Bud was born in Chilliwack, BC in 1955 and moved to Vancouver Island in 1961, Bud currently resides in Sayward BC. Bud, who is part Cree married his wife Georgina in 1985 and has been inspired by her culture to create a form of art that incorporates both their cultures, Georgina is Heiltsuk from Waglisla, BC.
Bud creates elaborately carved cedar paddles, deer/caribou hide drums, pow wow drums, clothing, and original canvases.
Bud has been creating art his whole life but only took it up professionally for the past thirty years. Bud has been involved with many organizations in the art world over the years. He has been a juried member of the Federation Of Canadian Artists. Bud has received numerous awards locally, regionally and nationally. Bud was chosen to represent Canada along with 9 other artists for the Common Wealth Games Art Show that was held in Victoria, his pow wow drum, “gagagay equay was used in a commercial for the games.
Bud was the lead drummer and narrator for the Box Of Treasures Dance Troupe. The troupe was the opening act for the Inuit performer, Susan Aglukark on several occasions as well as performing in numerous venues.
Bud also spent 10 years as a role model for several island school districts where he would teach native art, music and cultural history. He also donates time and artwork to many foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Originally from Toronto, ON, Karen’s family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when she was seven. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and later an MFA from Syracuse University.
Karen worked for many years as a commercial illustrator/graphic designer in various US cities and also Toronto, Canada. She exhibited her fine art wok through galleries and competitions. She also taught at the university level for several years, including four years at the Rochester Institute of Technology, plus volunteer work teaching arts and crafts to the mentally handicapped through Rochester, NY’s Art Reach program.
In 1996 Karen moved back to Canada permanently and had a studio in the Creative Studios of Alton Mill, near Orangeville, ON. Her work won awards and she was published in International Artist Magazine and The Best of Colored Pencil II.
Karen moved to Vancouver Island in 2002, and her award-winning work has been exhibited widely.
She and husband Bob Sampson have resided in the Sayward Valley since 2005 and built a 494 sq.ft.art studio on their two-acre property where she has given lessons, workshops, and exhibits of her work.
She has been a member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, The Colored Pencil Society of America and also the Campbell River Art Gallery, the Comox Valley Art Gallery, and the Pearl Ellis Gallery.
Karen’s preferred mediums are oil on canvas and Pastels on paper. She also has done extensive work in fiber art, including weaving, needlepoint design, embroidery, costume design, quilting, and silk painting.
Karen’s work can be seen by appointment: email@example.com or 250-282-0134.
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