Quiet and focused, Kage Torres-Kim draws his inspiration from media viewed on his iPad. Some of his favorite things to draw include anime and manga, in some cases creating his own combinations of related characters, but also variations on pre-existing subject matter. Kage wants to increase his animation skills and dreams of doing things such as game design and creating new anime and manga comics and drawings. Kage is also interested in incorporating manga and anime in other kinds of art here at the studio. When he is not creating or viewing anime and manga, Kage swims, skates, plays videogames and loves hanging out with his pet dogs at home.
Kiersten Halford creates enchanted worlds alive with music and friendship. She treats every canvas with great importance as they are used to tell epic adventures of magical creatures in mystical lands. Ethereal watercolours contrasted by sharp black lines and bright colours reflect the fantastical process in which she creates them. Narrating and singing as she works, Kiersten gives all of her pieces unique lives and voices, including her art materials. Carefully adding final touches to make every animal and blade of grass special, she acts as both their creator and their friend. When Kiersten is not creating, she enjoys playing guitar and camping with her family where she can sleep in the forest under the stars.
Inspired by fame and fashion, Tina Parris’ art commands attention. Featuring bold colors, shapes, and patterns, Tina dresses each canvas for the runway. In addition to designing, Tina is passionate about producing. When she is not creating, she is planning all details of her future fashion shows from casting and photography to catering and contracts. Outside of the fashion world, Tina enjoys going shopping, cooking, and baking with her mom.
In the studio, Tanya Kwan expresses herself through color and movement. Using vibrant reds and swift, energized strokes, Tanya’s work captures the spontaneity of her motions .With an affinity towards texture, her layered paint and paper collages provide a tangible record of her tactile experiences with each medium. Tanya values the friendships she has made being part of the studio. When she is not creating art, she enjoys spending time outdoors with people, playing sports and participating in the Special Olympics.
Sharon Bessey loves to express herself through writing and visual art, sometimes combining them. She draws and paints what brings her joy; one of her greatest passions is cartooning. Sharon has also been writing her interests in a biographical way and producing drawings to accompany the writings, including depictions of her time in elementary school, Neil Diamond, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, and the penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Samira D’Souza is happiest working in bright open spaces full of people and music. Her love of nature and people is expressed through her watercolor drawings and paintings of brightly colored flowers and dreamlike landscapes. Friends and family are important to her. When Samira is not drawing or painting she enjoys spending time with her family, singing and dancing.
Sally Zhou has a strong sense of aesthetics, ranging from the clothing and makeup she wears, to her deliberate and thoughtful use of line, shape and color in her work. She often works with watercolors and markers and likes to use heavier, more textured papers, which gives her work a certain softness but, also a material richness. She finds beauty in fashion, flowers, butterflies and the, “sweet fragrance” of roses. Some of her favorite subject matter includes flowers, leaves, pretty colors, fruit, faces, make-up and cakes.
Richard Wong describes his world as full of colors that make him happy. Every color evokes a different sense and emotion. His work is characterized by brightly colored shapes, faces, and happy smiles. When Richard is not creating, he enjoys walking around the city, enjoying the fresh air, seeing flowers, hearing music, and tasting coffee.
Mary Tang creates art viscerally. With an affinity for beading, painting, and textured materials, Mary enjoys working with her hands, so she can feel their qualities as she works. Featuring flowers, Asian architecture, and various shades of red, Mary’s work reflects what inspires her. When Mary is not creating art, she enjoys shopping for jewelry and clothes, traveling to Hong Kong, and spending time with her family.
Marty Wong has an intense interest in music and movies that comes out in his art. He loves the sounds, the looks, and the celebrity culture around the music. He often depicts rock stars and other celebrities in his work. Marty also dreams of learning to play the guitar and having a rock band of his own one day. At Alternatives his preferred mediums are painting and drawing, and he is also known as an actor with the Stage Door Theatre Troupe. At Stage Door he has often played larger than life characters and occasionally musicians, performing his parts with a lot of gusto.
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