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Gallery Reception: Kyla Firby

Kyla Firby 

Gallery Reception: Wednesday, June 27th | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | 9351 118 Ave | FREE

About the Artist: 

Life can be busy, stressful, and overwhelming at times. At least that is how I feel working as an engineer and raising young children, while battling depression. Marking art is my tiny
bit of calm in the eye of the storm. A chance for creative expression and to reflect on the
beauty in life.

While I have no formal arts training, I have made art since I can remember. I have only
recently started to share my artwork with the general public, selling my first piece at the
2017 Kaleido Festival Gallery. I work mainly with ink and watercolours, and have began to
experiment with acrylics. My drawing style developed organically from doodling in the
margins of my school notebooks and my work as a face painter. I start with a pencil sketch
of the image outline. I then start to fill in the spaces with individual shapes. It is like fitting a puzzle together. I love watching the image emerge as each piece falls into place.

I was born in Toronto and studied Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph.
I moved to Edmonton in 2008, where I worked as a professional engineer for ten years.
While my post secondary education and career have been largely math and science
focused, I have always had the need for creative expression. Drawing and painting allow
me to use other parts of my brain and feel more balanced as a person.

Creative expression has been particularly value to me during periods of depression. When
life seems overwhelming I retreat to my basement. I shut out the world and surround
myself with art. Even when I have lost the ability to do many other things, I can still draw
and paint. It makes me feel a little bit better that even if I am feeling down I can create
something beautiful.

Check out more of Kyla's art here!

Earlier Event: June 23
Open Mic Night