Viviana Pacheco – President
Steve Gow – Director
Janice Mather – Director
remember. At this young age I was supported and urged to love art by my parents, which I did! While I feel that I was born with an artist’s heart, I also completed degrees from both the University of Calgary and SAIT in Fine Art, Psychology and Interior Design. When I work, I apply my passion for creating while taking into account color, style and design in the world around me.
Stephen Dolha – Director
I’m in awe of nature. From the majesty of the mountains to the infinite complexity of a single flower. And I revel in that complexity through the tonality and colours of visible light. For me taking photographs is to be present with all that nature can provide. Time stands still when I’m deeply immersed in the act of taking a photograph. I’m fortunate to live in Calgary Canada with a beautiful urban garden just outside my back door and a short drive to the foothills, rivers, lakes and mountains of the Canadian Rockies. It is there I spend my time capturing images and fueling my lifelong passion for photography.
Curtis Brown – Director
Born with Spinda Bifida and confined to a wheelchair, Curtis spent much of his time during the winter season painting whiteware (kind of like ceramics but without the kiln process), drawing and painting to pass the time. The spring, summer and fall is when he would spend most of his time out with his friends. He was always on the go doing something.
Curtis is a self-taught artist and only recently within the last 10 years took his art seriously and began his business “Artist on Wheels” specializing in hyper-realistic wildlife and pet portraits in graphite pencils, colored pencils, pastels and acrylics.
His influencers are by Carl Brenders and Robert Bateman.
Patricia Ricafort – Director
I’ve been painting for the better part of my life. I went to art school in Vancouver far too many years ago. I started with the idea of leaving a potter but quickly fell in love with painting. I won Best Painting in my graduation year at school, have sold many pieces privately, and through several local art shows and events.
In 2016, I was given the opportunity for a fresh new start. In this new life, I have built a cozy little home studio (HErART Space) and am now working to balance studio time with the rest of life. Our home is populated with art – mine, my emerging artistic boy’s, friends’, and local artists.
Acrylic and mixed media on board and/or canvas. My work has moved away from angsty to a more introspective, and quiet body of personal and private exploration. I feel and created for the purpose and relief of getting whatever is inside out. Sometimes when I get stuck, I remind myself to let go of outcomes and just…play! I love colour and anything that invites me to interact with pieces – details, texture, text, and shiny things. I can’t describe my style, but when I see it, I see a reflection of the chaos and order that resides in me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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Laura Erdman – Director
Laura was born in 1980 in Lethbridge, Alberta where she studied art and ecology along the soft folds of the coulees. She now lives and practices in Calgary, Alberta where she finds inspiration and a feeling of home among the branches of the Bow.