Our Featured Artists

I have always been an artist. I can’t really remember not making drawings and paintings.

I was born in England immediately after the end of the Second World War and promptly came to Canada. I was brought up in Nova Scotia and Ottawa.

I began teaching in 1968 in Quebec City. When my husband and I moved our young family to Ottawa, we taught at Ashbury College. I was invited to develop an art programme for the Junior School and later the Senior School. Thirty years later I retired from teaching at Ashbury. I am also a life long learner, with a Master of Arts – Art Education (Concordia), B. Ed. (Ottawa), B.A. – Fine Arts (Concordia). Currently I am teaching at the Ottawa School of Art at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

I am now an active member of Arteast, the Ottawa Art Association, St John the Evangelist Anglican Church and a very busy artist and Gran’ma.

I manage the Old Stick Cooperative Studio, which can be visited by appointment.

Mary Ann Varley