Wanda Koop is an internationally acclaimed artist. The recipient of many honours, she holds doctorates from the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and Emily Carr University. She was awarded The Order of Canada in 2006, and in 2010, 2011 was honoured with a major exhibition co-presented by the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. Koop has always recognized that colour was a language in itself – a tool with which to communicate her thoughts and ideas. Earthy neutrals, combined with hues of vibrant intensity, convey a sense of light, which seems to pop off the canvas. Colour is also a way to transition from one art series or concept into the next. Her extensive travels have taken her around the world. A keen observer, she sorts out what speaks to her the most. Koop has developed the habit of visual note taking– sketches, photographs and all manner of collected ephemera are meticulously organized in her studio for inspiration. Her career spans four decades and includes over 50 solo exhibitions.