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Ask the Masters: Creating A Cohesive Body Of Work

Thursday, JANUARY 13th

5:00-6:00pm MST (7-8pm EST)


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Creating A Cohesive Body Of Work

ASK THE MASTERS! Creating A Cohesive Body Of Work

Let's talk about how creating a cohesive body of work can bring your art career to a new level.

We'll answer the big questions, like:
🟣 What is an artistic body of work?
🟣 Why do you need to create a body of work? How can a body of work influence your art career?
🟣 How can you start creating a cohesive body of work? Is it the subject matter I choose, my painting style, my color choices?

Learn from LU's panel of successful & experienced Masters: 

Veronica Funk, Mark Heine, & Joseph Lorusso

Always LIVE & INTERACTIVE. Bring your questions!


🎙️ Event recording available for LU Members Only

Meet Veronica Funk

Acrylic Master Artist

Veronica Funk grew up in the most beautiful place in northern Manitoba, surrounded by the Churchill River and boreal forests.  Though she didn’t receive formal art education in the north, she was taught traditional crafts by her neighborhood Cree grandmothers, such as weaving, beading, moccasin making and a little birch bark biting.  She learned to draw by copying the Archie comics that were prevalent in her home as her mother is from South America and the comics helped her to learn English.  Her father told her that the comics also inspired her name.

“This place north of 56, where I learned to survive in the wilderness as part of my public education, where we came together to celebrate the Winter Carnival, racing in snowshoes, baking bannock, watching the dog sled races, where we were raised to nurture nature, was a place that I never wanted to leave,” she recounts.

After moving to Alberta, she studied Art & Design at Red Deer College, then returned to Manitoba to apprentice with potters, stone sculptors and painters and spent a year creatively painting on a farm in Saskatchewan. She is currently continuing her studies through Thompson Rivers University with an emphasis in painting landscape.

Her work was initially inspired by a northern exhibit of work created by Benjamin Chi Chi, of the Woodlands Artists and also by the vibrant palettes and simplified yet inspirational images of Georgia O’Keeffe and Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven. As she resides in a rapidly growing environment, her work has grown to reflect a suburban influence in the use of spray paint and stencils which are also prevalent in graffiti.

Veronica’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and is found in private and corporate collections around the world. She is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists and resides in Airdrie, Alberta.  Her work has been featured in Galleries West, ARABELLA, Where Women Create, Cloth Paper Scissors and In Her Studio magazines.

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Meet Mark Heine

Oil, Watercolour, & Acrylic Master Artist

I am a storyteller. My art is the expression of a carefully chosen moment, captured from a larger narrative. This story is constantly playing, moving forward and changing, as each painting alters the course of the narrative. As it ignites my imagination for the next. So the road is never a straight line.

I believe that artistic growth is directly bound to the challenge we undertake. The larger the risk, the greater the reward. So how winding the creative road is, will depend on how far from a straight line you’re willing to push yourself. For me, the story is what I use to navigate that road – stories rooted in both my imagination and my experience. They give me a reason to paint … a concept. They give the painting a reason to exist beyond the surface visual. Sometimes the journey is loud, long and nerve-wracking. Sometimes it’s short and quiet. Even tranquil.

My writing has evolved, from simple anecdotes of my life, into the driving force of my creative process and how I connect to my subconscious. Using the anonymity of the story, I can explore and express my own joys and nightmares, pushing the edge of my comfort zone. It’s the creative license that allows me to diverge from reality and present a sur real vision. It also gives me the freedom to explore darker themes. And the more I dip below the surface, the more I discover in myself. It’s an endless source of inspiration, because each visit opens a door to the next.

The human form is, in my opinion, the most difficult and most complex challenge for an artist. Underpinning that challenge, are the technical considerations that face every artist. But the overlay, for me, is the most interesting aspect. And that comes from the nature of human interaction.

As humans, we have developed acutely tuned conscious and subconscious sensitivities to body language, posture, expression, and situation. How we interact with each other is crucial to survival and is at the core of all cultures. I call this the Social Aspect. These Social Aspect instincts vary from person to person, depending on his or her experiences, upbringing, religious beliefs, personal joys, and pain. This diversity creates a reaction as personally distinct as a strand of DNA. I see this Social Aspect complexity as an unlimited, mysterious resource for reaching deeper and connecting with my emotions and those of my audience. And with figurative painting in particular, because it is “us,” these connections are critical if the work is to resonate.

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Meet Joseph Lorusso

Oil Master Artist

Says Lorusso, “I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us”. The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s paintings evoke a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. His people are mysterious, lonely, romantic, and yet familiar, placed in settings we often see ourselves. Lorusso’s paintings have gained notoriety by their ability to connect with the viewer, resonating in a way that is intimate and personal.

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Event Details

Date: January 13, 2022

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MST

End time: 06:00 p.m. MST

Venue: Online

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