Creating art has been an important part of my life since an early age. I have been blessed to grow up in a small city that houses a thriving, vibrant art community with so many wonderful teachers who have nurtured my passion. I wanted to learn everything there was to learn. I dabbled in a variety of children’s and then adult classes at the local Prince Albert Arts Centre as well as the nearby University of Saskatchewan Kenderdine Art Camp at Emma Lake. I am grateful to have been a part of the Kyla Artist Group for the last several decades, providing a wealth of friendships with skilled artists in my region. Besides drawing and painting, my curiosity pulled me into pottery and sculpture, mosaic, carving, paper-making, photography, stained glass, as well as drama, dance, music, creative writing and photography.

But I stretched further than being an artist. Many years back, part way through my original plan for a BFA I took different track. My love of humanity pulled me toward a rewarding career of assisting people to become their best selves. Even so, I still created art, in many ways incorporating it into my social work as I continued to learn. I became aware of how the qualities of shapes and energies of colors affect the human psyche. And I learned just how important and effective the creative arts can be to quality of inner life and community life. I create with the intention of connecting inner and outer worlds. I paint to teach and I paint to heal.

Kathie Bird Artist