Kirsten Nash has often been called a "Renaissance Woman". This Canadian artist, composer, multiinstrumentalist and vocalist has played saxophone and sung with touring acts such as Long John Baldry and Alfie Zappacosta, as well as playing in countless bands in Vancouver over the years, jamming with performers such as Stephen Stills, Boz Scaggs, Jeff Healey and Tom Jones. She was, until recently, a member of the iconic West Coast favourite R&B All Stars for over 25 years, and played saxophone for the inaugural year of the Vancouver Grizzlies games. As a composer, Kirsten has written two rock operas; "Alice in Modernland", which was workshopped off-broadway by Maxwell Productions and had its world premiere at Sledgehammer Theatre in San Diego; and "The Bird and the Waterfall", which was work-shopped and filmed in West Vancouver at the Kay Meek Theatre. Throughout the span of her colourful musical
career, Kirsten has always created visual art; from ceramic sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings, she has explored her own soul as well as that of the world around her. Often embracing her love of music and nature with her subjects. Self-taught as an artist, Kirsten has been amazed and grateful for the way her work has been received by the public. "The Bird and the Waterfall is a Buddhist concept," Kirsten explains, "that involves listening to our spirit or soul or "bird", and not the external, the ego, the "waterfall". While writing my last rock opera, I became preoccupied with listening to "the bird", and was led into painting as so much more than a pastime. As my children grew, so did my art. When I am painting, writing or composing, I am listening to the bird, just doing what I am told. I often hear that my work makes people feel intensely." She laughs, "For a couple of pieces I’ve had to hand out tissues!" Kirsten will be exhibiting at Art Vancouver for the second time this May. "I love meeting the people there, talking with them, hearing their stories, what brought them there. It’s such a great opportunity to meet other artists and see their work! This year I feel like I’m really hitting my stride as an artist. I’ve been spending more time than ever with brush in hand and enjoying every minute of the journey. I think my work is showing that."
Tears of a Clown, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
above, Big Blues Roadshow, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" right, Rage Age, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
above, Portrait of an Artist, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48" right, Fingertips, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
A Feather and a Scale, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"