Curriculum Vitae

Education

2009 MFA Degree, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia
Thesis: painted pools: a lens into subjectivity

1987 BFA (Honours) Degree, (Painting and Drawing), University of Victoria, BC

Professional Development Courses and Workshops

2013 Direct Expressive Painting in Acrylic Workshop, Rick Cepella, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2007 Strategies for Teaching Art, Professional Development Workshop, Gallery Vertigo and the British Columbia Arts Council, Vernon, BC
1998 Brian Ayteo Workshop, River Rock Studio, Cochrane, AB
1997 Art by the Lake, David Alexander, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
1997 Canadian Society of Watercolour Painters, Doris McCarthy, Jasper, AB

Solo Painting Exhibitions

2017 STELLAR, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
2011 Selected Works from the Embodied Pool Series, Kalamalka Vertigo, Okanagan College Kalamalka Campus, Vernon, BC
2008 Selected Paintings and Projected Images – Painted pools: a lens into subjectivity, fina Gallery, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
2005 Painted pools: a lens into subjectivity, MFA Graduation Exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2004 The Feeling of What Happens, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2002 Recent Paintings, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2001 The Rockies Larger than Life, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2000 New Landscape Paintings, The Gallery at JPL, Jasper, AB
2000 Alberta Passages, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 Leah’s Gift, Sunrise Gallery, Jasper, AB

Two – Three Artist Painting Exhibitions

2014 Sotto Voce: Wanda Lock & Destanne Norris, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2011 Ebb & Flow ~ Equilibrium: Brent Bukowski, Judy DesBrisay & Destanne Norris, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, BC

Group Painting Exhibitions

2016 Expressions of Death: Personal Journeys, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC
2016 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2015 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2014 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2013 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2012 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2011 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2010 Marking Identity, Kelowna Art Gallery Members’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2010 10: The Tenth Annual North Okanagan Artists Alternative’s Open Members’ Exhibition, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
2010 Autumn Art Expo, VISAC Art Gallery, Trail, BC
2010 Summer & Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2009 ROW: Reflections on water, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, Nelson, BC
2008 Winter Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2007 Summer Exhibition, Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mt., BC
2007 Green, Juried Members’ Exhibition, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
2006 Nucleus, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
2004 CAST Annual Members’ Exhibition, Hobart, Australia
2004 Propinquity and Distance, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2002 Converging Landscapes, Leighton Foundation, Calgary, AB
2001 Members’ Exhibition, SA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
2000 In the Artist’s Eye: Mount Alberta, Jasper Museum, Jasper, AB
1999 Reflections of Jasper National Park, Jasper Museum, Jasper, AB
1998 Members’ Exhibition, SA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
1995 Wildlife, Landscapes and Wildflowers, Jasper Museum, Jasper, AB

Travelling Exhibition

2001-2003 Blooming Prairie, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Juried Exhibition from the Alberta Society of Artists Produced by the Edmonton Art Gallery

Additional Professional Art Experience

Planning and implementing exhibition submissions, and coordination and installation of exhibitions:

  • 2008 Selected Paintings and Projected Images: Painted pools: a lens into subjectivity, fina Gallery, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
  • 2004 The Feeling of What Happens, Entrepot Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • 1999 Reflections of Jasper National Park, Jasper Museum, Jasper, AB
  • 1995 Leah’s Gift, Sunrise Gallery, Jasper, AB

2010 Installation of Lake Country Art Gallery exhibition: Sculpture Partners with Abstract
2010 Painting collection installation in private residence
2009 Painting collection installation in private residence
1990 Designed and marketed notepaper and t-shirts
1988 Co-designed and painted back-drop for stage for the Jasper Folk Festival
1987 Glass cutter for 1988 Winter Olympic gift project
1985 Worked co-operatively with an MFA student to illustrate 400 pictures for a clinical test of language development for pre-school children
1984 Collaboration with Professor of Art Education, University of Victoria on Heritage Mural Project for elementary school children

Special Projects

2009 Illustrations for book, Song of the Troubadour, (self-published by author C. Madsen)
1999 Produced & participated in millennium Calendar project entitled: Reflections of Jasper National Park

