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Coastal British Columbia: Painting by Thomas Kero

A pencil drawing of a treeCoastal Giant, pencil and india ink on paper

Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.

A painting of a raven sitting in a treeRaven's Call, oil on canvas

I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this series capture not only the titular animals in their natural habitats, but serve to present a beautiful cross-section of BC wildlife and forest, with the varying backgrounds offering just as much detail and interest as the central corvid figures. 

A screen capture of Thomas Kero's art portfolio


Thomas’ paintings do a great job of using saturated colour and moments of rough texture to evoke an overall sense of the landscape that they capture. More than simply documenting a certain place and time, these works offer the viewer the opportunity to experience a moment through the artist’s eyes.

A painting of tree branches covered in mossUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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