Drawing out Canadian curling champions

Victoria-born painter Jayné Childs captures the spirit of sport in a show that coincide with the 2013 World Men’s Curling Championships.

Jayné Childs work

For centuries, artists have been capturing emotional, hard-fought moments in sport through beautifully hand-crafted paintings, sculptures and sketches.

But Victoria-born painter Jayné Childs realized one sport – a favourite Canadian pastime – was noticeably absent from the artistic world.

“I never got in to curling – it was cold; my body doesn’t like the cold. But it’s a really big sport, especially in this part of the country,” she says from her home in Maryfield, Sask. “Curling is such a community heartbeat.”

Childs’ first foray into painting the sport was in February 2011 when curler Russ Howard came to her small Saskatchewan town.

“I decided to see if I could draw anymore. I had done metal sculpture work, huge murals, marblings – all sorts of mediums, but I hadn’t done what I’d done as a kid in 40 years: drawing,” she says.

When Howard came to town, Childs’ art – of a focused Howard throwing the rock – received accolades and praise . That’s when she knew she had tapped into a special niche.

“I worked out a business plan where I could celebrate champions of curling and support them in their pursuits of excellence,” she says.

Since beginning her curling art portfolio just two years ago, Childs has painted – with watercolour – the likenesses of Canadians Jennifer Jones, Mike McEwan, Cheryl Bernard, Jeff Stoughton and more.

Partial proceeds from the sales of Childs’ art go to the champion curlers portrayed in the artwork. Proceeds also go to support the curling clubs that host her art.

Childs, who grew up in Victoria and returned a number of times through adulthood, will return to her hometown again this month for an exhibit that will coincide with the 2013 World Men’s Curling Championships.

Childs will be the artist in residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel from March 23 to April 8, showcasing her curling portfolio in the hotel’s conservatory.

While in Victoria, she plans to attend some of the draws to photograph more intimate moments in the sport, which she’ll then translate to canvas. She plans to have three or four paintings on the go, as she works at the Empress.

“There’s nothing like being in the live rink and being able to get their personality, and the personality that I’m able to really paint in their champion character,” Childs said.

Childs’ work will be on display daily from noon to 8 p.m. (excluding Easter Sunday). Limited edition collector prints will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit curlingchampions.com.

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay’s Spandads help give new life to used bikes

Local cycling club is donating 100 bikes worldwide to those in need

Trapped Vancouver Island crash survivor celebrates second chance at life

“Life is good now. It’s good to be alive.”

More affordable housing for Indigenous residents coming to Langford

40 units will be added to Station Avenue development

Reader Response: Victoria’s wages not meeting general needs

Victoria was recently ranked as one of the worst cities in B.C. to work in due to low average income

VIDEO: Ballet Victoria’s take on the The Nutcracker tours Vancouver Island and the Mainland

Performances in Revelstoke, Coquitlam, Chilliwack and Victoria

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 11, 2018

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

High streamflow advisory in effect across the Island

River Forecast Centre issues advisory as Pacific storms batter the coast

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

Man in his 60s dies in ATV accident north of Parksville

BC Coroners Service investigating the death

VIDEO: Kitten rescued from under school bus in Duncan

School staff have affectionately called kitten “Axle”

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Most Read