Why THRIVE?

We appreciate you taking the time to consider whether THRIVE is the right fit for you! It’s important to us that our community has members who feel confident in their decision to join us.Here are things our members have to say about their experiences!

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Danielle Krysa

Danielle, a story-teller since she could talk, creates new narratives from old images adding paint, glitter, crystals, glass, pompoms, etc along the way. And, of course, none of her pieces are complete until they’ve been given long, funny, story-like titles. These tales take place on both paper for her smaller works, and panels for her larger pieces.

Danielle is also the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator. She is also the author of Creative Block, Collage, Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk, and A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK - Now With Women.

Danielle has been a member since 2017.

You can listen to Danielle on the THRIVE Talks Podcast below!

 
 

Q/A with Danielle.

⚭ How did you feel about your art practice before joining THRIVE?

I was definitely making work - in hindsight they were simple studies for what I make now. I wasn’t sharing my work with very many people and I definitely wasn’t showing/selling. I knew I wasn’t ready.

⚭ How do you feel about your art practice now?

Now I am represented by Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto, I’ve been in lots of shows, my work is getting bigger and more complicated but it still feels very much like me! (I was afraid that if I tried to “go big or go home” I would lose what made it feel like me… but it hasn’t!)

⚭ If you could describe THRIVE in three words what would they be?

Vulnerability, empowerment, momentum.

⚭ What was the most surprising thing about joining THRIVE?

The friends that I’ve made with amazing women who know so many things. Also, the fact that I now introduce myself to people as “an Artist”. Yes, capital A.


 

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Sandeep Johal

Sandeep is a Canadian visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage.

Sandeep believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Sandeep has completed a number of public projects, most recently, murals for the Vancouver Art Gallery and Bard on the Beach.

She joined THRIVE in 2016 and was also a member of the THRIVE Leadership Team.

You can listen to Sandeep on the THRIVE Talks Podcast below!

 
 

Q/A With Sandeep

⚭ How did you feel about your art practice before joining THRIVE?

What art practice? LOL. Pre-THRIVE, my art practice consisted of me sitting at home feeling sad about not making art and beating myself up for not knowing what to do about it, while trying to keep a tiny human alive. I felt so incredibly lonely and isolated.

⚭ How do you feel about your art practice now?

My non-existent art practice has evolved into a busy full-time career. I get to wake up every single day and do the two things I love the most - be at home with my son and make art for a living.

⚭ Did you have any concerns before joining THRIVE?

I felt unsure and insecure, but I’ve gained more than I than I thought possible - confidence, meaningful friendships, and a community I can’t exist without. No artist is an island.

⚭ If you could describe THRIVE in three words what would they be?

Resources, opportunity and support is my standard answer, but really, THRIVE brought me back to me.

⚭ What was the most surprising thing about joining THRIVE?

I had no idea it would literally change my life.

⚭ What were you hoping would happen when you joined THRIVE? Did it happen?

I was hoping for community and a viable career. I got both.

What advice would you give to an artist who isn’t sure about joining THRIVE?

Do your research. Ask questions. Most importantly, know that you are worth investing in.

 

 
 
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Kari Kristensen

Kari Kristensen is a contemporary Canadian printmaker living in Vancouver, BC. Born and raised in Dutton Ontario, Kari is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she studied Art History and Classical Studies. Both disciplines inform her work in equal measure, and she also credits her close proximity to the London Regionalism movement and the McMichael Gallery as major artistic influences. After moving to Vancouver Kari belonged to a printmaking collective on Granville Island prior to establishing her practice in the historic 1000 Parker Street building.

Kari joined THRIVE in 2017 and was also a member of the THRIVE Leadership Team.

You can listen to Kari on the THRIVE Talks Podcast below!

Q/A With Kari

⚭ How did you feel about your art practice before joining THRIVE?

Pre-THRIVE I worked mostly in isolation. I was lonely.

⚭ How do you feel about your art practice now?

THRIVE changed everything… the way I approach my work, myself and other artists. It led me to find my unique voice in the artistic community.

⚭ Did you have any concerns before joining THRIVE?

I was skeptical that I’d find “my” people in THRIVE. Other printmakers. Other quiet, introverted, methodical types. But within THRIVE, they found me. I’m also less quiet and less introverted as a result. Still a methodical printmaker, though ;).

⚭ If you could describe THRIVE in three words what would they be?

I can’t describe THRIVE in just three words. It has fundamentally changed not just my practice, but my life. No words can describe that.

⚭ What advice would you give to an artist who isn’t sure about joining THRIVE?

My advice would be to take the leap. You’re worth it.


“I think THRIVE lifts us all up! The monthly meetings act as an accountability deadline for me. It helps when you have lots of people cheering you on!”

Lauren Dawson

“ I now have a network of artists I know I can turn to when I need feedback, encouragement or resources. It’s changed everything.”

Samantha Agar

“It has allowed me to achieve profound change and move ahead in my ability to market and show my art. I have found the courage to say yes to things and to get my art out there!”

Wendy Ackrell

“It’s given me a lot of confidence to keep moving forward, and I absolutely love being able to watch my group members grow as well! We’re a part of each others art journey, and that feels really special.”

Katie Bradford Osborne

"I feel like I’ve been groping around in the dark my whole life, feeling for the walls, and now someone flipped on the light and handed me a secret guide that has all the answers and best yet, the room is filled with people like me!"

Wendy Kwasny

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