Deborah Bakos is a painter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Education in English and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate of Fine Arts/Painting from Emily Carr University. Deborah’s 14 year career as a Humanities educator and extensive travel provide fertile fodder for her photo-based, mixed media work.
Given any kind of stage, I have moral obligation as an artist to speak up for equality. My paintings address issues around gender identity and the body politics that shape our beliefs and create our divides.
Deborah exhibits locally and internationally. Her writing about art and her community has been published by Art Avenue Magazine, Opus Art Supplies Magazine, The Vancouver Sun and by the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research. Deborah is also a featured artist in US and Italy based Art Book Publications. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Canada, Europe and Asia.
Morgane Billault is a freelance Animator, Illustrator and Muralist living in Vancouver BC. She was born in Nantes, France, where she studied traditional animation and fine arts at École Pivaut. Her passion for drawing and traveling brought her to Canada in 2011 where she worked in the animation industry for studios based in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver.
Morgane’s influences are animated features, children’s picture books and the Impressionists whom she fell in love with while working in the Musée d’Orsay. Her personal work is figurative and colourful. Her creations come to life using traditional paper animation, ink, watercolour and acrylic paint. When she started painting murals, she experienced the positive impact that public art has on a neighbourhood. She loves painting big scale illustrations that can be shared with the community every day.
Jenn Brisson started her art career drawing cartoons, and has since then, become a prolific painter, illustrator, and street artist. All those years in animation mixed with an interest for the macabre has brought equal parts strange and saccharine to her art. She creates colourful spaces where mischievous, otherworldly beings, mixed with fauna and flora, live playfully and harmoniously on textured backgrounds.
Jenn’s work has showcased across Canada and in the US and has been making appearances in Vancouver’s street scene through wheat pasting and mural art. In 2015, she completed an 8×54′ mural for Downtown Vancouver and a year later, painted a collaborative 600sf mural in New York City. She is now working on a second one for Downtown Vancouver and another collaborative piece for a local animation studio. Her dream is to share her art in this way in public spaces all around the world. Jenn’s work has been published in comics, kids’ novels and various art books and was showcased on CBC’s TV Show “Crash Gallery: Season One".
Currently living/working in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, Jenn continues to chase magic beings and is living life to the fullest.
Rosemary Burden is a Canadian artist who lives in Vancouver BC. Her conceptual installation work uses any medium that she deems appropriate to investigate her idea. An almost complete set of ancient Shakespeare volumes have been transformed into a cloud of butterﬂies, and 25,000 individual beads were used to translate poems and quotations into glittering strands of binary code. Her teachers and fellow students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design introduced her to the beauty of mathematics and particle physics, which has continued to inform her work, and she developed her graphic skills by observing and caricaturing nature.
She has a passion for gardening which goes back to childhood, and she loves to hike on the North Shore trails with her husband and two large dogs.
She is honoured to be included in the 13 Feet Above the Ground art collective.
Melanie Ellery is a contemporary artist based in Vancouver, BC. She has an education in Illustration and has worked as a graphic designer and advertising Art Director. Melanie realized she needed to nurture her own, authentic, creative soul and found an art studio. This was a turning point—making her art the priority by having a dedicated place to be free to create, quench her artistic thirst and sometimes get really messy.
Melanie’s abstract paintings are process-driven, intuitive and spontaneous. She allows the work to go where it may, then steps in to control its resolution–each mark and brushstroke informing the next. Melanie’s paintings are alive with vibrant colour, shape, pattern and mark-making.
“I aspire to create art that is dynamic, joyful and evocative.”
Supporting fellow artists is important to Melanie. She writes a weekly post on Instagram called #ArtCrushWomen, featuring a female artist she admires and promotes. Melanie is delighted to be an active member of the Artist Collective, “13 Feet Off The Ground” an is represented by Galerie Bloom in Montreal, Canada.
Angela Joelle Gooliaff has a Bachelor of Science Degree (University of Regina) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Emily Carr University of Art + Design). With a particular interest in drawing and works on paper, her practice explores parody, exaggeration and the space between comfort and discomfort. Frequently using multiples and repetition, Gooliaff investigates society’s need to find connection and conformity, often at the cost of individuality.
Gooliaff has participated in artist residencies in Italy, France and Banff. Her work has been widely exhibited in western Canada and is included in a number of private and public collections.
Angela resides in Vancouver where she writes and illustrates children’s books. She is also an actor which includes voiceover projects for animations and video games.
Joanne Hastie is an artist based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her focus is using technology to be more creative. In her current work she uses robotics, programming and paint to create art.
For over a decade she worked as an R&D Engineer in various small companies while painting on evenings and weekends. She kept both careers very separate as they have very different communities and expertise.
Joanne’s first tech-art project was with a small desktop robotic arm and she taught herself to code in Python. Joanne’s work on a painting robot earned her a 5th place in the 2018 International Robot Art competition and international press. Her latest work of Machine Learning Curation was shown at NeurIPS 2018 conference in Montreal, Canada. Joanne is currently investigating using AI with abstracts and cityscape paintings that use classification and generation processes.
