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Kathleen Schmalz

The diversity of my body of work speaks to my restless creative spirit. Exploration of the expressive potential of various mediums also reflects my desire to investigate feelings implicit in visual experiences. The resulting works of oil, or acrylic painting, photography, drawing, fibre or mixed media are usually to some degree representational and often impressionistic.

My work often explores histories, sometimes literally and sometimes through processes, for example a photo series of the side of an old boat revealing cracked layers of paint show the history of the boat’s function and use where plein air paintings of century old buildings with the many changes that have made them useful in a contemporary world, show history on a more concrete level. Multi-layered resin pieces have a physical history of their own and are often utilized to portray processes in the natural world. My Doctorate in Visual Arts from Charles Sturt University in Australia focused on Integrated Arts Based Research in History.

I maintain a studio in Sooke B.C. where I now live full time. I am finding my way around the Greater Victoria art scene and participating in many juried and small solo exhibitions as well as getting to know local artists and curators as well as doing sessional work at the University of Victoria. I am now on the Board for the Federation of the Victoria Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists and head the Exhibition committee. In Guelph, Ontario, I was an Assistant Professor in Art Education at Western University in London, a member of the Guelph Studio Tour, which I chaired for 2 years, and maintained my own studio there for 23 years.