Artist, Jeanette Jarville

Artist, Jeanette Jarville

About Jeanette Jarville

I was born in Vancouver, BC and reside in Richmond, a city just south of Vancouver. I began drawing at a very early age, I had a natural talent in art and quickly became known as the class artist. I began traditional oil painting at the age of 11. I spent much of my teenage years experimenting and using different materials and objects in my paintings and sculptural work. I still enjoy incorporating new and unusual methods with that of more traditional ways. After graduating High School with Honors and receiving a district  art scholarship I was accepted into the renowned Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I was awarded four scholarships while there and received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, majoring in Studio; Sculpture and Painting, in 1996. I also took the opportunity to attend art school in Berlin, Germany, as an exchange student. While there I studied Art History, traditional oil painting and sculpting, spending one year in Europe. I was drawn to and influenced by the abundance of Old Masters works and the history within the landscape.
I paint with oils and acrylics on canvas, and for over 17 years I have also been painting on glass and thick clear acrylic panels in a unique reverse process. The reflection of light that comes from the paintings creates a luminescent and powerful effect, it glows from within. My visions, images and ideas for the work I create are sometimes loosley based from memory or my photography, but mostly from images imagined. I begin a piece and it just evolves as I go. I feel constantly driven to create and am happiest when my ideas are flowing from mind to matter.
I am trained in classical drawing and oil painting techniques and find this to be a great foundation in building up my more modern, stylized painting. I work with subject matter that inspires me and that has evolved into my dramatic, bold and colourful signature style I have become recognized for today. I still keep up with my more traditional oil painting techniques just for fun, below are a few examples. Plus I love the smell of oils and paint thinner 🙂


Jarville Oil Painting of Fallen Angel

Jarville Oil Painting of Fallen Angel


Jeanette is involved in all aspects of the arts within her community. She is the Past Chair of the Richmond Arts Coalition, having volunteered on the Board for 8 years. She is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Jeanette has been awarded public art commissions such as the Canada Line Art Columns and has painted sculptures for the BC Lions Society ‘Eagles in Our City’ and ‘Terra Cotta Warriors’ charitable public art projects. One of the warriors was displayed in Steveston Village and the other in the MacBride Museum, now permanently in the Air North Airport, Whitehorse, Yukon.

Jeanette’s art can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, South Africa, Asia, and Europe. She has shown throughout the years in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally and has had gallery representation in Canada and the USA. She has worked on public art projects, received many awards and scholarships, most recently the city of Richmond’s Art Innovation Award, has been featured on Television, news articles and magazines.



1992-96:     Emily Carr University of Art & Design – Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art
1996:         Kwantlen University College – Diploma in Fine Art
1995:         Kunsthochschule Weissensee, art school, Berlin, Germany
1992:         Graduated with Honours, Mathew McNair

Workshops, Private courses and Continuing Education

Acrylic painting workshops with artists Anna Black, David Langevin and Nancy O’Toole
Encaustic Painting with Thea Haubrich
Oil painting workshops with artists Meadow Gist, David Goatley and Brent Lynch.
Oil painting classes with Michael Abraham and Paul Chizik
1 year of private oil painting lessons with artist Lucille Mars

Other courses in: Bone Carving, Sculpture in Clay, Wood, Wax, Metal, Ceramics and Raku, Woodworking, Leaded Stained Glass, Wrought iron work, Blown glass, Bronze, metals, and plaster casting.


City of Richmond Mayors Art Award for ‘Artistic Innovation’
The Federation of Canadian Artists, Award of Excellence
The Friends of Emily Carr Scholarship
Peoples Choice Award, Surrey Art Gallery
The Maria Greczmiel Scholarship for Visual Arts
The Brissenden Scholarship
The Community Arts Council of Richmond, Visual Arts Scholarship
Richmond District Scholarship for Excellence in Visual Arts
Mathew McNair Achievement Award in Visual Arts Scholastic Honor Roll Award


The Richmond Hospital Foundation
Richmond Art Gallery
BC Lions Society
Society of Richmond Children’s Centres
Gateway Theatre
Big Heart Rescue Society
Crossroads Hospice Society
Ronald McDonald House
Richmond Minor Hockey
United Way