Classes at our stores are taught by DeSerres staff members!

Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice. She completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. In early 2018, Kathryn's work was featured in Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project, involving collaboration between artists and physicists to develop a shared understanding of how knowledge can be translated across disciplines and communities. As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn is the coordinator and instructor at the DeSerres Studio. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play. View Kathryn's work at 

Mathew Fierke is a Vancouver-based visual artist currently pursuing his BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His artistic style draws from traditional and digital influences. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Mathew studied Classical and Computer Animation at Max the Mutt Animation School and Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art + Design in Toronto. His diverse educational background has expanded his knowledge of art history and heavily informed his digital / classical drawing and painting repertoire. View Mathew's work at

Allyx Nakonechny is originally from Lloydminster Alberta, but relocated to Vancouver for the 3D animation program at VanArts. Allyx paints with watercolours and acrylic and illustrates with pen and ink and graphite. Allyx has always been interested in story telling, and hopes to one day illustrate a children's book using her own characters. View Allyx's work at

Kristina Drinkwater is an abstract and illustrative artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently studies Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kristina primarily works with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Her painting style is diverse, ranging from clean, crisp lines, to free flowing drip techniques. In contrast, her drawing style primarily focuses on illustrative figures. Various elements inspire Kristina's art, such as filmography, videogames, music, nature, and much more. Kristina shares her artwork and love of art supplies on her social media platforms, allowing her to incorporate her interests of photography, film and music into her creative process. View Kristina's work at

Madeline Ballou is originally from Washington State. Madeline graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in oil painting. Her drawings and paintings are often inspired from life, and she enjoys art history and art materials. Madeline studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, where she discovered her love for travel and became inspired by the natural landscapes of Ireland. Madeline served as an apprentice to an art restorer in her hometown for one year, after which she moved to Vancouver in search of artistic opportunity and adventure. She hopes to further her career and knowledge of art conservation. As an instructor at Deserres, Madeline is happy to have found an opportunity to share her knowledge with budding artists.