Satu is a mother of six children who has inspired all of them to pursue their creative gifting and talents. She and her husband work together in the studio. Satu completed a BTh at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. in May 2016. During the summer she studied icon painting using traditional egg tempera techniques at the Orthodox Valamo Monastery in eastern Finland.
Mosaic & Fused Glass Artist
Satu Kekalainen Kimbley is the resident artist of the Red Raven Art Studio. The studio is located on the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in Cape Breton. The artist creates stained glass mosaics, fusion glass, panel paintings and illustrations using a variety of media and techniques. The studio prides itself in reclaiming old windows, doors, sea glass and treasures others would easily discard.
Satu grew up in Kuopio, Finland where her father, Seppo Kekalainen is an artist, he encouraged creativity in the home all throughout her childhood. Satu immigrated to Canada in 1982, where she met her husband, David. In her early twenties, Satu started training in the field of arts and craft where she attended George Brown and Georgian College for graphic design. The graphic design program encouraged Satu to work in various mediums and techniques. She later directed the art department of the families printing business doing typesetting, logo design and ad layouts.
While living in the Northern Ontario Satu had an opportunity to study water colour painting with a local artist/illustrator, Martha Brestovansky painting portraits of children. In 1997 the family moved to Cape Breton. While continuing to paint, Satu enrolled in a stained glass course instructed by Robina Bagnell. These classes were held in the Cape Breton Lyceum. This led her to experiment with mosaic work. Satu enjoys working with small detailed pieces that are used to assemble the mosaic. In many ways, although the medium is glass it resembles her early work in water colour with its attention to detail and colours.