The idea of opening an art school – has been a dream of mine since I came to Canada. I was looking for art classes for my own children in Edmonton when I realized that good professional training in painting and drawing for children outside of specialized public schools is hard to come by. Being a teacher who had always painted I decided to enrol in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Alberta. After I completed my BFA degree with Distinction in 2009, I opened my first Artribute painting studio for children in Edmonton. In 2010 I moved to Red Deer, entered the Graduate Program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. My Supervisor was the greatest contemporary Canadian painter Professor Landon Mackenzie. Her imaginative immense paintings and intimate small-scale drawings fascinated me. Her genious people communicating skills were a wonderful model for me and my independent work as an artist and an instructor. I had a little studio for my own work in the North Industrial Area of Red Deer, where I also taught. After I graduated from my Master Degree Program in Vancouver, I decided to devote all my time and effort to founding an art school for children and adults in Red Deer.
Three years ago we moved to a new location that offers easy access for wider community. The students now enjoy possibilities of using the city library for their research – that is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the studio, as well as painting en plein air in the city hall park downstairs. We visit surrounding galleries and the Red Deer museum as part of our curriculum.