Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors for 2020/2021

The Society of Canadian Artists board of directors is made up from 12 volunteer members from across Canada. Our Executive team consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. Directors also chair various committees or are representatives for the geographical area in which they reside. 

We are always looking for volunteers to fill various roles.  If you are interested in being part of the board, please contact Marissa Sweet at vicepresident@societyofcanadianartists.com 

Executive officers

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Marissa Sweet SCA President & Director
Marissa is a landscape and cityscape painter who, in merging her creative background with her practice of Feng Shui metaphysics, creates work about conservation. Her work explores interconnectivity with our environment and its importance. Marissa teaches in her home studio and at various private and public galleries and community centres.
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Monika Wright SCA Vice President & Director
Monika, based in Halifax, is a painter whose works are found in collections throughout Europe, North and South America. Among her awards is the prestigious Mary Pratt Crystal Award, for the Canada 150 - 2017 SCA Elected Members Exhibition. Monika is represented by galleries in Canada and also participates in special exhibitions worldwide.
Andrea Howson
Andrea Howson SCA Treasurer and Director
Andrea is an acrylic artist living and working in Belwood, Ontario. She completed a Fine Arts program with Honours from Sheridan College and is completing a graphic design program at OCAD University. Although she is diverse in her subject matter, her current focus is on farm life. Her style of artwork is naturally fluid, dynamic, and often intensely colourful. Her paintings show movement, rhythm, and energy, and above all, bring her imagination to life on the canvas.
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Deri Chilton-Russell SCA Secretary & Director
Deri is an award-winning artist from Hanover, ON. She is a graduate of the Georgian College Arts & Design program. A long stint running a custom sign business led to a fine arts career in 2016. Now Deri focuses on acrylic impressionistic painting. She was juried into the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists in 2018. Her work has been accepted into many national shows. Deri has won some provincial and national awards and has been featured in Art Ascent Magazine.
Kathy Hildebrandt
Kathy Hildebrandt SCA Past President
Kathy is an international award-winning artist. She is a signature member of 8 national and international art organizations, is a Master Pastellist of Canada, and is part of the International Association of Pastel Society's Master Circle. She is the President of Pastel Artists.CA and was the President of the SCA from June 2019 to June 2021.

