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Women of the Month

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Back in the Summer of 2009 I launched a blog, Woman of the Month, to feature some really amazing women who are shaking things up and making a difference through creativity and bold endeavors. Below are 68 inspiring women chosen for their powerfully persuasive spirit and their tenacity to make things happen. Click on their names to check out their posts. Also be sure to check out the Man of the Month blog for the creative men featured.

It has been such an enriching experience sharing these women on my website and although there are still so many more creative and amazing women I’d love to feature, I’ll be starting something new this year, Greener Goals, coming February.

Thank you to all the wonderful women for sharing their creative lives with everyone!

Aleese Nessler
Alison Therriault
Allison Rice
Andrea Zimmer
Andree Janyk
Anita Couvrette
Barb Jusiak
Candice R. Curlypaws
Cecilia Greyson
Cybele Ironside
Danielle Girard
Danielle Laporte
Dawn Monette
Deborah Williams
Dori Luthy-Harrison
Dyana Valentine
Ella Simon
Gabrielle Durning
Grace Kerina
Heather Davis
Heidi Nagtegaal
Heidi Specht
Jaimie Robson
Jane Heyman
Jeanette Jarville
Jodi Womack
Julia Mackey
Katharine Carol
Katherine St. Denis
Katherine Surridge
Kellie Haines
Kelly Bohlken
Kendahl Cardinal
Kerri Carlson
Kira Schaffer
Laura McKibbon
Laurene “Madhu” Honeyman
Lee-Anne Ragan
Liesl Jauk
Lindy Sisson
Lisa Riehl
Little Woo
Lulu Leathley
Mahara Brenna
Margaret Dragu
Marina Szijarto
Maya Ersan
Mehlinda Heartt
Mercedes Baines
Michelle Pante
Michelle Pfeiffer
Nicole Dextras
Pamela McKeown
Patty Ampleford
Phoenix Olivia
Renate Geier
Robin de Pelham
Rosanne Hopkins Brauntz
Sandeep Johal
Sepideh Saii
Stefany Hemming
Suzy Birstein
Tamar Griggs
Tameer Pam Barnslee
Tracey Bell
Valerie Arntzen
Vicki Moulder
Wendy Hainstock

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Woman of the Month Before – Wendy Hainstock

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Wendy Hainstock

Here’s a little bit about her:
I have lived on the West coast for most of my life, straying for a few years to live in such places as Montreal, Yukon Territories, California and the Caribbean. I find travel is one of the few guarantees that can illuminate the spirit. Ironically when you travel, you learn more about yourself knowing less about the world around you. Raised amidst middle class intentions and by a severely independent mother, I learned quickly that your environment only dictates who you are for a little while, anything can change.

I spent many years trying to buy my education attending art and design school and studying media only to realize most revelations have come from simple day to day observations. I have a small family, so I look to my friends to reel me in when wander to far away. I have spent the past twelve years in Vancouver as a graphic designer, managing a variety or businesses, and co-ordinating exhibitions and festivals. I love bringing people together to create memories that last a lifetime.

And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:

What does it mean to you to be creative?
Being creative means leading with your heart, and not your mind. Doing something purely for the joy of the process, and the energy that can be passed on when others experience what you have created. The expression ‘…dance like no one is watching’ comes to mind.

What triggers your creativity?
the unknown and the familiar

What hinders your creativity?
Trying to conform to other peoples expectations.

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
Swimming with humpback whales – its seemed like a good idea at the time!

What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
Being bold to me is about being brave, saying what you mean in the face of adversity. Being provocative is about being deliberate in what you do, but still weaving some small sense of mystery around your intentions.

What’s next for you?
I have no idea, and I like it that way!

And here’s something that inspires her creativity:


Go to www.missbitmap.com to check out more about Wendy.

