Q. How do I purchase a painting online?
A. Please use the "Enquire Online" button. We will reply to your request as soon as possible!
Q. Are the colours accurate?
A. We do our best! We can send more photographs or even chat over FaceTime to assist you.
Q. How are you sizing the artwork?
A. We use inches (H x W) and only list the canvas size without a frame.
Q. What does Framed or Unframed mean?
A. Unframed implies the artist intends the painting to be displayed without a frame. Traditionally, the canvas is finished on the sides with a black edge, or the image wraps around to the back.
Framed implies that the artists intends the artwork to be framed, and the price includes the cost of framing by our gallery. We do not list the framed size, as you may choose framing options, depending on availability. Restrictions apply.
Q. Can paintings listed as Unframed be framed?
A. In many cases, yes. Please send us an enquiry regarding the painting you wish to be framed. Please note, the cost of custom framing is not listed on our website.
Q. Can a piece of art be shipped from your other location for a viewing?
A. Artwork transfers between our galleries can be arranged depending on availability and being part of an active exhibition. There is a nominal fee to cover to cost of shipping and handling. *Conditions & restrictions apply.
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Elka Nowicka combines old-world aesthetics, modern sensibilities, and a theatrical touch to create luminously crumbled patina-covered canvases. Using acrylic paint and mixed media, she creates multi-layered works of exquisite texture. Currently residing in Victoria, British Columbia, Elka was born in Poland, where she earned her Master's degree in construction engineering. After arriving in Canada in 1990, she pursued her love for the creative and soon established herself as an accomplished designer: fashion, home, stage sets and textiles. Her eye for detail, balance and design led her to produce canvases, textile art and her line of hand-painted silk beddings.
"I am inspired by antiques and classics, glamour and theatrics, and the close union of old and new. I rely on symbolism and imagery to capture the intensity of emotions and reflections. Each subject is built up with layers upon layers of experiences and relationships. Multi-textured technique intrigues me. It permits the control but allows the spontaneity in the creative process. The planned and random effects give each piece its unique and individual patina."