Deena discovered her love of painting when she was a teen, but didn’t really consider taking it more seriously until her early 30’s when she chose to leave her job in sales and fully commit herself to building a career where she would get to be creative every day. She quickly discovered that she had a real passion for business and creating something from idea to empire would become one of her life’s greatest challenges… one that she feels she was meant to do!
When it comes to her personal art work she considers living in North Western Ontario to be a gift, with each season bringing beauty in it’s own way. Some of her most treasured time is spent camping, traveling and exploring Lake Superior with her husband Jeff. She also enjoys time with her frenchie, Stanley. Her work is a reflection and interpretation of those adventures transformed onto canvas with the intention of bringing a little of that beauty into your home.
Steve “StevO” Gerow
Steve Gerow was born to be an artist! He has been creating since he was a child, using art as a way of healing. Growing up he was faced with numerous medical challenges, and during those times where he needed an escape or a way to “get through the day” he would turn to his art for comfort. As a result, over the last 40 years he has created some beautiful pieces that are now being enjoyed all over the globe.
Steve met Dee in 2017 on a whim, and together they embarked on a journey to share the joys of creating with everyone! In the early days of 2020 when The Creative Company Paint Kits were born, Steve was hand drawing them by the thousands, and doing zooms with people across Canada sharing his passion and love of art with others.
Today he is proud to say that he is a “Full Time Artist” living his dream come true by getting to create for himself, and others. In his spare time he loves hiking with his partner Janine, chilling with his dog Baxter and hunting for records to add to his never-ending collection.
Kevin is an Ojibwe Artist from Gull Bay First Nation located in the Thunder Bay District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Kevin joined The Creative Company as a collaborative artist in 2020. Kevin has felt the need to express himself artistically since he was a young boy.
At the age of 16 Kevin found himself in a workshop led by the late influential Anishinaabe artist Roy Thomas, who in turn was inspired by Norval Morrisseau, one of the founding members of the Woodland School of Art. This workshop is where he learned how to paint in the Woodland Art form, one that captures spiritual tradition as it shines through in the everyday, exploring the relationships between people, animals, and plants. With encouragement and positive support from Roy, Kevin’s journey as an artist transformed. His original acrylic paintings are brought to life with his brilliant use of balance, colour and the way in which he is able to capture emotion in the stories he is translating onto canvas.
Growing up, Angela had very little access to brushes, paints, and canvas due to her location, the cost of materials, lack of available space, and the limited income of her family so it was not until 2010 that she finally decided to purchase these items for herself and begin exploring the world of acrylic painting. Most recently, she has begun exploring the stained glass medium.
Angela is a self-taught artist and the work she currently does is inspired by the people in her life. She starts each new piece with a friend, family member, or specific person in her thoughts and continues thinking about them throughout the painting process. As a result she is always happy with the final image. While she is still developing her own style as an artist, she would describe it as influenced by First Nations/Woodland styles but with her own feminine twist to the colours, lines, and forms.
Yvette St. Amant
Yvette St. Amant is a French-Canadian Born American-Based licensing and published artist influencing thousands of aspiring artists through her online art courses and social media. She has been drawing and painting since she was a toddler and developed a strong interest in interior design by her teens. Yvette was raised on a lake surrounded by wilderness and is deeply connected to nature and water. She developed a great love for the beach and tropics which inspired her first globally published tropical florals setting the foundation to her professional artist career in 2003. Fusing styles influenced by culture, nature, personality, and interior design while incorporating trend forward colors are her specialty. Nature is very much the foundation to her creations, and she is known as “the chameleon” in the industry for producing a variation of unique styles with her diverse techniques.
Chelsea Virginia’s motto is fun art, not fine art. Chelsea Virginia is a Scandinavian-Ukrainian illustrator, muralist, and writer hailing from the shores of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, and currently living on the shores of LakeOntario in Toronto. By day she is a professional communicator for a non-profit arts organization, and by night she magically transforms into her true artist self. Her illustration style is colourful, folksy, and whimsical. She loves to doodle anything that brings her happiness, like special landmarks and local animals. With a particular passion and interest in nature preservation, feminism, and mental wellbeing, Chelsea often creates art that is both joyful and political. From illustrations to photographs to poems, her artwork often reflects her values and ideals for a future world where people are in greater harmony with the environment and each other.You can follow her on social media: @chelsvcreates or visit her website at www.chelseavirginia.ca