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Artist Biography

Darlene E. Gait

Darlene Emmerrencianna Gait was born on Vancouver Island and began painting as a child. Inspired by Nature and her First Nations Heritage, her work is unique in that it is created with emotions that allow the viewer to connect and relate to the stories told through her brush. Her poetry, created with each painting, allows people to understand each image through the artist’s perception.

She is recognized internationally, her art is exhibited and held in private and public collections and her limited edition Giclees and prints are sold in galleries worldwide.

Gait’s paintings and poetry celebrate her love for her Coast Salish culture and bring to life through beautiful images the rich traditions and oral history of the First People of Canada. Her art also reflects her passion for protecting the environment and wildlife as well as her beliefs in the oneness of humanity and the beauty of its diversity. Her paintings are often inspired by her vivid dreams, which she believes must be captured by her brush and poetry and then shared. She also feels bound by the responsibility to depict all her images with scientific and historical accuracy, as she considers her art to be part of the oral history of her culture.

Her work can be viewed at One Moon Show room, located near Victoria in Esquimalt, B.C. It has over 100 images to be seen in a tranquil Island setting. Darlene currently lives in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island.

"Darlene, I could not let the week end without telling you what a wonderful event the art gallery tour was for all my class - students and adults. It was great that you could be there in person to narrate the powerpoint presentation of your work over the years. Your work is truly magical and I wanted to say what a personal pleasure it was to meet you. Your gift to each of us was very generous and appreciated more than you could know. Thank-you again for all you do for the community, Sandra."
– Sandra Fabri, School District #61 – Victoria, BC
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