About the Artist

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Photos taken at the 2014 Artist in our Midst Roundhouse Event and in my studio.

About the Artist: Joanne Sawatzky

Joanne Sawatzky grew up in Vancouver and graduated from UBC with a Special Education Teaching Degree. Art was always a great way to help her students express themselves and whenever possible she incorporated art into her program.  Now retired after teaching for 30 years, Joanne sees art as her new avenue for growth and discovery.  Currently Joanne resides in Kitsilano, Vancouver.
As an artist, Joanne likes to record her reflections of Vancouver.  “I am from Vancouver and really love this place.  I make an effort to paint the pieces of Vancouver that have meaning to me.”  Joanne believes there is a great amount of beauty and history in the “old” Vancouver and she makes an effort to share this view with others.  Joanne explores Vancouver with her camera and uses these images to create a composition that has meaning to her.
Local artist, friend and mentor Ken West has had a huge influence on Joanne’s art journey. Joanne has also taken coursework at Emily Carr.
Joanne’s style can be described as realism and her medium is acrylic on canvas.   She has been successfully juried into the Federation of Canadian Artist’s 2015 Icon show, where her piece False Creek Ferry won honourable mention, the 2016 Airs show and recently in Crossing Boundaries 2017.


Member of The Federation of Canadian Artists. http://artists.ca

“False Creek Ferry” received honourable mention in the Federation Gallery art show “ICON” October 2015

Currently her work is shown at:

  • Gallery 88, 6247 West Blvd, Vancouver
  • Blaq Sheep restaurant gallery, 5607 Dunbar St, Vancouver
  • The Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island

In the past she has shown her work at Omega Art Gallery,  Jericho Arts Centre  and at the annual Artist in Our Midst ‘s Roundhouse Event and Open Studio weekend.

For information on pricing of individual pieces or commissions.


e-mail –   joannesawatzky@hotmail.com

Phone –   604 222 8083

Art Education includes:

  • Emily Carr University of Art
  • Georgia Youngs – Vancouver Artist
  • Ken West – Vancouver Artist

Thank you for visiting my blog,

Joanne Sawatzky

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