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Media Coverage: #Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.



Just a thanks for attending the opening. We’re all buzzing over the tremendously great turnout. A great boost for gallery’s exposure to a new audience. Thanks for helping us show our adventurous and fun side – not just a museum!

Sherry Willing
Art Rental and Sales Consultant
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 

Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” News at 5, CTV News, October 18, 2013.

Promo Video for Carollyne Yardley by Jen Steele Photography

Video of Opening Reception by Efren Quiroz at

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery
October 17 – November 10, 2013
Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Amy Smart. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.”
Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry - Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry – Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

When you make art for the digital world, the public may not recognize it as such. That’s a lesson that Carollyne Yardley learned when she first made the switch to painting full-time, after a career as creative director at Star Global Advanced IT Corp., a company she co-founded.

“That was a big surprise for me when I had my career change three years ago,” Yardley said. “A lot of my old clients were like, ‘I didn’t know you were artistic.’ And I thought that was a surprise and a great tragedy.”

But creativity has been part of the job description for all three of the local artists represented in #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards, a show that runs today through Nov. 10 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery.

KANO/APPS lead concept artist Jose Brand and Paul Dowd, who spent six years as lead artist for Zynga (which included overseeing the creation of the creatures for social networking game FarmVille) are “going analogue” with the show of paintings, alongside Yardley.

Art directors can play many roles, but they generally take charge of the look and feel of software interfaces and content. For Yardley, that has meant everything from branding to designing templates based on pyschological studies about what attracts clicks.

For Dowd and Brand, it has meant drawing the in-game art and building worlds for FarmVille and now Tiny Mod Games (Dowd), as well as Zombie Slayer, Pirate Clan and Viking Clan (Brand).

“It’s slowly changing, but I do agree. People think that computers are almost a trick: Not necessarily a tool, like a paintbrush,” Brand said. “But the techniques are actually very similar.”

Brand follows the same process when creating a painting that he does with his digital art: beginning with silhouettes, then filling out details, lighting and shadows.

“It’s all technique that I’ve used in digital artwork, which helps me build up my traditional paintings.”

Dowd says his digital work has made him work a lot faster. Although he began painting in high school, he said he hasn’t done it in years. After spending the first two years as the sole artist for Zynga, then advancing to lead a team of artists for four years at FarmVille, he has redirected his professional energies to creating mobile games for Tiny Mod Games. Recently, he returned to the canvas.

“It’s been a long time since I picked up a paintbrush, so that’s been really fun,” Dowd said.

And for Yardley, the attention to detail she developed working with software — down to the tiniest pixel— as well as the ability to visualize how those details will come together to make a bigger picture, has translated into her paintings.

Yardley typically paints detailed portraits where the human figure is replaced with a squirrel.

While Yardley, Dowd and Brand each said they incorporated processes and elements of their digital art in their painting, they also said they get something different out of fine art.

“It’s all creative, whatever I like. The fine-art stuff is quite expressive,” said Dowd.

Brand said he feels like his digital art goes hand-in-hand with his painting. Most of his paintings now begin with a digital mock up — rarely does he begin by picking up a pencil and paper anymore.

But the product is different.

“I really love having that finished work in the end — something to hold up and put on the wall. It’s definitely a different feeling.

Read Original Print Article: Times Colonist, Oct 17, 2013, Pg C6

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

My Acting Debut.The Kahan Show on Shaw TV Coming This Fall.

The Kahan Show, Shaw TV
Coming This Fall.
Trailer aired August 23-24, 2013
Channel 4

Thanks to Dan Kahan for asking me to guest star on the teaser for his upcoming television show, The Kahan Show, Shaw TV.  It was my first acting gig, and while I admit to being a bit nervous, I really liked it. Here are some stills from the clip airing on Channel 4 Shaw TV starting from 6:00pm tonight airing on repeat until 4 tomorrow.


Still from trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV

Still from the trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV, aired August 23rd – 24th, Channel 4.

