Source Kamloops Matters
A Kamloops woman is biking across the country, collecting stories from Canadians who have struggled with mental health, in hopes of convincing Parliament to increase funding and services.
Marlene Hibbs has struggled with mental illness since she was a child.
“I grew up without the having the recommended services, and I see other youth in our community growing up and dealing with the same struggles, and I just think it is wrong for them to suffer this way,” Hibbs says. “It is a violation of our rights as Canadians and as people in general. We contribute to society and to our country. It needs to be able to give back to us as well.”
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Born in Penticton in 1973, Stace DeWolf has made Kamloops home with his wife Jocelyn and 7 children. With 6 boys and 1 girl Stace and Jocelyn have their hands full, but they say they wouldn’t want it any other way. “Jocelyn is a beautiful, funny, strong and fiercely independent woman. She is my best friend and has always had my back through my best and my absolute worst. She has always been my lighthouse!”
Creating art has always been something that Stace has enjoyed. Picasso, Dali, Bacon, Van Gough & the German expressionists hugely influenced Stace and his art when he was growing up and to this day. As an expressionist artist, Stace loves the process of creating new art. “What makes me feel the best with my work is when I can see the progression. It’s an incredible feeling when you’ve had a breakthrough in your work. Euphoria is about the best way to describe it.” His goal with creating his painting is to use vibrant colour and imagery to illicit strong emotional responses in its viewers. The goal is to reach them and pull them in.
My work looks deep into the human condition. My own personal struggles with mental health and addiction have really brought more congruence with myself and my work. I try to Express my own feelings of hopelessness and despair that I used to feel into a relatable visual story. My personal experiences are instrumental in transferring this to my work and to the viewer. The Emotion I use in my work is a reflection of myself. Who I am and why I do what I do is in my work through my honest application of looking into myself? Connecting to the viewer is important to my work.
The connection is what gives the work purpose and true meaning. “Art should punch you in the stomach. It should make you feel hard! It should make you think about yourself and the world around you. What’s the point of art if it cannot do this?”
The anthropomorphic nature of my work and the use of color gives my work the life it requires to make its point. If I can help reach one person who is struggling and let them know it’s ok. To let them know it can get better, it’s worth it.
While Stace is creating he enjoys a freshly poured Americano and the tunes of his Metal playlist. It allows him to focus and gain inspiration with his work.
Any artist loves it when someone finds their work inspiring enough to purchase it to enjoy daily in their home or office. Stace puts it simply: “My hope for those who have bought my work is to enjoy it whenever they can and to refer to it when they are having not so great days. My work tells a story that is very familiar with us all and within that innate quality, peace can be found. I hope that it is work that is cherished and passed down. I hope that it can move people and help them through tough times.”
“ The only light on at night is my studio light “ Stace continues, “ I need to create, it’s a part of my spirit, my soul”
During the evenings Stace streams his art process to the world on Instagram & has started a Patreon to further bring his artwork to his fans.
"Sharing the process and connecting with the viewers is a integral part of my work"
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