Artist & Teacher
3 things you want to achieve
As an artist, I have a lot of goals that I would like to achieve someday which are something I've been "fangirling" over for a while but may not be known to the non-artsy person. 1) BP Portrait Award 2)Travel to Paris for an artist residency 3) Win the Elizabeth Greenshields Award
Your proudest moment, personally
The first time I ever got the chance to teach! I taught as a sessional instructor at UBC Okanagan and having that opportunity really sparked a passion for teaching and sharing the love of art with others.
What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
In 2012, I travelled to a small northern fishing village in Iceland all by myself for an artist residency! For me, it was risky because I didn't really know what to expect and was a girl traveling alone in a foreign country with a very difficult language, but it turned out that the people were really friendly and the landscape was absolutely breathtaking! It provided me with artistic inspiration for years and I'm really happy to be going back this spring.
Tell us about some of your professional milestones
Sadly I haven't recieved any major awards or honours YET, but I like to think of acheiving milestones on my path as an artist to be rewards unto themselves. For example, studying abroad in Paris, getting my masters in London, going to an artist residency in Iceland and teaching are all pretty major for me!
Are there any social / political issues you feel passionately about?
I feel passionately about making art approachable to the everyday person. I don't think you should need a degree to understand or appreciate art. In fact, I just started a youtube channel where I'm uploading videos to try and make me as an artist more fun and approachable https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb8wdjq7JTCpnaHrxtJDP5w
What makes you laugh?
usually my cat!
Who inspires you and why?
The artist Chuck Close, because he creates these amazingly accurate portraits yet he was stricken with an illness that left him in a wheel chair and he still paints. I really admire his perseverance to do what he loves.
What does your business do?
sells original art and prints, provides art tutoring and private art classes and workshops.
When and how did you get started as an artist?
I've always been artistic but I started going down this particular path in 2005.
What do you love about teaching?
One of the things I've noticed that my students always tell me is that I'm approachable, excited about art and I really believe in each person finding their own path and style in their artwork. I believe in lifting people up and inspiring them creatively!
Proudest moment, professionally
Getting hired at UBC Okanagan as an instructor because it proved to me that I was good enough to teach art professionally!
What constitutes success for you, in business?
I've always pursued art and teaching art because it's my passion, it's not so much about the money, but it would be nice to have stable monthly income from students and buyers.
I would like Okanagan Woman readers to know that they are capable of great creativity! My "talent" is basically just a lot of hard work and practice. If you combine something you love and back it with the time and effort, who knows what you are capable of!
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April 8, 2015
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