Owner, Director, Instructor and Artist
Artist & Instructor ~ Ashley Moore (she/her)
Ashley is a passionate Elementary and Middle School Teacher who grew up in Bella Coola, a breathtaking valley located on Nuxalk territory where the mountains, ocean, family, friends, and community nurtured an inspiration for art making. Ashley has a dedicated personal art practice. She enjoys tapestry weaving, gouache, print-making, photography, digital illustration and experimentation with new mediums.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education, Ashley transitioned from working in the school system as an Education Assistant to her new role as a classroom Teacher. In this new role she uses art to nurture problem solving, positive risk-taking, fine-motor skills, patience, expression and identity exploration.
Ashley describes working with young people as a gift that reminds her that art can exist without the pressure of a narrowly specific outcome; that being a successful artist can be measured by the joy experienced in the process and what is learned along the way.
Artist & Instructor ~ Ana Eligio (she/her)
My name is Ana and I am a self-taught artist born and raised in Mexico, I’ve been doing art ever since I can recall, always having a creative outlet for myself since it is something that brings me comfort and happiness. I am always learning something new and I’ve delved into all kinds of artsy activities such as mural-ism, resin art, embroidery, clay sculpting, jewelry making, animation, graphic design,and more! Plus, I specially enjoy painting and drawing.
This passion for art led me to study digital design and in 2021 I graduated with honors from Vancouver Film school, specializing in motion design. I worked in digital design and animation for a while before moving to Canada, and now I’m currently getting a bachelor of arts in professional communications. I strongly believe that anyone can be a great artist, the key to achieving this is staying motivated and enjoying the process!
Artist & Instructor Vida Akef (she/her)
My name is Vida, and I am from Iran, where every corner has a sign of art. I
grew up loving painting and this love led me to the University of Fine Arts.
I got a bachelor's degree in graphics and a master' degree in illustration, during
which I gained different and valuable artistic experiences such as painting,
sculpting, bas-relief, tile work, handprints, and book illustration.
I first started with colored pencils, then I experienced oil, acrylic, charcoal, and watercolour.
After graduating from the master's degree, I was accepted into the Ph.D. course
in Philosophy of Art at Tehran University.
At the same time, I was hired to teach at the University of Art, where I was teaching art for about 7 years until I came to Canada in 2018.
I enjoy teaching people of all ages and look forward to sharing my vast knowledge of art with new students at The Paint Box.
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