Joanne loves to travel, this led her to Graniti, Sicily in 2014 where she painted a mural. Wanting to return, she organized a larger Vancouver group of artists to paint in the same town in 2017. The group formed into 13 Feet Off the Ground
Tannis Hopkins is an expressive, modern realism painter working primarily in oil and acrylic. She likes to explore familiar yet curious narratives and to start a story in the viewer’s mind. Her work strives to preserve the childlike sense of wonder and play in life while shadowing the darker side. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, she/he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with her/him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson.
Some of Tannis’s work explores and celebrates food culture, another passion of hers. She hopes to help people recognize and appreciate how much food is part of our love of life, how it defines our cultures and brings us together.
Through her work Tannis hopes to find kindred spirits, and to celebrate heartfelt, sensory and meaningful parts of life. She exhibits regularly and her work is in collections in Canada and the US. Tannis is thrilled to be a part of the 13 feet off the ground and the collective’s shared adventures.
Tannis grew up in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Vancouver, BC to connect with family origins. She studied Fine Art at Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal and Fine and Applied Arts at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She worked as an advertising art director/graphic designer for years and now focuses on her fine art.
Sheree Jones is an artist & oil painter in North Vancouver, BC. She has been passionate about her art since “the age of crayons”. An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, her work can be found in numerous collections around the globe.
She is a member of the Vancouver artist collective “13 Feet off the Ground” participating in a mural painting artist residency in Sicily in 2017. She recently spearheaded and completed a new mural project with the collective for the West Vancouver District in 2018.
She leads painting workshops in her personal teaching studio & on plein air adventures throughout BC and internationally. A respected teacher & mentor, Sheree’s enthusiastic energy brings inspiration to all who come to work with her.
Artist Statement: “My love of colour, of texture in fabrics, of shifting light in the landscape gives me the inspiration to put paint to canvas. Drawing from these elements, creating line, shape and form with strong design is what brings me to my easel each and every day.”
Alison Keenanlived in Burma before returning home to England to complete her art education and later lived in Italy and Egypt where she studied Aubusson and Gobelin Tapestry. In 2008, she graduated from Emily Carr University and in 2010, she received a Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Her portfolio includes national and international exhibitions, curating group shows, an online catalogue, guest speaker, artist’s residences, and videos as well as artist’s talks and editing a gallery catalogue. She is one of the founders of BestB4 Collective, a Vancouver-based collaborative artist collective. The focus of the collaboration is an ongoing inquiry into themes of the natural and built environments, the use of public space by the private individual, contemporary dance as an art form and as public performance.
Her new series of paintings, about an important form of communication; telling stories, is entitled Avian Fables. In the paintings scale is often arbitrary and non-perspective and the difference between the characters depicted as birds and humans allude to different time lines or planes of existence. In these places she explores stories in the surreal bodies of land and water found on shorelines, while aided by avian guides, the harbingers of seasonal and environmental changes.
Vancouver artist Carol McQuaid loves the contemplation involved in capturing a scene. She works on location, carrying her watercolour sketchbook journals on her travels around Vancouver and her frequent travel adventures further afield. Author of the book "On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal", she is a huge proponent of sketching as a way to wake up and really see the world around us.
After experimenting with printmaking, she was torn: continue with atmospheric watercolour that she loved or switch to this exciting, bolder medium. Instead, she decided to do some research and figure out a way to combine them both.
"I love cities; the stories, the history, the energy. For me, the combination of relief printmaking and watercolour is a perfect way to capture them. The printmaking portion acts as the constructed environment, and the watercolour the more temporary, changeable element".
Carol is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, with her "Rooftops of Montmartre" linocut/watercolour winning first place in their 2015 Landscape Show. She's a self-professed Artist in Residence junkie, and part of the Vancouver Collective "13 Feet Off The Ground". Sign up for her newsletter for updates on her latest adventures.
Lori Popadiuk spent her childhood in Vancouver trolling the alleys with her Granddad looking for cast-off materials to make cool things with. Her creative path began at this early age and eventually led her to study fine art and interior design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. By uniting the two crafts she gained wide recognition within the design world, mainly for her body of work Birch.
In 2015, Popadiuk engaged in a 6 month sabbatical in the Netherlands where she focussed on deconstructing her approach to painting. Allowing and encouraging this transformation of process, her work evolved dramatically while maintaining her signature elements of movement, texture and depth within a defined palette. The techniques Popadiuk now employs are varied and spontaneous, harnessing the attributes of acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil and ink.
Popadiuk’s new works have also evolved thematically, moving into expressions of personal revelation. They evoke complex dichotomies of calm and chaos, rebellion and obedience to create work that lies close to her heart.
Her work is available through her representatives or from her studio in the Parker Street Studios in Vancouver, Canada.