Category Archives: Artist Profiles

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) Artist Profiles aim to identify, promote and educate the public about current members of VANS who are engaged members and maintain an active practice in the visual arts in Nova Scotia. Each profile explores the impact of VANS programs and services and the interests of our membership, in general, across Nova Scotia. Artist profiles are featured in the VANS Newsletter. To participate you must be a current member of VANS and have engaged in our services or programs. If you meet this eligibility criteria and would like to be considered, please request an Artist Profile Questionnaire by e-mailing vans@visualarts.ns.ca.

Carl Snyder – Artist Profile

Carl Snyder received a B.A. and M.L.S. from McGill. Photography had long been of interest so, while working as a librarian, he started moonlighting as a darkroom technician at a commercial photography studio in Montreal. Soon he was assisting on … Continue reading

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Kevin P. Comeau – Artist Profile

Kevin Comeau is a professional sculptor from Meteghan River, Nova Scotia. He’s an Acadian-Métis, using his surroundings and natural material as inspirations for his sculptures. To date his works have been exhibited locally and regionally, and purchased by private collectors. … Continue reading

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Sara Roth – Artist Profile

Sara Roth is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work bridges illustration, installation and sculpture. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and a Diploma in Fine Craft from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She previously worked as part … Continue reading

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S2WR – Artist Profile

S2WR is the Halifax-based collaborative duo of DIY technologist, Shawn Wolchyn and multidisciplinary artist, Sally Raab. Raab graduated from ACAD in 2010. An arts administrator and self-proclaimed governance nerd, she works as a freelance bookkeeper and chairs the board of … Continue reading

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Mathew Reichertz – Artist Profile

Originally from Montreal, Mathew Reichertz completed his BFA at Concordia University and his MFA at NSCAD University. In 2005 Reichertz was the Eastern Canadian winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and in 2006 was shortlisted for the Sobey Art … Continue reading

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Ericka Walker – Artist Profile

Walker received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She currently teaches studio coursework in printmaking as an assistant professor in the Fine Arts Division at the Nova Scotia College of Art … Continue reading

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Marla Benton – Artist Profile

Marla Benton earned her education through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, the Ontario College of Art and Design and Nipissing University. From growing up in a small town, traveling to 41 different countries, building a home … Continue reading

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Kyle Jackson – Artist Profile

In 1975, Kyle Jackson stood across the table from Andy Warhol and handed him a soup can. While the famous artist used a black sharpie and signed the can of Campbell’s tomato soup, Kyle decided the life of the artist was the life for him. Continue reading

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Anna Horsnell Wade – Artist Profile

Anna Horsnell Wade has been painting for over 40 years. Since returning to her home province in 1988, she has been actively involved in the arts community leading various community art projects, co-founding several arts groups, writing about art, and … Continue reading

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Miya Turnbull- Artist Profile

Miya Turnbull is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in a variety of media including mask making, painting, printmaking, felting and animation. She grew up on a third generation family farm in Alberta but has lived in Halifax since 2002. She completed … Continue reading

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Anna Syperek

Anna Syperek, born in England of Polish and English parents and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1971. She graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design … Continue reading

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Alexandra McCurdy – October Featured Artist

Alexandra McCurdy is a graduate of NSCAD university (BFA) and the Cardiff Institute of Higher Learning in Wales. A ceramist/printmaker/independent curator, Alexandra works in porcelain making highly decorative, one-of-a-kind, colourful pieces, informed by her longstanding interest in textiles. Alexandra was recently inducted to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and has a celebratory show at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto Ontario from October 01 through 25. Continue reading

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Nadine Belliveau

Nadine Belliveau is a visual artist from the Baie Sainte-Marie, Digby County, Nova Scotia where she has been creating professionally since 1971. A graduate of NSCAD, Université de Moncton & Université Sainte-Anne, her contribution to the arts has been as an artist, educator and organizer. Her paintings explore the essence of nature by means of abstraction and decorative expression and unveil the mysterious, immersive qualities of nature presenting their inviting and warm environments through textural, layered and large-format acrylic on canvas. Continue reading

