WORKING AWAY: Young painter Kellen Heide works on her piece Jakob’s Pow Wow, a portrait of her great great grandfather Jakob Broesky (right) based on an actual photo given to her late grandmother by Jakob. The story behind the photo is a bit of a mystery – family lore lead Kellen to believe it was taken sometime in the early 30s at a local Pow Wow in Saskatchewan. Now the 16 by 20 inch acrylic on canvas piece was created from the 3 by 5 centimeter image in order to preserve the memory.
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
When people use the word artist to describe her, Kellen Heide doesn’t know what to do. But the fact is the young painter is one and she’s starting to grow into the title.
This summer has been a busy one with opportunities opening up around town. Her work was featured in her first show, Limelighter’s Maple: Canadian Flavoured Art Show, in June. And now her work can be seen at the Freshly Pressed Cafe.
“In some ways it’s challenging,” she explained. “I have a hard time promoting myself, but I’ve been encouraged by my friends, by my family.
“I’ve grown up in a very musical, artsy, crafty family.”
She even pushed away from creating art when she was younger but thanks to an art class in grade 12 she was surprised and really enjoyed it. One thing lead to another and in January 2012 enrolled at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) to develop and refine her technical skills.
She’s worked with a film company, Forgotten Studios, drawing storyboards and painting props (the first time she ever painted with acrylics on canvas was for them) and now Kellen’s doing her own thing – painting what she wants, when she wants.
Kellen said her arts heroes tend to work in hyper-realism and she’d love to learn to work in that style. She paints with bright, bold colours and loves to play with her work, making her portfolio varied and diverse. Her paintings help her to connect with what she cares about and her love of God has been a huge motivation in her art.
Although she won’t be returning to ACAD in the fall, (she’ll be continuing her education at Ambrose University College) she would jump at the chance to do art full time if given the opportunity.
“Being called an artist is an exciting and strange concept,” she said. “I love art. It’s nice to be called an artist, and I’m actually starting to be okay with it. Even though it’s strange to hear that, it warms my heart doing what I love.”