side of a ship” (the Globe and Mail, 2012)

The Bellevue Gallery hosted a solo exhibition by Mark Heine this past summer, called Child’s Play. The Gallery was pleased to show off Mark’s incredible talent and clients and patrons alike enjoyed his vibrant paintings. A recent article on Mark can be found in the September 13th issue of the Globe and Mail.

Signed, sealed, and delivered, Mark Heine’s art is yours. (via The Globe and Mail)

Child’s Play

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July 12-August 12, 2012

The Bellevue Gallery is excited to welcome visiting artist Mark Heine to the gallery. Beginning July 12, 2012 the gallery will be showing Child’s Play, a collection of paintings inspired by Heine’s life on the West Coast.  Heine takes realism and slightly abstracts it using vibrant colours and off-center compositions.  As an artist Heine’s purpose is to live with his eyes open, observing, collecting and recording. He paints his reflection of those observations… sometimes joyous, sometimes painful, but always honest.


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August 30-September 29, 2012

The vibrance found in the new paintings by Aaron Robbins is central to this month’s group exhibition, Fresh. Aaron draws upon his travels, experiences, and memories while exploiting the tonality and aura of the landscape he’s painting, making it his own and creating a journey for others. His extensive use of colour, layering and glazing techniques combined with an environmentally friendly Pouring Medium transforms a two dimensional painting to a three dimensional work of art.