“A Day in the Life” with Calgary Visual Artist Afshan Khan

Afshan Khan is such an inspiration for me due to her passion and persistence, driven to be better every single day. Her art was born from postpartum depression and from the advice of her doctor to draw/paint to distract herself. As she started creating art, she fell in love with the process of creating art. It allowed her to share her thoughts and feelings via colours and textures; it was her hidden talent. She’s so much in love with art that she could paint tirelessly for several hours a day. She enjoys going for long walks and hikes and finds inspiration in little things in life. Afshan’s artwork has been exhibited in many venues. She is a member of a variety of art groups and loves helping and motivating others who are on their art journey. Afshan teaches art to seniors and also enjoys doing paint nights with friends. Afshan has a vision of having a cozy little gallery in her home. Most people are in awe of the feelings invoked by her artwork. Afshan is very much inspired by the works of Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt.

Afshan Khan
I enjoy taking Echo on walks, even in the winter (:
Afshan Khan
My inspiration right through my studio’s window
Always enjoying the sunrise
Planning and sketching
Varnishing my work
Final Touches
Afshan Khan
My favourite tool, my palet knife
My favourite place in my home, my studio


Which ’hood are you in?

Balzac, Alberta (near CrossIron Mills)

What do you do?

I am a self-taught visual artist, who is intrigued by colours and textures.

What are you currently working on?

I am a prolific artist and am constantly creating new works. I love creating landscapes, cityscapes and florals. I create bold and textured art. I have lakes and mountains of Alberta on my easel at almost all times. I am open to commissions.

Where can we find your work?

You can find me on Instagram and if you would like to view my work in person, please make an appointment to visit my studio in Balzac which is near CrossIron Mills. Feel free to drop me a line here.


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Stephanie Prentice, originally from Southern Ontario, now calls Alberta home, where she thrives on embracing life to the fullest. As a dedicated grant writer, she uses her expertise to support non-profit organizations in making a difference. In her spare time, Stephanie crafts sustainably developed mittens to combat Canadian winters. A true people person, Stephanie enjoys building connections and engaging with diverse communities. She's an adventurous soul, equally at home exploring new destinations or cherishing cozy moments. With a passion for travel and a crisp new passport, she's always ready for her next adventure, whether it's discovering warm beaches or hidden gems in the Rockies. Join Stephanie as she continues to advocate for causes close to her heart and make a positive impact wherever she goes.