Through her artwork, Cecelia first and foremost wants to tell a story. In her recent series, Coexist, she collaborated with local photographer Nahanni McKay, to challenge viewers to question human environmental impact and spark a conversation around living in harmony. If you look at their work, you will see how the human body is designed to be the same size as the mountain – when in reality we are physically so much smaller! Cecelia wants people to think about their own environmental footprint when looking at these pieces as these are the issues close to her heart.
Teeny Botanist has donated works to support local businesses and initiatives, such as CanMore Together, Darken the Mountains, and DirtBabe Collective’s Alpine Climbing Camp, which support women in the outdoors. She also donates a percentage of sales from various pieces to various Canadian non-profits. For example, one organization is the NIA Centre for the Arts, which is Canada’s first multidisciplinary center for African-Canadian art. As well, 100% of sales for her Kananaskis Lakes print goes towards Youth Mental Health Canada in honor of a loved one, to support other young adults who may be struggling. So far, this piece has raised over $1000 in support of this initiative. Beyond this, she’s also doing her best to leverage her voice and social platform to share informative and educational content.
Cecelia is always learning from other artists, and takes classes at artsPlace. In 2021, she volunteered to be a penpal for students in grade 4 who were working on their penmanship, through a Banff Public Library program. She reflects that it was so beautiful and rewarding to write letters back and forth with a child, who she’d otherwise never connect with, learn all about them, their perspectives on the pandemic, and to find ways to inspire their own inner artists all via snail mail!
One day Cecelia would LOVE to paint a mural on a local building (*hint* any businesses a mural?!)
Teeny Botanist has recently been collaborating with local Cree-Metis photographer, Nahanni McKay, to digitally draw human forms into dreamy analogue landscapes. Together they’ve been exhibiting works locally, and working towards larger projects to demonstrate the impact of tourism on wildlife.
And of course she’s very involved in the local arts community, having her works in many local shops and businesses (such as Banff Mountaintop Flowers, Sideshow Gallery, Float Canmore, CanMore Together, and UNA Pizzeria).
To her, Cecelia says supporting local is about investing in your community. By supporting local, we not only financially support a neighbor’s small business, but we also gain a new connection to a real person that we could bump into on the street or say “Hi!” to at the grocery store.
Top 3 Local Businesses:
Wildlife Distillery, Armadillo Games, and Banff Mountaintop Flowers.