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Vol. 69, No. 11
ISSN: 1488-2159
December 2003

Cover Artist: Dr. B. Christine Collison

Dr. B. Christine Collison maintains a fulltime dental practice in West Vancouver. She started drawing at the age of 8 and has incorporated art into all aspects of her life ever since. Her education includes Towson State University (BSc), Johns Hopkins University (MAS) and the University of Maryland where she received her dental degree in 1983.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Collison emigrated to Canada in 1984. She joined the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1989 and then studied art in France, participated in numerous workshops, and exhibited in solo and group shows in various galleries on B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

“My work is heavily influenced by French Impressionism,” Dr. Collison told JCDA. “The medium is predominantly watercolour, but more recently has included a mixed-media approach with watercolour, acrylics and gouache. The Calla Lilies of St. Emilion is the original title of this piece. It was an image I observed near the catacombs in the village of St. Emilion, of flowers growing wild on the side of the road. The focus is on the movement of light and the elements of design inherent in nature. I use a technique I call ‘find a line, lose a line' to convey the natural flow of light, using both colour and line to create the subject and emphasize the opposing forces of light and dark. Flowers are a favourite subject, selected simply for their beauty and the sense of calm they afford us all.”

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