About

I am a Canadian artist and graphic designer based out of Calgary, Alberta creating coloured pencil and mixed media illustrations. 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 current body of work. Using vibrant colour applications and a focus on detail, I love to create works that walk the line between illustration and realism. Whether it’s through the emerging medium of coloured pencil or various mixed mediums, I relish the process of rendering details and the essence of why symbolic relationships exist.

I am currently the monthly Q & A columnist for the United States-based COLORED PENCIL Magazine and a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. My work has also won awards and received recognition in national and international publications.


EDUCATION

    • 2004 Certificate of Completion Pre-College Arts Program
    • 2009 BDes 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 BUY HERE

PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS

  • 2018 Jerry’s Artarama SoHoHo Holiday Gift Guide, Demo and Feature Artist
  • 2019 Staedtler Product Tester
  • 2019 Staedter Holiday Giveaway Social Media Influencer

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 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
  • 2018 Artsnacks social media Artsnacks Challenge features:  February, AprilJune, July, AugustSeptember, November and December
  • 2019 Sharpened Artist Colored Pencil Podcast Ep. 213: Co-Host for Favorite Colored Pencil Colours LISTEN
  • 2019 Artsnacks social media Artsnacks Challenge features: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • 2019 Artsnacks social media artwork feature: August
  • 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