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 Lainey is from a talented family of both artists and musicians. She was born in Colorado and raised in Ottawa, a place she now considers her second home. Growing up, drawing was a daily past time, one which is still enjoyed to this day.

At the young age of seventeen, Lainey turned her sites to the west and happily landed in Nelson, British Columbia. At first, she pursuits her artistic interests, working in a local art gallery. But she quickly turned to the field of develop mental disabilities, a passion she had discovered in highschool. She then met Jim, her future husband, father of her sons and greatest supporter. Lainey never lost her love of creating lovely images, so when her sons were grown and she was introduced to painting, a new love was born.

Lainey now paints full time. She continues to be delighted and astonished by the direction her life has taken. Traveling and collecting images are just added bonuses. 

Lainey is inspired by historical Canadian artists such as John Kasyn, John Little, Clarence Gagnon and Ted Harrison. She has also had the opportunity to learn from and thus be inspired by contemporary artists Mike Svob and Liz Wiltzen.

These days, Lainey divides her time between the BC Kootenays and the Ottawa Valley, surrounding herself with both natural beauty and elegant, small town charm. She seeks to capture the character of these attractions with her vibrant, uplifting style. 

Lainey is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and of the West Kootenay Chapter of the FCA. 




 Federation of Canadian Artists: Supporting Membership

Touchstones Gallery, Nelson BC  2009- present

Craft Connection, Nelson BC   2013, 2016-present

Railtown Coffee, Nelson BC  2016-present

Kootenay Gallery, Castlegar BC 2013-present

Your Arts Desire, Kaslo BC  2009-2016

Langham Gallery, Kaslo BC 2013

Grey's Inn and Gallery, Morro Bay, CA 2014-present

Village Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA 2016

The Grind, Rossland, BC 2013, 2014, 2015


Instruction and Workshops:

Nelson Fine Art Centre 2002 / 2004

Deb Thompson Wkshp Nelson, BC 2003

Mike Svob Wkshp, Whiterock, BC 2010

Andrew McDermott, Vancouver, BC 2012

Whistler Workshop FCA 2013

Liz Wiltzen Workshop, Canmore Alta, 2014

Liz Wiltzen Workshop, Nelson BC 2015



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