2019 CAF Grantee Kathleen (Katy) Gill has completed her series of paintings called “Reserved & Deserved.” They reflect the complexities at work in the Canadian far north in isolated and First Nation regions. The acrylic paintings to portray dogs in the pack, their puppies, and living situations in the north.
Gill was a volunteer art teacher in the northern fly-in community which led her to not only supporting community members, but also a pack of stray and semi-domesticated dogs. She organized the dogs to be flown out to Winnipeg to receive needed veterinary care and to be adopted. Her art has been featured at Blackgate Tattoo Collective located in Strathroy, ON for the month of November. She is now in the process of rewriting a book of photography of dogs, adding photos of her artwork to it so that it can be published for others to purchase to help raise awareness. She has received positive feedback about the project and people have said that they are grateful to now know more about these issues.