Teen Artist Inspiring Others to Reach for Their Dreams

Demara Davidson is a 16-year-old artist who created this piece to become a finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A young aspiring Winnipeg artist is turning heads and making waves in the local art scene with only minimal training to her name.

Demara Davidson is a 16-year-old self-taught artist whose works includes everything from the pragmatic to the abstract. Her use of incorporating aspects of native art, stylized with smooth lines and vibrant colors has made her stand out among her peers.

The Balmoral Hall School student has had an interest in art from an early age and would spent hours drawing characters during her childhood. Even though she has attended art school locally, having been exposed to various mediums, her passion has always been the traditional arts of pen and pencil.

Demara says her goal is to represent her personal ideas as best as possible through art.

One may compare her more popular stylized drawings to native artwork, although the style was discovered by coincidence and since then has evolved to include even smoother lines and many new subjects.

Her work was recently displayed at Central Canada Comic Con, where it received rave reviews from fellow artists. The chance to showcase her art in a large capacity even drew up the opportunity for her to commission several pieces. In 2009, Demara was named a provincial finalist in the Canada Day Poster Challenge.

Demara’s inaugural art show will be held at Balmoral Hall School in Aikins House on November 12 and 13, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.