Meet Our Team

HFA's team is 35 years strong and we work very hard for our clients. We have a talented team of art consultants and project managers that can get your project completed on time and on budget. HFA also has some of the best printers in the world (yes, we consider our printers people!).

Our crew working in our matting and framing department are perfectionists, your piece will be framed flawlessly the first time. We hire the best to deliver the best results and we know you are going to have a great experience with HFA.

Mike Bowers

Vice President of Operations

Email: mbowers@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave? 
Hand painted piece by Melissa Hume "Saskatchewan bridge".

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Italian. Simple fresh ingredients brought to life! 

What is your spirit animal and why?
Monkey! If you know me you will figure it out.

Nick Pol

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Email: npol@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
The Son of Man

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

I love food but I shamefully admit that Swiss Chalet (aka Swizzle) is high on my list.  

What is your spirit animal and why?
The Bobcat. Kinda cute but also a compact powerhouse.  

Rahmi Uluc

Production Manager

Email: ruluc@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Tounge Tied by Grouplove - It is an easy to listen song that is very upbeat and happy. Always puts a smile on my face when I listen to it.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Favorite place to eat out is Hayden Block in Calgary. They have amazing smoked meat selection including smoked turkey and beef brisket. They also have an extensive cocktail list.

What is your spirit animal and why?
Panda Bear - They eat and sleep all day! Best of both worlds. 

Tracey West

Senior Art & Design
Colour Board Consultant

Email: tracey@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Bente Hanson - Surfacing 1. It's a coastal scene & I love the colors.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Seafood from Cardero's downtown as my husband & I are sailors & our sailboat is moored close by.

What is your spirit animal and why?
Dolphin- again, for my love of the ocean & they are beautiful, graceful & intelligent creatures.  

Kamila Grygorczyk

Creative Director & Art Consultant

Email: kamila@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
The Scream by Edvard Munch. It was the painting I copied over and over to learn how to paint.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Kino Cafe- because of the Flamenco nights.

What is your spirit animal and why?
Fatzu, my cat. Because she is like me but a cat. 

Melissa Manser

Art Consultant & Project Manager

Email: melissa@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Don’t ask me to pick a favourite child, it isn’t fair to the rest of them.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Cake. Anywhere. I mean, c’mon, it’s cake!

What is your spirit animal and why?
A Whippet. They are like a cat in a dog’s body - best of both worlds! 

Lies Reimer

Business Manager

Email: lreimer@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Day and Night by MC Escher. It was in my parents home growing up and I remember thinking, "what do I want to look at today?" The fields remind me of growing up on the prairies and the transitions in his work are great metaphors for life. It also brings me back to my Dutch roots.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

My favourite food is warm homemade bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

What is your spirit animal and why?
A giraffe would be most appropriate considering my height, but they are too calm! I'm going to go with a kangroo- they seem happy and excitable, they love their families, and they are jumpy! 

Jon Ellwood

Manager of Business Process and
Client Services

Email: jon@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Machine Gun by Band of Gypsies, awesome pictures painted with music.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

Chick peas and Lentils in all their glorious forms.

What is your spirit animal and why?
Cockatiel - Unfettered by masses; highly amused by silly games and bright colours; occasionally I nip the figurative finger that lingers long in my face; incessantly talks gibberish to self; same swaying dance moves (think Axl Rose in Sweet Child of Mine Video).

Rebecca Banfi

Customer Sales Representative 

Email: rbanfi@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
I'm a big Gerhard Richter fan. My favourite is Candle (Kerze), 1982. When I saw it on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, it brought me a sense of calm that I can still relive.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

I love pasta and my favourite place to eat is Buca, on King St. W in Toronto. Their menu changes daily and by the season. I have never been disappointed!

What is your spirit animal and why?
A leopard, because I am motivated, patient, and I have always been quite agile.

Simon Barry

Print and Graphic Specialist

Email: sbarry@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Honestly, my favorite piece would be the Jimi Hendrix piece that I did - for obvious reasons, but my all time favorite art piece is "the kiss" by Gustav Klimt. My favorite artist is Salvador Dali.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

My favorite food is Indian hands down, however, my favorite place to eat out in Vancouver is Hawksworth. It is very pricey but still the only place in the city I’ve not had something to complain about at one point or another.

What is your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal would have to be a Fox, a cute and charming animal, with a cunning edge.

Kym Nelson

Client Services Admin

Email: kym@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Being a bit of an art Foodie, my favourite expression of art is Chef Wuttisak. His plating is simply art in itself, and awakens all senses.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?

I will never say no to a dish of Bacon/Truffle Mac & Cheese, and of course a side plate of Hot and Nasty wings!
 
What is your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal that I choose is a butterfly, reminding me that life is colorful, adventurous, and forever changing. I think butterflies are self propelled flowers, but despite popular belief, butterfly wings are clear. The colors and patterns we see are made by the reflection of the tiny scales covering them.

Kristin Anton

Social Media Marketing

Email: kristin@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Colour Me by Juke Ross – It’s a love song that paints a picture in my mind

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?
Sushi, always.

What is your spirit animal and why?
A golden retriever puppy, or a hippo

Taylor Johnson

Account Manager

Email: taylor@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Mine would be a song called Mr. Brightside by The Killers - greatest song ever created.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?
Trading Post Brewing in Fort Langley B.C - the Fried Chicken Sandwich is out of this world!

What is your spirit animal and why?
Eagle - they look super cool and can fly. 

Karlan Morrison  

Production Supervisor

Email: karlan@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Oof, that’s a doozy! Art is subjective, and taste is arbitrary. I’m gonna go with my gut and pick the record I’ve listened to the most this year, and that’s ‘Jaime’ by Brittany Howard.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?
I was raised on my gramma’s curry, so...curry. I make it a lot and it is so simple to alter and always delicious.

What is your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal is my dog, Knarlie. He’s more expressive and emotional than most humans I know. Best friends, 10 years strong!

Lisa Pea

Graphic Designer

Email: lisa@hfacustomart.com

What is your favourite art expression/piece, who is it by and why is it your fave?
Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki. An animated film from Japan that takes you on a fantastic adventure. This was the first Miyazaki film I remember seeing as a child, and the older I grow, the more I appreciate it. The style, characters and story remain as timeless as ever.

What's your favourite food or place to eat out
and why?
Spaghetti Bolognese. Growing up in a Cambodian household, this was one of the only western dishes my family would make. I always find myself craving it, no matter the occasion.

What is your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal would have to be a house-cat. I’m small and I like to laze around. However, whenever I do get excited over something, I will chase after it claws and all.