Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Libby Humeniuk has shown a love of animals and art her whole life. Despite growing up in the city, she began riding lessons at nine years old thanks to supportive parents, even though they are both either scared of, or allergic to, horses. This love of horses was prevalent in her everyday life, often showing up in any art works she created through her school years. After graduating high school in 2009, she chased any opportunity to ride and work with horses.
While her focus was still predominantly on horses, she picked up the pencils again in 2015 when she started taking art classes from equine artist, Michelle Grant. Shortly after she began creating commission work consisting of pet and equine portraits specializing in medium of pastel on black paper.
In 2017, Libby attended her first branding and was hooked on the way of life. Since then her focus shifted onto portraying the modern working cowboy. She strives to portray the lifestyle as accurately as possible in order to bring it to a larger audience that may not get to see the way of life for themselves.
There is an inherent beauty found within the western lifestyle and Libby strives to bring that to life. From the artistry of horsemanship itself, to the fine craftsmanship of handmade gear, there is an appreciation for these skills that runs deeply rooted in tradition and hard work. Libby aims to represent and uphold these values by creating works that can be appreciated equally by those within the lifestyle, and by those who admire it.
Calgary Stampede Art Gallery Exhibition
March/April Western Horse Review magazine “Leadline” feature
“Way of the West” art show at Framed in Fifth, Calgary, Alberta
September Southwest Art Magazine “21 under 31” feature
"New Western Talent" Western Gallery, Juried Online Exhibition