I portray the “therap-artist” who is providing Dan with the help he needs to overcome his anxiety over the responsibilities that come with producing his new television show.

Still from the trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV, aired August 23rd - 24th, Channel 4.

Still from the trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV, aired August 23rd – 24th, Channel 4.

Ultimately, Dan loses it, and is overcome by a new phenomenon called, the “Squirrels.”

Still from the trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV, aired August 23rd - 24th, Channel 4.

Still from the trailer for The Kahan Show, Shaw TV, aired August 23rd – 24th, Channel 4.

The Girl with the Squirrels by Shanice Wolters

I wanted to share this with you. Shanice Wolters contacted me last year on March 7, 2012,when she was a Journalism and History of Art student at the University of Victoria. Shanice was one of the first people to write about my artwork and the squirrel paintings. I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I did.

The Girl with the Squirrels

Shanice Wolters
April 4th 2012

Carollyne Yardley’s art can easily be described as its own genre of unique eccentricity. It’s a mix of dreamy costume designs, the world of Alice in Wonderland, and a child’s wildest dreams about the squirrels in their backyard. Yardley is dressed in stylish black, she oozes charisma and creativity, and often laughs musically and loud. However, it’s Yardley’s art that catches peoples eyes, she paints portraits of squirrels in costumes. Looking at her work, the squirrels almost come to life, they’re beautifully glossed over, outlined with vintage frames she found herself. As for the squirrels, they evoke a strong sense of personality, dressed in Marie Antoinette ensembles – such as Romance Squirrel – a royal-looking creature with a castle in background, or Red Hat Squirrel – a squirrel that oozes pure femininity and class, wearing pink gloves and a wonderful red hat. Yardley’s take on pop-surrealism is not often explored and has been highly reviewed, her career in Victoria’s art scene is getting exceptional notice.

Romance Squirrel | 10 X 14 | Oil on Board with frame | Carollyne Yardley | Available for purchase.

Yardley graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in History of Art and Psychology. “I went to university with the intent of being an artist,” says Yardley, “my friends were speculating on my chances of having a career in art, and I thought that perhaps they had hit on something.” Yardley entered the world of web design in her finishing year of university, co-owning a Victoria-based web design company, “we built our desks from hand, and we got a fax machine, we had our little office with three paying clients.” In September 2010 she decided to focus on her greatest passion, painting. “I thought about whatI really like about art, what are the things that attracted me? It was all the outfits, all the gowns, dresses, shoes and hats,” she says enthusiastically. “So I made a list of all the things I really liked and it was all clothing. I started looking at photographs that I liked or that I had taken, and it was the costuming in them that I loved.” Using squirrels in her art was a spontaneous choice, “I just pulled out some master paintings like Raphael and did copies of them, and there was one Raphael painting that I called Shaky and the Princess,” she says, “and my husband said, ‘hey you’ve got a spot there in the Raphael painting on the woman’s lap, why don’t you put a squirrel there?’”

Shanice Wolters, Carollyne Yardley and paintings

Yardley is not simply showcasing squirrels in outfits. There is an underlying message to her work, she is interested in observing the impressions people get based on presentation. She has stripped her paintings of any identifiable human character, so the viewer is forced to think about what the personality might be like. “I pulled out a bunch of books from my mom and dad’s place and thought: ‘it’s ironic that I’m painting animals in clothing because I read all these books growing up,’ for example, there were lions and they had suits, and it appealed to all kids from across all cultures, you weren’t feeling left out.” When thinking of her artist statement Yardley says she didn’t have any second thoughts after reading her favourite childhood books. There were animals in clothing, typically a humanistic element, until you are forced to think about what kind of animal they are, such as their job, or personalities, which can be deciphered by what surrounds them, which is the same impression she makes with her squirrels.

