Margaret Hantiuk

Snow Birds: Strangers in Paradise

Sept 26-Oct 4, 2020

This series of oil paintings is based on wintertime travels to Mexico, chronicling the annual migration of retired Canadians to warmer climes.

This collision of two very different cultures creates an interesting narrative: the ‘snowbirds’ are at leisure while the Mexicans are struggling to get by, but the Mexicans are at home, the snowbirds are not: the climate, terrain and culture are a dislocation.

You can also watch a video interview with Margaret about this work here:

Video Interview with Margaret Hantiuk

About the Artist

After years of working and raising a family, Margaret Hantiuk re-engaged her art practice. Margaret has a BFA from the University of Victoria and Alberta College of Art, and she recently attended painting and drawing courses at Vancouver Island School of Art.

Primarily an oil painter, Margaret also works on paper, both drawing with multi-media, and plein air water colours (outdoors when camping in the summers). After a few years in a studio with an artist collective she now works out of her studio at home. Being a keen outdoors person she walks daily, often documenting the excursions with her iPhone. These images often are the starting point for her paintings.

She is also a passionate gardener, her love of nature reflected in landscape paintings.

Gallery Hours

Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm

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