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About the Artist

Western, Wildlife and Landscape Artist

CHARITY DAKIN


"Strong realism mirroring true to life details of bygone days. A testament to the glory of an historical moment."
- Informed Collector

 

"Doing business with you has been one of the most straight forward honest experiences I have had for a long time. Your work is incredible."

 -Gerry Barnes, AB (collector)

 

"Her subjects: wildlife, farm animals, local landscapes and aboriginal people. These are the choices that connect her to 150 years of painting on the prairies (think Frederick Remington and Paul Kane), as well as other contemporary Canadian artists (Robert Bateman)." - Creative Living, Wendy Stefansson


 

"Gallery's Choice Best of Show" 2010

Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Gallery 

"MORNING ENCOUNTER"

 


Charity’s creativity has always been clear. “I’ve been drawing animals since I could hold a crayon,” she recalls.Born on Canada’s West Coast, the daughter of a dairy farmer and the oldest of five children she certainly was not born into the art establishment. Her early years revolved around chores, the farm animals, and drawing them. And when she wasn't drawing she was discovering all she could about wildlife. “I used to walk through the corn field on Saturdays after chores to my grandparent’s house. They had 2 things – a National Geographic magazine subscription and cable TV. I spent hours reading the wildlife articles there and watching nature shows and then I'd go home and draw them too. I just couldn't help myself... I had to do it.” Her fascination for wildlife combined with daily interaction with the livestock taught her two very important things – observation and hard work, qualities that would become evident in her painting.

 

  Photographing in Jasper National Park, AB Canada  "Sparing Elk"

    

 

She now has firsthand opportunities to observe the wildlife that ends up in her paintings and spends hours walking, watching, hunting and photographing the wildlife around her home located in the northern boreal region of Canada. She also continues to keep some farm animals as well, knowing full well the benefits of such a dependency. “Animals, whether domestic or otherwise were necessary for our survival, feeding, and clothing us, and although we now rely so heavily on technology there’s a quality about living off the land in a traditional sense. It’s earthy, healthy, good for the soul.” The beauty around her all finds a way into her sketchbook.

   Hiking in the Rocky Mountain Alpine       

 

 

Without a formal art education her resolve to pursue her artistic ambition was firm and in 2004 she debuted at the Harvest of Arts Show and Sale hosted by the NAIT Campus in Fairview, Alberta. The college purchased Charity’s work, “Logger’s Retreat”, a logging horse team and cabin as part of their permanent collection, proving her to be a promising emerging artist. It was the just the beginning of an incredible artistic journey that would follow. Since that debut her passion has continued to be evident and she has travelled, exhibited and gained recognition from collectors and fellow artists alike. While balancing motherhood and family life with art, she devotes much of her time to working with others, sharing ideas and working cooperatively to produce shows and promote the arts. Her work contributes to the preservation of historic culture, the wilderness, and rural community life, and is now represented in private and public collections internationally. 

 

“Painting for me is a portrayal of many aspects of my life and environment, and my works are autobiographical in their content and context. While I am primarily a wildlife artist I also find great value in our historical connection to the natural world. The modern planet is spinning at 660 miles per hour and we're often caught up in the rush… we need to ground ourselves once in a while for the simple purpose of admiring its beauty as much as for its sustenance. In art I embrace each new challenge  and idea so I can continue to evolve in my work and understanding of the natural world, and hopefully in doing so I’ll add a little something to the rich tradition of painting.”

 

 Snowshoeing Wild blueberry picking

 Favourite subjects. 

Awards:

  • April 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition, FAV 15%
  • June 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition, FAV 15%
  • July 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition, FAV 15%
  • March 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition,  Finalist - "Outstanding Acrylic"
  • June 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition,  Finalist - "Outstanding Acrylic"
  • December 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition, FAV 15%
  • 2010 Calgary Stampede Western ShowcaseGallery’s Choice Best of Show

 

Exhibitions:

  • 2013 CTHS Equine Art Show, Alberta Breeder's Fall Classic, Edmonton, AB
  • 2013 Western Artists of America Miniature Show and Sale, Billings, MT
  • 2012 Solo Exhibition – Red Roof Gallery, Athabasca, AB
  • 2010 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Gallery and Auction
  • 2010 Solo Exhibition – Red Roof Gallery, Athabasca, AB
  • 2009 Gage Mercantile Show and Sale, Fairview, AB
  • 2005 Evening With the Arts, Peace River, AB
  • 2005 Prairie Finds Gallery Exhibit, Edmonton, AB
  • 2004 - 2009 Night of Artists, Edmonton, AB
  • 2004 – 2006 Night of Artists, Fairview, AB
  • 2004 – 2006 Night of Artists, Grande Prairie, AB
  • 2004 – 2005 Night of Artists, Manning, AB
  • 2004 A Northern Kingdom, Visions of the Peace, Fairview, AB
  • 2004 Harvest of Arts, NAIT, Fairview, AB

 

Juried Events:

  • 2010 Calgary Stampede 2010 Western Showcase Gallery
  • 2010 Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction

 

Collections:

  • AMEC Earth and Environmental
  • NAIT, Fairview Campus
  • St. Albert Ranches
  • Manning Community Hospital
  • Alberta/Saskatchewan Centennial Mural
  • Kunamokst West Coast Mural
  • Athabasca County

 

Publications:

  • NOA Magazine, 2007
  • Art of the Peace, Spring/Summer 2006

 

Special Projects:

  • Kunamokst, West Coast Mural presented at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, BC
  • Le Cadeau Du Cheval, Equine Mural, 2008
  • Earth’s Treasure Chest, Wildlife Mural, 2006
  • Buffalo Twins, Centennial Mural presented to Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2005
  • Heritage Fiddler Mural, 2004
  • Manning Community Hospital Mural, 2003
All images and material copyrighted by Charity Dakin 2010. All rights reserved.
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