Meet Our Artists

Barbara Kiddle

Life should be a series of learning and growing experiences. Exploring is never complete and that everyone has the ability to express themself artisticly. She enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with others.

Since childhood, art has been an intigral way in which Barbara has expressed herself and experienced the world around her.

As a new owner of Paintworks Art Studio, she will share her experience with those looking to discover the world of art, learn new forms of expression and learn or develop new skills.

Rani Crawford

Rani Crawford was a classroom teacher for nineteen years and now spends her time painting and teaching the joys of fine art. She has been an active artist for over thirty years. From 2003 to 2018, Rani owned and operated Paintworks in Okotoks, Alberta.

Her interests include all fine art mediums, and she finds her muse in natural subjects such as landscapes, seascapes, florals and wildlife. She thinks of her art works as small treasures. Each art piece is unique to reflect the individuality of her subjects and every aspect of nature is an opportunity to use pure color and bravura brushwork.

Always inspired by her surroundings, it is hard for Rani to run out of ideas for new paintings. Each painting is a synthesis of plein air sketches, memory and imagination.

Over the course of her career, Rani has worked with a number of charities in support of both humanitarian and conservation initiatives. Her works are in collections both in Canada and Europe.

Rani is based in Okotoks, Alberta.


Ashley Gaboury

Even before graduating with a BFA in Studio Arts in 2003 at The University of Lethbridge, Ashley worked as an instructor at The Prairie Art Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Over the past fifteen years she has established herself as a 2-dimensional art instructor, while simultaneously developing as a professional artist. Exuding enthusiasm and passion about drawing, she continually pushing the boundaries within her artwork. She creates in a myriad of mediums including watercolour pencils, alcohol-based markers, and acrylics. The bulk of her work has spiritual undertones, often playing with the dualism of light and dark, and the dichotomy of good and evil.


Jocelyn Shields

Jocelyn Shields is a local artist from the foothills area. Born and raised in a home with parents who had a love of art and creating- it has always been something she enjoyed doing and exploring. After getting her degree in education and teaching for many years, she started a family and found being home allowed her the opportunity to begin to create more seriously. She specializes in acrylic paintings, especially animal portraits, and is always broadening her subject matter and medium. Jocelyn is thrilled to join the Paintworks family and share her love of art with the community!


Gloria Chow

Gloria received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with Distinction at the University of Alberta in 1991. She has been teaching painting since 2004.

Gloria won Best in Oil in the People’s Portrait Prize. She won the adult category at the AWS mural competition and Margaret Shelton Award at the CSC. She was also featured in the Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists Publication.

Gloria is passionate about painting. She regularly exhibits her work in group shows and art festivals. Gloria continues her learning and loves to share her knowledge with others. She paints various subjects including landscape, still life, figures and portraits.

“I paint familiar subjects to reflect my inner feelings through color, light and gestures. Every execution is connected through my heart”


Jan Francis

Jan Francis was born in the UK and my art degree and teaching qualifications are from London University. She has been working as both a teacher and artist since then with students from all over the world.

Her latest forays have been teaching an online intuitive art course called Paint and Ponder, which delved into the connections between our emotions and thoughts and how to be free from those inhibiting ideas.

When she teaches intuitive painting to a group, she works in a non judgemental way that is both supportive and inspiring, she holds a safe, sacred and secure space that allows each student to fully express without limitations and listen to their own intuitive responses.


Adhiti Nair

Adhiti recently graduated from The University of Calgary with my Bachelor’s in Education, specializing in Inclusive Education. She has always enjoyed teaching and working with children. Her goal is to give them the skills and tools to express their individuality through art. She encourage her students to express themselves freely and explore through hands-on experiences.

Outside of teaching, She has always pursued and valued art from a young age. While completing her degree she taught art classes through the Town of Okotoks in the summers. Her passion has been creating mixed medium art and understanding how different mediums can work together. Her pieces are mainly inspired by nature, and often incorporate abstract elements.