Shayne Lloyd’s art piece, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, has been donated to the high school. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Valley artist inspires ADSS students

Shayne Lloyd’s art piece, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, has been donated to the high school

Port Alberni artist Shayne Lloyd was honoured on Tuesday with an official unveiling of one of his works at Alberni District Secondary School.

Lloyd’s piece “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” that was made with a wood burning technique on an old door, was donated to ADSS by North Island College, which purchased the piece from Lloyd—a fine arts alumnus.

“It’s great to have my artwork in a high school,” Lloyd said. “Maybe it will provide some inspiration for students who are considering a career as an artist.”

The art piece, which is displayed near fine arts classrooms at ADSS, features the underwater adventures of Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus, being attacked by a giant squid. It is a large format wood burning and stain on a reclaimed wood door, measuring 6’ by 3’ tall. The work is based on the novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne.

Lloyd learned the tone-on-tone, grisaille method of painting that he later adapted to pyrography, or wood burning, while at NIC.

“My instructor Elizabeth Russell was a working artist in England,” he said. “She was so knowledgeable and passionate about showing me how to get organized and appeal to galleries.”

Lloyd is known locally for his murals, signs, wood burnings and illustrations. His art often focuses on the natural world.

“Shayne’s artwork and passion for education are inspirational,” said Randall Heidt, NIC’s president of strategic initiatives. “We can’t think of a better place to showcase his unique work than outside the fine arts classrooms in his new home town.”

For more information on Lloyd’s art, visit For more information on NIC’s Fine Art and Design programs, visit www.nic.bc/finearts.

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Rob Souther, ADSS principal, left, and artist Shayne Lloyd unveil Lloyd’s wood-burnt artwork titled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that was donated to the high school by North Island College. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

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