I’m back from holidays – i don’t want to be back but i have some wonderful memories to sustain me from our Sunshine Coast trip. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was visiting with fabulous artist Jose Ventura in his studio. I first heard about Jose over 18 years ago when my sister (the smiley head sister) commissioned Jose to create a large painting for her.
This tall folk-art lady welcomes folks to Jose’s studio in Gibsons, B.C.. You just can’t miss her!
Jose posing for Mr. G
Anna – Marie (Jose’s charming wife), Jose and yours truly next to Jose’s Frieda statue.
An artistic display in the Ventura home.
A close-up of the Frieda statue – she’s wearing earrings made by Anna-Marie and is holding a tin bleeding heart!
There is Mr. G in the background. The violinist is one of Jose’s recent creations – she’s absolutely stunning!
I love the details Jose puts into his work – the bird on the woman’s head, the earring and ring that are REAL! The pegs (or whatever they are called on the violin) – jut out the side.
Jose also creates a line of handmade pottery pieces.
We were served cookies on hand painted ceramics!
I love these pottery pieces! The tiny house and tree on the chicken’s back are so sweet.
A lovely painting of farm animals.
Another large playful wooden sculpture sporting Anna-Marie’s beaded necklaces. What a fun way to display necklaces!
Jose’s talents are endless – he even creates stained glass windows! During the visit i found out that Jose created some of the stained glass windows in an old church my grandson Sam frequents for playgroup! Sam is often enthralled by the lovely colourful windows and stops to admire them with his Mom.
A bit about Jose:
Jose was born in El Salvador – When i asked Jose about his early artistic life he tells me that he has been drawing since he was a child and has memories of drawing and doodling in class. He vividly recalls the teacher trying to capture his attention by hurling a blackboard eraser at his head . He continued to draw throughout his school years demonstrating talent in drawing and painting. When it was time to attend college Jose’s father wanted him to go to Agriculture school. Jose however had other ideas and told his father he’d rather attend art school. Thankfully his father was very understanding and let Jose enter Art school. He graduated and went on to work as a model maker at the Museum of Anthropology in El Salvador while painting in his spare time. He eventually found his way to Canada years ago and has been creating his whimsical dreamy art ever since.
When i questioned Jose about his art he said that he couldn’t NOT do it since it’s inside of him to create.
Mr. G and I loved visiting Jose and his charming wife Anna-Marie – they were so hospitable! Thanks so much!
Being in the presence of Jose – a creative genius was incredibly inspiring!
I blogged about Jose here when i noticed his work at “Get Fresh” gallery in Sechelt. I was particularly enthralled by his large whimsical wooden sculptures. Well there you have it – I have gushed enough about Jose – i do hope you will check out Jose’s work and be as inspired as i have been!
Hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer!
Love, Violette xo