Artist returns to capture inspiring Nechako Valley

Mary Lynn Lawrence grew up in Vanderhoof then moved away, but now she is back living in the valley and is showcasing her art.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

by Apryl Veld

Omineca Express

Mary Lynn Lawrence grew up in Vanderhoof then moved away, but now she is back living in the valley and is showcasing her art.

“Since being back in B.C. I’m very inspired by nature and the surroundings,” Lawrence said.

She lived in the Okanagan valley and then spent ten years in Alberta, but felt it was time to come back.

Lawrence’s paintings hang in a local cafe but now there is an installation in the media room of the Vanderhoof Library. The collection will be honoured with an open house on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. when the artist will meet the public and refreshments will be served.

Lawrence said she is mostly self taught, though she does take workshops with artists working in a variety of mediums.

“I have run the gamut (of mediums), pencil, water colour, oil … the last three years I’ve been working in acrylic,” she said.

Lawrence noted she likes to try different things with her art.

“I like to explore other things as it keeps my work fresh, and in looking for something new, that keeps me excited about being an artist.”


Lawrence along with a number of Central Interior artists will be participating in the arts festival that hits Vanderhoof in late April. That will include a week of arts and culture being celebrated in town.



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