After studying classical piano, violin and vocal while attending music and theatre school in her younger years, Siobhán continued her creative studies at BealArt in London, Ontario and Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland where she graduated with studies in printmaking and mixed media painting. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, always carrying paper, pencils, paints and camera. Her collection of sketchbooks now numbers close over seventy.
Shortly after a life affirming tête-à-tête with congenital illness and subsequent open heart surgery she moved to Vancouver, making homes and studios in a number of live/work buildings and one large converted factory space. She participated and volunteered with the East Side Culture Crawl, co-established the annual group exhibition at the ARC (Artist Resource Centre), hosted open studios, musical events, book readings, movie nights, pop up restaurants, jam sessions and fully engaged her surroundings to formulate ideas and installations.
In 2012, she was chosen as the Artist in Residence at Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. This one year appointment changed the trajectory of Siobhán’s domestic life, reinvigorating a passion for being surrounded by the natural environment. While she worked on introducing man-made elements into her long-standing visual lexicon of abstracted aspects of nature, she walked miles each day and began an ongoing photographic series titled ‘totems’. She exhibited these alongside paintings, large-scale drawings, assemblage sculptures as part of her Artist in Residence solo exhibition and as the Vancouver Art Gallery’s AR&S’s Feature Artist.
Siobhán’s art work has been exhibited in over sixty solo and group exhibitions in commercial, artist-run and public galleries and is in private and corporate collections in North America, Britain, Europe and Australia. She is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation fellowship in conjunction with the Byrdcliffe Guild Artist Residency Program in New York, a City of London Arts Bursary, Ontario Arts Council and BC Arts Council grants, and most recently a BC Arts Council Education Grant for post-graduate studies at Falmouth University in the UK. She has been featured on City TV Vancouver & Calgary, the Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio’s Art’s Report.
Having recently relocated to Cornwall, she is immersed in exploration of a multi media nature as part of the MFA Art & Environment course. She continues to paint and draw, and to keep a daily regimen of practicing music, writing and walking while keenly observing the world around her.
Her work can be seen in Vancouver at Elissa Cristall Gallery and Art Rental & Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery, in Calgary at Herringer Kiss Gallery, in Toronto at Parts Gallery. On line at www.siobhanhumstonart.com & her blog www.humstonstudios.wordpress.com.