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Couple draws inspiration from each other in art exhibit

It's rare to have two artists living under one roof and even more rare to have their work on display as part of the same exhibit.

It’s rare to have two artists living under one roof and even more rare to have their work on display as part of the same exhibit. That is what Linny D. Vine and Jeffrey J. Boron are doing.

The couple share studio space in their Esquimalt home, each creating two different styles of art, which will be on display in a joint exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until the end of January.

Vine describes her work as “fun, freedom, playful and joyful.” Also described as Linnyland or Linnyism, Vine’s pieces are created with acrylic or oil paint and depict a fun way of looking at the world.

Drawing inspiration from life and imagination, her paintings feature bright local urban scenes.

“Sometimes when I’m painting one brush stroke can take me in a different direction and I’ll see personality or character to something that I haven’t seen and I just like to go with it,” said Vine, a goldsmith turned artist.

Boron’s work, described as West Coast Impressionism, depicts landscapes around Vancouver Island and is a combination of vivd colours and contemporary realism.

Often created outside, Boron’s work includes paintings that show scenes from Tofino, along the waterfront in Victoria, and Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt.

“The thing that I enjoy most about it is the freedom of expression. Painting outdoors has opened up a huge window to me and has allowed me to combine my love of nature and my art,” he said. “It really has put the icing on the cake in so many ways.”

Vine and Boron have been creating art their entire lives and will often paint together as well

“She’s at one end of the apartment and I’m at the other. We occasionally bump into each other as we step back to view our work,” Boron said. “We garner more ways of looking at things because of the two visions, which helps to see things from a perspective that you wouldn’t necessarily gather.”

Vine and Boron have had several exhibits at the art gallery individually, but this is their second one together.

Though their styles differ, the duo agree the roughly 30 paintings on display compliment each other since many of the paintings depict the same locations.

“Both our work are very colourful and very bold and both have a singular voice,” Boron said. “It’s a different visualization of a similar scene.”

The Best of Both exhibit will be on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss St.) until Jan. 31.