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Dyane Brown is an artist and art instructor working out of her Garden Studio in downtown Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Dyane has been fighting wireless smart meters for more than three years, and she is a member of the class action lawsuit currently underway against BC Hydro over health risks and other hazards of smart meters. When other residents of her condominium tower wanted to let the phone company put a cell tower on the roof, Dyane successfully organized opposition within her building, and the cell tower was defeated. Last summer, she travelled to Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) off the northern BC coastline in search of some remnant of the natural world where she could escape the reach of electro-pollution. Through her Haidi Gwaii series of paintings below, we too can return to the primordial forest.
“I am someone who has come to art in my later years. It is my way of being in the moment. It is my refuge. I live in downtown Nanaimo where parks, restaurants and even my condo building are full of Wi-Fi. I try to reduce my exposure. I have no cell phone, no DECT phone, no microwave oven, no smart meter myself. But I experience the effects of other peoples’ choices. Having had Graves Disease, an endocrine disorder, all of my adult life, I am conscious of long-term stress effects from non-visible sources. Looking for a place more free of EMF pollution, I travelled with my son last summer to Haida Gwaii, returning home to paint “Giants of The Forest”. For me, these trees represent strength, endurance and wisdom. In their presence, I feel peace. My body becomes less guarded, more open.
“I am always looking for ways I can be less harmful on this planet. Two years ago I gave up car ownership and joined the Nanaimo Carshare Co-op. I walk, take the bus or share a car. I have been a vegetarian now for 43 years. I buy local as much as I can and this year am finally achieving a productive garden. Living more simply is my goal.” ~Dyane Brown