Prior to becoming an artist, Jodie spent over a decade working in the publishing industry, mainly in Toronto. After her son was born, she and her husband returned to her hometown of Richmond BC and she began to explore new career paths in arts and media. Two milestones during this period were workshops with west coast painter Mike Svob, who piqued her interest in dramatic colour and composition, and Salt Spring artist Nick Bantock, who helped to unlock her creativity. In 2010 she completed formal art training and set up a working studio. Bringing her business experience and creativity together has opened up new doors she could never have imagined.
Iconic Canadian artists who provide ongoing inspiration include Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate, Emily Carr, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald. She is also influenced by the Cubist exploration of light and perspective as depicted in the art of Picasso and Braque.
Jodie Blaney has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and received formal art training from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She is an Active Member with the Federation of Canadian Artists and a Board Member with South Delta Artists Guild. She lives in Ladner, BC with her husband and son.