5. Biography

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1980 and throughout childhood moved often between the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario before my family settled west of Smooth Rock Falls in 1988. From an early age, I have enjoyed drawing, painting, and photography. Throughout my teens and twenties, I pursued my artwork in solitude, often putting it aside as I worked towards a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (Psychology and English, Queen’s University, 2003) and a Master of Library in Information Science (University of Western Ontario, 2007).

In 2009, once I had found full-time employment in my field as a Reference Librarian at the Timmins Public Library, I was finally able to become involved with other artists on a regular basis by joining the Porcupine Art Club. In the club I learned from other artists about watercolour, oil, linocut, and other media. I became a webmaster for the club in 2010, Vice-President in 2012, and President in 2014, re-elected in 2016.

In November of 2014, I held my first solo exhibit, Vistas, at La Galeruche in the former Centre Culturel La Ronde, and in September of 2016 – on my seventh attempt, I had a painting accepted into the Northern Ontario Art Association’s (NOAA) Annual Juried Exhibit.

Other recent artistic pursuits in addition to the Porcupine Art Club include pottery classes with artist Linda Guiho of Wawaitin Clayworks, and 3D printer CAD designing and manufacturing. I am also an avid photographer, specializing in night photography and the Aurora Borealis, and a solo exhibit of Aurora Borealis photography at the Black Spruce Gallery in Timmins in September of 2017.

I live in the main City of Timmins with my husband Mits Takayesu-Douglas, a woodwind teacher and bassoonist in the Timmins Symphony Orchestra.


Artist Site: https://gaelicnisei.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gaelicnisei/
Flickr Site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishsamurai_545/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Scottishsamurai545/

Last Updated: February 10, 2018