About

I’m a Canadian artist and graphic designer based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada specializing in colored pencil and mixed media illustrations. After earning my Bachelor of Design Degree in 2009 from the Alberta College of Art and Design, I pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to be a part-time artist. In 2015, I started working almost exclusively in colored pencil and started a blog to chronicle my experiences with the medium as well as reviews and advice for other artists. Though familiar with the colored pencil medium from childhood, I wanted to help spread the word on what was possible with this incredibly diverse medium on an advanced scale.

In 2016, I joined COLORED PENCIL Magazine as the monthly Q & A columnist with a desire to share what I have learned with other artists like myself. My goal was to bring informative content to artists that are in all stages of the artistic journeys in a way that was tangible and interesting. Since then, I have participated in showcases as one of a few colored pencil artists, won awards for my work in the medium and appeared multiple times as a guest host and featured artist on the Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast. 

In my artwork, I am attracted to the beauty in details. I love the process of studying my subject matter and discovering an element that is often overlooked. The relationship between nature and humankind found in mythology and symbolism is a lifelong fascination of mine and is a theme that I am exploring within my body of work. Using vibrant color applications and a focus on detail, I create work that walks the line between illustration and realism. Whether it’s through the medium of colored pencil or various mixed mediums, I relish the process of rendering details and the essence of why symbolic relationships exist.

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I am currently a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.


EDUCATION

    • 2004 Certificate of Completion Pre-College Arts Program
    • 2009 BDes Degree in Visual Communications Design, Alberta College of Art and Design

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    • 2013 SNAP/APA Artist Postcard Exchange and Exhibition / Calgary AB
    • 2013 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis / Framed Acrylic Painting Category / Calgary, AB
    • 2015 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis / Framed Acrylic Painting Category & Framed Drawings / Calgary, AB
    • 2016 Naess Gallery / The Big, Big Portrait Show / Edmonton, AB
    • 2016 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis / Framed Drawings Category / Calgary, AB
    • 2017 cSPACE King Edward / People’s Portrait Prize / Calgary, AB
    • 2017 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis / Framed Drawings & Theme Categories / Calgary, AB
    • 2017–18 cSPACE King Edward / The Principal’s Office / Best for Last / Nov – Jan / Calgary, AB
    • 2018 cSPACE King Edward / People’s Portrait Prize / Calgary, AB
    • 2018 Mahogany Beach Club / Mahogany Spring Arts Festival / Calgary, AB

AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • 2015 Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge Honourable Mention “Rust & Stuff” and “White Peacock” Advanced Category

  • 2015 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis third place ribbon win “Afternoon Feast” Pencil Crayon and Pastel Category
  • 2016 Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge Honourable Mention “Birds of a Feather” and“The Sight” Advanced Category
  • 2016 Calgary Stampede Western Oasis first place ribbon win Pencil Crayon and Pastel Category and second place overall win Framed Drawing Section for “Tyto Alba”

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2016 COLORED PENCIL Magazine Issues: September – December / Q&A BUY ISSUES
  • 2017 COLORED PENCIL Magazine Issues: January – December / Q&A BUY ISSUES
  • 2017 Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine July Issue: Colored Pencil Box Showcase (Girl With Flowers In Her Hair)
  • 2018 COLORED PENCIL Magazine Issues: January – December / Q&A BUY ISSUES
  • 2018 Jerry’s Artarama SoHoHo Holiday Gift Guide, Demo and Feature Artist  VIEW
  • 2019 COLORED PENCIL Magazine Issues: January – December / Q&A BUY ISSUES
  • 2019 The Best of Barb’s Q&A: COLORED PENCIL Magazine BOOK BUY HERE
  • 2020 COLORED PENCIL 2020 LookBook DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE
  • 2020 COLORED PENCIL Magazine September Issue: Latest & Greatest Gallery feature (The ’68)
  • 2020 COLORED PENCIL Magazine October Issue: Artist Workshop – Fall Still Life Tutorial BUY
  • 2020 COLORED PENCIL Magazine November Issue: Show Us Your Art Space Contributor

TEACHING & WORKSHOPS

  • 2016 – 2019 Q&A Columnist for COLORED PENCIL Magazine
  • 2016 Individual Beginner Acrylic Painting Instruction
  • 2017 Private Group Paint Night Instruction
  • 2017 Individual Beginner Acrylic Painting Instruction
  • 2019 Private Group Paint Night Instruction
  • 2019 Individual Beginner Acrylic Painting Instruction

PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS

  • 2018 Jerry’s Artarama SoHoHo Holiday Gift Guide, Demo and Feature Artist VIEW
  • 2019 Staedtler Mars Product Tester
  • 2019 Staedtler Mars Holiday Giveaway Social Media Influencer
  • 2020 Staedtler Mars Package Illustration Concepts VIEW
  • 2020 Staedtler Mars Product Tester

INTERVIEWS & FEATURES

  • 2016 Wildlife Reference Photos artwork feature Instagram: (Tyto Alba)  VIEW
  • 2017 Strathmore Artist Papers Feature Favorite Artwork Created in 2016 VIEW
  • 2017 Calgary Arts Development: Artist Feature: Living a Creative Life (color charts) VIEW
  • 2017 Strathmore Artist Papers Facebook Feature Artist VIEW
  • 2017 Ann Kullberg’s COLOR Magazine Blog Feature Artist: Colored Pencil Box Showcase (Girl With Flowers In Her Hair) VIEW
  • 2018 Prismacolor Instagram Feature (Humility) VIEW
  • 2018 Legion Paper Instagram Feature (Humility) VIEW
  • 2018 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 175: Feature Artist Interview LISTEN
  • 2018 Artsnacks social media Artsnacks Challenge features:  February, AprilJune, July, AugustSeptember, November and December
  • 2019 Artsnacks social media Artsnacks Challenge features: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • 2019 Artsnacks social media artwork feature: August
  • 2020 Artsnacks social media Artsnacks Challenge features: January, February, March, April, May, June, July,  August, September, October, November
  • 2020 Artsnacks social media artwork feature: March
  • 2020 COLORED PENCIL Magazine May Spotlight product feature: Cezanne Watercolour Pencils

    PODCAST CO-HOSTING

    • 2018 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 181: Co-Host for
      The Artist Learning Roadmap: Part 1 LISTEN
    • 2018 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 182: Co-Host for
      The Artist Learning Roadmap: Part 2
      LISTEN
    • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 213: Co-Host for
      Favorite Colored Pencil Colours LISTEN
    • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 228: Co-Host for
      The Right Way to Draw Part 1 LISTEN
    • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 229: Co-Host for
      The Right Way to Draw Part 2 LISTEN
    • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 232: Co-Host for
      The Planning Approach to Colored Pencil Part 1 LISTEN
    • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 233: Co-Host for
      The Intuitive Approach to Colored Pencil Part 2 LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 250: Co-Host for
      Does Lightfast Really Matter? LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 251: Co-Host for
      Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor vs Cezanne Colored Pencils LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 252: Co-Host for
      Derwent Studio vs Winsor & Newton Colored Pencil Face-Off LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 254: Co-Host for
      Faber-Castell Goldfaber Pencil Review LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 279: Co-Host for
      Licensing Your Artwork – Call-in Series Questions LISTEN
    • 2020 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 280: Co-Host for
      Should You Be Using Instagram? LISTEN