Derrick Artists

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Sydney Rusnak

My name is Sydney Rusnak and I am currently in my fourth year of pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, majoring in painting. I am an avid skier and mountain biker, and a lot of my art reflects these passions. While the majority of my work is focused in painting, working mainly with oil and acrylic, I also spend quite a bit of time on printmaking projects, working primarily with lithography and linocut. My university practice centres on climate change and the influence that people have on this issue. However, I have also created a large collection of work featuring mountain landscapes, pulling from sketches created on hiking, biking and ski trips. Through my artwork, I attempt to capture our planet’s best features while also drawing attention to the improvements that we can make in order to preserve it, with the intention of sparking not only reflection, but profound appreciation in the viewer. 

Ira Hoffecker

My work has loose compositional associations to urban places through time. I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape. Many layers of abstracted elements of architecture provide the basis of my compositional language.

www.irahoffecker.com/

David Thomas

Residing in Alberta, Canada, Dave Thomas divides his time between large mural commissions and his fine art. Dave has been involved in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Edmonton area.

Statement
I aim to use the interplay between abstraction and realism to convey intangible and intuitive emotional material that is elicited by specific life experiences and world events. The process of making a painting; constantly shifting between realism and abstraction; trying to find harmony between the two; mirrors my process of mindfully existing in a zeitgeist in which there is a lot more than meets the eye.

www.davethomasartist.com/

Lesley Finlayson

Lesley Finlayson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art. She moved to Canada in 1987 and continued her studies at the University of Calgary, where she graduated with a Master in Fine Arts. For 20 years, she was an educator in the Fine Arts Department at Langara College in British Columbia, Canada.

Lesley Finlayson exhibits in Canada and the United Kingdom. She has won numerous awards, including the Alberta Art Foundation Scholarship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship and the Hospitalfield School of Art Scholarship.

Her work is in public collections: Esso Petroleum Canada, Sceptre Resources and private collections in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Finlayson currently resides in Victoria, BC where she continues to paint.

www.lesleyfinlayson.com

Jan Novotny

Jan has been photographing the World since 1963 when he picked up his father’s camera as a thirteen-year-old. At age fifteen good fortune struck after he was thrown out of school for political reasons and he found a job doing odd work at the leading photographic studio in Prague. That’s where he learned from the old masters who worked with the huge ancient cameras without shutters, and the younger photographers who’d use, among others, the only Hasselblad camera in the entire communist Czechoslovakia; the same technological, and obscenely expensive, wonder of technology Neil Armstrong took to the moon. Jan lived for photography and by the time he became a refugee in 1968 his images were published in established publications and showcased in several shows.

After settling in Canada Jan’s life took a different path, with photography trudging along a less prominent trail that nevertheless never quite disappeared. Around 2010 the two paths started to merge again resulting in several successful shows, including a blockbuster travelling exhibit, seen by thousands, that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia.

The MANDALA NATURA collection is a departure for Jan. The bulk of his previous work is investigation of social issues that are primarily shot with traditional film cameras and in black and white.

Statement
The inevitable turbulence of life obscures the underlying symmetry of the universe; these images remove some of the distorting veil to reveal the essential balance of nature.

The pictures in this collection merely flow through my eye - the viewers become their creators as they give them meaning. This realization came when I shared these images with others and discovered that the same mandala represents different things to different people; that they often become intensely personal, and that their meaning changes in synchronicity with the flows of the viewer’s inner spaces. “Meditating with my Mandala Natura helped me bring forth what needed to be revealed,” was perhaps the most inspiring comment I heard.

My intensions for the MANDALA NATURA images are to augment contemplation, unearth joy and celebrate the wonder of existence.

With best wishes, Jan Novotny
 

Allan Thomas

Allan Thomas is an artist that paints realistic urban landscapes documenting the relationship between people and their environments. Allan stays away from postcard perfect images preferring to choose ordinary places people might walk by every day without paying much attention to. Instead he likes to focus on colour, textures and the way shadow and light work off each other to help make a strong image that creates feeling and is also pleasing to the eye.

