Jodi spent her youth doodling, doodling and doodling and has been seeking a way to share her love of drawing with others ever since. Over the years she has worked in animation, has been commissioned to draw various cartoons, has done some graphic design and layout for newsletters, t-shirts and promotional materials and basically just kept on doodling. With a certificate in Classical Animation from the Vancouver Film School (class 4!) and a diploma in Recreation Leadership from Langara College, Jodi is ready to bring her love of doodling to her community. Her special artistic talents include cartooning, character design and pattern doodling.
I was born and raised in northern Illinois to a creative family and have been making some form of art all my life. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980 with a degree in Fiber. In the subsequent three decades I made fiber art, created a business manufacturing silk cord and pursued woodworking by creating studio furniture. In 2010 I started painting, eventually settling on figurative and portrait work in oil.
About my art
I strive to make my paintings fresh and direct with a vibrancy of energy, yet precise and accurate with forms and structure. My method of art making has always been a mix of deliberate, labor-intensive elements combined with quick, energetic and daring applications. I’m drawn to contemporary ideas and styles.
My aim is to explore the relationship between people and their social environment. As humans, we often play the role of chameleon, sometimes comfortably, other times less so. In my paintings, I address my own experiences and conflicts and strive to portray them through my subjects in an authentic and honest manner.
Sue was born in a remote coastal community in British Columbia and since early childhood has been on the move, living in East and West Africa, the Caribbean, France, Central Canada, Japan, India and Scandinavia. She got an MA in Anthropology from McMaster University, Hamilton. Later, returning to her artistic roots, she studied graphic design, graduating from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1990. She has worked both as a freelance graphic designer and as a children’s art teacher. Sue developed and taught art programs in Ottawa public schools and community centres and also worked as a primary art specialist at Stockholm International School.
Sue likes working in a wide range of media and particularly enjoys ink/pencil drawing and collage. Recently, her lifelong passion for drawing and story telling has led her to the world of children’s writing and illustration. You can see samples of her current work at: www.suemacartney.com
Mariesa de la Rosa is an illustrator from Victoria, BC. She is a graduate from both the Visual Arts Diploma Program and the Comics & Graphic Novel Program at Camosun College. When she is not teaching piano or art, Mariesa is usually drawing and focusing on another passion project. Of those passion projects are her comics Au Revoir: Till We Meet Again, Par Avion, and Peach Flower. Her comics and work can be seen on her website at mariesadelarosa.com.
Leah is a BC certified teacher and oil painter who studied at York University in Toronto. While in University she specialized in drawing and painting, and began teaching art lessons. Now living in the beautiful city of Victoria, she is enjoying capturing the landscape around the island in her artwork. Leah is excited to share her passion for the arts with others at the Playful Pencil, offering lessons dedicated to drawing perspective and city scenes.