visual artist, story teller, weaver of web
by cSPACE FEB 15, 2017
In January, we officially welcomed the tenants of cSPACE King Edward. Some are all settled in, some are moving in little by little, but one thing is for sure, the energy at King Edward has shifted from the organized chaos of construction to one of invigorating creativity and activity thanks to the artists, organizations and entrepreneurs who now call cSPACE King Edward home.
One such member contributing to the vibrant new creative energy at cSPACE King Edward is visual artist, Paula Timm. We caught up with Paula to learn more about her path to finding and building her creative practice and her hopes for the future at cSPACE King Edward.
Believing that it wasn’t possible to be an artist, Paula didn’t originally pursue an education or career in art. Instead she sought work in a variety of quasi creative jobs – graphic design, promoter, project manager, teacher’s aid, and purchaser, just to name a few. When Paula was diagnosed with autoimmune disease at age 25, she began to immerse herself in the healing power of creativity and art throughout numerous required medical leaves. But the ultimate wake up call for Paula was when she awoke in the ICU after near-fatal complications during surgery. In that moment she realized her creative passion could no longer take a back seat to the perception of job security. It was then that Paula dedicated herself to living an authentic, creative and joyful life.
Today Paula has a thriving art practice that blends her love of teaching, writing, and creating fine art. In addition to her own fine art practice, Paula partners with Calgary artists and non-profit organizations to foster community engagement initiatives that promote and encourage the healing relationship between wellness and creativity. Her hope is to inspire others to consider their own personal journey and its important connection to self-expression.