Jen Slofstra-Tinsley has lived in and visited many countries but finds no comparison to the beauty of Vancouver Island. She loves to explore the many beaches and forests on the Island where she finds unending inspiration for her acrylic paintings. She takes her camera with her during outdoor excursions and paints from her photographs. She enjoys playing with colour, movement, and shape within a composition, aspiring to depict a place as well as a mood.
Jen also paints murals in homes, offices, and businesses. One of her recent murals is in Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition Centre and at Duncan Christian School. Most of Jen’s murals have been of landscapes, animals, and children’s themes but she always appreciates new challenges.
Jen also enjoys painting art for children. Some of her children’s paintings are displayed at the Somenos Medical Clinic in Duncan.
Jen Tinsley has a B.A. in Art/Secondary Education and has taught art in schools in the United States, Ukraine, and Canada. Currently she resides ,paints, and teaches in Duncan, BC.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division