Shanice Wolters, Ellen Manning at the Victoria Emerging Art Gallery

In following next year and a half her career progressed, showcasing her art throughout Victoria, including the Victoria Emerging Art gallery. “When I looked at her work I thought what a distinctive style she has, she is such an exceptional painter, very eccentric, and it shows in her work,” says Ellen Manning, owner and Director of the Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, who has showcased Yardley’s work in her gallery, and sold each one of her pieces on display. “Technically her work is so sound and she has really evolved…she has a really bright future as an artist,” she says, “I am really looking for artists that have a really unique narrative, and a distinctive style. She is definitely an artist in that regard.”

Cupid and Psyche, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley


With only two years and a half working as a professional artist, Yardley is blazing through the art scene and setting it on fire, with eager plans for her artistic future. “I believe you can paint so many paintings in a year, you can sell so many paintings for ‘X’ amount of dollars, but you are still limited for your time because your time is what makes the art” says Yardley, who is looking heavily into licencing her work, “I want it to be a real collector’s item,” she says. “When people aren’t really wanting to invest in a painting they can still have a collection of images.”

Morning Glory, 22 X 26, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2012 | Available for purchase

Yardley’s decision to become a full-time artist has many thrilled, and it is clearly paying off. “She just kind of thought, ‘I’m going do this art thing,’ she is an artist who has just got so much fuel right now,” says Manning, “she doesn’t rely on grand ideas and complicated themes for her to be inspired.” Yardley’s motto is simple, and her ideas are spontaneous, “I like costumes, fun, funny stuff, and I like things that are a little quirky and that have a bit of a cheesy element to them.”

Favourite Emerging Artist 2013, Monday Magazine “M” Awards.

Many thanks to everyone who voted for me, friend, fans, Victorians, and especially Monday Magazine and their readers!

Check out the full list of winners in our eight page feature section hitting the streets tomorrow afternoon and online at

Our awards were in the form of customized ukeleles by Long and McQuade.

Carollyne Yardley (l) with living sculpture / body painting artwork by Kristen Urbanheart Grant at Monday Magazine “M” Awards.


I also had the pleasure of meeting Joseph Williams, cartoonist for Monday Magazine. Check out his site at BlobFarm.

Carollyne (l) and Joseph Williams, Artist

Carollyne (l) and Joseph Williams, Artist

Here is coverage by Adam Sawatsky, Your Island Arts and Lifestyle, April 24, 2013.

Space Hat Squirrel: Blast off with Coach House Books

Coach House Books, Fall Catalogue 2013

Coach House Books, Fall 2013 Catalogue



Space Hat Squirrel has been selected to grace the the cover of Coach House Books Fall 2013 Catalogue.
They are a publishing company located in Toronto, Canada, and print
about 2,500 catalogues and send them to publishers, authors, and bookstores around the world.

“Squirrels have sort of become the unofficial mascot of Coach House,” says Heidi, Publishing Assistant.

Amen Brother.

Even better – the  catalogue lists among its nonfiction titles the latest release by Jeet Heer, In Love With Art, Francoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman.
I can’t wait to read this book. I love Spiegelman – we’ve been lucky to have the exhibit Art Spiegelman, CO-MIX: A Retospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps at the Vancouver Art Gallery (February 16 to June 9, 2013).

Coach House Fall 2013 Catalogue: download here


Space Hat Squirrel

Space Hat Squirrel

Tip a Fool 2013, Greater Victoria Citizens Counseling Center

I was asked to be a celebrity waiter for a charity event that was held at the Uplands Golf Course.
The Charity was Greater Victoria Citizens Counseling Center (

We had to do whatever we could to raise funds.

Chris Causton, former Mayor of Oak Bay getting "squirrel-bombed"

Chris Causton, former Mayor of Oak Bay getting “squirrel-bombed”


Table 1 with Carollyne Yardley as Squirrel Lady

Table 1 with Carollyne Yardley as Squirrel Lady


My awesome assistant an confidant, Jorge who helped me immensely with raising funds and keeping my table happy.

My awesome assistant an confidant, Jorge, who helped me immensely with raising funds and keeping my table happy.


