the Artist 


Ember Canada-Kawarada was born in Milan, Tennessee in 1985. Ember started drawing when she was a young child. In 1990 her family moved from Kentucky to south Florida where she spent all her time outdoors with her brothers, climbing trees, and playing in the rain. 

In 1996 her family returned to Kentucky. Ember has fond memories of wandering through the green hills with her dog, exploring forests, and wading through creeks. These carefree years instilled a special love in her heart for the outdoors, especially for water and trees, which you can see in much of her artwork today.

During high school, Ember discovered a talent for drawing portraits. She enjoyed capturing the emotion of an individual's eyes. Several of her pencil drawings won first place at local art competitions in the town she lived. 

After graduating from high school in 2003, artwork took a back seat as Ember pursued interests in foreign culture and mission work. She attended Bethany Global University in Bloomington, Minnesota. In 2006 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies.

After school, Ember joined the United States Army as a Combat Medic. It wasn't until a 08'-09' deployment in Iraq that her love of art began to resurface. It took several more years before she realized that artwork was more than just a hobby, it was a calling.

In 2012 Ember attended her first painting class and by 2013 she had completed her first commission.

Ember was medically retired from the military in 2014. Now a busy mom of two children, she continues to paint out of her home studio in Lexington, Ky.  

To see past commissioned artwork and illustration projects click here.