ASA Juried Members
Penny Gunderson is an emerging visual artist who lives in southern Alberta. Her work features portraiture and figure work in encaustic, mixed media.
I love exploring the complexity of nature and how it leaves an imprint on the human experience.
I like the definition of art as ‘making special’ that implies taking care and doing one’s best to produce objects the are accessible, striking, resonant, and satisfying to those who take time to appreciate them.
Being immersed in the natural world, observing the quality of light and shadows, and painting en plein air continues to be my joy and inspiration.
Inspired by the Impressionists, Lisa injects brilliant light into her paintings and uses vibrant colors.
n 2012 I revisited oil after decades painting primarily with acrylic. My studio work has evolved toward experimenting with oil and cold wax in a mixed media approach to explore its efficacy for conceptual painting.
Sharon graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Alberta University of the Arts in 1999. She was juried into the ASA in 2000.
Mimicking texture and form easily , clay is the ideal media for expressive anatomical sculpture. It allows Mathew’s to use surface and colour to convey emotion in her sculptural work.
Calgary artist Teresa Posyniak brings to her art a versatile professional training that includes degrees in literature and drama, a BFA in painting and printmaking (University of Regina, 1981), and an MFA in sculpture (University of Calgary, 1983).
Born in Vancouver but raised in Alberta, nature and art have always been close at hand for Pamela. School projects, drawings, creative projects and a love of the outdoors and all animals in it, were a part of life for as long as she can recall.
Gisa Mayer was born in Bad Reichenhall, a small spa town in the Bavarian Alps.
She pursued her post secondary education in Munich, Regensburg, Trento and Salzburg. Her emphasis was on Painting and Art History but also included a degree in Romance languages.
aving trained as a graphic designer in her native Wales, widely-travelled Chester’s style has progressed from her Celtic-inspired detailed works of flora and fauna to large format landscapes and murals. Her move to the Canadian prairies brought about a love of the grasslands and expansive skies, increasing dramatically the size and format of her work.
Born in Calgary in 1928, Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka is an accomplished painter and printmaker. A Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Calgary with tenure of 27 years, Harry holds both undergraduate and Masters degrees in Art and Fine Art.
Katie Ohe is a renowned Canadian sculptor and one of the first artists to make abstract sculpture in Alberta.
Whether it is windows, rural farms, time-worn cowboys, or a single flower, Dawn Heinemeyer gives a close up of what is often walked by and overlooked. A glimpse into a simple beauty of all that surrounds us.
I hold two graduate degrees in art and educational administration, and have been a practicing artist for much of my life. I also have been teaching art at all levels in a secondary school at Hanna, AB.
DDana has masters degree in architecture from Prague, Czech Republic. She worked for 10 years in architectural firms in Prague and Toronto, before deciding to switch to art.
Candace Makowichuk, professional visual artist, arts educator and arts administrator, specializes in historical photographic processes and techniques for her artwork. Committed to the unique and multi faceted aspects of photography, Makowichuk specializes in the following historical photographic processes: Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Silver Gelatin, Bromoil and hand tinting.
Grant Berg is a Grande Prairie based Métis artist with a strong focus on sculpture. As a child Grant was very close to his Cree grandmother, Grant would help her create crafts to sell at the farmers market to supplement her income. A favorite was taking pieces of driftwood and creating a landscape piece by attaching a tree and animal to create a scene.
Ken Samuelson was born in Calgary, Alberta. He is a graduate of the Four-Year Advanced Diploma at the Alberta College of Art & Design, majoring in design. He also studied printmaking in a summer workshop under Andrew Stasik of the Pratt Graphic Center, New York.
I did not choose to be an artist, and like so many others my life was interrupted by children, family issues and now even grandchildren. Like so many others, I am never happy with my choice, my art, my sense of achievement.
The land has become my primary form of expression and explored both through an active studio practice and plein air practice.
Born inEdmonton, 1949. Brought up in Alberta and Ontario.
Experiences and learning gleaned during all her travels and work have informed her art of the past four decades. Her exhibition record has been consistent since the mid-1970s and includes work a few international locations: Japan, New Zealand, United States as well as Canada.
ASABiographyMy formal art education began in the early 70’s at the Alberta College of Art (now ACAD). I then transferred to the University of Calgary and UBC, ultimately attaining a Bachelor of Education with a major in art. I invest in quality art workshops with...