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Woman of the Month Before – Jeanette Jarville

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


Jeanette Jarville

Here’s a little bit about her:
I have a wonderful large studio in the agricultural land reserved countryside of Richmond BC, where I work full time, have an onsite gallery and host art workshops. I am very passionate about my work and role as an artist in the community and I am involved in many aspects of the arts. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Chair of the Richmond Arts Coalition, curator, juror for art competitions and public art, and teacher. As a child I was able to draw and paint really well and was labeled the ‘class artist’ throughout my school years. I began oil painting at the age of 11 and never stopped. I was awarded an art scholarship in high school and was accepted into the renowned Emily Carr University of Art & Design where I was awarded four more scholarships, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 1996. I also studied art history, sculpting and painting as an exchange student in Berlin, Germany. I paint mainly abstract figures and stylized landscapes but I also enjoy representational oil painting, sculpting, designing, doing public art, and building things using; wood, stone, metals, clay, glass, fabric, found objects, really anything that looks interesting to work with.

And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:

What does it mean to you to be creative?
For me being creative is about visualization and action. When I can physically make something materialize in a form that best expresses that vision.

I love to take on new projects or ideas where I challenge myself, I find that stretches the imagination and new things are discovered. I feel alive when creating, it is my oxygen.

What triggers your creativity?
I am always visiting galleries to see work in person, here in Vancouver and when traveling. It is inspiring to stand in front of a painted or sculpted piece that is well executed and thought out but looks effortless. Art that makes me contemplate how or why it was done, is more memorable. It makes me want to head straight to the studio and get to work.

What hinders your creativity?
Daily responsibilities like cleaning or having to stop and cook dinner. I do love to cook but I prefer doing fancy creative meals for parties or making something for the first time. I have the luxury of being in my studio day or night so I am creating all the time. When I am not painting or sculpting I am in the woodwork shop building canvas stretchers and wood panels, when in my office I am still being creative building websites and working on my photography. So I guess the routine breaks are a good change of pace:-)

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
I packed up a small knapsack (mostly full of art supplies) and traveled Europe for a year. I attended a Fine Art School in Berlin Germany for 6 months and after that I spent the rest of my time taking trains from small towns to the most amazing cities, exploring all the sites, museums and galleries. I took a thousand photographs and filled many sketch books. I still travel as much as possible, I find it furthers my appreciation and outlook on life.

What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
Being bold has always been used as a descriptive word for my work and my personality. I believe it is a reflection of knowing the results I am after and going for it. To me it is another word for confidence, strength and conviction. My work is all about provoking a response or feeling about the art and the relationships happening within the work. Provocative-ness comes through my figurative work with flirty looks, body language, subtle meanings and innuendo’s. They are snap shots of a story for the viewer to finish. My intention is for my work to have ‘a strong presence’ through a mix of; beauty, boldness, drama, romance, rich colour, meaning, humour, social commentary and originality.

What’s next for you?
Many things are on the go! I have been very fortunate with my artistic career, everything has been going extremely well. I have created a distinct stylized look that I have become known for and I want to expand on that look. Push it to be a bit more abstract but also incorporate bits of realism. I work separately at both at the moment and by combining them I hopefully can create a blend of unique, interesting images and show the diversity that I am capable of. I am also getting back into doing more sculptures. I have been curating many shows for other artists and am looking to expand that with pop up galleries and collaborate with others to organize more shows and art events. I am focusing on projects that feel right to me and that I enjoy doing.

And here’s a couple of artists that inspires Jeanette’s creativity:

Many artists from the past and present inspire me to keep growing and expanding my abilities as an artist. One that stands out from the past is Amedeo Modigliani who used rich jewel tones, strong flowing lines and captures the mood of his subjects with subtle gestures. The other is a contemporary painter, Hessam Abrishami. I have seen both artists work in person and have had my work shown alongside Hessam’s in a California gallery which was very exciting. His work is passionate, colourful, flowing, bold, I just love it, so inspiring!

Be sure to check out more about Jeanette on her website: www.jeanettejarville.com.

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