West Kelowna artist Roberta Grewcock will have one of her paintings featured in the Eiffel Tower Oct. 23.

West Kelowna artist Roberta Grewcock will have one of her paintings featured in the Eiffel Tower Oct. 23.

West Kelowna artist’s work destined for Eiffel Tower

Roberta Grewcock's painting will hang on a wall in the Eiffel Tower's first floor Oct. 23.

Roberta Grewcock is in the process of booking a flight to Paris.

Like many tourists who visit France’s largest city, the West Kelowna artist plans to visit the Eiffel Tower. But she’s not just there for the sight-seeing.

A painting of Grewcock’s, which she has named Passion, will hang on a wall in the Eiffel Tower’s first floor Oct. 23.

“I called it that because, when I painted it, it was really heartfelt,” said Grewcock.

“I cleared everything in the studio before I started and I was just totally in the zone. It felt good.”

Being personally invited to display work in Paris is icing on the cake for Grewcock, who has watched her success snowball over the past two years.

“Through social media I was discovered by Salvatore Russo—an art critic (and) writer,” said Grewcock.

“It’s funny, because I used to actually be a little bit shy about showing my work…(but) from my own experience, you really have to get your art out there.

“Who cares if it doesn’t appeal to everyone? If it can touch one person, that’s amazing.”

In July, Grewcock’s art made its international debut as part of a group show in Milwaukee. Two of her pieces have been selected for the 2nd International Biennale of Art of Palermo and another piece will appear in Florence from Feb. 21 to March 19, 2015.

This September/October edition of Effetto Arte—an Italian art publication—will also feature Grewcock’s artwork.

“It just seems to good to be true,” she said.

Grewcock’s passion for art was nurtured during summer lessons at an art gallery in Edmonton when she was a child.

In high school, she knew she wanted to make art a regular part of her life, so she made the decision to study fine arts at Okanagan University College.

She’s been a working artist since then, sometimes having to balance her artwork with other jobs. But with her 18-year-old daughter, Sinead, about to move to Vancouver for school, and her son, Riley, nearing his teenage years, Grewcock has had more time to focus on her art lately.

One of her paintings destined for Italy—Into the Belly of the Beast—was created three months after Grewcock was in a serious car accident.

“I wasn’t allowed any stimuli or anything. I had to wear dark glasses because I was really light sensitive.

“I was doing a lot of thinking in that time and when I was able to paint again, I painted…Into the Belly of the Beast.

“It’s quite dark compared to my usual work.”

Describing her artwork as her “guts coming out onto the painting,” Grewcock never wants to just paint something pretty. She wants the viewer to receive an emotional reaction.

“I want to have my paintings everywhere around the world.

“I want to make people feel something.”


Twitter: @PatersonWade


Kelowna Capital News

Just Posted

Brenda Ware. (RCMP)
Murder charge laid against man in Kootenay National Park homicide

Philip Toner was located in Lake Country on May 11

Michelle St. Pierre, UBCO’s 2021 graduate student researcher of the year, is hoping to change the discussion surrounding the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs. (UBCO photo)
UBCO researcher examining therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs

Michelle St. Pierre has been researching the use of psychedelics since 2015

The community is rallying around Phil Hotzon who needs a new electric tricycle. (Contributed)
Tricycle for Phil: Support pours in for Kelowna man with traumatic brain injury

Phil Hotzon lost his electric tricycle after falling into Mill Creek, fundraiser aims to replace it

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Dogs can understand some English

Your morning start for Wednesday, May 12, 2021

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

(Black Press Media)
Children walk back to their classroom while wearing masks and physical distancing at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., in October, 2020. A group of B.C. teachers has issued an open letter calling for the relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions for children in B.C. schools. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
Group of B.C. teachers calls for easing of pandemic measures for students

Teacher group says ‘response to COVID is out of balance to the cost our youth are paying’

Adam Hamdan has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorist charges given temporary residence in Canada

Adam Hamdan had been facing deportation to Jordan, where he holds citizenship through his Palestinian parents

Lumber is shown in the back of a van in this recent image provided by the Saskatoon Police Service. The skyrocketing prices for lumber is fuelling a trend that has authorities across the country warning builders to keep their guard up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Police Service-Const. Derek Chesney *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘It is a gold mine:’ Builders warned of rising lumber thefts across Canada

Many North American mills curtailed production temporarily earlier in 2020 because of COVID lockdowns

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers helped return Chocnut, a stolen Pomeranian, to his family on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (RCMP photo)
Vernon police track down dog thief, return Pomeranian to owners

‘People often ask what the best part of being a police officer is. Well, this is it, helping people’

The area around the Christie Mountain wildfire that was restricted to the public is no longer restricted effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (BC Wildfire photo)
The area around where the Christie Mountain wildfire took place is officially restricted to the public effective May 12. (BC Wildfire photo)
Christie Mountain wildlife area near Penticton closed to public

The area was damaged in 2020 by the Christie Mountain wildfire

Most Read