Jadranka Hodanic was born in Croatia and moved to Canada in 1988. Previously educated in sociology and languages, she completed her BFA (Painting) at ACAD in Calgary in 2003. She has had several solo shows and has participated in numerous group shows in Calgary and Croatia.
Pam Wilman paints from the landscape to increase the awareness of endangered spaces in Alberta.
My formal art education began in the early 70’s at the Alberta College of Art (now ACAD). I then transferred to the University of Calgary and UBC, ultimately attaining a Bachelor of Education with a major in art.
Christine Mitchell began her artistic career working in the tradition of watercolor where she explored the transparencies of the medium. To provide more vibrancy and texture in her work she introduced the opacity of gouache to contrast the different passages of the painting and experimented with line to create movement.
Donna Jo Massie lives and works in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Her art is inspired by her location in the Canadian Rockies and her paintings are based on numerous hiking trips such as her Artist in Residency at the Columbia Icefields.
Gary Langman was born in Montreal and graduated with honors from the Canadian Art Academy. Immediately after graduating, Gary worked as a commercial artist for a company called Studio B. Desiring to further his studies as a fine artist, Gary enrolled into the experimental arts program at the Ontario College of Art.
Underlying my painting is a reflection of my thought in everyday life. Subjects are my tool to express my thought, and I want to go beyond what I see. I try to capture the energy of matter in my brush stroke. Life is like a river, a tiny stream that flows towards the Ocean, merging, crashing, and changing as it moves along, then it evaporates and become rain. nurturing all matter.
Mali Vargas, also known as Mali Docktor, was born in Madison, WI and spent ten of her younger years in Mexico City. She is an artist currently residing in Calgary, AB.
I have been interested in the visual arts since childhood, and my holidays are typically devoted to visiting art museums and archeological sites in North American and Europe. In particular, I find myself drawn to European art of the 1400s (all of which is religious on some level, of course).
Bev Tosh is a contemporary artist and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Calgary, graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Fine Art (U of S).
I discovered my passion for textiles while living in the Alberta Rockies in the Town of Canmore. This passion was subsequently transformed into a commitment to challenge the art/craft boundary by utilizing textiles as a medium for the creation of art.
Kathy Hildebrandt is an international award winning artist and instructor, specializing in contemporary realism. Although primarily a pastellist, she also works in acrylic, watercolor and oil.
Gerald St. Maur is a literary and visual artist. He is the author of a variety of books on philosophy, poetry and drama, and has directed work for the stage, radio and television.
I live and have a studio in the lovely foothills of the Rockies, near the village of Longview, Alberta, Canada. Born in Pamplona, Spain and educated in Canada, I am firm believer in lifelong learning.
I spent my early years in Holland and Indonesia and moved to Canada in 1956. I studied Art History at the University of Calgary while getting a BSc in Microbiology. In 1997 I became a juried member of the ASA.
Debra Hovestad is a Canadian painter currently creating in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a Juried Member of the Alberta Society of Artists, General Member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists, and currently serves as Councillor at Large at the Alberta Society of Artists.
Born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, in 1947. Presently living near Airdrie, Alberta.
Peter Deacon is a well-known Canadian artist, Professor Emeritus of Art, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. His work is represented in dozens of major public and corporate collections and numerous private collections.
Brent R. Laycock was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1947, received BFA and MFA degrees at Brigham Young University in Utah, and now lives in Calgary with his wife, Kathy. They are the parents of five children.
Throughout her life, she has been preoccupied by colour and surrounded by artistic expression. Her Norwegian mother’s flower gardens and artistic handiwork, her Danish father’s skillful woodwork with the back drop of stunning prairie sunsets inspired Mary to take painting lessons as a teenager.
I was born and raised in South Africa. We immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s. I, however, went to the US for my undergraduate and MA studies in English. Along the way, I took art classes whenever I could.
My influences are diverse. As a child I was brought to art galleries and historical sites by my parents. By the time I was eight years old I had visited many of the major art galleries and museums in Italy.
Deborah is a graduate of Queen’s University and a Banff Centre alumnus. She has been member of the ASA since 1985 and SCA since 2018. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for over forty years.
Dawn grew up in Saskatchewan in the open spaces of the Canadian prairie. She received a Bachelor or Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971, with majors in food science, textiles and design.
