BRENDA DRANEY (Canadian, b. 1976) is Cree from Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8, with a strong connection to Slave Lake. Draney’s work is acquired by institutional and private collectors, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Sobey Collection. She holds a BA in English and a BFA in Painting from the University of Alberta, as well as an MA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She won both the 2009 RBC Painting Competition and 2014’s Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize in Edmonton and was short-listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. Her practice is based on her experiences and relationships formed.  Draney’s work provides just enough information for viewers to place their own narrative, encouraging an empathic approach to spatial voids.