Rohana Laing

Rohana graduated from the 4 year program of the Vancouver School of
Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) in 1964, majoring in
painting and print-making. In the 1970s she developed a unique style of
batik fabric paintings. The originals were exhibited in Canadian galleries and reproductions were sold internationally. In 1975 Rohana began teaching part time: textile design, drawing and general design at Kwantlen College, Surrey campus (now Kwantlen Polytechnic) near Vancouver.

In the mid eighties, as a newly single mom of three sons, Rohana
returned to university for a masters degree and served 5 congregations as a
United Church minister from 1988 to 2003. She then retired to travel
internationally for four years for the (interfaith) International Subud Spiritual Association of which she is still an active member.

These experiences led to further travels, particularly South and Central
America and Mexico. From 2007 until the present, Rohana has lived in
Mexico in winters and Gabriola Island and Chemainus, British Columbia,
Canada in the summers. She has enjoyed drawing with Urban Sketchers in
Mexico and the Chemainus Art Group in Canada. She has painted and
exhibited her work in San Miguel de Allende, in many galleries in Canada
and some internationally. Rohana is inspired by bright colours, landscapes,
buildings, villages and marinas with people in action. She has been
influenced by her love of textiles, pattern, design, and folk art from many

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