ᒥᔪᑌᐦ ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ miyotehiskwew (Good Hearted Woman) katoyiis akii (Sweet Pine Woman) Karlee Fellner is Cree/Métis and grew up just outside of Edmonton, about an hour from her grandmother’s scrip land was issued.
Karlee is a professor and provisional psychologist by trade, and began painting with acrylics in 2015 as a form of therapy and medicine. In 2019, she began to produce professional pieces in order to share this medicine and healing with others. Her artworks come to her in dreams and other moments of quiet, and are inspired by a combination of Cree and Métis beadwork and imagery that emerges through her personal and spiritual experiences. Her images often include spiritual teachings from her Elders and the ceremonies she participates in and assists with. Karlee is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology Indigenous Education at the University of Calgary, and is founder and CEO of maskihkiy wellness (www.maskihkiy.com). Karlee’s academic and clinical work focuses on Indigenous approaches to wellness, including the traditional and contemporary. Karlee believes that each individual, family, and community has the medicine they need to live full, healthy lives, and this belief is at the core of all that she does, from her therapeutic work to her community-driven program development work to her art work. Karlee had her first baby in September 2020, and this new life and her experiences in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood have been the inspiration for many of her most recent pieces.