Selected Volunteer Service

2010 Volunteer in VISA 225 with UBCO Associate Professor Gary Pearson
2010 Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2010 Okanagan Council for the Arts: Art Awards, Kelowna, BC
2009 Touchstones Nelson Museum and Art Gallery, Nelson, BC

Past Professional Memberships

2003 Board Member, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia
1994-1996 Board Member, Arts Jasper, Jasper, AB
1992-1993 Director, Jasper Tourism and Commerce, Jasper, AB

Current Memberships

  • Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
  • Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC
  • Plein Air, BC
  • Past Juried Member, Alberta Society of Artists, AB

Current Gallery Representation

  • Gallery Odin, Silver Star Mountain, BC
  • Mountain Galleries at The Fairmount, Whistler, BC and Jasper and Banff, AB

Paintings in Collections

  • Acrobat Results Marketing Inc.
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Allen Brooks Nature Centre
  • Alpine Village
  • Bennett Jones LLP
  • Caetani Cultural Centre
  • Canadian Farm Credit Corporation
  • Consulate General, Japan
  • Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Finning Canada
  • Jasper Inn
  • Parks Canada, Jasper National Park
  • Penticton Art Gallery
  • Sherritt Greene LLP
  • Simpson’s Num-Ti-Lodge
  • Whistler Hotel
  • Private Collections in Canada, USA, Asia, Australia, Europe

Commissions

  • Private Commissions
  • 1997-1998 Prizes Men’s Mountain Classic Golf Tournament

Artist in Residence Programs

2016 Mountain Galleries, Artist-in-Residence, Banff, AB
2015
Fresh! AiR, Artist-in-Residence, Caetani Cultural Centre and Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Vernon, BC
2010 Mountain Galleries, Artist-in-Residence, Whistler, BC
2002 Simpson’s Num-Ti-Lodge Artist-in-Residence, AB
2001 The Leighton Foundation: Visiting Artists Program, Rocky Mountain Ranch, AB
2001 Brewsters’ Artist-in-Residence, Columbia Icefields, AB
1999 Brewsters’ Artist-in-Residence, Columbia Icefields, AB
1998 Gushul Studio Artist-in-Residence, (University of Lethbridge), Blairmore, AB

Artist Presentations

2017 Stellar, Public Artist Presentation, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
2017 An Artist’s Journey to the Jasper Dark Sky Festival and the Stars, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Kelowna Chapter, Kelowna, BC
2017 Experiences (& more) as a Guest Artist at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Vernon Chapter, Vernon, BC
2016 Life, Healing & Art, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC
2016 Creative Flow of Self Trust: An Artist's Journey, OPUS, Kelowna, BC
2015 Whether from the Centre, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Vernon, BC
2014 Sotto Voce: Artist Walk & Talk, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2012 Creative Flow of Self Trust: An Artist’s Journey, Okanagan Artists of Canada, Vernon Community Art Centre, Vernon, BC
2011 Life, Nature, Art & Healing, Public Artist Presentation, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
2011 Life, Nature, Art & Healing, Public Artist Presentation, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
2010 Life, Nature, Art & Healing, Guest Artist Presentation, Second year Studio Theory, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
2010 Life, Nature, Art & Healing, Public Artist Presentation, VISAC Art Gallery, Trail, BC
2002 Leah’s Gift, Artist Presentation, Psychology Students University of Alberta continuing education course, Jasper, AB
1997 Leah’s Gift, Artist Presentation, After-Eight Club, Edmonton, AB

Jury Committee

2010 Lake Country Art Walk

Awards and Grants

2004 Graduate Research Support Scheme, University of Tasmania, Australia
1997 Arts Jasper Scholarship, AB
1993 Arts Jasper Scholarship, AB
1986 Victoria Arts Council Bursary, BC
1986 Academic Scholarship, University of Victoria, BC
1985 Academic Scholarship, University of Victoria, BC
1985 M.H. Mooney Fine Arts Bursary, University of Victoria, BC
1984 Credit Union Foundation Bursary, University of Victoria, BC
1981 Academic/Athletic Scholarship, Selkirk College, BC
1980 Athletic Scholarship, University of British Columbia, BC

