Art: Vivian Harder: Fraser Valley Artist

By on May 11, 2018

By Editor. Vivian Harder is a fantastic artist who I got to visit last week and see her wonderful majestic paintings. Thunderfootstudio is a working artist studio and art gallery that is located in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Thunderfoot Studio

The gallery is owned and operated by Vivian Harder, a talented painter.  Vivian’s gallery showcases her British Columbia paintings, Fraser Valley landscapes, a wide range of equestrian art and her popular funky cat paintings, a favorite of cat lovers.

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Vivian lives in Aldergrove, part of Langley municipality which is a near Vancouver BC. This is a perfect area for a landscape artist to live and work because it is one of the most beautiful places in the world and inspiration for paintings is all around.

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Vivian is driven to paint the spectacular shorelines and coastal islands, the majestic snow capped mountains that embrace the valley and city, the breath taking lush valley scenery nestled with cozy old barns.  Many of the farms and properties raise horses, which is Vivian’s favorite subject matter.

Thunderfootstudio is often commissioned to create a wide variety of art for the businesses of Langley’s thriving Equine Industry.  Vivian does commissioned paintings, pet portraits, equine portraits, custom artwork, logo design, brochures, illustration, graphic design and hand painted farm signs.

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Her preference is watercolor and oil paintings but she can do commissioned artwork in any medium such as pencil, charcoal, pencil crayons, acrylic and in any style asked for.

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Vivian especially enjoys working on commission paintings and custom artwork because she can work closely with clients and they are always so happy with the finished artwork that she does for them.

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Thunderfoot Studio Gallery is well known for quality art and design.  In the art gallery the paintings are exhibited in warm spacious rooms. Vivian has a well-organized working studio with plenty of room to work with clients on whatever art projects or paintings they want done.

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Vivian Harder has 3 distinctive bodies of work that you can enjoy. The British Columbia scenes are landscape paintings that portray the pristine beauty and wildlife found here. Vivian rides horses in the remote mountains and uses photography for reference shots. Then with the emotion of her heart, she brings the vivid scenes back to life on canvas with brilliant colored oil paints. Or some scenes have subtle washes of light and they lend themselves to flowing strokes of watercolor.

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Equestrian art has always been the heart of Vivian’s work.  As an equestrian and horse lover, and having owned horses for her entire life, Vivian knows the anatomy of horses in movement intimately.  She can feel the spirit and energy of the horse and can easily express that depth of feeling on canvas with every brush stroke of her equine paintings.

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Funky cats are a series of fun, bold, graphic styled oil paintings of cats. They are brightly colored, distinctively stylized oil paintings that show cats being charming or sometimes naughty. These paintings are very popular among cat lovers.

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You are always welcome to stop in to meet Vivian and view gallery of art or commission her to do some custom artwork for you. Thunderfoot Studio Gallery is open for shows or by appointment, although you will find Vivian there painting in the studio or working on the farm every day.

people are invited to review my artwork gallery by appointment by phoning: 604-856-4433. My email is vivian@thunderfootstudio.com. Our address is 24928 16th Ave, Aldergrove B.C.


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