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For as long as I can remember I have had a fascination with spaces. I was born and raised on the Saskatchewan prairies where vast fields, abandoned buildings and scrap metal piles were a haven that fostered curiosity and adventure. I was captivated by spaces that drew me into their mysterious narratives, developing a curiosity for the people who once occupied them, always mindful of the sense of their absence. This curiosity that once fuelled adventure as a child now informs my creative practice causing me to consider how spaces are activated by our being or lack thereof.

I moved away from the Saskatchewan prairies to Alberta where I obtain a Visual Communications Diploma from Medicine Hat College. I worked as a production artist and graphic designer in Edmonton before pursuing full time opportunities, showing and selling artwork and mentoring those curious about creativity. Volunteering with community groups sharpened my visual language as I observed how people attached meaning to objects and places within private and public spaces. Receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art and Design with Distinctions has provided opportunities in developing new perspectives on human/environmental relationships within a multidisciplinary creative practice focused on printmaking, painting, and intermedia. Currently I divide my time between my home studio in Stony Plain, AB and the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers (SNAP) in Edmonton, AB where I work on printmaking projects.

 

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design with Distinctions, University of Alberta, 2014-2017
  • Visual Communications Diploma, Medicine Hat College, AB, 1990-1993    

Awards

  • BMO First in Arts! Award, Nominee in Printmaking, UofA Printmaking Department, 2017    
  • Student Enrichment Fund. Funding for travel to London, UK, 2017
  • Jason Lang Scholarship, 2016    
  • Justine Angelina Carswell Award for Painting, 2016    
  • Medicine Hat College Book Store Scholarships, 1992, 1993    

Work Experience

  • Art sales through online networking and blogging, 2008-2011    
  • Freelance graphic design, corporate identity and promotional materials, 1998-2003    
  • The Frame Tutor School of Picture Framing, Teacher/Shop Assistant, Edmonton, AB, 1999
    - redesign of teaching manual and administration tasks
  • MMI Marketing and Communications, Graphic Design/Production, Edmonton, AB, 1997-1998    
  • CBC Television, Edmonton, AB, Freelance courtroom sketch artist, 1996    
  • Continental Communications, Production, Edmonton, AB, 1994-1997    
  • Great Western Graphics, Graphic Designer/Production, Edmonton, AB, 1993-1994

Teaching Experience

  • Creative Day Art Studio, Home based business, 2004-2017    
    - mentorship of children and adults through private and group classes
  • Creative Insight Workshops, Location based projects centred around wellness, 2007-2012            
    - Parkland Head Injury Association (PHIA), Parkland County, AB
    - Postpartum Depression Mom's Support Group, Stony Plain, AB
    - Stony Plain Alliance Church Women's Ministry, Stony Plain, AB
    - Edmonton Dream Center, Mothers with addictions, Edmonton, AB
  • Pioneer Centre, Stony Plain, AB, Adult beginner acrylic painting, 2009    
  • Multicultural Centre, Stony Plain, AB, Art appreciation school program, Ages 9 to 16, 2006-2008    
  • Allied Arts Council Summer Art Camp, Spruce Grove, AB, Ages 9 to 12, 2007    

Artist Residency

  • Jasper Place High School, Edmonton, AB, 2000-2003    
    - Mentorship of advanced placement high school students, Ages 15 to 18

Boards and Committees

  • Visual Arts Student Association (VASA) University of Albert student group, 2017        
    - Member at Large, aided in student exhibitions and participated on juries
  • The Little White Church of Glory Hills, Parkland County, AB, Founding Director, 2016    
    - Special Interest group working toward heritage site designation
  • Artist Representative, Cultural Round Table (CRT), 2013-2016    
    - Advisory Committee for the Town of Stony Plain, AB
    - Working Committee designations: Public Art Acquisition, Community Arts Centre

Volunteer Experience

  • SNAP, Edmonton, AB, Exhibition bartender and special events door attendant, 2017       
  • Alliance Church, Stony Plain, AB, Ceative ministry, 1993-2016        
  • Rainbow Society, Edmonton, AB, Promotional Designer for fundraising events, 1993-1994    
  • The Works, Edmonton, AB, Exhibit attendant, 1993  

Select Group Exhibitions

  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Art Graduation Show, Edmonton, AB, 2017  
  • Hopes and Fears student exhibition and artist talk, University of Alberta, 2017
  • Apres Ski, Annual Members Show and Sale, Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers (SNAP), Edmonton, AB, 2016
  • Drawing on Life, Visual Arts Studio Association (VASA) Gallery, St. Albert, AB, 2016    
  • Frame of Reference, Visual Arts Student Association (VASA),Milner Gallery, Edmonton, AB, 2016    
  • Third State, 400 Level Print Student Show, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 2015    
  • Stripes and Bows, Annual Member Show and Sale, Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers (SNAP), Main Gallery, Edmonton, AB, 2015    
  • The Alumni Show, One On One Gallery, Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat College, AB, 2014    
  • Marking The Valley, River Valley Alliance Juried Exhibition, Edmonton, AB, 2014    
  • AKA, juried exhibition, Spruce Grove Alliance Church, AB, 2014    
  • Gallery Open House, We Frame It Commercial Gallery, Spruce Grove, AB, 2012    
  • Parkland County Art Collection, Multicultural Center Public Art Gallery, Stony Plain, AB, 2011    
  • Red Deer Summer Series Exhibition, Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB, 2008    
  • Parkland County Art Collection, Parkland County Public Building, Stony Plain, AB, 2008    
  • 24th Annual Open Art Competition, First place winner Advanced Category, Allied Art Council, Spruce Grove, AB, 2005    
  • Art and Healing Journeys, Multicultural Center Public Art Gallery, Stony Plain, AB, 2001    
  • Art and Healing Journeys, The Caritas Art Enrichment Program, Misericordia Community Hospital & Health Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2000    
  • Graduate Show, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB, 1993    
  • Visual Arts Student Society (VASS) Show, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB, 1992    
  • Objects and Images Touring Art Exhibition, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council (OSAC), SK, 1989   

Select Solo Exhibitions

  • In The Light, We Frame It, Spruce Grove, Alberta, 2012    
  • Where Two or Three Are Gathered, Multicultural Center Public Art Gallery, Stony Plain, AB, 2012
  • Be Still, Feature Artist at Allied Art Council, Spruce Grove Art Gallery, AB, 2010    
  • New Works, Multicultural Center Dining Room Gallery, Stony Plain, AB, 2009    
  • Selected work, Redvers Arts Center, Community Gallery, Redvers, SK, 2008  

Curatorial Experience    

  • Through The Open Door Art Exhibition, Madplatter, Spruce Grove, AB, 2012        
  • Living a Life of Purpose - Group Show, Stony Plain Alliance Church, Stony Plain, AB, 2003      

Memberships

  • AGA, Edmonton, AB, 2016-2017    
  • Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB, 2016-2017    
  • Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (SNAP), Edmonton, AB, 2015-2017    

Collections

  • Parkland County, AB
  • Printmaking Department Teaching Collection, University of Alberta
  • Various private collections, Canada, USA, Norway