Roberts is a Calgary based artist born in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a figurative artist and is known for his diversity across a multitude of mediums. Roberts graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1980 majoring in both Sculpture and Drawing.
Liz has lived and worked in Calgary, Alberta for 35 years. In 1997 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a double major in drawing and painting, from the University of Calgary. Since then, her career has included art teaching, commissions and ongoing painting projects in her studio.
As an adult, I remember with a touch of amusement, the bitterness of not finding finger paints in my stocking on Christmas morning. Who could really blame Santa? But the simple joy of playing with those squishy pigments at grade school is a sensation that remains vivid for me today.
Veronica Funk studied Art & Design at Red Deer College in the mid-1980s and is currently completing her math and science requirements towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through Thompson Rivers University. She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Alberta Society of Artists and long-time resident of Airdrie, Alberta.
Karen’s “Rural Prairie Communities” featured the grain elevator’s presence in hamlets, towns, and villages. This series was widely exhibited throughout Alberta and was the subject of the province’s centennial “Alberta Remembers, Recalling Our Rural Roots”, published by Red Deer Press.
Sherry grew up in Calgary and went to art college right out of high school focusing on painting as a major. Upon graduating with a diploma from the Alberta College of Art and Design, she pursued degrees in Fine Arts, Art History and Secondary Art Education attaining a full-time Fine Arts teaching position until retirement.
Jean’s finely detailed representational artworks in various media depict the landscape of western Canada, with a primary focus on the mountains of the Kananaskis and Banff Parks.
Denis Gadbois is the Head of the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and a BDI fromUniversity of Montreal (industrial design).
Kathy Daley has been in group and solo exhibits at art galleries in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba since 1995. She’s had solo exhibits at the DM of North Vancouver Foyer Gallery, The Firehall in Vancouver, The Kensington Fine Art Gallery in Calgary and The Front Gallery in Edmonton.
orn and raised in Calgary, David graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Design degree in Visual Communications. He has worked as a graphic designer for over forty years and during that time he has continued to paint in watercolour and acrylics.
Visual artist living in Medicine Hat, Alberta whose work has been exhibited since 1987. Born 1950 in Medicine Hat; raised in Ralston, Defence Research Establishment Suffield. Canadian by birth, I now hold dual Canadian/British Citizenship, and have lived in England, Germany, Iran and Saudi Arabia, plus various Canadian cities.
Saskatchewan was a great place to spend my youth as it gave me a deep appreciation for the landscape. I always had this desire to capture it through painting and started out using oil paints to do so.
David is an art educator trained in the British arts and crafts tradition. After teaching in London he emigrated to Canada where he earned an MA at the University of Calgary.
the Alberta College of Art (now called the “Alberta University of the Arts”) in 1980, having majored in textile art.
Cindy was born and resided in Spruce Grove, Alberta until 2009, at which time she moved nearby to Stony Plain. She is a self-taught, professional artist, who was interested in art since childhood and in 1991 decided to pursue it as a full-time career.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1943, Lois Bauman takes the wild landscape around her and reinterprets it in dynamic impressionistic style. She applies brilliant colours using free yet reflective brush strokes as she “caresses” the work to completion. Her compelling and highly-collectible paintings of Canadian landscapes can be found throughout her home country and around the world, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Wales and the United States.
Blackall traveled and painted in the Middle East for two years prior to retiring in Southwest Alberta. She continues plien air painting and studio collage work.
Carole Bondaroff was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She attended Sir George Williams University in Montreal and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax where she received her BFA in Printmaking and Art Education.
Gwendolyn (“Wendy”) Borglum is an award-winning artist and pianist, a published travel writer and photographer, the mother of three children, and much more.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the University of Guelph, Ross Bradley has exhibited nationally and internationally for more than 40 years. Upon arrival in Alberta in the late 1970s , like many before him, he focused on the prairie and mountain landscape. But his early interest in the figure soon took over and the human form took over. For the past 35 his studio practice has focused on working in the studio with the model in drawing, sculpture and photography.
For 36 years he worked as a curator and arts development Consultant with the Alberta Government and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. He has taught adult education programs, including figure drawing over the past 20 years at the Kootenay School of the Arts, Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, EPCOR Center for the Arts and Harcourt House Arts Center. He is a life member of the Alberta Society of Artists and Harcourt House Artist Run Center and has served on the Alberta and Canadian Craft Council.
