Sian Piper Woodward is a visual artist who works out of her studio/business The Graffiti Co. Art Studio/Gallery which is located on the scenic shore of North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Sian has always loved drawing, painting and working with her hands and has been creative since early childhood. Formally she pursued Visual Art as a career in1984 at the University of Regina. Art was always around her and she received much encouragement from her father, Gary Woodward(a well know Saskatchewan landscape painter and a local art educator) and sister Shelly Page ( an accomplished landscape painter and art instructor). While studying Fine Arts at the University of Regina she pursued Drawing with Professors Frank Nulf, Art Mackay and Jack Sures. These professors instilled in her the idea that a strong foundation in Classical Drawing benefits an artist no matter what media or format they chose to work with later. They taught her that in art it helps to know the technical rules before you go trying to break them. Professors Lynne Hughes, Leesa Striefler and Jack Anderson taught her how to take an artistic concept and run with it through its completion and to maybe break a few rules. Sian is very grateful for the knowledge passed on by her professors.
As her artistic pursuits advanced, she further continued her studies in Mixed Media at the University of Calgary, receiving a scholarship to attend. There she had the privilege of working with Professors John Will, Carol MacDonnell, Paul Woodrow, Jed Irwin and Rae Arnatt, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts in Mixed Media.
After graduation, time was taken to travel through France, Italy, England and Asia, There she experienced some of the art and architecture she had learned so much about in Art History. It turned out to be a truly unique experience, viewing first hand, the art history of these regions in real life.
Sian then moved to beautiful British Columbia and after settling, decided to open up her own studio. She carefully chose a location that would benefit and inspire her as an artist. The decision was made. North Vancouver would be the ideal location with its historic atmosphere and stunning scenery, a sense of the past felt close at hand. It was here that she found a truly inspirational place for her to continue her work as a artist.
Currently at the studio she produces and exhibits her artworks, gives private art consultations and does commissioned artworks for clients.