Meet Our Team

Jessica Wardle-Twitchen

Senior Art Consultant

Jessica grew up in the historic county of Oxfordshire, England, before moving to Whistler for a life of world-class, part time mountain riding and full time art consulting!

“I studied Fine Art at university in Bristol. With the city being a hub for the culture and arts scene in England, myself and nine others set up Latch, a gallery that aimed to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their practice. Finding an artwork you love is rare to find. So, assisting people acquire beautiful works to bring them daily joy and inspiration is my favourite part about being an art consultant.”

Drink of Choice: There’s some things Canadians do get right - one of them being a Caesar with extra celery salt!

Jenna Shamoon

Senior art Consultant

Jenna came over to Whistler Contemporary Gallery from Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating from York University with an MA in Art History, Jenna worked as an independent curator creating exhibitions in Hamilton and Toronto, and has also worked in public galleries and in the field of fine art appraisal.

“I am happy to be stepping back into the world of Contemporary art! I'm excited for the opportunity to help clients grow their collections as well as build relationships with the many wonderful artists we represent.”

Drink of Choice: Dark and Stormy

Tara Ryan

Senior Art Consultant

Tara grew up in Ontario and moved to Whistler "for a winter" in 2003.

“I love everything about the mountains and when I'm not in the Gallery I'm out exploring or painting them. I studied Art and Marketing in College and have worked in those fields for the majority of my career. Seeing how a particular painting can overwhelm the viewer with pure joy is one of my favourite things about being an Art Consultant.”

Drink of Choice: A Dusty's Voyager is a great way to end the ski day


Art consultant

Madeleine has a rich academic background in the Humanities from the University of Bristol. Her lifelong engagement with art is evident from her affiliations with the Tate Modern and her academic pursuits, such as her illustrated children's book on Henry VIII and research on art's role in political dissent. Beyond the world of art, Madeleine's varied experiences have honed her communication and interpersonal skills. Her time in hospitality, her role as a teacher at Whistler’s international school, and her volunteer endeavours underline her empathy and adaptability. Described as a fast learner with an analytical mind, Madeleine effortlessly merges creativity with innovation, always eager to embrace new experiences and challenges.

Drink of Choice: Negroni

Robbie Brew

Regional Manager

Robbie is excited to join the Whistler Contemporary Gallery Team. Originally from Sydney, Australia, his love for snowboarding drew him to Whistler in October 2010. The beauty of his surroundings, coupled with his extensive knowledge and management experience, guided him to the world of art.

"When I'm not in the gallery, you'll find me exploring the vast wilderness, enjoying everything the sea-to-sky region offers — from mountains to beaches."

Drink of Choice: A cold, crisp lager on a sunny lake day.

Tara Wolters-Smythe

Off Piste Fine Arts. GM
Tara grew up on Vancouver Island and eventually landed in Vancouver to head to Business School. Craving the small town feel again, she moved up to Squamish and started working at Whistler Contemporary Gallery as our Business Manager. Bringing over 20 years of experience in luxury retail, distribution and management, she is excited to explore her new direction in the art world. 

“Art brings people joy and happiness, helping our clients place beautiful works in their homes is an amazing experience, one that I’m proud to be a part of.”

Drink of Choice: Tara will never turn down a nice glass of wine.




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