Professional artists in their own right, Mary Kennedy and Michele Woodey began working together in 2000. They were commissioned to create site-specific installations combining painting, photography, and interior design. This successful partnering led to a deeper exploration of collaborative painting; a concept which has its roots in the early Surrealist artists’ technique of passing a piece of work back and forth. Each artist contributes elements in turn, until the chemistry is complete.
Fiona Hoop is a pseudonym for an ever-evolving duet exploring abstract, collage, encaustic, figurative, and still life. The work is exhibited and sold in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, and in Ottawa at Koyman Galleries.
Michele Woodey graduated with honors in Fine Arts from Brighton School of Arts in England 1979. While working as an antique and art restorer in London she continued her education with university courses in English, teaching English as a second language, printmaking and photography.
From 1981 – 1986 Michele was a part-time tutor teaching foundation level students in conceptual development, drawing and painting while continuing to develop her own artwork. In 1986, she spent some time in New York, then eventually settled in Canada. She has had multi-disciplined experience as Joint Head of Montessori School art programs, guest lecturer and artist in residence at The Aitlin School of Art and as Arts council artist in various other post-secondary and graduate school programs.
Michele Woodey has held solo exhibits of her work at the prestigious Nexus Gallery in Brighton England, and at Erindale College within the University of Toronto.
Mary Kennedy graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1989 and received OCAD’s Experimental Arts Award in Painting. Since then, she has been the recipient of several Visual Arts Grants from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as from the Sheila Dick Mackay Arts Foundation.
She has juried the University of Toronto Students Exhibits & Grant Awards, been featured on WTN Network’s “Bella” Productions, and has appeared in campaigns for Nokia Cellular’s “Connecting People” series.
Mary’s work may be found in corporate collections at the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cooper Sandler & West and Sunlife Assurance Canada. International collections reside at the KPMG Worldwide, Husky Systems GMBH and Voorheis.