The Island Illustrators Society
68 studio visits
by Raymond St. Arnaud
About the Book
The Island Illustrators Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. I choose to document current and former members of the society that were still living in the Victoria area. Over 13 months I visited artists’ studios to photograph illustrators in their zone of creativity. Some members choose to be photographed elsewhere, and if they were from some distance away, I asked them to pick a location that meant something to them from their time as illustrator members in Victoria.
A few of the illustrators took the time to add textual content to the book. I asked a very open ended question and they responded in their own words. These ‘textual snapshots’ offer different points of view over the entire 25 year time cycle.
I photographed the illustrators in a way that provides a lot of information about them, the art and the space they work and live in for a good part of their daily lives.
The world presents itself and I observe. There are times the observation becomes an obsession. Sometimes, a casual encounter. These moments become the photographs I interpret by exaggeration or simplification. I have been an exhibitor since 1969; exhibiting photographs, painting and prints through 150 exhibitions, primarily in US university, college, and community galleries in 31 American States; in BC, Alberta, Ontario and in web galleries in Canada, Australia, China, Thailand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States. I now publish books of current and past projects as a means of closure and completion. My images are marketed in the United States by PrintedArt.com and are also available on Amazon.com Born and educated in Alberta, I moved to the coast in 1984, and have been living in Victoria since 1986. .