Chris Brooks’ work finds its foundation in an exploration of materials and process to create one of a kind landscape sculpture.
Brooks built his skills and understanding of contemporary art at the Ontario College of Art and Design graduating in 2004. He found work as a moldmakers assistant in an industrial setting before choosing to move west to Calgary.
Deborah is an Alberta based artist, formally trained in Studio Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and Internationally in Europe. She has continued to explore deeper into her process by participating in numerous artist residencies in Ottawa, Iceland, Paris and Spain.
Rosy Chan was born in 1963 in Hong Kong and went to a Catholic nun’s school until seventeen. Being a problematic child with poor grades in school, she went on to make her own living in the financial services industry after graduated from high school. Rosy lost her job in 2008 during the financial tsunami and decided to follow her interest in art making.
Doris’s love of painting started when a Houston neighbour took her to her first watercolour class and there, she fell in love with painting. As they say, the rest was history.
Nadien Cole was born and raised in Calgary, where she graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) with a degree in Applied Arts.
Nadien was the Provincial President of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) from 2009 – 2012 and has served in many positions on the Provincial council since 2000. She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC). She also has been a member of the Calgary Artists’ Society (CAS) since 1984 and is currently serving as President.
Linda Craddock was born in Vegreville, Alberta in 1952. Her work has been exhibited internationally in public exhibitions in the U.S.A. and Europe. Nationally, she has exhibited across Canada independently and participated in a Canada-wide touring exhibition with the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Asta was born in Germany during the WW II und had her basic education and training as a qualified nurse. She migrated to London, England to work in Nursing and started drawing and painting. 1966 she migrated to Canada with her family and studied at the Art College to receive her Diploma of Fine Arts in 1982.
Catalin is an experienced sculptor with individual approach to traditional methods, coming with a skillful background as a stained-glass artist and stained-glass instructor, with restoration practice and large SG windows reinforcement expertise. His effective technical competence is certified by a lengthy engineering design and manufacturing experience.
Born on the east border of Romania, where completed his painting training after finishing his engineering education, Catalin laid the foundation of his art in the trade of stained-glass by self-learning. After fabricating his own tooling, he gracefully made his first projects in the led came technique.
Yvonne was born in Scotland. She grew up in a small village in Stirlingshire and spent most of her young adult life in Glasgow, she moved to Edmonton in 1990. A documentary filmmaker for most of her life she now splits her time behind the camera and in the studio. Her films have aired nationally on television and screened at film festivals across North America. Many of her films have art, artists and disability art as a central subject. Her visual artwork shows regularly in Alberta. Yvonne studied photography at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing, drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, and graduated in 2016 in Fine Art from the University of Alberta Extension program with distinction. She is an active member of FCA, ASA, EAC, SNAP, CARFAC Alberta and Harcourt House Artist Run Centre where she maintains her studio practice. Yvonne has three grown children and lives in Edmonton with her partner.
William was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1936. He received an “Honours Diploma” in 1962 from the Alberta College of Art. After graduating he travelled and studied for year in Europe. He is a member of The Alberta Society of Artists and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995.
I started painting with watercolours about twenty years ago after a career in business. My work is focused primarily on landscapes and recently on abstract landscapes using the techniques used by children in their art. My work is held in public institutions notably the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Alberta Children’s Hospital) and numerous corporate and private collections. I have shown in both public and many commercial galleries in Alberta and British Columbia. I am known for intense colours which hopefully transcend the work from the ordinary and move from the specific to the universal.
“I turned to landscape photography in the 1970’s. Being the quieter type, with the pressures of life, I just felt I had to find an outlet for expression. I love science and I love form and design, so photography was a natural choice. Working with both optical equipment and art was a pleasure.”
Winnie Ho was born in Hong Kong and studied fine arts at the University of Lethbridge. Now a resident of Calgary, she works at the University of Calgary as a medical researcher. She combines a variety of mediums to variety of mediums to convey her emotions.
Dale Kirschenman grew up in the country near Medicine Hat, Alberta.
He studied painting at The Alberta University of the Arts, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting. In his work he references his personal photo archives, creating paintings that explore landscape in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstraction
One can hardly grow up under the canvas of Saskatchewan’s “Living Skies” without feeling an intimate connection to the vast landscapes and florals that often inspire the paintings of Melanie Morstad.
