About Isabel Gibson


Isabel grew up in New Zealand where she developed an affinity for rural and coastal areas, which feature prominently in her painting themes.  Using a limited palette to achieve harmony in her paintings, Isabel is best known for her paintings of boats and barns, two themes she is developing.  Her first paintings were watercolour, but more recently acrylic has been her choice of medium.


Photography is a passion for Isabel and during travels, both near and far from home, Isabel takes many reference pictures that are later used to inspire and develop her ideas.  She looks for subjects with strong values and interesting designs and records possible subjects for new paintings using pen and ink in her travel journal.


Isabel lives in Maple Ridge, B.C. and has photographed barns throughout the Fraser Valley, some recorded for their interesting design and others photographed before they crumble and collapse, or are demolished.  Many have become subjects for her paintings, perhaps an attempt to preserve them after they are physically gone.


Boats have become a major focus in Isabel's work, including vessels she has encountered while traveling, as well as the many working boats that ply the waters in and around British Columbia.  She enjoys the interplay between the more structural designs of boats and the ever changing organic shapes of water and land.  

Isabel is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Fraser Valley Chapter, Federation of Canadian Artists.  She is a long standing member of the Garibaldi Art Club of Maple Ridge, B.C. and has recently joined the Fort Langley Artists Group in Fort Langley, B.C.



"Ensemble" ACT Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, Juried Exhibition 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017

Garibaldi Art Club Fall Shows 2005 - 2017

Swan-E-Set Exhibitions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017

Garibaldi Art Club Annual Juried Spring Shows 2005 - 2017

Federation Gallery, Vancouver:

"Small, Smaller, Smallest" Show 2017, "Summer Gallery" 2017, "O Canada" 2017, "Active Member Show" 2017, "Small, Smaller, Smallest" Show, 2016

"Summer Fever" Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford, 2017 Fraser Valley Chapter  FCA

"Spring Exhibition" Semiamhoo Gallery, Whiterock, 2017 Fraser Valley Chapter  FCA

"Winter Exhibition" 2016, Surrey Arts Centre: Fraser Valley Chapter  FCA 

The Blue Heron Gallery, Pitt Meadows Juried Show, 2016



Garibaldi Art Club Annual Juried Spring Show, 2008, Best of Show

Garibaldi Art Club Annual Juried Spring Show, 2008, Honourable Mention

Garibaldi Art Club Annual Juried Spring Show, 2013, Honourable Mention 

Garibaldi Art Club Annual Juried Spring Show, 2013, Honourable Mention

The Blue Heron Gallery Juried Show, 2016, Honourable Mention