Feature Artist – Miguel Angel Gomez Lopez

Pulque Dreams
3.5 ft x 4.5 ft Oil on canvas

About the painting:
I take inspiration for my paintings from my culture. My paintings always exude lots of bright colours and themes from what I see, feel and experience. 


I came to the Shuswap area from Oaxaca Mexico in 2015 where I currently reside. I bring a unique Oaxacan style to my art, full of bright colours and geometric shapes, taking inspiration from my life and culture in Mexico, my travels and what I see. I want my paintings to tell a story or have a message behind them. I paint mostly with oils but enjoy using watercolours as well.

I have learned early on about the quality of your canvas can make all the difference in your work, and canvases being expensive in Mexico I learned how to build them myself. I construct the canvases using a traditional method using wood and 100% cotton. Afterwards I melt together bees wax and natural tree resins to use as a primer on the canvas. This process helps the quality of the painting last longer and has been used throughout history. In Oaxaca I worked as an art restorer where we learned how to make our own oil paints from insects, plants and flowers. Learning these traditional ways has given me a deeper appreciation for art. I first started painting 25 years ago as a hobby, I learned and took inspiration from fellow artists painting in the streets of Oaxaca. Painting for me clears my mind and gives me a sense of freedom, where before long I check the time and my day has passed. For any requests or information on my paintings or custom canvas’s contact me on Instagram as @chingorolo_guixha email:nikeckstrom@gmail.com Phone#: 250-463-4202

Featured Artist

Jean Toker

 In 2011, I semi-retired to Blind Bay.  A feeling of calmness and relaxation envelopes me when I near the lake.  The soothing waters are definitely good for my soul and I think it inspires me to be more creative .

With the move to Blind Bay, I discovered the Blind Bay Painters.  I joined the group, and realized that the opportunities to grow as an artist with the benefit of fantastic peer support were endless within the group.  A class in Acrylic painting was presented and I immediately added another medium to work in.  I am delighted to be part of such an interesting and diverse group of artists.  With the support and encouragement of the Blind Bay Painters I entered my first showing with the group in 2013.

My objective now that I am fully retired is to make the time to pursue all of my artistic mediums and to slow down and smell the roses.  I continue to paint now with the Blind Bay Painters.  For Full information and biography, please see “Artists Page”                                       

Copper Island, acrylic, Shuswap
Jean Toker – Good Morning Copper Island 16″ x 30″ Acrylic $300