May 13, 2018


I'm back on the proverbial horse and the drawing horse as well. Mistakes, We all make them. Want to learn from mistakes, see how I do it in this short video.

May 5, 2018

That time planting a bunch of herbs at Atelier Artitsa

We have been excitedly anticipating the ability to plant a spring crop with our beautiful northern light and new kitchen counter the herbs are the thing to improve snacks and mealtimes!

May 1, 2018


We just cant do anything normal down here. It was supposed to just be a regular wooden countertop but things gout out of hand, sand, stain, draw, leaf, paint, epoxy, dry, wait, then install. food and drink prep just got taken to a whole other level at Atelierartista!

See the steps we took to make it epic meal time all the time in the studio!

April 10, 2018


This is an animation I did as an interpretation of origin/creation stories. It was an artist in residence project offered by CAOS, (Calgary Animated Objets Society) festival. It was my attempt to push myself into experimentation with stop motion, plasticine, ink in water in a fish tank, sparklers, green screen and compiling the elements together with After Effects. I learned a lot and nearly burnt myself and my computer out in the process. The opportunity also afforded me the chance to purchase gear and software to make the piece and to basically live in a plus 15 window for a time. Kind of like an animal on display.

March 22, 2018

Announcing the Winner!!!

Atelier Artista is very proud to award this years People's Portrait Prize 2018

Emerging Artist Award to

Diana Shen Peng

Diana was given sketchbooks and a voucher worth $400 to take any of the classes offered at Atelier Artista or for our regular uninstructed Wednesday evening figure drawing sessions.


Speaking of classes at the Atelier, the next semester is coming up quickly, classes begin the first week of April check out the intensives we have on offer visit


We  have camps and classes in the summer for kids and youth, registration is open:

January 11, 2018

Warm ups

Here are some of my daily early morning warm up sketches and the figure drawing I did of Sarabella on Wednesday night at Ateleir Artista.

January 10, 2018

All about charcoal

I made the first episode of 2018 all about charcoal.

Check it out:

January 8, 2018

Bring in the new year with naked bodies....

We haven't missed a Wednesday evening since we opened, and we don't plan on it. Practice makes perfect after all. If you'd like to join us, c'mon down on Wednesday, we have Sarabella modelling for us again. Here's my sketches from the last session we did with her.

This year our first Wednesday evening figure drawing was with Neema. Here's what I drew with new charcoal on bamboo paper.

We also had a figure drawing and time management course for Studio C/Prospect, heres a video peek below.

Go here for more info:

January 3, 2018

Welcoming in the New Year with

the first class of the new year today. Taught a class their first figure drawing class with a clothed model for Studio C prospect. Felt good to get back into the swing of things and tonight we have our first session of our regular Wednesday Evening figure drawing event at Atelier Artista 7 - 10 pm.