Desmond Raymond

Desmond Raymond is a multi-media artist who works in a wide range of mediums. His work is inspired by the many places he travels to.

His passion is capturing and expressing the vast and varied Canadian landscape. His love of landscape is in the vein and tradition of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. He has travelled and painted throughout Canada. Born and raised in St. John’s, N.L., he has lived in Vancouver, BC and currently lives in Winnipeg, MB.

Desmond starts working in the studio in July 2024! Please welcome him to cre8ery gallery & studio!

You can connect with Des via his website or at 

Kathleen Kolba

Joining cre8ery as as studio artist May 1, 2024

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Tyler Barrett, Prairie Plaster

As the owner and artisan of Prairie Plaster, Tyler Barrett works closely with local designers and builders to create bespoke plaster finishes for walls and ceilings in residential and commercial spaces.

His passion for plastering grew after travelling in 2017 to learn Venetian plaster, a creative medium in which an unlimited variety of colours and textures can be achieved, while remaining durable and functional in any space.

Upon graduating with his red seal as a Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) from Red River College in 2018, he started his own company offering Venetian plaster, Tadelakt (a waterproof Moroccan style lime plaster for showers and wet rooms), plaster crown moulding repairs/installations and plaster artwork.





For more information please contact:

Tyler Barrett

P: 2043966562


IG: @prairieplaster



Heather Gillespie

Heather Gillespie was born in Brandon, Manitoba.  She moved to Winnipeg as a child and has spent most of her life there.  During her youth, Heather first studied fine art at Symposium School of Art in in Winnipeg,  and later attended The School of Art at the University of  Manitoba.  She set painting aside while raising a family and working many years in healthcare.

Recently retired, Heather has reconnected with her paint brush and is now devoted to refining her acrylic painting skills.  She is a member of the Assiniboia Group of Artists and has recently become a studio artist at Cre8ery Gallery and Studio.

 Heather is a gifted visual artist who delights in sharing her impressions of the magical beauty of our Manitoba lakes and forests.  She embraces emotion, mixes it with colour and light which dances from her brush onto canvas.  Her excellent sense of colour and bold brushstrokes capture the vibrant life of nature in a most compelling way.  These expressive compositions both invite and transport us toward dreams amongst the trees.




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Norma Jones

A lifetime educator and wellness professional, Norma’s most recent certification was as in Crisis and Trauma Support.

Norma Jones, M.Ed. Clinical Reading and Learning Specialist, Counsellor, Coach 204-471-4802

Susan Birdwise

Growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, I spent my summers at Whytewold in the Village of Dunnotar on Lake Winnipeg. Now, I live close to the Red River. The open spaces of the prairies and my association with the lake, the river and the Manitoba climate affect my sensibilities and are inspirational to my artistic practice. The proximity to the water is comforting and liberating, yet, I have always been mindful of “THE RIVER”. A source of beauty, recreation, and a habitat for wildlife, it can be a menacing neighbour.

I first graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor Degree in Science. I was a Computer Systems Analyst and Programmer before staying home to raise my family. During that time, I pursued my interest in painting and became a student of Nik Bjelajac at The Forum Art Institute. When my children were older, I returned to the University of Manitoba and obtained a Fine Arts degree and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, I maintain a studio in Cre8ery and teach English to Newcomers to Canada.

I work in encaustic, oil, and acrylics. My work reflects my interest in language, systems, process and sense of place.


Diamond Doug Keith

Diamond Doug Keith is a Western Painter and a Cowboy Cartoonist who grew up idolizing Charles Russell, Fredric Remington and Norman Rockwell. He went on to develop his own unique style utilizing acrylic and other mediums in a bright semi realistic way.

Diamond Doug Keith” is a Western Painter, Cowboy Cartoonist and a Cowboy Poet. Doug is able to capture the cowboy way of life through his art, poems and stories. The cowboy life is the life that he still lives today.

Diamond Doug’s main medium is Acrylic utilizing both a wet and dry brush techniques to create texture in a semi realistic style. He will paint on any surface from cow skulls to board and of course stretched canvas. Doug also veers into other mediums, water colour, graphite and polychromo coloured pencils as well. Ninety percent of his subject matter has a Western tilt, Cowboys, horses and children are a favourite. However if a strong idea pops into his head that isn’t Western he is not scared to paint it.

