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.
Curtis Brown – Director
Born and raised in Calgary, Curtis has always had an interest in the arts, be it visual or performance.Curtis took art classes from the very begining of grade school and ensured that he took it every year until he graduated High School. He learned the basics and fundamentals of art; such as shape, shadow, lighting, contrast, shading, colour theory etc.Since Curtis was born with Spinda Bifida and confined to a wheelchair, he spent much of his time during the winter season painting whiteware (kind of like ceramics without the kiln process), drawing and painting to pass the time. In the spring, summer and fall he would spend most of his time with his friends. He was always on the go doing something.Curtis attended SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in 1999-2001. He took Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio. He majored in Radio Production and Minored in Creative Writing.
Later Curtis took on performance art by becoming a close-up, parlour and stage magician. He joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the local Calgary Magic Circle – Ring 66 Chapter to which he gained the role as President for a period of time. In 2007 he won an International Award for Stage Magic by taking 2nd place at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Conference Competition.
He then went on to do woodworking, making pens, wine stoppers, shaving razors and so on. It was then that he bought a box of chisels off Kijiji which had a Razertip SSD-10 woodburning system in it. He figured he would give it a try and he instantly fell in love with it. From there Curtis expanded his artistic skills to include pencil drawings, coloured pencil drawings, pastel drawings and acrylic paintings.
Curtis specializes in hyper-realistic pet and wildlife portraits.
Rod Lachmuth – Director
Rod has sold many works which reside in private collections.
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.
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