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Wendy Rose Blackshaw Humphrey, an Autobiography

A photo of Wendy

From a young age, I was curious about the world around me, wanting to understand people and the reasons for their actions. In elementary school, I excelled at writing and illustrating my own storybooks. I had a vivid imagination and enjoyed creating games with elaborate plotlines. As a creative visual learner, I was drawn to the interaction of colour, form and texture in a variety of different cultures, developing a diversified sense of aesthetic appreciation. I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Europe with my family in my early teens and delve into the museums and art galleries of London and Paris. I'm sure that this early exposure to the wonders of the art world served as a catalyst for my own fledgling artistic career as well as an inspiration for my recent adventures in Italy with Art History in Context.

I have always wanted to help others and to make a difference in the world. This led me to participate in various outreach organizations and peer support conferences as a teen, and continued to influence my employment and educational choices for the next decade. I worked as a Ski Instructor, Peer Tutor, and Day Camp Counsellor teaching children's arts and crafts. I also incorporated art and drama into social studies, science and language arts units in all my student teaching. I worked towards becoming an elementary school teacher for many years, but found that I was frustrated at not being able to help students individually with the deeper issues that they faced. Although I was initially disheartened, I rediscovered the therapeutic power and joy of playing with art materials when I began creative development painting tutorials with my mentor, Laara WilliamSen. Once I realized where my true aptitudes lay, I proceeded to upgrade my credentials in Fine Arts and Psychology at Kwantlen University College in order to become an Art Therapist. I began teaching individualized creative expression art classes, and obtaining volunteer experience in counselling through the Women's Centre and Crisis Line. I have also continued to explore a variety of different art media in my classes at Kwantlen and to experiment with new styles and techniques in my own studio and garden.

I want to thank all of my guests for coming out to my exhibition, especially my collectors for their ongoing support and validation. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to my family and friends for all the support they have provided me in my studies, my travels and throughout the trials and tribulations of my creative process.