Artist Demos


Watch master artists at work demonstrate their techniques and learn about art and their conservation work.  

Also enjoy daily visits with birds of prey from Delta's O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program.

Each day during the AFC Festival between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm, several artists will be demonstrating their artistic techniques in painting, carving and sculpture during the festival. 

2020 Artist Demonstrations (In-Person)



Patricia Banks  (In-Person | Oct 1-4) 

"I am intrigued by the fleeting balance between strength and fragility in nature. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment I bear witness to the beauty, interdependence, and sanctity of all creation. I seek to share this glory with viewers so that they may also pause and reflect, and feel as if they are here, in the moment.”

Visit Patricia


Bryan Coombes (TBA)

"We are here for the experience of life. Most people get that on some level. It's my belief that this experience is the only thing we leave with. So make and build things, enjoy the planet, get away from your computer screens and get wet, tired and dirty. Express yourself in whatever way makes sense to you and try your best to love everyone."

Visit Bryan


Vicky Earle (In-Person | Oct 2, 4)   

"As a natural history artist for conservation, I strive to highlight birds, animals, botanicals and natural phenomena that too often go unnoticed. We can all be better guardians and good stewards of environments around the world. By helping people connect emotionally with species and habitats through art, my hope is that more individuals will take positive action to protect the biodiversity of our natural world."

Visit Vicky

Simon Morris  (In-Person | Oct 1-4) 

Simon Morris is an internationally renowned bronze sculptor and scuba diver over five decades. He focuses much of his work on marine life and is passionate about marine conservation initiatives. 

Visit Simon

Tammy Taylor (In-Person | Oct 3-4)

"My art is an extention of myself; always present is a connection to something I know and love. Art is not just my passion but it is an outlet for me to document visually what I am passionate about. It is very important to me that I am accurate in details so that I can create life like images, but also try to capture something in my subjects that is unexpected. Something that personifies the animal in a way that we can relate to, and that will evoke an emotion or memory."

Visit Tammy

Joyce Trygg (In-Person | Oct 1)

Joyce’s paintings reflect her love and empathy for domestic animals and the awe of the magnificent wildlife she feels privileged to see. In 2010, Joyce was selected as the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Artist of the Year. "As an artist and Signature Member of AFC, I have felt so honored to be in the company of such incredible artists, but I am most proud to be a part of the organization for its unique role in advancing the conservation cause through the arts".

Visit Joyce

Cherie Sibley Wasyliw (In-Person | Oct 1-4)

For Cherie, conservation of Habitat and Wildlife is key to our very survival.  "I use my artistic gifts to remind people of the magic that dwells all around us and what we stand to loose without taking measures to protect it". 

Visit Cherie


Xwa-lack-tun & Friends (Oct 1-4)

Xwa-lack-tun (aka Rick Harry) gained his skills and education from Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College.  In September, 2012, Xwa-lack-tun received the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his work as an artist. Xwa-lack-tun and friends have been part of the AFC Festival since 2012. 

Visit Xwalacktun



2020 Artist Demonstrations (On Facebook Live)


Kim Toft  (Oct 2 | 3:30-4:30pm PST) 

Welcome to the world of silk and the animated creatures I paint. I love painting on silk, as it is the perfect medium to capture the immense beauty of coastal and underwater habitats. I use my silks to illustrate my environmental children's books. I believe our children are our future and the sooner we can switch them onto the importance of conserving our coral reefs and oceans the better. 

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Dr. Guy Harvey (Oct 3 | 8am-9am PST)

"Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island's south coast. He was obsessed with marine life and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.."

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Rachel Ivanyi (Oct 3 | 11am-12pm PST )   

"Historical natural history art has always been my inspiration, because I find joy in the natural world and revel in minute differences that separate one creature from the next."

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Lorna Hamilton  (Oct 4 | 11am-12pm PST) 

"I am an Irish artist leaving in Nottingham, England. I am on a journey of discovery. I want to create out of a sense of wonder and imagination. I love nature, colour and light. I love stories and life. I want to help people reconnect with creativity, nature, colour and imagination.”

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2019 Artist Demonstrators

  • Patricia Banks   
  • Alejandro Bertolo     
  • Vicky Earle   
  • James Harry    
  • Denis Mayer Jr.   
  • Edward Spera   
  • Tammy Taylor   
  • Chirag Thumbar     
  • Kim Toft  
  • Joyce Trygg 
  • Géry van der Kelen   
  • Gregory Wellman 
  • Xwalacktun

2018 Artist Demonstrators

  • Patricia Banks 
  • Cindy Billingsley
  • Alejandro Bertolo
  • Suzanne Barrett Justis
  • Guy Combes
  • Terry Isaac
  • Rachel Ivanyi
  • James Harry
  • Neil Hamelin
  • David Kitler
  • Sandi Lear
  • Mary Jane Jessen
  • Kim Middleton
  • Tammy Taylor
  • Joyce Trygg
  • Gregory Wellman
  • Terry Woodall
  • Dongguang Zhang
  • Xwalacktun 


Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at: 5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Maplewood Conservancy is located at: 2649 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

Festival activities start at 11am daily (Oct 1-4) and are free with regular admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden. Advanced tickets required.

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  • Live Birds of Prey
  • Guided Nature Walks

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  • Buy Orginal Art
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AFC Festival 2020
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
1 Oct - 4 Oct, 2020
Vancouver, BC, Canada

AFC Festival 2020 (Preview)
@ Maplewood Conservancy
19 Sept - 20 Sept, 2020
North Vancouver, BC, Canada


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