Veronica Funk grew up in the most beautiful place in northern Manitoba, surrounded by the Churchill River and boreal forests. Though she didn’t receive formal art education in the north, she was taught traditional crafts by her neighborhood Cree grandmothers, such as weaving, beading, moccasin making and a little birch bark biting. She learned to draw by copying the Archie comics that were prevalent in her home as her mother is from South America and the comics helped her to learn English. Her father told her that the comics also inspired her name.
“This place north of 56, where I learned to survive in the wilderness as part of my public education, where we came together to celebrate the Winter Carnival, racing in snowshoes, baking bannock, watching the dog sled races, where we were raised to nurture nature, was a place that I never wanted to leave,” she recounts.
After moving to Alberta, she studied Art & Design at Red Deer College, then returned to Manitoba to apprentice with potters, stone sculptors and painters and spent a year creatively painting on a farm in Saskatchewan. She is currently continuing her studies through Thompson Rivers University with an emphasis in painting
Her work was initially inspired by a northern exhibit of work created by Benjamin Chi Chi, of the Woodlands Artists and also by the vibrant palettes and simplified yet inspirational images of Georgia O’Keeffe and Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven. As she resides in a rapidly growing environment, her work has grown to reflect a suburban influence in the use of spray paint and stencils which are also prevalent in graffiti.
Veronica’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and is found in private and corporate collections around the world. She is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists and resides in Airdrie, Alberta. Her work has been featured in Galleries West, ARABELLA, Where Women Create, Cloth Paper Scissors and In Her Studio magazines.
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- Next Session July 27, 2022
- Repeats on the 4th Wednesday of every month
- 10am - 12pm MDT
- 1pm - 3pm EDT
- 5pm - 7pm BST
- 2am - 4am AEST (Thursdays)
- Next Session June 8, 2022
- Repeats on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
- 10am – 12pm MDT
- 1pm – 3pm EDT
- 5pm – 7pm BST
- 2am – 4am AEST (Thursdays)
- Unique focus: it will be a group geared towards creating a body of work – from concept, narrative, writing statements, critique so that in 6-8 months people will have a body of work for a show or gallery
Levelling up has really boosted my confidence and skills as an artist. I am no longer figuring it out alone, I have 7 others in it with me and lots of Yodas to guide us!
~ Barbara, Emerging Artist
“At times it’s just tough to have fluid discussions via zoom! That’s the only limitation I can think of. The group I’m in is so supportive, knowledgeable and intentional in growth and encouragement.
Being part of LevellingUp has had a hugely positive impact on my focus, growth and success as an artist. I’ve been privileged to learn from expert mentors and highly professional artists while gaining friends and community. LU offers incredible value through ongoing workshops, live demos and panel discussions. I’m so excited to see where the journey leads next!”
~ Jen, Emerging Artist
“I loved having a group to talk things out with, feedback from the master and the community we built in our group. The extra sessions offered from other masters were amazing too.
Being an artist can be lonely, and often you don’t know what to do to grow, levelling up solved both of those!”
~ Kim, Emerging Artist
I LOVE it. LU is my go-to place for advice, art problem solving and art chat. Everyone loves to talk art - nobody gets bored and turns on the TV! Artists mentoring Artists- at every level. From just being my art friends to helping me advance my practice and my career, LU enriches my art life SO much.
LU has connected me with practicing artists to teach me HOW to be an artist. It has definitely accelerated my learning the ropes as an artist and a business owner. It enriches my life with a community that I can call on for pretty much anything from art chat to business ideas to thoughts on my current work. I count my group as some of my best friends, and we ALWAYS have so much fun together!
~ Barbara, Emerging Artist
Listed below are this Master’s specialty skills. Join this Master’s group if you want to grow your skills in these areas.
Colour and Composition
Supplies and Tools - what to use, where to save, and where to spend
Studio Setup for Art Production
MARKETING & BRANDING:
Artist Statement & CV
Shows and Exhibits
Marketing & Branding
Running your art business the day-to-day
Studio Time Management
For ASPIRING & Emerging Artists
AM I AN ASPIRING ARTIST?
As an aspiring artist, you have been creating on the side, as a hobby, and now you're ready to take it to the next level!
YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:
- technique - color and composition
- art critiques - get feedback on your artwork to help you narrow and hone your style
- supplies and tools - where to save and where to spend
- marketing - learn to write your artist statement and CV, build your brand, launch a website, maximize your social media
- price artwork – because your time and talent have value
Am I An Emerging Artist?
As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style.
You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.
Now you're ready to take it to the next level!
YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:
- art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
- selling - learn how to sell your artwork
- building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
- earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
- how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
- business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
- production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
- art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer
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