The Bigger Picture

THE BIGGER PICTURE is an art installation project based on nature, that combines Steve Austin Photography images with 5 participating fine artists from different media backgrounds.  The purpose of the project is to raise funds and bring awareness to the fragility of our environment.  If you think of the world as a collective, we all have one thing in common, our planet.  Every one of us has an individual perspective or story of why we are drawn to nature. This project reflects unique perspectives by uniting a collective of artists, drawing from the same image, creating different works of art.   We have chosen to contribute back to environmental stewardship organizations, Nature Conservancy of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation as our initial charities.

Visit to read more on this project.

Our Okanagan


4 artists - 4 landscapes - 4 different ways

In February 2021, four artists, Cynthia Gunsinger, Theresa Edwards, Christina Knittel, and myself Nikki Balfour, got together for a daily painting challenge.

The idea was to paint daily and possibly even finish a painting a day.

They painted their little hearts out, posted online, and their followers loved it.

But the most exciting part was Sundays.  Each week, one artist would contribute a photo from which all four would paint in their unique style.

The artwork created on those four Sundays is now hanging in the Atrium with more landscape artwork on the 7th floor at Kelowna’s Innovation Centre 460 Doyle Ave. (beside the public library) till the end of June.  Local to the area?  Take yourself on a self guided tour.  The building hours are Monday to Friday, 8-5pm.

On Intagram?  Post your best picture of the local landscape with hashtag #ourokanagan for a chance to have it painted by us four artists!

Front Page!

This beautiful painting made the front page of this magazine.

Homes and Land Okanagan March/April 2021 Issue Vol 171 #7.

Beautiful designed space in McKinley Beach, by Hatch Interior Design here in Kelowna.

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