Committee chairs

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Murielle LeBlanc SCA Membership Chair & Director
Murielle is a signature member of La société canadienne de l`aquarelle, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Lakeshore Artists Association and the Society of Canadian Artists. She also has been a participant in International juried shows. Through her favoured medium, finding light and transparency in her subjects is her vision.
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Nancy Overbury SCA Exhibitions Chair & Director
Nancy uses heavy buttery layers of impasto and thin translucent glazes of paint applied with spatulas and found objects to emulate depth and to capture movement and feeling. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she studied Fine Arts but considers her most valuable art lessons were learned while studying in Nîmes, France. There she discovered how the quality of light and sky influence mood and motion. Her sources of inspiration lie in the natural landscape of Southern Quebec and the Laurentian Mountains.
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Josy Britton SCA Hon Communications Chair & Director
Josy Britton, CSPWC, OSA, Past President and Honorary Member of the Society of Canadian Artists, is an award-winning artist, most proud of her Cason Medal, Antoinette Stevens and ArtExpo New York 2019 Spotlight Awards. Josy who decided she was an artist in kindergarten, began her career after graduating with an Honours BA in Fine Arts in 1979. Josy paints large encaustics and watercolours inspired by circular time and her belief in the possibility of Heaven on Earth.
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Helen Shideler SCA Publicity Chair & Director
Helen is an International award winning artist living on the East Coast of Canada. For Helen, painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact. The real joy is in the challenge - she works hard to get it right. Working traditionally in watercolor, oil and acrylics and painting in contemporary realism. Signature member Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC).
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Monika Wright SCA Social Media Chair & Director
Monika, based in Halifax, is a painter whose works are found in collections throughout Europe, North and South America. Among her awards is the prestigious Mary Pratt Crystal Award, for the Canada 150 - 2017 SCA Elected Members Exhibition. Monika is represented by galleries in Canada and also participates in special exhibitions worldwide.
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Alan Douglas Ray SCA Webmaster
Alan is an academy-trained, traditional oil painter based in Toronto with a passion for portraiture, figurative art, and still life. He is an elected member of multiple arts societies including the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). Alan is also the founder of FCA Toronto. He is the publisher of an online resource centre for traditional oil painting materials and techniques.
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Graham Scholes SCA Newsletter Chair & Director
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, has chosen a body of Graham’s woodblock prints for the Art Gallery’s collection. This is considered an significant contribution to Canadian Art scene. Graham's work combines Real with Abstract endeavouring to communicate: ideas, a sense of beauty, and generate emotions. I can play God by moving mountains, houses, trees and any object that requires proper placement for good composition, in harmony with each other. All this is an attempt to touch the emotions of a viewer.
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Bob Shackles SCA New Member Liaison & Director
Bob Shackles is an elected member of the CSPWC and the SCA. He retired from DuPont in 2014. Bob taught at St Lawrence College; published a Studio Manual for oil painters and participated in a review of the Fines Art curriculum. In 2016 he drafted a New Member Standard for the CSPWC. He volunteers on local and national boards. He is a past Director of Youth Opportunities in the Arts; past Regional Director and Treasurer of the CSPWC; and Current President of the Brockville Concert Band.
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Marissa Sweet SCA Nominations Chair & Director
Marissa is a landscape and cityscape painter who, in merging her creative background with her practise of Feng Shui metaphysics, creates work about conservation. Her work explores interconnectivity with our environment and its importance.
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Pattiann Withapea Fundraising & Sponsorship, Director
Pattiann Withapea is an International Award winning Artist with a specialization in Abstract Painting. She is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a Juried Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Pattiann represented Canada at the Global Arts Festival in India in both 2019 and 2020. Her vibrant abstract paintings demonstrate her desire to break traditional bonds to express her unique voice as an Artist. Currently, she works with Resin & Pigments, Alcohol Ink, and Acrylics. Pattiann is passionate as a painting teacher and mentor for her students, both young and old.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

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Eugene Jankowski Quebec Representative
Eugene holds a degree in Psychoeducation from the University of Montreal. Since a very young age, he has been involved in the arts, first as a painter and then, for the last thirty five years, as a stone sculptor. He has shown his works internationally as well as nationally. He is the founding President of the Association for Stone Sculptors (ASPM), and is also member of: the Conseil de la Sculpture du Quebec, the board of directors for the RAAV, and the board of directors of CARFAC.
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Jodi Kitto-Ward SCA Ontario Representative & Director
Jodi Kitto-Ward is an award winning artist based in Hamilton ON. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists and the Colour and Form Society. Painting mainly in acrylic with the intention of offering another way of observing life to inspire connective thinking, her work is representational and strongly influenced by line, colour and expression, evoking influences of Pop Art and Art Deco.
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Anita McComas SCA Western Representative
Anita McComas is a professional artist currently residing in Kelowna, BC. Her works celebrates the Canadian landscape and its creatures in an abstracted impressionistic style that focuses on the unexpected, often with shifts in the visual plane. When not painting full time from her studio, Anita is pursuing a master’s degree in arts leadership and cultural management with a goal of working to create connections in the community through art.
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Gisèle Léger-Drapeau, SCA Atlantic Representative
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in education of fine arts (B.F.A.E.) in 1976 from l’Université de Moncton, Gisèle began teaching fine arts at the high school level and working as an assistant art consultant at the elementary level. Gisèle also teaches methodology of art education at l’U. de M. An elected member of the Canadian Society of Artists, she has been a professional artist for nearly 3 decades. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada (Moncton, Fredericton, St-John, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), in Europe (France and Portugal) and in North Africa (Tunisia). Working with a rich array of techniques and mediums keeps her constantly motivated. She welcomes artistic challenges.
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