Team Biographies

Meet the Team

Annette Wichmann

I have the best job in the world – I own an art supply store! And that means I get to meet and work with a lot of pretty creative people from beginners to seasoned professionals. There’s nothing better than helping a customer find the right tool, the right paint or just talk about creative possibilities.
I like to experiment with all of the various art materials that can be found in the store and then some. My favourite art mediums include watercolours, acrylics, mixed media, photography, calligraphy and… oh, where does this end? Actually, it never does end. I continue to play and experiment with various mediums and so when a customer asks, “Have you tried this?”, most times I can say, “Yes, I have.”
I like texture and colour and strive to incorporate these into my own artwork. My current work is based in mixed media which allows me to incorporate my favourite mediums into one piece of art.

 

Lisa Roberts

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Lisa was born in Ontario but raised in Alberta where she currently lives in the beautiful city of Calgary. Lisa has been involved in the art scene for over 20 years. She’s had the opportunity of working with many different artists. For the past 15 years Lisa has worked at a few art stores and teaching facilities and is currently working at Kensington Art Supplies.

Lisa’s love and passion for mixed media is evident in her workshops. She uses all mediums but is currently focused on Acrylic painting and pouring medium.

Lisa has taught multiple workshops and demo’s threw out Art clubs and shops in Calgary . Lisa loves art and painting as it is a easy and great way to express herself regardless of her mood technique or medium. Lisa loves teaching and guiding others through there own process.

Exhibitions and Demos/workshops taught, include: Calgary School of Art; Federation of Canadian Artists;  Marda Loop Community Show; Brushstrokes Art Club; Carstairs Painting Club; Calgary Community Painters Society; Unscene Art Show; Motion Gallery.

 

Alex Stevenson

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Alex Stevenson was born 1992 in Calgary Alberta. He received His Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016. Alex’s work consists of mixed media drawings and paintings, mainly using Ink and collage techniques. The works have a distinctive visual style influenced by everything from; comics and propaganda, to medieval artworks and the urban environment. He often reuses previous works altering, copying and collaging them into new forms.

 

Megan Ruhl

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Megan is an artist of both traditional and digital mediums, ranging from two-dimensional to 3D forms. As a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BFA in visual art, she has exhibited my work in local galleries such as MOCA (now Contemporary), Artpoint and Wolf Willow Studio. Since completing my degree in 2013, Megan has obtained professional opportunities as a graphic designer, wherein she applies her skills in digital art and animation. But, of course, she has long held an affinity for painting and always retained this medium as a part of her artistic practise. Megan is also an instructor of illustration, manga and comics, as well as painting. megruhlarts.com

Jeff Lyons

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I am a self-taught, stubbornly non-conformist artist. I’ve been oil and acrylic painting for over 20 years, creating fun portraits of fictional women, silly surrealism and pop abstracts. I used to be a custom portrait painter. I’ve shown my artwork around Calgary and Halifax but have the most success online. My aim is to create artwork that is playful, unique and positive. http://lyonsartwork.com

Connie Geerts

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Geerts started her professional art career with a move to the West coast in 1987.  After exploring many materials she fell in love with acrylic painting and has been working in the medium ever since.  During this time, she also worked as a video editor, and dabbled in sculpture, joining the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild.  The influence of her editing career has showed up in her painting, with her style taking on the look of broken up digital imagery. Geerts started showing her work in galleries in 1997, and has been consistently represented by a number of galleries since that time.

 She found the same fluid translucency of colour that she enjoyed with acrylic paint was possible in a three dimensional medium.   Since that time Geerts  has developed a passion for combining cast glass with other materials in mixed media sculptures. Geerts works out of her studios at her home in Calgary, AB, Canada. conniegeerts.com

Carla Kjar

Art, in any form, has always been part of my life. Whether drawing (graphite, charcoal, India ink), painting (oil, acrylic), weaving, sewing and design, pottery….. Some media are self-taught while others developed in numerous courses with exceptional artist/instructors.

After an exciting career in print and document management; I can now focus on exploring and expanding this skill set and along the way encourage others to spread their artistic wings. There is no better place to immerse oneself in the current tools and mediums than Kensington Art Supply.   It is a pleasure to work with so many exciting, energizing and talented folk whether colleagues or customers.

Angela Smyth

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Angela E Smyth is an illustrator and printmaker from Calgary, Canada. She studied at the Alberta University of the Arts, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction in Printmaking in 2016. Her current work focuses on intricate patterns inspired by nature’s symmetries, spirals, meanders, waves, tessellations, cracks and stripes. She works with Acryla gouache paints that lend to the powerful and vibrant colors that appear in our natural world. Angela sells a majority of her work through her online shop, and at handmade markets throughout the city, with her most common appearance at Market Collective events. angelaesmyth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Hays

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Henry Hays is an illustrator and character designer originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His focus is primarily comics and graphic novels with his preferred medium being a varying selection of brush pens and inks, but he has been branching out and experimenting with other mediums such as oil paint, casein, digital animation, and airbrushing. Being fascinated with telling stories from a young age, Henry has consistently incorporated narrative and writing into his work throughout the years. Inspired by other artists such as Mike Mignola, Chester Brown, Andrew Maclean and many others, he has developed a very graphic and shape-based style that has been known to bend and weave with his growing amount of interests. Henry is currently working on an absurdist dark fantasy graphic novel while studying at the Alberta University of the Arts with plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Design.