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Woman of the Month Before – Katherine Surridge

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Presenting March’s Woman of the Month:


Katherine Surridge

Here’s a little bit about her:

Katherine Surridge’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the USA for over thirty years and most recently in Asia. Although she is primarily a painter she also makes films and videos, which have been shown on Canadian national television and in movie theatres.

Katherine’s art is in many public and private collections including Canada Council Art Bank, BC Provincial Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Her awards include a Canada Council B Grant, a BC Cultural Development Grant and a scholarship from the Santa Fe Art Institute for a residency with New York artist, Jennifer Bartlett.


Katherine graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria. She lives and paints full time in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Katherine’s work is currently represented by galleries in Vancouver and Victoria, BC, as well as Jakarta, Indonesia and in Singapore.

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

What does it mean to you to be creative?
Being creative is everything to me. I like to apply creativity to every area of my life. I believe everyone is creative and that it can be applied to everything you do.

What triggers your creativity?
Action. Getting started on something triggers my creativity. If I’m re-arranging my house or starting a new series of paintings or beginning a film, the only thing that helps me become creative is starting and continuing an action.

What hinders your creativity?
Apathy and fear.

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
Doing a painting residency with Jennifer Bartlett in Santa Fe when I had no money and was accepted at the last minute and had to get grants and jump through hoops to go. Maybe not that wild but I was so excited since she was my hero painter at the time and she challenged me more than I ever had been as an artist. She is still right up there for me. It was a life changing experience.

What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
Trusting yourself, ignoring your fear and pushing forward when everyone you know tells you not to do something that you believe in.

Two things come to mind. When I went back to study art in university in my twenties and everyone thought I could never make a living as an artist. That was 35 years ago.

The second was when after making some short films I decided to make a feature film and everyone thought I was crazy but a group of talented and generous actors and crew came together and we made it with very few funds and loads of passion. My feature ‘tideline’ opened in a twin theatre on Vancouver Island next to the film ‘The Queen’.

What’s next for you?
A solo show of my new paintings called ‘Taking Note’. During the two months the exhibit is on I will give two talks about my work as well as do a screening of my film ‘Anne’, a 60 min. video about an artist and writer that has been homeless for fourteen years. This exhibit will be at the Baron Gallery, 293 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC.

It opens March 3, 2011 and continues until April 29.

And here’s who inspires Katherine’s creativity:

My daughter Julia C.S. Davis inspires me by the way she pushes her fear aside and goes for it. She lives in California, is an artist and owns a skateboard company called Sloth Skateboards. She is also a student, going back next year to the University of California at Berkeley. She inspires me by her example, to push my boundaries and to be a better person and a better artist, every day of my life.

Be sure to check out Katherine’s website.

Thank you Katherine, for always getting started and taking action!

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