MY NAME IS MISTY
Misty, born in the heart of BC's interior, was captivated by the mountains that surrounded her during her upbringing. Relocating to Alberta in the early 2000s, she discovered a passion for the untamed beauty of the prairies, with their vivid and dramatic skies.
A natural inclination for creativity, her artistic journey began before her conscious memories, exploring various mediums and expressing herself through her artwork. This lifelong dedication to creativity has shaped her artistic identity, propelling her evolution as an artist.
Misty's artistic pursuits led to a certificate in Visual Arts and a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management. She is entering her fourth year of an Honors BA in Art History at the University of Alberta. She aspires to further her education with a Masters in Art Conservation.
Her next planned group show, called "Creating Beauty," curated by Amy Loewen, will be held at the AGA in Spring 2024.
In 2020, I embarked on a transformative artistic endeavor, dedicating myself to creating a watercolour painting daily. A homage to Alberta's extraordinary skyline, capturing its dramatic beauty and ever-changing allure. Little did I know that the arrival of COVID-19 in March would infuse my work with an entirely new significance, forever altering its meaning.
Amidst the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic, my paintings became a poignant reminder of the importance of mental wellness and self-care. Serving as a gentle nudge to venture outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and find solace in the expansive sky. Regardless of our physical separation, the sky binds us together, reminding us we are never truly alone in our struggles.
This project carries multiple layers of meaning. To those unfamiliar with Alberta, it is an open invitation to explore our skies and discover the extraordinary beauty that graces our province year-round. It transcends superficial narratives and invites visitors to witness and immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Alberta's landscapes.
For fellow Albertans, this collection serves as a celebration of our remarkable home. In times that have tested our strength, it ignites a spark of hope and resilience. It reminds us to look upward, appreciate simple joys, and find solace in the unbreakable bonds we share as a community. We are a people who support one another, lend a helping hand in times of need, and together celebrate life's moments, regardless of the challenges we face.
Each painting seamlessly transitions into the next, offering a sense of calm and an opportunity for introspection. A visual sanctuary that invites viewers to pause, reflect, and find peace amidst the brushstrokes. Embark on this artistic journey together, explore the depths of our emotions, celebrate the resilient spirit of Alberta, and discover the profound connections within our shared skies.