Linda Nelson

I was born and raised in rural Alberta on my childhood farm at Lea Park. From early childhood I was always drawing and creating. I would submit my artwork in local radio contests and fairs. While completing my High School education my parents were able to purchase for me a commercial art course. This gave me my most valued background in drawing, perspective, composition, and design. I was also introduced to many new mediums throughout this course.

After leaving the rural community and moving to Edmonton, I was able to study under a variety of professors through the University of Alberta Extension. I spent four years studying drawing, design, mixed media techniques, photography, and watercolours. I also had access to many community art and sculpting groups.

I am a self-taught sculptor; my technique has grown from the first simplistic nativity scene to large wizards or mystical characters made of clay. I also have an interest in working in Brazilian Soapstone, my carvings again swing towards the mystical. Through travel my art expertise expanded and grew as I attended workshops in France, Italy, and the USA.

I taught for many years at community art groups around Edmonton, teaching watercolours and acrylics. I have also taught art and sculpting courses for children through the Edmonton Parks and Rec.

I am currently an active member of the Edmonton Art Club and the Edmonton Potters Guild, as well as the ACACA. I have received two awards through the Edmonton Art Club for paintings that I have submitted for shows. One received the Critics Choice Award, and another the People's Choice Award.

I am currently displaying a painting in the Alberta Art Gallery as part of the Edmonton Art Club 100 year celebration show.

Jackie Impey

Jackie paints with an uninhibited textural approach to her art with an affinity for vivid color. She relishes the opportunity to paint bright and bold abstractions. Her personal mission is to live life large, which is reflected in the use of oversized canvas she is known for. She participates in local events, exhibits and judged shows. She has received ribbons in both judged and juried shows through the Lone Star Art Guild in Texas. Jackie began painting while living in Perth, Australia, approximately 12 years ago. Impressed by the rugged dessert landscape and luminescent turquoise Indian Ocean, her motivation to paint is now insatiable. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with various international professional artists. Continually influenced by her travels, Jackie uses inspiration from sentimental photographs and experiences in her work. Born and raised in Edmonton,AB. Canada, the artist spent sun-drenched summers at the family cottage and winters skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Jackie has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Social Work. She is fortunate to be married to someone that shares her affinity for Outdoor adventure,travel, living and working abroad. Together they have two teenaged children. The family continue to be passionate about travel and exploring outdoor pursuits such as cycling and hiking. Jackie and her family are proud to call Fernie, British Columbia home.

Jackieimpeyartist.com

Jasmin Alstad

I have been blessed by being born into a very artistic family. Ever since I could hold a paintbrush, I have been pursuing my passions in art.

There are many aspects of the world that inspire my art; nevertheless, my art is mainly inspired by the adventures that life takes me on. Although my art does not represent a specific place all the time, it does represent how a certain place has made me feel. As life changes as does my artwork, I spent my early twenties backpacking and travelling as much as I could, my artwork reflects a lot of those travels. As a new stage of my life blossoms, raising three little kids my adventures are closer to home. My subject matter has shifted to sunsets looking out of our barn and florals inspired by my garden.

I enjoy working with many mediums and exploring many different techniques. Along with painting I also work with pottery. I am a graduate of Fine Arts from Grant MacEwan University. As an Art Instructor, I operate from my home studio, working at growing my art business, Red Barn Studios.

Kerra Nelson

I am a self taught artist that grew up in Edmonton Alberta.
 
From the time I could hold a paintbrush my mom encouraged and guided me to art whether it was paintings, sculpting or just to play. Some of my best memories are digging clay out of the lake and creating silly sculptures or abstracts to bake in the campfire.
 
My art has been a huge part of my journey as a massage therapist and cranio sacral practitioner, allowing for self discovery and expression, helping me quiet my mind, de-stress and meditate as well as releasing my own inner struggles through painting.
 
I am currently working on integrating art into my cranio sacral practice, teaching my clients the benefits of art healing through body work.
 
