Born a wildlife artist, polar bears took centre stage for Kal after she painted a large polar bear portrait then found herself on a trip, as a 'polar bear artist', to Churchill as part of a documentary series with Animal Planet/Discovery.
Seeing polar bears, and Northern Manitoba, changed the trajectory of her life and, most surprisingly to Kal, began her journey as a polar bear artist.
In 2014, Kal was invited to present a TEDx talk about how polar bears saved her life. In 2015, they would save her once again as she presented her never-seen-before collection of polar bear paintings in a large, sold out exhibit titled POLAR BEAR. In 2017 she exhibited her second massive polar bear show while coordinating and curating an International mural festival in Churchill, Manitoba; SEAWALLS CHURCHILL (which would see her paint her largest polar bear to date) as well as contributing to her community with an eclectic neighbour-led initiative affectionately nicknamed BACK ALLEY ARCTIC. In 2018, Kal's created a light-hearted polar bear-themed installation at the ICE CASTLES and has her preparing for a winter 2018/2019.
Portrayed in a diverse range of styles, Kal's passion for polar bears is palpable and infectious. Her collection is extensive and her understanding of polar bears in sentient and delicate - notably earning her the official title of polar bear artist.
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