Roberta Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta. Although raised in the city, she spent as many of her weekends and holidays as was possible with relatives in the ranching areas of southwestern Alberta where a deep love for western cultures and nature developed. Art was a major part of her life then, and it was rare to see her without a sketchbook or camera.
David Nielsen is an artist, art educator. He has lived, created and exhibited in Alberta for over 25 years.
My passion for art has been a part of me ever since I can remember. I was drawing and painting at a young age and started art classes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art when I was 14. My earliest influences were the abstract expressionists and the automatistes, whose work I frequently saw in Montreal.
Leona graduated from the University of Alberta Fine Arts Program in 2008. As a practicing fine artist, Leona focuses on texture, movement and color in nature, with the intention of invoking a response from the viewer. Ventures in the Art Process include photography (Digital Manipulation), mixed media, the photographic image dictate the direction of each piece. Leona’s art studio can be found at Colours Art South 7359-104 Street Edmonton, Alberta.
Liv Pedersen is a weaver of small tapestries. She came from Denmark to Canada in 1973 with a degree in Social Work. In 1974 she enrolled at AUArts, then ACA, and in 1978 she received a diploma in painting.
Karin has been a professional artist for 30 years. Her subjects are varied and she enjoys working in watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels as well as digital photography.
Adeline Rockett was born in Saskatchewan. She received her B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.Ed. in Art Education from the University of Alberta.
Wanda was born and raised in central Alberta and moved to Calgary to pursue a University education. In her first year she took an Art History survey course and fell in love with art. When an opportunity arose to study art history in Italy she leapt at the chance and her future course was charted. She completed her B.Ed (Art History) in 1974 at the University of Calgary.
Suzanne Sandboe has been exhibiting and selling her art professionally since 1989. She works primarily in acrylic and transparent watercolor mastering the spontaneous, fresh and suggestive nature of these medium with bold color and a signature style. She likes to express her art using shadow, light and color and endeavors to tell a story in her work. Sandboe’s style is best described as atmospheric and nostalgic yet grounded in realism. Landscape is the primary subject matter and often includes objects in the environment, figurative and historical images. Her primary inspiration comes from the Canadian landscape, its people and history. Recent painting trips have taken Sandboe across Canada from East to West coast as well as to Alaska, France, Italy, the US and have become an inspiration for much of her recent work.
Pat Strakowski graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1979 as a mature student. Although she travelled to many places near and far she still chooses to live and work in Calgary.
Her love of folk tales, storytelling and curiosity of the unusual contributed to the creation of her own myths and legends as seen in her works. Using paper mache and mixed media techniques each sculpture had its own story and personality.
Ray Swirsky is an emerging artist having only begun his painting career in 2014. He works exclusively with oils and likes to create works ranging between abstract realism to realism.
Sharon Thompson was born and raised near Peterborough Ontario. She attended the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Queens University as a mature student, while raising three children. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree.
In 1995 she made Calgary her home leaving Ontario behind. With an art education from the University of Guelph; work experience in screen printing, graphic art, and a brief stint as an opaque artist for an Ottawa animation company, the pursuit of art as a full-time career was a natural direction.
Mary grew up on a small acreage just outside of Edmonton. She later acquired degrees in the arts and nursing at the University of Alberta, traveled the world, and gave birth to three daughters, the latter of which was truly life-altering.
Though familiar with many painting genres I have always been intrigued and challenged by the human figure and face.
Jayne Willoughby has been working as an artist, teacher and life/performance coach for over 30 years. Her textile works have appeared annually in National and International exhibitions since 1990, where she has won awards for design and technical skill.
Simon was born in 1946 in Guangdong, China. In 1953, he moved to Hong Kong, where he received his early artistic training from prominent Chinese artists in traditional Chinese painting and Chinese Calligraphy.
Pauly Wong graduated in Commercial and Industrial Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnical College in Hong Kong in 1971. In 1972 – 1976 Pauly graduated in Advertising Art from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta.
Tammy Woolgar loves travelling the world in search of artistic inspiration. Essentially self-taught, she started painting seriously after her first trip to Europe in 1990. She is inspired by colour and light, movement and textures, natural forms contrasting against manmade objects and the interplay between them.
Born and raised in Calgary, Rose Zivot has enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist, for three decades. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and then continued with her graduate studies at the University of Washington.