Vancouver born Artist Roxi (Sim) Hermsen was profoundly influenced by props and costumes at a young age through dancing at Grace MacDonald school of Dance, and performing on the Kitsilano Showboat and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. In her teens, she performed for the BC Lions Cheerleaders under Miss Grace.
Roxi studied Art and pottery at Prince of Wales Secondary, then Office and Business courses at Pitman Business College. She then continued on in Fine Arts at Langara College and continued her Fine Arts and Social Science studies at the University of Calgary where she obtained her teaching degree. Further studies in Counseling at UBC and University of Victoria had her study both Art and Dance therapy.
As a career, Roxi taught at the secondary level, Fine Arts, Drama, Video production (a career prep program she developed) Social Studies, Textiles and fabric arts as well as business education. She also taught extra-curricular dance to over 40 students and was involved in the yearbook, graduation décor and many other aspects of the school. She worked well with other teachers developing cross curricular studies, especially through her video courses.
In Grenada she joined and showed with the Grenada Arts Council and volunteered at Grenada Clayworks. Her work sold to collectors in Norway, France, Washington DC, Canada, the UK, Barbados and Grenada. After Hurricane Ivan, devastated the island in 2004, Roxi donated several paintings that helped in the recovery there. She also spearheaded “Seeds of Hope” that saw over a ton of seeds and relief supplies get to the village they lived in and be distributed across the island.
Roxi has always been very community minded and was involved in helping to create The Salmon Arm Art Gallery, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, The Okanagan Artisan’s Guild, The Enderby Wild Wallflower Community Mural Project, the Enderby and District Arts Council and, together with her husband and parents, The Okanagan Science Centre.
Together with her husband, Roxi had a pottery studio for many years where she worked primarily in primitive pottery methods and also painted on Tony’s majolica pottery. Painting on pottery turned into painting on canvas when her family spent a year in Grenada West Indies and Roxi took up painting. Her colourful work is influenced greatly by this experience where she went through over 200 ft. of canvas and a suitcase full of paint.
Now retired, Roxi has continued to pursue her painting and most recently has collaborated with Okanagan Engraving, a small business in Vernon run by Heather Fullager. Together with Heather’s expertise, Roxi’s art has been designed to print on mugs, be laser engraved into wood and glass and printed on cards. This collaboration brought about “Roxi Collectibles” which, in addition to seeing Roxi’s prior work on the products, has also included creating custom work for clients such as the Vancouver Folk Music festival. Roxi and Heather hope to develop their collaboration into more custom projects and see Roxi’s artwork on more products in the future.
Roxi’s Pearls of Wisdom Tarot deck, a seven year healing art project, was published in 2007 and 2008. The multi-cultural nature of the deck has made it a favourite among collectors from Indonesia to Taiwan, to Brazil, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Trinidad, The US, Canada and even to Uzbekistan. Now out of print, Roxi is currently looking for a new publisher. The deck is also in development as an App for the I phone and Android systems. Roxi has written a manuscript/workbook/journal for the Major Arcana which she will be offering as an online course in the near future through Global Spiritual Studies. Her Tarot images have been published in Branches of Light Magazine, Tarotsophy International Magazine, Mosaic Magazine and Issues magazine.
Prints of Roxi’s artwork are available in high quality Giclee prints on canvas and paper with delivery right to your door.
She also accepts private commissions and custom design work in acrylic paint, coloured pencil and for products through Okanagan Engraving.
Roxi’s art is in collections in Norway, The UK, France, Barbados, Grenada, The USA and Canada. The Pearls of Wisdom Major Arcana was shown at the Armstrong Public Art Gallery Oct. 2011. The Pearls of Wisdom Tarot was published in 2007, second edition 2008. The deck is a favourite of collections and is in collections around the world.
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