A few of the celebrity’s this year included:

Karen Elgersma (SHAW TV)
Murray Rankin (MP)
Chris Causton (former Oak Bay mayor)
Ray Parks (Big, sneaky, fibber. I now know about the laptop. Re: Not shocking considering 32 years of provincial government service :-)
Deanna Young (Food for Thought Catering. See: Atonement.)
Very nice lady who owns Il Terrazzo
Jack Knox (Times Colonist)
David Lenham (writer and broadcaster)
Dan Kahan (SHAW TV)

Saint Squirrel is united with Pope Pinenuts. There’s a crazy connection here, I tell ya’

I’m freaking out over here!!!

Check out this article by our friends over at Archie McPhee’s Amazing Geyser of Awesome. 

After seeing their recent post about Carollyne Yardley’s awesome painting Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts!, Sofia Gonzales sent them these amazing photos. Behold the wonder that is Pope Pinenuts II!

Sofia Gonzales had a dream about finding a secret door, in the Guggenheim Museum where Pope Pinenuts II practiced his rituals.

Photos include Pope Squirrel greeting his follows from the papal apartments and photos show him blessing the Carnivorous Nights taxidermy contest at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY back in 2005.

How cool is that!!!!


Snapshot of article at Archie McPhee website showing Pope Pinenuts.

Monday Magazine’s 10th annual M Awards – Favorite Visual Artist nomination!

Monday’s 10th annual M Awards

Hey ya’ll,

Today brought great news!

I have been nominated in the category of Favorite Visual Artist for a 2013 M Award, Monday Magazine.

Monday Magazine needs your help to narrow down the long list of nominees to a short list. Short-listed nominees will be invited to a gala event next month, where the final votes will be tallied and the ‘M’ Award winners will be announced. I’d appreciate you casting your votes and spreading the news using the survey link below:

A huge supporter of the arts, the awards recognize Victoria’s visual, literary and performing artists with Monday’s tenth annual M Awards. Vote for your favourites in the following categories by filling out the paper ballot (found on Page 17 of this week’s Monday) and returning it to them, or filling out their online survey at www.surveymonkey/s/mawards

Just so you know: only one ballot may be cast per voter. This is very important: Voters must pick a favourite in at least 10 categories for their ballots to qualify. The ‘Visual Artist’ category is found near the end of the survey– question 30.

Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes and filling out the survey as best as you can. Victoria’s local arts scene thrives because of you!

NOTE: Must vote in minimum of 10 categories.

• Winners announced in April 26 issue of Monday Magazine.

• Deadline for voting is 5 p.m., Fri., March 23.

Rules here:

Vote here:

CTV News Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Squirrel Bombed!

I was so thrilled when Adam Sawatsky asked to do a news segment for Romancing the Squirrel art show which is on at The Apartment Gallery Feb 22 – April 01, 2013.
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

The segment aired on CTV News at 5 pm & 11pm for Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013.
Also featured on full segment (not on this web posted clip) were Mary Walsh, Actor, Steven White of Dance Victoria, and David Vest, Musician.



So guess who got Squirrel Bombed again?

See the first time here.  
This photo is super rad tho’ ’cause Adam’s in the awesome squirrel mask for realzies!


Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013)

Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013) Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Photo by Ellen Manning, Director of The Apartment Gallery, Revealing an incredible journey through pop surrealism, by Teresa Lindsay, Feb 21, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Article by Teresa Lindsay
Photo by Alan Smith (after Carollyne Yardley)

When Teresa Lindsay called to ask to interview for I was intrigued and excited. They write short articles framed with great photography by Alan Smith to celebrate interesting people in Victoria.

I suggested we take a photograph after a photograph I styled and turned into a painting titled Charlotte’s Web, and they just nailed it.  I feel like the Godfather, play music now.

Carolyne Yardley photographed by

Carollyne Yardley photographed by, Feb 21, 2013



Carollyne Before, Squirrel After, photo by Alan Smith (after Carollyne Yardley)

Carollyne Before, Squirrel After, photo by Alan Smith (after Carollyne Yardley)