MONOPALETTE teacher bios
~ WINTER TEACHING TEAM ~
I'm Ali Burns, from Musselburgh on the outskirts of Edinburgh in Scotland. I love making and always have some kind of artistic project on the go involving painting, video making, paper, and often the natural materials gleaned on walks. My artwork is a parallel practice to my work as a song-writer/composer and workshop leader in the community choir sector and I often use it as a way of exploring ideas as part of my song-writer’s process. I enjoy working instinctively after a period of research or deep thought. Place, community and belonging are all important to me and those themes repeat themselves in different guises throughout my work.
For many years the artwork was in the shadow of my song-writing but these days it’s a backwards and forwards thing and my love of words often spills into my art work and my artist’s love of light and colour and simplicity shows up in my lyrics.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist, creative coach, and pharmacist with a passion for the connection between creativity and overall health, happiness, and, well-being.
I create paintings and illustrations that are whimsical and a little bit magical. I often include three-dimensional elements or animation to bring my work to life.
When I am not making art you can find me working in local pharmacies, lingering in bookshops, searching for pre-loved items to revive, or hanging out with my family.
My workshops and retreats help reconnect people to their creative inner child using fun and play as the keys to better health and well-being.
I love guiding people as they rediscover the joy of creating, remove self-imposed limitations and eliminate the illusion of perfection.
I help support people to overcome their struggles with lifestyle changes using creativity and art as a healing and teaching tool.
I believe that creativity is a potent key to the health and wellness puzzle. I am passionate about teaching the elements of healthy living through art to improve the physical and mental well-being of my community.
My name is Sabine Modder. I am an Ottawa painter and mixed media artist with a passion for colourful canvases, juicy journals and works on paper of all sizes. I am a communicator and facilitator who loves to weave words and community into my creative practice. I start every day with fresh air and making art and end it with a good book. Everything in between adds texture!
My workshops and other offerings help busy people make time for themselves to play, explore their own creativity and take a break from the pressures of their everyday routines.
When I’m not at my art room table with my paints and papers, I’m out walking to keep an eye on things and take an air bath while I’m at it. I can also be found in the woods, knitting on one of my favourite rocks, looking for lichen or treading water in the middle of a tiny lake.
I believe that making time for making is essential to wellness and that giving yourself permission to play can open doors to the creativity that will help you to grow and thrive.
I am Tracy B. Brave, a Canadian contemporary mixed-media Artist, workshop facilitator, and creativity catalyst.
When I began inviting women into my studio to reflect on the creative process and make honest, heart-centered art, I was gifted with the opportunity to share my sacred space and the very personal journeys we all have in common.
Being drawn to art to express my own experiences, I have discovered that a curiosity and a common yearning for all things creative and soulful drive us to live our most inspired lives.
I make art almost every day and teach with a joy that brings beauty from sorrow. My spirit soars when watching others light up connecting to their own creative practice. This is why I build communities.
As the creative director for a not-for-profit, I develop art programs. When not in my studio making art, I love sharing the importance of art and culture.