Photo by R.d. Cane People
Liana Wheeldon graduated from Emily Carr College of Art & Design with a focus on printmaking. Drawing, painting, and mixed media work have consumed her since. Liana’s formal art education also includes studying various media through continuing education at schools in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.
Liana’s work is influenced by popular culture and the natural world. Her most recent works have focused on exploring the weather and wildlife of the northern Alberta community that Liana calls home. Her work has been featured in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Western Canada and the U.S., in Alberta Branded, the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre gallery, and can be found in corporate and private collections internationally.
Since moving to Fort McMurray in 2009, Liana has been very active in the arts community as a volunteer and arts administrator.
As I use my work to explore the world around me, I am inspired by the transformative quality of art. Ordinary subjects and situations become extraordinary when the lens of artistic expression is applied to them. Using mixed media built surface techniques intrigues me and acts as a metaphor for the complexities of nature and relationships. There is more to know than what the surface reveals.