Doug has won or been nominated for many awards including; nominated for CD/Album cover of the year for the CCMA’s (Canadian Country Music Awards) and winning Best Illustration in the Signature Awards, among others.

Doug is a sought after artist and painter. In fact he was commissioned to produce the official portrait of “Skoal’s Airwolf”, the three-time world champion buckin’ horse, upon its retirement. Doug was also commissioned to do the 50th Anniversary Painting for the 2013 Manitoba Stampede a huge honour taking over three months to paint and a 1000 reference photos to do. Doug has shown his art for nine consecutive years at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

He is also a proud member of the prestigious Cowboy Cartoonists International consisting of the top Cowboy Cartoonists in the world. It was this organization which brought him to the attention of the Leanin’ Tree family of greeting cards where he now produces comedic cowboy cards for them on a regular basis.

Doug has been featured in several Nationally broadcast documentaries. Including a feature in the two hour CBC Calgary Stampede Sunday Finals National broadcast. He has also been published in many books, magazines, DVDs and Cds.

If you see Diamond Doug Keith at an easel, around a fire or in a saddle please come and say hello!

Contact information for Diamond Doug Keith:

Phone: 1 204 691 0878



Mail: 207 Home Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3G 1X2

Jola Liebzeit

Jola Liebzeit, a Winnipeg Artist, began a painting focus in acrylic and mixed media after completing a BFA degree in 2001 and BA Advanced Psychology degree in 1997, both from the University of Manitoba. She continues to grow her skills as a dedicated studio artist and now has her main studio out of Cre8ery.

Jola has a light-hearted tone to her work where she explores applying various textures and color-blending techniques to achieve the effects of atmosphere and emotion.

Over the past 5 years she has enjoyed connecting with other artists and art lovers through the local art community and selling her work in various group exhibitions while teaching and coaching budding Winnipeg artists.

Visit her in person at her ‘little gem around the corner’ studio at the back hall at cre8ery. Jola Liebzeit’s paintings explore shape and atmosphere while keeping an upbeat colour palette.  Jola has a light-hearted tone to her work and enjoys exploring the emotional effects of colour.

Contact Jola for Commission requests or to purchase works.









Dan Hawksworth

Dan Hawksworth is a Winnipeg born and raised contemporary visual artist whose primary focus is on pen/ink based illustrations.

For Dan, art is a form of art therapy that allows him to process the world around him and allow his imagination to roam freely whether through the realms of fantasy, mysticism, science fiction or popular culture.

His works have ranged from fanart through science fiction, fantasy and more recently a turn into the macabre and gothic with elements of steampunk, Lovecraftian horror and Giger becoming prominent. His works through 2018 and 2019 have been primarily pen focused on the pull between beauty and darkness and the interplay of the “beautiful lie against the ugly truth”.

His illustrations also extend into cartooning focused on his character Dee Dragon which is a fun house mirror view into how Dan perceives the world as well as occasional social commentary and satirical works.

Other mediums that Dan works with include pyrography, painting and he is beginning to explore creative writing to further bring to life his original characters and worlds.

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Dan lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has maintained a studio at cre8ery Gallery & Studios since 2014.

For inquiries or to arrange a studio with Dan please email Dan at

If you would like to purchase at anytime during gallery hours, please see Jordan Miller, Director, Tuesday to Friday, 12-6; Saturday 12-5. 2022 hour are changing to Tuesday to Saturday, 11-5pm


John Royce Izzard

John Royce Izzard believes reality is what we make it with a little inspiration from powers that govern our universe. Whether inspiration comes from the laws of nature or spiritual practices. John looks to inspire through his explorations and playfulness in his work.

John, born in Winnipeg, works out of his studio space at Cre8ery as a practicing studio artist since 2014. He has attended various art workshops and enjoys leading his own classes in painting, drawing, and the art of ‘Zombifying’ during the Halloween season. He has been drawing for over 14 years and exploring various multi-media techniques and acrylic painting beginning in 2011. He continues to study nature in addition to working with various mediums. His work has a whimsical and fun quality with a focus on light, texture and color blending. He enjoys experimenting and trying new techniques in his studio and welcomes connecting with people who visit. Most recently John has begun to create in leather. He has created wallets, cuffs, bracelets, bags, purses, and plant holders.

Contact him directly via email at