Chantey Dayal lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters amid the flow and seasons of the Cowichan River and Valley, as well as the chaos of carpooling, school lunches, laundry, and dishes.
Chantey has been painting for as long as she can remember, and frankly, what else could she possibly do when told at the age of eight by a palm reader in India, “that she would one day be an artist.” Drawing from her East Indian and Armenian bloodlines, Chantey’s work offers the wonder, spirit, and exotica of India as well as the history, melancholy, and boldness of Armenia.
She is uninhibited with her precocious, ripe and audacious use of colour. Imaginary gardens that are playful and forceful foreshadow their potential and explosive beauty, looking sweet and juicy with life. Her women suggest of warm matriarchal experiences, like a tree with blossoms and returning fruits. Painting has always been, and remains to be her favorite thing to do.
As a young woman Chantey earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for set and costuming design at York University. Working for many years as a scenic artist gave her the confidence and flare for expressing with bold colour and sweeping strokes of the brush. In recent years, Chantey has combined the embodiment practice of 5 Rhythms dance into her studio time, bringing out new intuitions and dreams onto the canvas.
I love to paint because it gets me out of my own way. For me, it is the ultimate experience of letting go. Being in the process without attachment to outcome allows strokes, tones, rhythms and feelings to pour out like the journey of a song. I can often be found dancing the 5 Rhythms Dance practice in my studio. This movement practice becomes a prayer, a meditation, a touching in with my self, which opens my hands up to possibility and investigation. Colour too, is a gateway that allows me to fully feel, fully express and create boldly on the canvas.
I love to paint.
b. 1972, Calgary, Canada
Lives and works in Duncan, Canada