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Janet Esseiva


Born in South Africa I emigrated to Canada with my young family in 1998. Art has always been part of my life. I attended art school and took workshops and classes at night, while working in Information Technology in South Africa. I moved to Bowen Island in 2005, where I keep my home studio. I started offering workshops in 2010 which became a sold out hit year after year, with my very accessible teaching style. My work has been presented by several galleries in the Vancouver-Whistler area in the last decade.


I strives to continually reinvent myself as an artist, challenging the limits of both myr skill and my preferred medium, acrylics.

Exhibit history
With Jilly Watson in 2007, BIAC, Bowen Island
“Tree to Sky”, Solo Show at White Dog Gallery, Whistler, 2013
‘Wet Paint” with Sheree Jones in 2014, BIAC, Bowen Island
“A Brush with Nature” With Tamara Pearl in 2010, BIAC, Bowen Island
”Vanishing” with Marc Baur & Georgina Farah in 2017, BIAC, Bowen Island
Art in the Garden, Bowen Island Garden Club, 2023


Gallery Representation

Catching Stars Gallery, Bowen Island since 2017
White Dog Gallery, Whistler 2011-2017
Crystal Lodge Gallery, Whistler 2017-2019
CityScapes Gallery, North Vancouver art rental program since 2016
Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster since 2013
Arts Pacific Gallery, Bowen Island, 2006-2012


2023 The Scribe, BC Jewish Museum and Archives, “30 Jewish BC Artists”



Ruth Prowse School of Art, Woodstock, South Africa
Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
Over 30 workshops with prominent South African and Canadian artists including Val Green (SA), Marjorie Turnbull, Michael O’Toole, Nancy O’Toole, Mike Svob, Robert Genn, David Langevin, Alan Wylie, Janice Robertson, Gaye Adams, Suzanne Northcott, Richard McDiarmid, Andrew McDermott, and more.

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