Brenda Draney holds a BA in English and a BFA in Painting from the University of Alberta, as well as an MA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The 11th winner of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2009, Draney was also a finalist for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. Her work has been exhibited at The Power Plant, Toronto International Art Fair and MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, and was recently included in 90X90: Celebrating Art in Alberta at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Draney is Cree from Sawridge First Nation, situated by the town of Slave Lake, Alberta. Her practice is based on her experiences and the relationships formed between her current hometown of Edmonton and the northern community of Slave Lake, where she was raised.