Tag Archives: Sara McKarney

Draw More Income EP9: Robin Smith-Peck

We’re back with another instalment of the Draw More Income podcast. This time ’round, Sara McKarney sits down with the indomitable Robin Smith-Peck to talk about her long and storied art career. They chart Robin’s exploration throughout Canada—west to north to east to west—as a printmaker and cultural worker. Along the way they talk about what working creatively means, how to deal with illness, the history of Edmonton’s Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, and more.

Robin has been working in the Canadian printmaking community for decades and has taught in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador; exhibited internationally; co-founded the Society Of Northern Alberta Print Artists; been inducted into the Edmonton Arts and Culture Hall Of Fame; and, on top of all that, survived cancer. She is a force to reckoned with.

For more information about Robin and her work, check out her website:

Ink, beeswax and resin on paper-coated cradled panel

Ink, beeswax and resin on paper-coated cradled panel

Recorded with Sara and Robin.
Edited by Graeme Dearden
Production assistance from Chris Carson, Sydney Lancaster, and Ryan Hemphill
Background music composed by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech and the folks at Purple Planet

Draw More Income EP7: PD Talk w/ Paddy Lamb and Deborah Carruthers

Here we are with a new episode of Draw More Income! This episode is actually a PD talk held a few months back that we recorded on copyright. It was hosted by two co-chairs of Copyright Visual Arts, Paddy Lamb and Deborah Carruthers.

Both speakers were a fantastic resource and were fuelled by an active, engaged audience and we were so excited to have them and to be able to actually archive this moment through our new podcast.

To learn even more about Copyright Visual Arts/CARCC, visit the website here.

As for the podcast, Draw More Income is chugging along and will keep putting out new and interesting content. We took a little break during August to reassess a couple procedures for putting these podcasts out, which we hope will help keep listeners and members engaged with the podcast.

CARCC, now known as Copyright Visual Arts

Draw More Income EP5: Samantha Walrod

A new episode of the podcast is here! Thanks for listening along VAA-CARFAC community!

On Draw More Income today, we bring you Samantha Walrod, being interviewed by Sara McKarney a few months ago. The two talk shop in the midst of a sudden concert and then a sudden apartment!

Samatha is a painter, receiving her BFA from ACAD and her MFA from the U of A

Read Samantha’s artist statement below:

“Samantha Walrod’s work is influenced by uncanny similarities and differences between imagined or reconstructed environments. The figurative elements in her recent body of work are constructed from images of the Canadian Wilderness. Her latest body of work is a response and a record of visits to Banff and Jasper National Parks:

When viewing wildlife from a vehicle, I feel a sense of awe and gratitude at the chance to witness the fleeting passage of a bear, coyote or elk coming into view and then disappearing back into the wilderness. This meeting between motorists and animals adversely affects wildlife, as witnessed in the traces of road kill on the road, and precautionary fencing placed along highways in Banff National Park, designed to keep animals off the road.

Our view of wild animals is multiple and fractured.

Images in Split Seconds, Soft Edges address these fractured viewpoints. Photographic images have been torn apart and put back together again in a slightly off kilter way. The photographic space is interrupted but remains intact. The act of photographing the animals reminds us of the many cultural lenses that mediate our understanding of them.

The act of collage brings to the surface more readily than photography its construction and artificiality. The edges of the ripped paper, the slight tonal differences in the photographs, and the addition of paint on top of the images all act as a filter or an interruption.

Engineers, ecologists and government agencies have responded to road kill and motorist safety in Banff National Park. Wilderness overpasses, underpasses and fences funnel animal traffic across the highway. These overpasses show a level of care from scientific and government communities, they make our society’s response to the issue of road kill more visible. The passes that I have painted and collaged are hard edged next to the organic lines of the surrounding trees and mountains. The painted bridges and highways cut through or interrupt the visual plane, much like highways do through the landscape. These hard edges talk about a difference in speed and movement between wilderness and car culture, reflecting a sense of unease that is present at these intersections.

I ask the viewer to contemplate their accountability in the existing situation. I am, and we are, directly involved and invested in the shifting boundary between nature and culture.”

Samantha has work up in Parts Gallery in Toronto (http://partsgallery.blogspot.ca/) and has an upcoming show at New Zones in Calgary. To view more of her work visit http://www.samanthawalrod.com.

Samantha Walrod, Wolf and Dots Road, Acrylic on Panel

Draw More Income EP4: Spyder Yardley-Jones

New podcast episode!

This week for Draw More Income, we present Spyder Yardley-Jones! As interviewed by Sara McKarney! Come listen to this dynamic duo chat arts for a while!

Also, check out Spyder’s new show with John Yardley-Jones: https://www.facebook.com/events/535688136556341/


Draw More Income EP2: Lee Nielsen

Proud to bring you episode two of the Draw More Income podcast! 

Meet the talented Lee Nielsen, being interviewed by Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC’s own Sara McKarney. They chat about all sorts of things from working as a teacher to how to make a living in the arts.

“In addition to his art practice [Lee] has worked in a variety of fields as an
animator, illustrator, concept artist, and designer. In 2003 he initiated
a sole proprietorship, Humanate Enterprises, to deal with illustration
work. Since then it has expanded to include art, illustration, design
and other related projects.”

Check out Lee at http://humanate.com/