After tapping into basically every artistic event that Whistler has to offer over the years, Daniel Poisson and Corinna Haight recently decided to broaden their horizons, and creative reach, to Central America.
The talented local artists recently returned from a six-month adventure in Central America, where they were commissioned to fill a new hostel, Luna's Castle Hostel, with their vibrant canvases in exchange for free materials, flights, room and board.
"The first three months, we were commissioned to paint whatever we wanted, complete freedom of expression, for a four-floor international hostel," Poisson said. "...We painted everything and anything we could think of to keep it as diverse as possible, so there is no real style or rhyme or reason. We used every colour of the rainbow and every subject from portrait work to graffiti-style stencil work to abstract.
Poisson first moved to Whistler about six years ago. Haight came to the area almost eight years ago, and in that time, they've collectively produced their own music and art events, painted live at every major festival in town, and exhibited their work in businesses throughout town.
"The house that we lived in in Brio was plastered with my work," Poisson recalled during a recent interview. "People started buying pieces and I started getting offers to paint at festivals.
Today, they primarily use acrylics and spray paint, sometimes incorporating watercolours, charcoals, paper collage and other mediums to create different effects.
While the trip to Panama was an amazing experience, it wasn't all fun and games - a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into creating the desired gallery effect.
"It was definitely an exercise in my ability to see what I could accomplish," Poisson said. "We had to come up with the size of all the pieces and the wood was all raw materials from a lumber yard. We had to get it cut and build all of the canvases by hand."
By the end of their stay, they had completed about 130 canvases.
"They wanted it to be like a gallery," Haight said.
Now, they're preparing to undertake yet another massive project, but this time, it's much closer to home. Poisson and Haight have been selected to complete the next bridge mural project for the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
They were still in Central America when they heard about the competition, and decided to submit their vision to the Public Arts Committee for consideration.
"We were in Panama and we got the call for entry and we were really, really busy," Haight said, adding that they almost didn't submit a design.