Artworks and Artists
Faye HeavyShield
Born in Blood Reserve, Alberta, 1953

Faye HeavyShield

Faye HeavyShield was born and raised on the Kainai (Blood) Reserve in the southern Alberta foothills, where her father was manager of the band's ranch. She spent her early years at a remote end of the reserve, and until 1979 had made no serious attempts at art. At that point, a separation from her husband caused her to examine her life, and she enrolled at the Alberta College of Art and Design. There she studied drawing and sculpture, experimenting with texture and organic shapes and developing a distinctive style of her own. She went on to further studies at the University of Calgary, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986. Today she works out of her home studio in Calgary.