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BEAUTY,   DISCIPLINE, &  PASSION ARE MY ART.

I PORTRAY AND ENCAPSULATE WHAT I DEEM BEAUTIFUL, OFTEN JUXTAPOSED WITH A SURREALISTIC WORLD.
MY INSPIRATION FOR MY PAINTINGS COMES FROM PEOPLE DOCUMENTED IN VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHSMY DRAWINGS ARE INSPIRED BY OBSERVING NATURE MOSTLY BIRDS AND FLOWERS. 

I AM MOVED TO EXPLORE HISTORICAL SUBJECTS; AS I BROWSE THROUGH MY FAMILY ALBUMS I SEE BEAUTY IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS. THE DIFFERENT WAY SUBJECTS ARE POSED, SHADOWS STRETCHING OUT TO CREATE INTERESTING SHAPES; ALL ASPECTS OF THE PHOTO TELL A STORY. THAT PERSON WAS THERE MANY YEARS AGO AND WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?? WHAT WAS HAPPENING? WHERE DID THEY GO AFTERWARDS? THESE ARE MY FAMILY MEMBERS; THE IMAGES CONJURE MANY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES WHEN I OBSERVE THESE PEOPLE. THE IMAGES ARE ALL VERY DEAR TO ME, A VERY PERSONAL STATEMENT ABOUT MY FAMILY HISTORY.
MY PAINTING STYLE IS  GRAPHIC REALISM WITH A SURREALISTIC TWIST. I ENJOY WORKING IN LARGE FLAT SHAPES, AND TO ME THESE IMAGES NEED TO BE SEEN IN A BOLD PRESENTATION. MY REFERENCE MATERIAL IS USUALLY BLACK AND WHITE WHICH FORCES ME TO PLAY WITH VARIOUS COLOURS AND TONES TO BEST PORTRAY MY CONCEPT. THE RED LINES CREATE A VIBRANT ACCENT WHICH FORCES THE SHAPES FORWARD INTO THE FOREGROUND.

EDUCATION
RED DEER COLLEGE OF ART, ART & DESIGN, 1978-1980
ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART, VISUAL COMMUNICATION, 1980-1983
GUANGZHOU ACADEMY OF ART, CHINA, TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTING, JULY, 1990
ART OF EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP: CREATIVITY IN CRISIS, APRIL 2013
WORKSHOP WITH ANDREW MCDERMOTT (SFCA, PSA) AT FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS GALLERY

EXHIBITIONS

2019 – MARCH – ALDERGROVE KINSMEN CENTRE – GROUP EXHIBITION TITLED “ROOTS”

2018 – THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTRE  GALLERY – “DRAWING SERIES”: BIRDS & FLOWERS

2018 – GATEWAY THEATRE – OCTOBER “DRAWING SERIES”: BIRDS & FLOWERS

2017 – AUGUST – CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY CENTRE GALLERY ; “BIRDS & FLOWERS” AND “ABSTRACT ART”
2016 –  JAN. 15 – MARCH 1 – ROCANINI CAFE, STEVESTON, BC: COFFEE ART SERIES
2015 –  NOV. 7 – DECEMBER – CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY CENTRE ART GALLERY, 
2015 – JAN 7-18 GROUP SHOW and NOV.10-22 – FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS FUNDRAISING “Ten2” EXHIBITION 
2015 – MAY 1 – 31 – “REMINISCENCE” SOLO SHOW AT THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTRE 
2015 – APRIL 1 – 30 – “REMINISCENCE” SOLO SHOW AT RICHMOND ARTS CENTRE
2015 – MARCH 1 – 31 – “REMINISCENCE” SOLO SHOW AT GATEWAY THEATRE

2014 – BC CULTURE DAYS – ARTIST DEMO – RICHMOND CULTURAL CENTRE
2013 – DECEMBER 5 – 20 – “REFLECTIVE THOUGHTS”, SOLO SHOW AT ALBERTA LOTTERY ART GALLERY

2010 – INSTURCTORS EXHIBITION – RICHMOND CULTURAL CENTRE
1988 – JANUARY 19 – 30 – MULTI MEDIA –  FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS GALLERY
1987 – GROUP SHOWS – FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS GALLERY
TEACHING
2018 – ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: MCLEOD TRADITIONAL SCHOOL ART WORKSHOPS

2016/2017 – THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTRE
2015 – PRESENT, FACILITATOR FOR A SERIES OF INTERGENERATIONAL WORKSHOPS: MINORU SENIOR’S CENTRE – “LIFE’S LITTLE THINGS PAST & PRESENT”, CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY CENTRE – PAINTING WTH WOOL (PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ARE: BRIGHOUSE, COOK AND ANDERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.)
2015 –  ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – EAGLE HARBOUR MONTESSORI SCHOOL: MULTICULTURAL ART WORKSHOP
2015/16, ARTSTARTS – ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT BLUNDELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2014- PRESENT, VISUAL ART EDUCATOR – CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY CENTRE ART STUDIO,
2011 – 2014, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – HOME QUEST HOME SCHOOLING ASSOC.
2009 – PRESENT SOUTH ARM COMMUNITY CENTRE – GOLDEN BRUSH STUDIO, RICHMOND BC
2006 – PRESENT, VISUAL ART EDUCATOR -CHOICE SCHOOL FOR GIFTED LEARNERS
2000 – PRESENT, CREATIVE ART PLACE, PRIVATE STUDIO, RICHMOND BC
1997 – 2014, RICHMOND ARTS CENTRE, ART TRUCK OUTREACH PROGRAM AND STUDIO SESSIONS
1991-1997 ARTS UMBRELLA, ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
CANADIAN ARTISTS REPRESENTATION  (CARFAC)
BC ART TEACHERS ASSOC. (BCATA)
RICHMOND ART GALLERY (RAG)
FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (FCA) ACTIVE MEMBER
RICHMOND ARTS COALITION
PUBLICATIONS
2013 –  ST. ALBERT GAZETTE “KLUTHE RE-EMERGING ONTO THE ART SCENE” DECEMBER 4, 2013
2015 – MARCH 13 – RICHMOND REVIEW ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS INSPIRE ART TEACHER TO PAINT.