In the month of April, The Carrot Gallery hosts the combined works of Gary Phil and Julie Drew. While these two artists work independently, both of their works are inspired by nature: flowers, mountains, and landscapes.
Gary R Pihl was born in New Westminster BC in 1948. At an early age his family relocated to Vancouver Island where at 13 he became the youngest member of the Crofton Art Group, a group that has become one of the oldest established art groups in Vancouver. In 1965, at only 17, Pihl moved to Edmonton to attend the Shepy School of Art. After his graduation in 1971 he continued his practice and distribute his work across Canada, from BC to Nova Scotia. His pieces can now be found across Canada, the US, and in the homes of Edmonton art collectors.
Julie Drew has always been attracted to the beauty of nature—mountains, oceans, animals, and flowers. Inspired by the world around her, she explores the depths and nuances of color, light, shadow and shape through watercolour on her own handmade paper. Her passion for art led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, USA in 1987. After completing her degree, she continued her work in America until 1997 when she and her family relocated to Edmonton. In addition to her own practice, Julie teaches papermaking, watercolour and other art mediums.