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Jennifer Angers Daerendinger

Founder/Owner/Curator

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THE GALLERY IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JENNIFER ANGERS DAERENDINGER.



Photographer Credit: Bruce Fair

Cindy Fair Interview

1) How and when did you get your start in Art?

I studied art in Italy while living in Florence, and Rome.

2) Do you have a muse?

The dead are my muse, as disturbing as this may seem at first. The skulls I work on, (sculpted or authentic) are a reminder, or a timeline in life. Everything you wish to aspire, or accomplish in this life has a very short time span, I believe there is no luxury in procrastinating if you think in terms of a “dead line”. I love to walk through grave sites for this reason, and wonder what some of the previous ones before us would have done differently if they knew exactly when their time here would end. They are my muse, and provide the passion I have for this work, and to live the life I love.

3) What type of music are you listening to right now?

I listen to a lot of classical, and soul. Vivaldi, and Mozart are my go to in almost any situation where I might need to find that familiar space of creativity. When I need to find a moment of sensual flow in a more modern day, Sade is my absolute favourite, bar none. I also love saxophone, jazz, and Spanish guitar.

4) What part of the job as an Artist do you love. What part of being an artist do you dislike (be honest now).

I love everything about being an artist. What I do not love, is being a sales person, or selling myself. It is a requirement; not only in selling your work, but selling your ability in life – in general. This is where I lack the most; and this is where I must improve in order to excel in everything important to me, in order to advance.

5) What three Artists inspire you and why?

Philosophy is an art in words, and wisdom, for this I love St. Augustine. Without words to express what we cannot see; but only feel, a paint brush might be a foreign object to many of us. Like a beautiful table of food without the ability to taste it. The most important, and artful words in my adult life:

“Faith is to believe that in which you cannot see

and the reward of this faith, is to see that in which you cannot believe.”

St. Augustine

My second would be Bernini. I studied art of the Renaissance period for a semester in Italy. The most gifted in my opinion was this man. Without realizing it until I learned more, I was always drawn to his work, and it brought me close to tears to see it in real life. To have this opportunity at a time in my life where I could truly appreciate the privilege most could only dream of; was beyond words.

Tim Burton would be the third, for obvious reasons, given the subject of my work.

6) What do you love about Vancouver, and what do you dislike about Vancouver (be honest now).

I love Vancouver for why many of us are drawn to it. The ocean, the mountains, and the best Canadian climate. I was raised in Calgary, so moving to Vancouver in my early 20’s was a dream come true. I love hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing in the winter months. In the summer, I love anything outdoors, except traffic. There you have it – the thing I detest the most about Vancouver! (Honestly). The rain will bring me down during the gloomiest months of the year also.

7) What words of advice would you give to someone starting off in the business that you wish you had been given when you were starting out.

I believe I am at a point where I should take more advice on the subject than give it, but something I have slowly learned about life in general, and can apply it to this present moment is “Live the life you love”. These are words my husband, and I discovered on the steps leading to the top of a beautiful suite we stayed in, on the beach of Sayulita, Mexico. We are all born with unique gifts, and there are obvious signs of this throughout our lives. Mine, are my hands. I love to sculpt, and paint. I hold in high regard the ability of our hands, and I was drawn naturally to this line of work. When I reflect on the choices I’ve made in life, this was the most obvious. That would be my advice for what it is worth.

8) If your house was burning down what three things would you make sure you took out with you?

Our wedding album, one of our Norah Borden paintings I could carry, and my great grandmother’s locket.

9) Do your parents approve of you being an artist.

I no longer have parents, but if they did not approve, it wouldn’t be of any significance to me. The longing of approval can be the worst form of suppression in a lifetime, and unfortunately this is something we fail to learn at an early age.

10) If you were not an Artist what other job would you like to be doing?

I honestly don’t know what I would be best qualified to do, nothing is more natural, or passionate to me. I believe I could have been a terrific plastic surgeon, but there is no doubt I would have failed the written exams! I love to work with my hands, and as stated earlier, my most prized attributes are my hands. I thank God every day for them. Any job using them, as long as I could be productive, and at least somewhat creative.

11) What is the one Art movement you wish had never happened?

Pop Art, and Andy Warhol.


Photographer Credit: Dr. Stephen Cheung

Ellen Bradley-Cheung Interview

1) How and when did you get your start in Art?

I have always sketched, and drawn. However, after my older daughter was born in 2000, I started putting paint to canvas, and haven’t stopped since. I received a Mary Pratt postcard from a friend, and really felt inspired to try and paint it. Once I had the paint, I just kept on painting. I am self-taught, but am fortunate to be able to share my love of painting through the art classes I now teach. In so doing, I have met others in the art community who have provided further, and ongoing inspiration. I am now also showing, and selling my art.

2) Do you have a muse?

The ever-changing colours of nature is what inspires me the most.

3) What type of music are you listening to right now?

Usually alternative/rock, but lately lots of pop music because I have 16, and 14 year old daughters, and that’s what’s playing in the car. I can sing along to Justin Bieber these days.

4) What part of the job as an Artist do you love. What part of being an artist do you dislike (be honest now).

I love the physical aspect of painting. I don’t love finishing the canvas edges on my paintings. I hate when I don’t have enough time in my studio.

5) What three Artists inspire you, and why?

a. Rodin, I can look at his sculptures forever.

b. Alex Colville: I remember seeing his art as a young adult, and really appreciating it at the time, partly because many of his paintings are set where I am from in Nova Scotia. Now that I am older, I appreciate the deeper meaning of his work.

I honestly can’t name just three artists because my likes change so much. I am truly inspired by many artists, masters, professional artists, kids, and adults just starting on their artistic journey.

6) What do you love about Vancouver, and what do you dislike about Vancouver (be honest now).

I love the confluence of mountains, beaches, ocean, and cityscape. I love the outdoors, and active lifestyle of Vancouver. I love the restaurants. I really don’t love the traffic.

7) What words of advice would you give to someone starting off in the business that you wish you had been given when you were starting out.

Being self-taught, I do wish I had gone to art school to learn proper technique, so I would recommend to those who are interested in the area to obtain some type of formal instruction.

From the business standpoint, I would suggest having thick skin, and to learn to take rejection, and criticism in stride.

8) If your house was burning down what three things would you make sure you took out with you?

Husband, and two daughters – maybe replace husband with dog instead.

9) Do your parents approve of you being an artist?

Yes. My mother is very proud, but doesn’t really understand it. She is proud of anything I do.

10) If you were not an Artist what other job would you like to be doing?

I was a Registered Nurse before I became an artist, and a mother. I really enjoyed the interpersonal, and collegial aspects of that work. Now that my kids are nearly self-sufficient, I would probably return to that profession were it not for the ongoing joy I derive from painting.

11) What is the one Art movement you wish had never happened?

I don’t enjoy Surrealism. Can’t say I wish it didn’t happen, just don’t enjoy that type of art.


“ROAM Gallery is a pay to show contemporary Art Gallery located in the City Square Shopping Centre in Vancouver, BC. We are very proud to showcase, and support the work of local artists both emerging, and established.”