Stephanie is an Art Educator with 10 years of experience teaching children and adults. she has facilitated programs and workshops in daycares, schools, arts organisations, and recreation centres across MB. She has spearheaded several community projects in therapeutic arts that teach life, employment, and small business skills to people with disabilities and those recovering from addictions and homelessness.
At the age of 8 Stephanie began pursuing her passion by selling her art and teaching art demonstrations to her peers in her elementary school art class. From there she began writing and illustrating her own comic book series, and children's novels, winning several local art contests.
2011 she founded her own Body Artistry company and provided professional entertainment for family, charitable, and corporate events. Her free-hand application skill level and unique cirque style set her apart from the rest. She became known for her speed and ability to incorporate her models personality and life story into body artistry as a form of empowerment in the body positive movement. From Caricatures to Henna Tattoo's, she has done it all.
2013- Began teaching arts workshops for various arts organisations, daycares, and schools.
2014-Became a RAW Artist, and had her body painted models and dancers featured in various large tradeshows including CutConnex.
2015-Began creating mascots, and costumes for various theatre productions, and dancers with the goal of creating innovative, and inclusive performance wear for all body types.
2016-Became a Certified Grumbacher Academy Instructor for Michaels, and now facilitates workshops and camps for students ages 8 and up from spring to fall across MB.
2017- Became a Board Member of Arts and Accessibility Network of Manitoba.
2018-Began studying Early Childhood and Disability Studies to continue her passion of providing therapeutic and career/life skills based arts education to families.
2019- Became an Certified Asthma Ambassador of Canada. Stephanie had struggled with exercise induced asthma since childhood. She applies her holistic approach to managing asthma symptoms and prevention care through physical literacy workshops for youth.
2019- Became a Maintaining Respectful Workplaces Trainer for CHRC (Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada).
Artist 2017-2019 Collection of Works Statement:
I invite you to tour the world through my works, and discover the glorious colors hidden in the spirit of people, nature and animals from various cultures. My hope is that you will experience joy, healing, and inspiration from my work.
For the past 5 years I have entrenched myself in diverse cultures through latin and ballroom social dance education, and performance in local cultural theatre productions and dance competitions. I did this too discover more about my heritage, and who I am culturally. From my participation in Manitoba's diverse performance arts scene I became inspired to paint utilizing a wide range of ultra violet, metallic and glitter acrylic paints to capture these cultural moments on canvass.
In 2016 I gave birth to my son, and became an Artist Mother, and was inspired to create. During my pregnancy I created 15 paintings that expressed the emotional and physical awakening that I experienced that gave me life alternating perspectives on the kind of human I wanted to become. It also gave me a desire to reach out to moms. and people with disabilities to show them the empowerment and healing that can come from engaging in art activities.
In 2017 I joined Arts and Accessibility Network of Manitoba as a Board Member with the goal of creating more performance arts and fashion initiatives that include mentor ship, and exhibit opportunities for artist mothers with disabilities.
My goal with my collection of works is to up cycle the majority of the textiles and materials, and combine digital media, dance, and body artistry to express my paintings and sculptures as a live"storybook". One that can be understood and received by all. Accessibility to my work is very important to me. Whether a person is deaf, parapalegic, uses a wheelchair, or is blind, they should be able to experience my work in a way that captures and awakens their soul.
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