My fascination with everyday street scenes reflects my hope and struggle to believe that the most beautiful moments in life are not always as expected. Perhaps these precious times are all at once – mundane and frenzied, fragile and strong, peaceful and painful, sunny and dark.
I work with acrylic paint and palette knives. I find that the endlessness to the variety of mark I can make with these tools challenges and fascinates me. I love the physicality and range of the knife – aggressive slices, delicate dabs, focused scrapes and thick bold swaths of colour. The paint is so flexible – I can spray, splatter, blob and pour it. These qualities enable me to express a wide range of emotion in each piece.
I am greatly influenced by the European Impressionists. Their sensitive offerings physically and emotionally connect me to their 19th century world. My application of paint does not result in realistic representation. Rather, I am satisfied with a rough familiarity and mood of subject. My goal is to present an intriguing balance of roughness and tenderness; boldness and vulnerability, representation and expression.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba
Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
Teaching art (volunteer) to Grade 5/6 students, Chapman Elementary School, November – May
Niakwa Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba November 2013 – January
Cities, Birchwood Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November, December
Cities, Portage and District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, November, December
Winnipeg, Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October
McGarry Guild Gallery, St. John’s Ravenscourt, Winnipeg, Manitoba Nov – Jan
Response, GoSA Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February
Art for Autumn, Birchwood Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November, December
Dab Art International Juried Show at the Hud Gallery, Ventura, California, USA, Nov – Dec
Manitoba Society of Artists Juried Exhibition, Frame Arts Warehouse, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June
World of Children, Fundraiser for Winnipeg Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, Artlington Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April
Women’s Works 2013, The Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, Illinois March – April
Lives of Women With Sharon Cory, Fabiola Marrabotto, Cindy Dyson, Gloria De Neve, Des
Raymond and guests, Artlington Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November
10th Annual Femfest, Asper Theatre and Art Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, September
Manitoba Society of Artists Juried Show, Winnipeg Art Gallery, April
Pop Up Art, Exchange District BIZ, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Artists of the Pulse Gallery, Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall; Piano Nobile Gallery, November 10, 2011 – January 28
Fleet Galleries,Winnipeg, Manitoba, August
Art-i-Peg, Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg Sketch Club 93rd Annual Juried Show, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November
Winnipeg Sketch Club Show, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October
Visions, Ken Segal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May – June
Painters 4 Process, Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg Manitoba, Ma
Sweet Nothings, Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, March
Scholarships and Awards
Manitoba Society of Artists Award (2nd), MSA Juried Exhibition, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Arts Council Grant, Portage and District Arts Centre Cities solo show
Portage and District arts Centre “People’s Choice” award
Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, commendation, York, UK
UMSU Scholarship Award, University of Manitoba.
Reviews & Publications
“Royalwood Artist’s Reputation Grows”, Tanya Misseghers, Winnipeg Free Press (Lance), July 9, 2014.
“Elaine Fleck’s Catalogue of Contemporary Fine Art, Fall/Winter 2013.” Toronto, Canada. Vol 5 Issue 2 2013. P. 30.
“Royalwood Artist goes international in Illinois”, Tanya Misseghers, The Lance (Winnipeg), March 20, 2013. P.6.
“That’s the Spirit”, Cindy Dyson, Winnipeg Free Press, June 3, 2012. PA8
“Pop-Up Art”, Kathryne Cardwell, The Exchange, October 2012. P. 7.
“Sarasvati’s Femfest 2012 to focus on identity themes”, Simon Fuller, The Lance (Winnipeg), September 19, 2012. P. 6.
2011 Review – “Winnipeg becomes Art-i-Peg”, Ethan Cabel, The Uniter, January 13, 2011.
2011 Review – “Jets, Slurpees, Parking Lots and Pooh”, Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press, January 13, 2011.
“9 Artists to Consider Right Now”, Richard White, Galleries West, Fall/Winter 2011, Vol 10 No.3
Government of Manitoba Archives Collection 2009, 2011
Private and Public Collections