Colour Theory & Basic Painting Skills Workshop

I will be teaching a colour theory & basic painting skills workshop at my Squamish studio on Monday August 29 at 6:30pm.  We’ll go over how colours interact with each other and look at ways that colour can inform your perception of a painting.  Also we’ll touch on a few painting skills and apply what we’ve learned to a painting.

Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Give me a call at 604.771.4425 if you are interested in attending. Or if you prefer to type, shoot me an email at

This workshop is intended for beginners and those with a bit of painting experience.

Pique News Magazine Cover

Another illustrated cover for the Pique News Magazine based in Whistler. The cover is for the feature story “The rise of Squamish culture”. Read it here.

If you can name all Squamish art based references in the tornado on this Pique cover when you drop by my studio I promise a small token of appreciation for your radness.

Whistler Shaw previews Art Walk

Join Dee as she hosts a preview of Whistler’s Art Walk. Runs until September 1. Pick up a guide map at Millienium Place in Whistler.

(My paintings are hanging at the Shaw office. Skip ahead in the video to where they are featured at 7:40. And Dee meets up with me at 9 minutes)

Interview with Shaw TV for Whistler Art Walk

Jessica Turner from Shaw TV joined me in my studio for a preview of work I’ll be showing at the Shaw TV office in Whistler for Art Walk. The Event runs all throught the summer – July to August, with opening nights on June 30 and July 14. I’ll be there live painting!

Terlesky’s art is ‘power’-ful

Squamish Chief, April 8, 2011

Toby Jaxon
Special to The Chief

Sometimes art is purely representational. Deeper levels of meaning in art come when the piece evokes a specific emotion or makes a statement.

Laurel Terlesky loves the process of applying paint to canvas and playing with colour, but her art isn’t just visual appeal — it actively promotes a cause and brings attention to important issues.

Terlesky’s pop-culture portrait series is a sort of narrative campaign for maintaining socio-ecological balance, encompassing energy expenditure, fashion, natural resources and sustainability. Her large, bold paintings ask the question, “Where do we stand in relation to our ‘electrical body politic’? Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it is harnessed, transformed and is increasingly bordered, sold, manipulated, expressed and valued in relation to cultural dependency.”

It is easy to see how fashion, media and the environment have inspired Terlesky, who has a degree in fine arts and also works in motion graphics, web and print design. Her paintings have a graphic playfulness, influenced by contemporary mural, graffiti and alternative comic art. Terlesky affirms, “My [art]work is constantly evolving. Ten years ago I was much focused on breaking areas of a form apart into sections. Now I seem to be still working with that, but in a much more loose style, so what was hard edge is now soft, stitching forms together.”

Terlesky’s exhibit “We Love This Stuff So Much,” features acrylic, aerosol and oil paintings, will be on display April 5 to May 9 at the Library Foyer Gallery.

In this touring exhibition, her creative stimulation is a narrative on energy and power in the common global trend of “going green.” Not timid about using bright, solid colour to emphasize depth, Terlesky uses solid flat colour placement, juxtaposed variations and shaded areas with surreal, mostly feminine, subjects intertwined with images of computer feeds, plugs, cables and cords.

Terlesky’s passions include being outdoors, travelling and the power of connecting with people.

For more about her work, email or phone (604) 771-4425.

Terlesky, incidentally, plans to run a workshop at her studio in conjunction with the exhibit. The event, “Recycled Electric — Build Your Own Recycled Electric Accessory,” takes place April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Homebase Studio, No. 203 – 37760 Second Ave. The cost is $20. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; email her or phone (604) 898-2525.

Recycled Electric Workshop April 17

Build your own recycled electric accessory!

In the 21st century personal electronics are essential, but have you ever thought of this gadgetry as wearable art? Local artist Laurel Terlesky will facilitate this workshop to harness our creative juices to turn wire, cords and all things electrical into accessories.

Sunday April 17, 10am – 12pm
$20, HST included. All materials included.
spaces limited – pre-registration is required:
call 604.898.2525 or email or RSVP on Facebook

Homebase Studios: #203 – 37760 2nd Ave, Squamish BC

Presented in conjunction with the exhibit

‘We love this stuff so much…”
at the Foyer Gallery in the Squamish Public Library, April 5 – May 9, 2011

Electric Accessory Workshop

Earth Hour is No Power Hour


Squamish CAN has partnered with BC Hydro/PowerSmart and the Howe Sound Inn to bring a day of global awareness about power consumption to celebrate the global event Earth Hour.

A few of my painting will be on display in the Garibaldi Room at the HSBP as part of the daily events. Also you’ll have a chance to win one of my prints with a draw by donation in support of  Squamish CAN.

Officially Earth Hour is from 8:30 – 9:30 pm – but Squamish Can has a full day of activites planned. Check their website for more details.

Minna Gallery (San Francisco) Thursday March 24

I’m so excited to be exhibiting my work at one of my favourite places in San Francisco, Minna Gallery this  Thursday March 24. BUY TICKETS EARLY (online click here).

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.

RAW events feature a cash bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is cocktail attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an artistic circus of creativity!