James Sclater


My enjoyment in representing the beauty of our world with strong design and bold colours is what drives my passion for my landscape painting of Savary Island and other parts of our amazing planet.

The late afternoon sun on the tip of Savary Island's Indian Point highlights the design elements of the logs and the summer surroundings of the island.
The end of Savary Island nearest the mainland, Mace Point, glows with the warmth of rusty orange rocks reflecting in the lapping waters of the incoming tide on Savary's famous South Beach.
Just north of Savary Island, Desolation Sound features towering coastal mountains and many small islands with sun-bleached rocks and tall fir and cedar trees.
One of many islands in the area of Desolation sound, so-named by Captain Vancouver because he arrived there in a rainy windstorm, shows its varied colours in the tidal zone of the Strait of Georgia - the northern portion of the Salish Sea.

I am a B.C. artist working in acrylic paints since 2008, learning to enjoy the many different techniques they afford. Previously I worked with oils and also with black artist’s pens, doing drawings which I often finished with water-colors. My passion is to depict the wonderfully varied B.C. west coast where I have lived all of my life, as well as other parts of our beautiful planet. My hope is to use all of the above mediums to continue to expand the scope of my work while serving my clientele on Savary Island and beyond.

My Savary Island Art Studio and Gallery sits behind our cabin on this sandy, sunny island, just north of Powell River, B.C., where I welcome ‘locals’, summer-cottage people and day-trip tourists to view and possibly buy. I also paint at our home in Aldergrove, B.C., and do photography there as well as on the island. My photos form the subject matter for most of my paintings. I freely adapt the images from these photos for that purpose, and also create commissioned works to meet the needs and tastes of my clients.

Savary Island's south shore in the Patricia Crescent area, where the beach patterns harmonize with the flow of the island's terrain, sculpted by millennia of wind, rain and tide.
On the south-west "corner" of Savary Island, the white sand is tinted slightly pink by tiny fragments of reddish rock that arrived on the giant glacier flowing from the Lillooet area many centuries ago.
Indian Point's west side, facing Campbell River, is a popular walking,wading and swimming spot, depending on where the tide is. This painting shows it in early springtime, before the summer crowd sets up their beach chairs, umbrellas and driftwood huts for shelter.
The dock on the north-east part of Savary Island is the hub of much of the summer activity there - coming and going, walking and swimming, boating and boarding - and diving off the dock by the "No DivIng" signs.

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