Curatorial Project

Co-Curatorial Project: Drawing Exhibition: Diversity in Drawing
2011, October 13 – November 13, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC

Teaching Experience

2011 Co-hosted Workshop with Julie Larsen : A Date with Self-Trust, The Pinnacles Suite Hotel, Silver Star Mountain, BC
2010 Assisted Associate Professor Gary Pearson in VISA 225 course at University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

  • Assisted in discussions, critiquing and analysing student paintings
  • Assisted in the final project evaluations

2010 Designed and conducted a painting workshop: Plein Air Painting, Visac Gallery and Visual Art Centre, Trail, BC

  • Seven hours, one day course
  • Seven students
  • Feedback evaluations

2010 Designed and conducted a painting workshop: Broadening Your Horizons, Visac Gallery and Visual Art Centre, Trail, BC

  • Six hours, one day course – ten students
  • Feedback, evaluations

2010 Private painting critique sessions and art consultations, Vernon, BC

  • Artist James Postill, BFA

2007 Private painting and drawing lessons, Vernon, BC

  • Designed personal lessons for 7 adult students
  • One hour per week for eight weeks
  • Designed personal three hour painting lesson for one teenager

2003 Assisted Wilderness, Natural Environment and Art course coordinator, University of Tasmania, Australia – Two Field Trips
2002 Private drawing student, Jasper, AB

  • Designed personal lessons for one teenager
  • One hour per week for ten weeks
  • 1999 Mixed-Media Workshop, Jasper, AB
  • Three hour evening course for adults

1999 Summer Art Camp for elementary school children, Jasper, AB

  • Co-ordinated and co-taught with a high school art teacher
  • Five day, five hours a day art camp for children, six through 10 years

1998 Summer Art Camp for elementary school children, Jasper, AB

  • Co-ordinated and co-taught with a high school art teacher
  • Five day, five hours a day art camp for children, six through 10 years

Citings in Publications

  • ‘Stellar’ (curatorial statement in catalogue), Lubos Culen, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
  • 'Narrative paintings of the vast cosmos', Parker Crook, Vernon Morning Star, 28/07/2017
  • 'Painter seeks answers in space', Emily Corrie, Okanagan Advertiser, 03/08/2017
  • ‘INSIDE to OUTSIDE: art as an act of claiming’ (catalogue essay), Katie Brennan, Curator, Sotto Voce The Lake Country Art Gallery, 2014
  • ‘Presentation focuses on healing through art’, Morning Star Staff, The Morning Star, 26/01/11
  • ‘Reflect on water at Touchstones’, Anna Heywood-Jones, Express, 09/09/09
  • ‘Row: Reflections on water’ (curatorial statement), Deborah Thompson, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, 2009
  • Visual artist’s exhibition features six-foot square pieces’, Christine Pilgrim, The Daily Courier: Vernon Edition, 10/10/08
  • ‘Artist takes a dive in her painted pool: Life continues to flow for Norris’, Kristin Froneman, The Morning Star, 31/01/07
  • ‘Propinquity and Distance: Self-portraiture in Contemporary Painting Practice’ (catalogue essay), Mary Pridmore, Carnegie Gallery, 2004
  • ‘Propinquity and Distance’, Joerg Andersch, The Saturday Mercury, 27/11/04
  • ‘Artists dominate and dazzle’, John Briggs, The Saturday Mercury, 20/05/04
  • ‘The feeling of what happens’, Joerg Andersch, The Saturday Mercury, 28/08/04
  • ‘Local artist headed down under’, Quintin Winks, The Jasper Booster, 11/12/02
  • ‘In the Artist’s Eye: Mount Alberta’ (catalogue essay), Wendy Wacko, Jasper Museum, 1999
  • ‘Galleries: Best Bets’, Calgary Herald Entertainment Guide, 04/05/00
  • ‘Calendar girls market unique reflections of Jasper’, Nick Lees, The Edmonton Journal, 07/03/99
  • ‘Leah’s gift a tribute’, Heather Berezowski, The Jasper Booster, 06/12/96