Since I was a young child I have enjoyed all things creative; from drawing and painting, to crafting and sewing, to designing something new - I love it all. In addition to enjoying the arts, I am a games and sports enthusiast and I like to share these passions with children in my career as an Elementary School teacher. I have a degree in Geography from the University of Northern British Columbia (2007), and an Education degree from Vancouver Island University (2008). I live with my family in the beautiful Bulkley Valley in Northern British Columbia where I grew up.
My heritage includes Swiss, German, French Canadian, and Ukrainian – I am Canadian. Although I have no Indigenous ancestry, I have always been fascinated by the striking artistic style of the Northwest Coast First Nations which I grew up around and started learning about and practicing in elementary school. Hence, I jumped at the opportunity to take a First Nations art class while attending UNBC.
In 2006, I created a painting called ‘Our Home and Native Land’ for that class. I had no training in drawing or painting but my love for art and interest in Geography came together when I created ‘Our Home and Native Land’, which is an ‘interpretive representation' of the Northwest Coast style. Only recently did I start being recognized as an artist – and in the most unlikely of ways. I donated a print of my painting ‘Our Home and Native Land’ to an online support auction and due to the nature of social media, it quickly began to circulate. Much to my surprise, I received hundreds of inquiries about the painting and people were requesting prints.
Although this positive response inspired me to take up painting again (I more recently completed 'The Spirit of BC'), I have decided not to create any more artwork in this style beyond the scope of my 'map'. There are so many talented First Nations artists in my province and community, and I certainly do not want to take away an opportunity from them. I hope that you will visit my 'Featured Artists' page if you are interested in commissioned artwork.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page,
Creator of 'Our Home and Native Land'