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Kas Stone – August Featured Artist

Kas Stone spent her formative years on the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. This sparked a passion for bleak coastal scenery and wild weather that has sustained her spirit and inspired her photography ever since. After a twenty-year stint ‘learning the ropes’ in Toronto, Kas now makes her home in Dublin Shore, Lunenburg County, where she runs a studio gallery and teaches courses in digital imaging. Her work is inspired by our wild coastal scenery with its vast expanse of sea and sky and its smaller textural and colour details. Continue reading

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Sera Senakovicz – July Featured Artist

Sera Senakovicz grew up in British Columbia and moved to Nova Scotia in 2005. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design she has been making prints wherever and however she can. She has been a recipient of two creation grants from ARTS Nova Scotia to help her to attend a residency at Spark Box Studios and to make a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Parentheses Gallery this past February. She is interested in oral histories of neighbourhoods and buildings and how lives are lived within and around them. Continue reading

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Michael McCormack – June Featured Artist

Michael McCormack is an interdisciplinary artist from Halifax and former Director of Eyelevel Gallery. His work stems from an interest in intergenerational communications, skill sharing and experimental translation. See his upcoming exhibition at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal June 14 – July 12. Continue reading

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Geoff Butler – May Featured Artist

Geoff Butler is an artist and writer in Granville Ferry, NS. His work is a mixture of realism and fantasy commenting on the human condition. Recently he has been an artist-in-residence with Fogo Island Arts in Newfoundland, and with the Labrador Institute & Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in North West River, Labrador. His recent work will be exhibited at the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council in August. Continue reading

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Susan MacDonald – April Artist Profile

Susan MacDonald is an artist and art educator with over 25 years of experience. As a VANS PAINTS artist she has been working with school children in Cape Breton for the past several years. She is currently exploring the medium of watercolours and enjoys the intensity and subtlety of colour that the medium offers. Continue reading

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Lynn Rotin – March Artist Profile

Lynn Rotin started her career as a photographer for choreographers and independent theater in Toronto. After moving to Halifax in 1989 she decided to enroll at NSCAD has been a practising artist since. She has received grants from the Canada Council, and her work is collected by the Nova Scotia Art Bank. Her drawings and paintings on paper use mixed media, building on layers of mark making. Continue reading

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Pamela Swainson – February Artist Profile

Born in Manitoba and currently living on a farm in the Cobequid Mountains, Pamela Swainson studied in the Fine Arts Program at Mount Allison in the early 70’s. She recently returned to her practice after several years on hold. Swainson is passionate about local living and sustainability, with caring for the earth is a subtext in her work. Continue reading

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Jack Wong – January Featured Artist

Emerging artist and active volunteer Jack Wong works in drawing and participatory performance. Currently he is researching and writing on the topics of allegory, postmodernism, and video art, and on non-display in contemporary practice. His artwork is a means to test out ideas and opinions critical of the sociopolitcal landscape. Continue reading

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Kat Frick Miller – December Featured Artist

Kat Frick Miller is a textile and illustration artist based in Lunenburg, NS. Recently she has been working with the Atlantic Fisheries Museum, and uses rural life in Nova Scotia as the inspiration for her work. Miller is working on illustration for an upcoming book related to rural living. Find her work at the 10th Anniversary Halifax Crafters Winter Market December 5-7, 2014. Continue reading

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Harry Hamm – November Featured Artist

Born in East Germany, Harry Hamm is an established artist and long-time member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia based in Musquodoboit Harbour. Based in observation, his paintings and drawings regularly comprise of fish, flowers, fowl and potato portraits. Continue reading

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Suzanne Gauthier was born in Lorette Manitoba and studied and taught at the University of Manitoba (BFA Honours 1969). In 1989 she relocated to Halifax to teach full time at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work is based in drawing, printmaking and collage, and has recently been engaged in photographs of moving water. See her studio exhibition Acquainted with Light, October 16-31, as part of Photopolis. Continue reading

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