Candace Sanderson did not give herself a ‘Plan B’ when she made the decision to pursue her creative passion full time in 2012.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from a young age,” says Sanderson in work boots, with bright eyes and her hair pulled back into a braid that falls past her shoulders. “But life gets in the way. When the economy took a negative turn, something positive came out of it for me; I was finally able to make the decision to pursue my life-long dream full time.”
A resident of Grande Prairie, Alberta since birth, Sanderson’s love for creativity drove her to GPRC’s Visual Arts program, where she was first introduced to sculpting with wood and the rest is history.
“There is so much beauty working with wood,” she says. “It’s appearance changes over time, and will continue to do so even after my work is finished. It’s much like humans in that way, it changes based on its environment and there’s nothing I can do to stop that. I don’t want to. It’s part of the cycle of life, we all age, we all change.”