Candace Twance is an Ojibwe woman from Pic Mobert First Nation. She currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is currently enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Lakehead University. Candace has enjoyed drawing and painting since she was a young girl, but it wasn't until high school that she realized how passionate she was about art. It was during this tumultuous time that she realized the importance of expressing herself artistically.
Candace is the recipient of the Lakehead University Student Union Purchase Prize (2006) for her work titled "Urban Indian" and the Alumni Association Purchase Prize (2008) for her painting "Loon Women." These pieces are now part of the University's permanent collection.
Candace is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She enjoys acting and has been involved in multiple local projects Candace takes great pride in her culture and heritage. She plans to continue to develop her artistic interests.
"It's so important to respect yourself enough to follow your dreams. You don't have skills for nothing - you've got to share the gifts the Creator gave you with the people around you".
2008 Aboriginal Youth Achievement & Recognition Award 2008 - Artistic Category
2008 Recipient of Robert Markle Scholarship 2008
2008 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University Visual Arts Department 31st Annual Juried Exhibition
2006 Peace Hills Trust Art Contest Exhibition, Edmonton, Alberta
2006 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University Visual Arts Department 29th Annual Juried Exhibition
2002 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Secondary School Art Exhibition
"I am inspired by nature and my spiritual beliefs. I feel it is important to share the gifts the Creator has given me with others, and that is what keeps me motivated to paint. I believe that in a person there are many things that go unnoticed within them, by others and by themselves. When I paint, I give this part of myself a chance to reveal itself. I believe that it is important to embrace your own culture and to be proud of who you are and I try to spread this message through my work. With my more recent paintings, I have been experimenting with the idea of traditional native imagery and what it means to me. I try to show the power, pride, strength and resiliency of our people. I also incorporate Ojibwe floral beadwork designs in my paintings, and in this way I am paying homage to my women ancestors. Many of the designs have been passed down through my family for years. I incorporate the flowers out of respect, and to keep the designs alive, because this is how I work - I paint."