About the Artist
Life is unpredictable. I never set out to become a painter or a writer, and I often wonder how I arrived at this place. Seems the moment I opened myself up to living a more creative life, doors began to open and opportunities were around every corner.
For me, the joy of painting lies in experimenting with composition and colour. While my subjects are grounded in reality, I strive to move beyond realistic representation. My goal is to capture a whimsical interpretation that reflects harmony, energy and balance.
Early on, I shared a studio space space in Steveston Village, an historic fishing village just south of Vancouver. I received guidance and support from a dear friend and mentor, the late sculptor Alberto Replanski. At home, I created"Blue Fish Art Studio" and offered art classes for children. I was fortunate to take on some private art commissions, and painting soon became a natural part of my life.
These days, one hand holds a paintbrush and the other a pen. Blaney Writing Services proudly serves a growing list of local and international clients. From editing manuscripts and writing e-books to producing webcopy and articles, the diversity of work is very rewarding.
Iconic Canadian artists who provide ongoing inspiration include Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate, Emily Carr, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald. I'm fascinated by the Cubist exploration of light and perspective as depicted in the art of Cezanne, Picasso, and Braque.
Education & Affiliations
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of British Columbia
Certificate of Fine Arts, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Certificate (Vancouver Community College)
Active Member, Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA)
Business Member, Delta Chamber of Commerce (Delta BC)
South Delta Artists Guild