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Blue Zone - Large abstract acrylic painting

Large Paintings

Ocean Escape

Small Paintings

Alberta Ammolite gemstone on abstract painting

Mid Sized Paintings

Ammolite Swirl

Sold Work


Best of Both Worlds

Virtual Art Show

November 17-19, 2023

10:00-11:00am MST Daily

Join my private Art Studio Group on Facebook to be a part of the Free Virtual Art Show (See link below)

I'll be doing live painting, a virtual tour of my studio and home gallery, offering free giveaways and best of all its going to be fun! 


Deerfoot Inn & Casino Holiday Market

November 26, 2023


Calgary, AB


Past Shows

  • Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede 2023, 2022, 2021,

  • 2019, 2018

  • Gem Faire - Tacoma, WA 2022

  • Saskatoon Farm 2022,2023

  • New York, NY 2019

  • Banff Farmers Market

  • Banff Christmas Market

  • Canmore Farmer's Market

  • Cochrane Christmas Market

  • Deerfoot Inn and Casino Christmas Market

  • Spruce Meadows Masters 

  • Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

  • CRLC Rock and Gem Show - Yearly

  • Bragg Creek Christmas Market

  • Signatures Shows

  • Fall Home Show

  • Deerfoot Inn and Casino Christmas Market - Yearly

  • Millarville Christmas Market

  • Our Best to You Handmade, Red Deer, AB

  • Art Market, Convention Centre

  • Calix Art Show

  • And many more...

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Big Rock Crystals, Minerals and Fossils

Okotoks, AB Canada

Ammonite Factory - Ammolite Canada Inc.


AB Canada

Fairweather House and Gallery

Seaside, Oregon USA

Private Sale

Large Ammolite gemstone abstract art over stairway

Chestemere, AB

Keynote Building

Ammolite Journey

Calgary, AB

Western Showcase
Calgary Stampede  2019

Stampede art show opening night

BMO Centre
Calgary, AB Canada

Telus Convention Centre

Ammolite abstract art display at Telus Convention Centre

Calgary, AB

About the Artist

Cherisse Mia Artist photo

My abstract art is elegant jewelry for walls, shimmering, dazzling, vivid, swirling movement of color
and texture.  The need to play and the freedom and energy that make me feel truly alive, along with profound ties to the beauty and intricacy of the natural world motivate me to create and I invite you to take that journey with me where the flames of 
emotion are fanned and inspiration takes root. 

As a young girl I first started looking for fossils and rocks when I lived in Jackson, Wyoming.  I call 
myself an amateur geologist due to my fascination for all things gemstone which led to the totally
unique idea of combining gemstones and art into a unique three dimensional collage.  I like the
backgrounds to resemble earthy elements for setting off the gemstone arrangements.  There
are florists all over the world arranging flowers into gorgeous works of art and I believe gemstones
should get the same treatment.

My paintings incorporate a background in art and design.   Much of my work is lavished with rare Alberta ammolite. Ammolite is a vivid opalized gemstone with gorgeous metallic colorations found in no other place in the world. While the majority of the ammolite I use in my art is purchased from the local indigenous population who mine it on their land, I enjoy ammonite hunting expeditions where I become a living part of the landscape as I imagine what it may have looked like aeons ago when all the land was covered by a shallow sea with living cephalopods swimming about attacking prey and being hunted by mosasaurs.  Only the genus, Placenticeras, produced the lovely metallic shell that we now refer to as ammolite.  What a special place to be lucky enough to live in!
As a young girl growing up in Washington State I was steeped in art and culture and as a child of the seventies was specifically drawn to modern art.  The West Coast imprinted on every cell of my being oceans, mountains and rain forests.  
I have lived in Canada since I was twelve and call Calgary, Alberta home.  The wide-open prairies, rolling hills and breathtaking mountains have wrapped their roots around my soul and I am forever captive.  What incredible inspiration!  Alberta's unique characteristics make it a magical place, hills covered in wild flowers, streams flowing over colorful pebbles hiding silvery fish, buried treasure of ammonite and ancient dinosaur fossils, deer running free, eagles soaring high and friendly peace loving people who aren't afraid to don the odd cowboy hat and dance the night away to a rousing country tune.

Art is my soul and my true passion and I feel privileged for it to be my career.  I plan on painting until I'm 110 years old!


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