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Jianiva is an amazing young Inuk woman whose talents resonate as an emerging artist. She often speaks of her mother and children. "I feel closer to my culture and heritage when I draw" said Jianiva. Being from the North, Jianiva has collectors now commissioning specific pieces. Needing to provide for her family Jianiva's inner drive is truly inspirational. Jianiva's art is reflective of her life, always changing and adapting, just as her family and culture. This same strength is how Inuit have survived and flourished for thousands of years in the North. She comes from a creative family, both her parent are accomplished artists. When asked for some background information see below excerpts from what Jianiva wrote. My grandfather was a hunter and carver. At first when I tried making drawings for sale in 2001, I was shy. When my art sold I gained motivation and began to create more art through the encouragements of my family and friends. I have done an exhibit in Radisson La Grande in 2007, and another exhibit in Montreal in 2010 " Throughout my childhood, my mother used to encourage me to draw a lot. ( I still have a drawing I did for my grandparents when i was 3 years old that I cherish)." Jianiva recently had a successful exhibit at the 2012 Northern Lights Trade show in Ottawa.