I am Carley Bjorgum, the one sister in a family of six siblings, and the artist. Since childhood, art has been my source of escape, expression, exploration, growth, and community. Born and raised in the Rockies of Canmore, Alberta, I moved to Vancouver at the end of 2010 after traveling through Japan and Australia. The west coast became a source of inspiration and a centre for creativity for me. Here, I made a home base from trips away and began exploring further studies in painting at Emily Carr University.
In early 2016, I received the news that Roddy, my brother and best friend, had been in a terrible accident. While travelling in Brazil he had been hit by a motorcycle resulting in a serious brain injury. He would need to be operated on in a foreign country. It was a terrifying time for myself and our family.
Somehow, Roddy came through with only scars as a physical reminder of the incident. The doctors were baffled, it was truly a miracle. Awakened to the fragility and fleetingness of life, I began a more serious pursuit of my creative passion.
That following autumn I enrolled in a study abroad art school in Paros, Greece. There, my art evolved as I spent each day in the studio, surrounded by culture and the Aegean Sea. It was one of the happiest times in my life.
Since returning to Canada, I have been exploring and executing my career as an artist and building my own business. The knowledge and confidence I’ve gained through my experiences translates into the evolution of my artwork. Presently, my work involves a combination of human and environmental subjects. I now work at a collective artist studio building in the Downtown East side and continue to implement acrylic and multiple mediums into my work. I continue to travel both domestically and abroad, interacting with other artists and finding inspiration in new environments.