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.
When Val Lawton was a kid, her favourite books always had great pictures – like Winnie The Pooh, or The Twits. It was the books with simple scratchy drawings that let her imagination run wild.
Val has illustrated over 30 children’s picture books, including for the Canadian Football League, and a series for the National Hockey League. She was a finalist for the 2015 High Plains Literary Awards, and the bronze-medal winner of a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, in the 4 – 8 year old category for book called Where Does Your Dog Sleep?.
She is currently working on a couple of corporate projects, and children’s book. In addition to being a best-selling, award-winning children’s book illustrator, Val also works as an artist-educator with the Learning Through the Arts program, which means she helps kids learn by creating their own art.
Val recently relocated to Victoria from Calgary, and is loving the weather!
Kate is a painter and illustrator from Victoria, British Columbia. Her work is influenced by the nature-filled mystical landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, and her Certificate of Visual Arts from the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria. Since graduation she has participated in an artist residency, exhibited in group art shows, and completed multiple artwork commissions within Canada and the United States. When not in her studio, Kate spends time sketching in nature, tending to her plant-filled house and garden, and practicing yoga.
Kate’s work can be viewed on her website at www.artworkbykbh.com.
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.
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.