I paint in many different mediums; watercolour, acrylic as well as encaustic wax. I play with soapstone and clay and I am currently exploring mixed media with lots of texture. Although I mainly paint florals, my style is evolving and changing as I grow and become more confident and find new inspiration within myself and through my experiences.
 
My inspiration has mainly come from my mother and family, my time at our lake lot and the traveling I have done. It comes through gardening, body work, meditation, grief and change as well as willingness to try new things.
 
I am always seeking new inspiration and growth, I look forward to whatever is presented to me.

Robin Good

Hello! I'm Robin, a visual artist and freelance graphic designer from Edmonton, AB. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design. In 2020, after working 8 years in the print industry, I started my own company Robin Good Art & Design. My goal is to create and share meaningful work that helps us reconnect with the natural world. Referencing photographs from moments of connection with wildlife, that are painted in a way to include the viewer in that shared experience. I enjoy using a limited colour palette of acrylics on canvas, or detailed soft strokes of charcoal on paper, to capture the spirit and expression of each animal. 

My latest series highlights incredibly expressive animals, often showing their non-majestic, nearly-human side. Their feelings through body language are so relatable, and have often put a smile on peoples' faces. We communicate so much through body language, that limiting our exposure to others over the past few years has made it harder to express ourselves in an authentic way. My hope is to create work that is a reminder that others (even animals) are feeling a lot of emotions too, and to not take things so very seriously. 
 
I want to keep connecting with wonderful people, and local venues such as The Derrick Club, as a place to share my creations that bring us closer to nature, ourselves, and each other. When I’m not busy painting or designing, I like to spend my time travelling to the Rocky Mountains and all over the world (my favourites are Africa and Peru). To learn more about me and see some of my work, visit the links below.
 
www.robingoodart.com
https://www.instagram.com/robindesign/

Nozomi Kamei

I was born and raised in an area surrounded by rice fields in Japan, went to a high school in Norway, and completed a Physical Education degree at the University of Alberta. Currently, I am based in Edmonton and have worked in health and wellness fields with athletes, children, youth, older adults, and people with disabilities in this city. Interacting with people has been a fruitful experience which has been influencing my creativity. 

I am a self-taught photographer wishing to connect with people through photography. Photography has been helping my journey and self-exploration, and I love to share such effects with people. I see so many possibilities in humans and surroundings through photography that I also enjoy sharing.

It brings me great joy if anyone gets feelings or support for their journey through my photos. Even if it is only one person in the world who enjoys my photo, it means the world to me.

Statement

Most of my photos are focused on things/ lives/energy that surround me like landscape, nature, architecture, etc. Usually, I use minimum photo editing and manipulations on my photos. Most of my photos are printed and framed locally here in Edmonton by Precision Imagining.
Arts help viewers and artists become aware of our inner self. This experience shows us our true nature.

https://njknewdimensions.wixsite.com/nozomi

Anne Oommen

I was trained as a pharmacist and recently decided to pursue my art career full-time.  I primarily work with acrylic and oil medium.  The first 10 years of painting focused on realism and developing technique.  In the last 5 years, I have been working on abstract art.  

I am a very spiritual person and have always had vivid dreams and visions in my waking life.  I derive inspiration for my paintings from specific visions that provide revelations about the purpose of life.  

Currently I am experimenting with floral designs and different forms of water and nature, such as, clouds, mist, sky and ocean.  What is interesting to me is pushing the boundaries of abstraction such that they remain abstract but are formed enough to suggest some aspect of realism.  My paintings are also bold and colourful as the colours are ways for me to convey different emotions.In my latest floral series, the “flowers“ represent a soul blooming to it’s full purpose, reaching self-actualization.  The aspects of water (mist, clouds/sky, ocean) are used to convey that all human beings are all spiritually connected and rather are like drops from the same body of water. Some may exist as a fog, cloud, ice, or rain drops but ultimately return to the same body of water.  The main message behind my paintings is that we are all spiritually One. 
 
In my spare time, I am raising my 4 sweet, rambunctious boys.

Please follow me on instagram: 
@anneoommen_art