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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Thank you for taking a moment to learn a bit about my story.  I am a Vancouver based artist and public-school teacher.  I graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where I majored in photography.  I subsequently graduated from UBC’s Bachelor of Education program to embark on a career as a public school visual arts high school teacher.  I have since completed additional degrees in ELL and Learning Resource teaching.


I am a passionate and dedicated teacher and a proud “out” role model to my students in Richmond, B.C.  I volunteer tirelessly with my school and school district to support safe inclusive opportunities for Richmond’s LGBTQ+ youth and allies.  Though early in my career I faced vicious homophobic harassment and bullying, I chose to come out publicly to support my LGBTQ+ students. I vowed to myself to be the positive queer role model I never had in high school.  As a result, I have forged strong long lasting positive relationships with my students and many of their families.  I also volunteer as the SOGI (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity) teacher lead for my school and act as a mentor to my colleagues through collaboration and supporting professional development.

Join me on Instagram @bone.bryan

 
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SHINING STARS OF PRIDE

As a result of my dedication, I was recognized as one of five British Columbian Shining Stars of Pride by the CBC (August 2020).  To be honoured as a queer role model, both as a teacher and as a drag performer, was profoundly special to me. 

 
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SKETCHBOOK ART

While I'm well versed in a wide range of media, I prefer to express myself through artistic journals.  I see these cluttered, colourful, densely layered volumes as both a metaphor for my own personality and as a way to navigate and interact with the world around me.


I also find inspiration in current events, pop culture and the rich cultures  immerse myself in on my world travels.  These themes are frequently explored throughout my artistic journals.