To keep creative juices flowing, which is a job in itself, Brina tries to get involved with a local drawing class that focuses on life drawings with charcoal. She collaborates with Michelle Galway to make creative, multi-media suspended art and mobiles. Paintings are always in progress and on the walls around the entire house, just waiting to be worked on. Sketch books are filling drawers and piling up in the storage room, full of illustrations for book ideas, brainstorming paintings or just letting the ink move around the page. For the past three years Brina has submitted a 20-page children’s story for Wapiti Music Festival, giving Brina some practice at writing and illustrating. There are a few illustrated books in the works that will be finished at some point…when the time is right, perhaps. Graphic design has taken a back seat but every once in a while Brina will work on a logo or poster design. A bi-annual lantern festival gets Brina into 3D building, creating installations of light for the popular community event. In the near future, Brina hopes to offer kids at a local school an after-school visual arts club along with Raegan Etue. Exploring all these different practices gives Brina a chance to meet creative people, push herself a little outside of her comfort zone and gain new experiences.

Life inspires art.

Brina enjoys walking in the forest, listening to the wind blow through the trees, feeling the sunshine on her face, drinking coffee in bed and eating a fresh, warm muffin. Her family is always pushing her to be better, work harder but to also find time to get outside, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of Fernie.

Annex Collections started in September 2018 to give Brina a place to showcase her paintings and illustrations and other creative works, which pair amazingly with our sister company, Annex Suspended, a collection of creative mobiles and suspended art.

If you’re interested in being showcased in our Annex Collections, contact us to start get more information.

Let’s celebrate art in multiple forms!