Michael Joyal is a child of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons and endless amounts of pop culture, spending his youth drawing winged hawk-men from Flash Gordon and scenes from science fiction movies. Michael honed his story-telling abilities through comic books, and making comix zines with mid-90’s Edmonton zine scene. After graduating in 1993 with a BFA in painting from the Nova Scotia College of Fine Art, Michael went on to teach himself watercolour painting, a medium he uses like a bastard. Michael’s current work combines his long-fascination with myths and fairy-tales with empowering the female subject. This work, painted on large stretched 30” X 40” paper, flips the roles of victim and victor in worlds of wonder and mystery, where the divine and, sometimes, darkness lurk in unexpected places.