Kirsten Nash

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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"

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