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Heather Ross Q/A

Chances are good you have seen some of Heather Ross’ work. She is an artist, photographer, founder of a boutique at 6th and Fir, stylist and author of The Natural Eclectic, a beatiful book that has been featured in magazines from House & Home to Martha Stewart Living.

We asked the Vancouver-raised Ross for her city intel.

1. Specific place I go in Vancouver to be creatively inspired.
I go to Thomas Hobb’s Southlands Nursery and immerse myself amongst the huge succulents, orchids, greenery and architectural elements. In the winter, it feels like a mini tropical holiday. It always restores and inspires me!!

Then I love to wander the surrounding area which feels like country in the city with its horse filled pastures and tree lined river walk.

2. Best place for people watching.
I like to people watch down at Kits Beach winding along down to the dog beach. People with pets will always bring a smile to one’s face.

3. Someone from Vancouver – alive or passed – who inspires me.
My dear friend Brent Boechler. He was a very wise man and brilliant painter, whose work is represented by the Bau Xi gallery. He passed away last year, but his influence on me both as an artist and a person will remain forever. I know he helped to inspire and motivate many other artists.

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4. If you want great pictures of Vancouver, go to:
Vancouver is so picturesque you just cannot go wrong anywhere. If one wants an overview of the whole city, driving up to Cypress Mountain is a good idea. On foggy days it can be quite surreal to see the city cloaked in softness from above.

5. If Vancouver were an animal, it would be:
That’s a tough one. For some reason a racoon comes to mind.

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6. A sound I associate with Vancouver.
Unfortunately on this one right now I would have to say the din of construction. It just feels like there is so much change and upheaval in the city, from roadwork to yardwork to towers going up where more quaint buildings once gracefully stood.

7. A pleasant smell I associate with Vancouver.
We are blessed with cherry blossom season every spring in Vancouver, a heavenly scent.

While I don’t prefer dark rainy days, I do have to say I love the smell of summer rain on a warm sidewalk. There is something very nostalgic about that for me.
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8. Food and/or drink that reminds me of Vancouver.
I don’t eat meat, but occasionally eat seafood. I used to fish with my father when I was young. Fresh wild caught salmon on a BBQ comes to mind.

9. Particularly great show, of any kind, that I have seen in Vancouver.
I found the multifacted group show UNSCROLLED at The Vancouver Art Gallery to be so thought provoking, compelling and captivating!
10. Favourite place to travel if I want to be creatively inspired.
As a photographer, I love to travel to Europe. I am drawn to all the colours and textures found in the landscape, the architecture, the villages. I especially love Copenhagen, and the countryside of France and Italy.

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*Photos courtesy of Heather Ross

 

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