About Jason Skinner & Marla Benton:
About Jason Skinner
Jason is a Halifax based multi-disciplinary artist and award-winning illustrator. Existing in the area between fine art and print illustration, he has found common ground with traditional craft and mediums. Jason’s illustration work has appeared in a variety of publications including THIS magazine, Applied Arts, The Chronicle Herald and on YTV. As an artist, he has enjoyed working on a variety of projects, including a 30 foot mural installation in the heart of downtown Halifax, a participant in the first Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Sackville New Brunswick, and in the artist exchange with the Lumière Arts Festival in Sydney, Cape Breton. This summer he will be participating in an Artist Residency at the McPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth. Jason was a popular instructor at LSA’s ‘Kids Week’ in 2016 & 2017. www.jasonskinner.ca
About Marla Benton
Marla is a clay artist. She earned her education through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design (BFA) and Nipissing University (B.Ed.). As an artist and teacher, she worked in the Yukon, northern Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Through all her experiences, Marla has worked in many different materials. She found that clay was a perfect fit for her as it enables her to be practical and fanciful at the same time.
From growing up in a small rural town, to traveling to 39 different countries, to living in a pickup truck and then on a motorcycle for 6 months, Marla has lived and adventured while gathering experiences and memories that she draws from while creating her work. Settled on the South Shore of Nova Scotia for the last 10 years, she has been able to share her art and stories and find inspiration all along the way.