Thank you YQQ, the Comox Valley Airport for welcoming us back! We were thrilled and honoured once again to show our work from May to October, 2019. Each artist created work that has been inspired by and reflects our beautiful West Coast valley. We are so honoured to be part of this incredible experience of sharing our art with the community and people travelling to and from the Comox Valley.

All the pieces are available for sale, contact us for details.

Down the Road original art by Helen Utsal Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC
Down The Road, oil and wax on canvas, 96″ x 54″

I am lucky enough to spend some time everyday in nature. I am drawn to quiet places and old trees. I feel like they are silent witnesses to our speedy human comings and goings, and will remain long after we have gone.  I find Nature to be my sanctuary, my space for meditation and renewal. In my artwork I try to capture those moods for others to experience. I use different techniques to relay different aspects of expression. I like to use unexpected colours that convey the impression of magic in the forest.

Strait to the Sea original art by artist Helen Utsal Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

Strait To The Sea, oil and cold wax medium on canvas , 24″ x 24″

Together To Sea original art by artist Helen Utsal Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

Together To Sea, oil and cold wax medium on canvas , 24″ x 24″

Nicolette uses only palette knives to apply her unique, sculptural layers of oil paint which result in striking creations with rich texture and incredible depth.  Her bright, dynamic explorations of nature are informed by her passion for contemporary interior design, resulting in paintings that evoke a unique sensation of being both indoors and out. 

Agatha original art by Nicolette Valikoski Art Alchemy studio Courtenay BC

Meryl, oil and cold wax on canvas, 48″x48″

Lisette, oil and cold wax on canvas, 30″x 30″

Mary Gorman artist at Art Alchemy Courtenay BC




Originally a muralist, I’m now a painter situated in the Comox Valley. I’m generally drawn to the urban and street scenes of our town. The evening and sometimes morning light, is a big draw for me with speckles of crows going home to roost – the ‘wrapping up’ of the day. The valley is a never ending source of inspiration. For me it is all about capturing light. 

Mary Gorman artist at Art Alchemy Courtenay BC

Dusk Arrives on 8th, mixed media on canvas, 29″x37″

Original art by Mary Gorman Art Alchemy Courtenay BC

Two Crows Flying East on 5th, mixed media on canvas, 12″x 12″

 I have been exploring the creation of series, in my painting. The subject matter is a vehicle for the expression. My goal, with my work, is to focus on “unique voice” with consistency of style, of mood and of palette.

The wonderful thing about the creative process is the eternal potential to problem solve.  One never “arrives.”

Original Art work bu=y Sharon Lalonde Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

Lost in Petals, Acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″

Original art by Sharon Lalonde Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

Becoming, Acrylic on canvas, 36″x 36″

I am a mixed media artist with 30+ years of experience. Originally from Alberta, I felt the call of Vancouver Island and have been inspired and transformed by the easy lifestyle and natural charm of my island paradise. My art is a reflection of the beauty that surrounds me and the deep sense of gratitude I feel for the experience of creative expression. I have had a life long passion for art and design and feel so truly blessed to be pursuing what I love. I’m happiest when I’m using bright colours and lots of layers of paint. 

Original Art work by Maggie Ziegler artist and designer Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

More Than You Know – acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Original Art Work In Good Company by Maggie Ziegler artist and designer Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

In Good Company, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″

The practice of art has always lived in me, though for most of my life I haven’t attended to it, until joining Art Alchemy in 2018. My chosen medium is oil paint on wood or canvas. Intention to create has swept me into a world of changing images and colour. What begins as a picture in my minds eye, once paint is applied to a surface, takes on a life of its own and becomes a journey of relationships and experience, finishing in a piece that is different from the inspiration where it began.

 Art work by Shea Kotilla Artist at Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

Metchosin Mauve – oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″

Original Art by Shea Kotills Art Alchemy Studio Courtenay BC

The Apothocary, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Larissa is a certified art teacher and professional artist. Her art is influenced by flora and fauna of the West Coast, with focus on the idea of environmental awareness and protection. She paints flowers from her own yard in mixed media and large scenes of the coastal forest. Her main goal this year is to help protect old growth forests by helping the Ancient Forest Alliance and Cumberland Forest purchase parcels of land using proceeds from art sales and cards.

Larissa Mclean original art work Art Alchemy Courtenay BC

We All Burn for protection- acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Original Art work by Larissa McLean Art Alchemy Courtenay BC

Carmanic, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 40″

Working with glass fires my imagination. I love the textured, smoothly rippled, glinting colour of glass.  The way the light shines through glass on glass, and yet appears so distinctly different at night, when the light glances off the newly discovered surface. Glass is a rich medium, comprised of so many styles, colours, textures, surfaces, treatments- there is always a new piece of glass to explore. I started my first glass workshop in 2007, and have been working in studios in Alberta and British Columbia, with some time away during moves and life changes.