Artist Statement + CV

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Artist Statement:

I have traveled much of the world in my limited years on earth, exploring the coasts of South America, the canals of Europe, the cities of Asia, the waters of the Mediterranean, the roads of America, the beaches of Australia, safaris of Africa, and the islands of the Pacific, but for me nothing compares to the Mountains of Western Canada. I feel grounded, mesmerized and spiritually connected to the Rocky Mountains. They inspire my mind and nourish my soul. When I hike in the mountains I feel the vibrancy of the land and the wise presence of these ancient, magnificent beings. I catalogue my experiences in the mountains with meditation, capturing the vibrant colours I see through meditation, which I then use to represent through paint. My wish is to share and celebrate these meditational experiences with others by communicating with colour, shapes and brush marks.

 

I have a diverse background composed of a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at Acadia University, competing as a young professional volleyball athlete, becoming a certified 200hr Yoga Teacher, completing a Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Arts (Painting) at NSCAD University, and now returning to my childhood dreams of pursuing a professional arts career. This diversity in education and passion has created a unique understanding of myself and my creative abilities, making my painting techniques and choices a combination of my past: my painting process is physical (I always hike the location and paint large so that my body must be fully involved), my painting process is spiritual (through my yoga practice I have learned to love the practice of meditation and vinyasa, so I usually practice vinyasa/asana in the location I paint and then meditate on the experience to connect with the colours that represent my experience), and then finally I draw from the teachings of fine arts school to manifest my creation.

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CV

Education+Training+Awards:

2018   |   Visual Arts Studio Certificate (Painting) |   NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2018 |   Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems Certificate  |   NSCC, Nova Scotia, Canada

2017 |   Alexander Murray Mackay Scholarship | NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, Canada

2015 |   200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification | Yoga Passage, Calgary, AB, Canada

2012   |   Business Administration Bachelors (Marketing Major, Fine Arts Minor)   | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scoatia, Canada

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Exhibitions:

2018

AIR – Alberta Society of Artists |  Juried Group Show

Location: Central Public Library – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

NSCAD University Grad Show |  Juried Group Show  |

Location: Anna Leonowens Gallery – Halifax , Nova Scotia, Canada

 

SPARK: Student Painting Exhibition   |  Juried Gallery Show

Location: Teichert Gallery – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

The Dalhousie Law Art Auction |  Group Show  |

Location: Schulich School of Law – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Artist Talk for exhibition: COASTIES   |   Group Artist Talk  |

Location: Anna Leonowens Gallery – Halifax , Nova Scotia, Canada

 

COASTIES   |   Group Exhibition  |   Liaison & Event Marketer

Location: Anna Leonowens Gallery – Halifax , Nova Scotia, Canada

 

2017

The Déjà Vu Couch Show  |  Group Exhibition |   Liaison & Event Marketer

Location: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

The Dalhousie Law Art Auction |  Group Show  |

Location: Schulich School of Law – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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*Photo by Lauren Boutilier