Painted Girl

When Maddie receives an unexpected package in the mail, her world is turned upside down. Then a startling discovery inside the package gives her the tools to fix it.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Jennifer Walden

Filmmaker’s statement

As a visual artist who loves to capture mood, feeling and dynamic moments in paintings, it was a natural transition for me to move into film. I love working in film with an artist’s perspective, looking at composition, colour and line. What I love about film is that it’s still like creating a painting, only these paintings move.

I have always loved the peace and comfort that comes from time spent creating in studio. Art is an escape for many people, as well as a way to process challenging times in their lives. I wanted to create a film that looked at the impact of art in a person’s life and just how far the power of art could really take someone.

About Jennifer Walden

Jennifer Walden

Jennifer Walden is a successful visual artist living and working in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Her distinctive style explores Canadian and northern life through people, wildlife and topography. She works primarily in acrylics, using vibrant colour, rich texture, dynamic line and three-dimensional relief to create a truly sensual experience.

Her work is deeply influenced by the natural and human environment, in particular the geography and culture of her immediate surroundings. Her contemporary expressionistic paintings capture the spirit of place, and often use string and rope blended with various acrylic media to create the deep sculptural relief that is her signature.

Jennifer’s work has been widely acclaimed across northern and western Canada and has been purchased by collectors from around the world. She has been selected to represent the Northwest Territories at various events including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where her work was exhibited to over 215,000 visitors.

In 2008 she received the Great Northern Arts Festival’s Most Promising Emerging Artist in a Two-Dimensional Media Award and her painting Herd Migration was selected by Northwest Tel to grace the cover for the 2009/2010 Northwest Territories telephone book. Walden’s paintings are currently displayed at The Gallery on 47th in Yellowknife, the Copper Moon Gallery in Whitehorse and the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.

Jennifer is a member and former board member of the Aurora Arts Society, the association of artists of the Northwest Territories, and a founding member of the Borderless Arts Movement (B.A.M.), a performance collaboration of visual artists, musicians and traditional storytellers in Yellowknife. An active member of the Yellowknife community, she has performed and volunteered at Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks Festival, and coached the Northwest Territories junior women’s hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games.

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