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Jacqueline Nolte

Originally from South Africa, Nolte holds a PhD in historical studies, an MA and a BA (Hons) in the history of art, and a BA in fine art from the University of Cape Town, as well as a diploma in higher education from the University of South Africa. She immigrated to Canada in 1998.


She has been Dean of the College of Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley since 2011, after being Department Head of Fine Arts for 6 years.

Jacqueline has taught courses such as "Arts in Context: Special Topics. Contemporary African" and "Advanced Digital Imaging". She is widely published on a variety of art related topics.


David Goatley

David Goatley is considered one of North America’s foremost portrait painters. 

He was born in London, England in 1954 and emigrated to Canada’s west coast in 1992.

Goatley studied painting at London’s Camberwell School of Art before embarking on a successful 16 year advertising career. Whilst advertising did not prove creatively satisfying (the need to paint was never far away) it did give him a taste for hard work, imaginative solutions, and the strong sense of design that has helped make his paintings immediately recognizable. Each of his portraits is as distinct as the individuals in them, capturing the personality and life in his subjects with real feeling. To stand in front of one his portraits is to experience meeting the subject.

It is a skill that has led to almost 400 commissions thus far, across Canada, the UK and 24 states of the USA as well as in Israel, Panama, Spain and India. His subjects have included Princes, a Peer, a Prime Minister, Provincial Premiers, five Lt. Governors, First Nations Chiefs and Elders, a Bishop and leaders in Business, Academia, the Arts and the Law as well as numerous families. His work is included in 2 Royal Collections as well as the collections of governments, museums, corporations, institutions and in hundreds of private homes.

David is also a noted muralist and paints the people and places he encounters on his travels for exhibition and sale when his busy schedule of commissions allows.

David currently resides in the Pacific Northwest from where he travels widely to fulfil commissions.


Rachel Penney

From a young age, the many forms and glorious diversity found in nature, art and music have been vital influences in my life and travels from coast to coast. At first photography was an occasional, fun way to create lasting memories of places, family and events using film cameras.


 Arriving in Cowichan Bay in 1999 presented an abundance of sailing and hiking destinations, both locally and along the B.C. coast. It quickly became evident a camera was essential, even when looking out my kitchen window over Cowichan Bay.


In 2002 I purchased my first digital camera, an HP 1mega pixel point and shoot.   


In 2009, I was introduced to the Cowichan Valley Camera Club. The skills, expertise, techniques and creative styles generously shared by CVCC members continue to inspire and nourish my enthusiasm for the art of photography. 


I am an individual member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, CAPA.  It along with the CVCC club membership to CAPA has given me the opportunity to participate in an array of national competitions over the years. I have twice taken advantage of the great learning tool offered by CAPA in the form of a judging course.


My camera equipment includes a Sony A 77II, Sony DSC-RX100 M3 and recently a Samsung Galaxy S9 cell phone.   Wildlife, landscapes and flora are definitely favourite subjects. I also enjoy the challenge of long exposure day or night techniques and the creative possibilities using in-camera and -computer programs. The fun and learning continues.

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