Joy. Art. Inspiration.
Surfshine Art started in 2014, during my stay in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. I created my first postcard series to raise funds during the art-show fundraisers that we co-produced with local charities.
Since then, Surfshine Art became the platform where I share my passion. It's about doing what you love, and helping make the world be a better place through art, conscious actions and collaboration. The art has a playful style and depicts the magical inspiration of the moment,
wherever it might be.
Throughout the years my love for the ocean has made me realized the impact each individual has on the environment.
I believe sustainability is important and that we can all make a difference by practicing mindfulness, reducing waste, giving back and supporting local businesses.
I strive to take steps in these directions whenever I can, such as selling the Surfshine Art folded cards without plastic packaging. If you have any suggestions for eco-friendly art supplies, feel free to send me a line!
Karine Gordon-Beaumier (aka KG)
MURAL ARTIST/ ILLUSTRATOR/ SURFER
Growing up, I was the kid that was always drawing. This led me to study 2D animation at the Cégep-du-Vieux-Montréal. Soon, I realized that illustration was my true passion.
Traveling and living around the world, I discovered surfing and a new world of inspiration opened up to me. My art is inspired by the surfing culture, the waves, the coast, the travel life, nature and all its inhabitants.
From pen & ink, watercolour, digital to acrylic paint,I enjoy working with different mediums, surfaces and sizes. I create for the joy of it and keep an open-mind for learning new techniques.
Based in Ucluelet BC, you can find me at the art studio, surfing, reading, practicing yoga, meditating, chilling at the beach, fostering animals, eating sushi (homemade yum!) or dancing in our living room.
If you ever want to know more about what art projects I am up to, please follow my Facebook page and Instagram: @surfshineart
Society of Visual Storytelling, Online Illustration School with Jake Parker, Will Terry and Lee White,
April 2017- to present
Member of the Pacific Rim Arts Society, since 2017
Member of the Island Illustrators Society, BC, 2014
Adobe Illustrator program, since 2013
Certified Photoshop CS6 Design & Imaging Specialist, Photo Art Studio, BC, 2013
Ink & wash workshop, with watercolour artist Allan Kirk, BC, 2012
House Painter, interior and exterior, since 2011
2D animation program, Cégep-Du-Vieux-Montréal, QC, 2002-2004, Courses included: perspective, creating characters, animation techniques, visual representation of culture through history, anatomy drawing & background composition
Media Release/ Publication/ Exhibition:
Featured Artist for the "Women of the West Coast" Art Show, Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet 2017
Winning art for the Cultural Heritage Festival, Pacific Rim Arts Society, BC, 2015
Publication of the Wild Life cartoon series, Westerly News, Alberni Valley Times, BC, 2015
Featured artist interview, Westerly News, BC, January 2015
Winning T-shirt contest design, Marina West Adventure Centre, BC, 2015
Canada's West Coast Surf SHAC interview, BC, 2014
Winning Art, Cover page and interview, Wax art and poetry magazine, Alberta, 2014
Production of the 85 Degrees art-show fundraisers, Nicaragua, 2014
Beer label designs and poster art for Moon Under Water Brewery, BC, 2013-2014
Ireland. England. spain. Paris. hong Kong.
Bali. Australia. New-Zealand. Thailand. Nepal.
Sri Lanka. Canada. Cali. Hawaii. Mexico.
Nicaragua. Costa Rica. Ecuador...
One of my biggest dreams has always been to travel the world. After a road trip across Canada at the age of 18, I decided to save up and buy a one-way ticket to Ireland with my best friend. By the age of 24, I had completed my first round-the-world trip, having lived and worked in many different locations and surf destinations.
After a stop in Quebec, I left for another two years of international adventures. ...Woofing, working in restaurants, marketing, farm work, volunteering and other seasonal jobs would sustain my lifestyle.
As a backpacker, I had the freedom to learn to ride waves in Bali, get my open water diving certification in Australia, skydive in New-Zealand, trek the Himalayas and eat pad thai in Bangkok. I have met incredibly kind people and made amazing friendships along the way.
During my travels, people were asking me to draw, paint and design things for them that make them happy. Their joy when the art was done encouraged me to start Surfshine Art later.
Whatever your passions are, no matter your circumstances and what resources you have now, your dreams can become your reality if you commit to it. Do your best, show up, and trust that life will provide what you need, when you need it. Thanks for reading my story!
You are awesome. Keep shining. Keep doing things you love xx