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Diane McIntosh, Graphic Designer                                http://brightideasdesign.net/
Diane McIntosh headshotI’m passionate about my work and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. At the core of my design aesthetic is a desire for clear communication. The key is listening to and understanding clients’ intentions, then transforming them into effective design messages. Each project is essentially a puzzle to be solved with ideas and conveyed by imagery. I like to think of it as making things “simply beautiful and beautifully simple”.

I feel very fortunate to have been doing what I love for 35 years as a design professional. If you love what you do, it should be obvious from the results. One of the best things about my work is the variety of challenges from conceptual to creative to technical — I enjoy them all. The ultimate challenge is to make everyone happy— including me — and that’s what I strive for with every project. With a background in advertising and corporate design, I’m currently energized by projects which enable me to make a longer-lasting and positive impression on people and the planet.

After years of freelancing in the big city I now live in a rural west coast paradise near the ocean, sharing my home with Pawmer, the one-eyed pirate cat. I travelled the world teaching scuba diving for many years which gave me a rich visual lexicon from which to draw when designing and creating. Now, from my office window I’m inspired by the birds, forest, and nature. My spare time is spent reading, painting, playing guitar, kayaking and teaching hula hooping/dance fusion.

Lalita Hamill, Visual Artist                                                  http://www.hamillstudios.ca/
Lalita headshotLalita discovered her artistic abilities in the final year of her Philosophy degree. While bored and stuck at a friend’s house in the Victorian snowstorm of 1996, Lalita selected a book of photos off the shelf and began to draw. This led to six more years of drawing, including regular classes in powdered graphite and further classes at the Vancouver Academy of Art, where she studied methods of the Old Masters for four years.

Yet it was not until a severe car accident in 2003, in which her husband was severely injured, that Lalita decided that “life is too short to wait”, and soon thereafter plunged herself full time into her passion for visual art. With fifteen years of teaching experience, an eye for composition and beauty and the philosophical training to discuss art, Lalita was the sole provider for her husband and daughter for five years.

Lalita has received many awards for her paintings and community involvement. She is a popular instructor and juror, and collectors are taking notice. She is also a writer, a philosopher, a coach, and a musician.

Art is now, and always will be, her life’s work.

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