Maria Miranda Lawrence
Sara Marreiros
(À Janela - The Poetic Soul)
(on cover of À Janela - The Poetic Soul)
The Threshing Gang
NOA Centennial Project
The Skaters
Watercolour Illustration for "Christmas Memories"
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A lifetime attraction to the visual and performing arts, people and nature inspires me to create art. This has lead me to capture not only a realistic likeness but to communicate the beauty, light and energy within stillness or movement.

As a Canadian artist of Portuguese descent I was invited in the summer of 2005 to participate along with other artists, musicians and writers in a week long cultural program held on my birth island in the Azores. We were asked each to contribute a representation of our art directly inspired by our culture to be included in a limited edition published book with a musical recording. The following year I received the COPA National award for outstanding achievement in both Canadian and Portuguese Arts and Culture celebrated in Toronto. Over this time I connected with a variety of creative people. This sparked the idea of collaboration for my own unique project which I proposed and received top funding from the Azores government. I  produced a series of paintings of twelve Fado singers at or by the window (a metaphor for the contrasts of life). Each painting included descriptive poetry from a contributing writer. The series and publication is entitled - À Janela- the Poetic Soul. 


My artwork in multi-media to date includes a variety of commissioned illustrations and self published works; for example book illustration, book covers, posters, advertising brochures. I accept both personal portrait or commercial illustrative commissions.



For further information about Island Illustrators, 
contact Marcia Semenoff (President) at 

The Island Illustrators Society was established to foster a greater interest in the art of illustration. The society exists to benefit its members and clients through shared information regarding illustrative techniques, business ethics, and standards. In order to achieve these goals, the society makes partners of practicing illustrators, students, clients, and other interested parties. 

Definition: Illustration is a piece of visual information, either drawn or photographed, which usually illustrates an accompanying text. The purpose of illustration is to enhance the ideas presented in the text, or simply, to transmit information or concepts visually. 

The Island Illustrators Society does not act as an agent, but as a venue for you to contact any one of its members. 


 Island Illustrators Society

295 View Royal Avenue

Victoria, BC V9B 1B3



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The Skaters

Watercolour Illustration for "Christmas Memories"