The first three months of 2016 were busy in and out of my art studio and this momentum has continued. I have been busy capturing moments with my camera, working on new paintings and sharing my story with editors. Here is a re-cap of the past three months in my world.
APRIL SEES A NEW PAINTING: something new inspired by my hometown of Victoria, BC. This time of year we are known for our blooms and our iconic Victorian flower baskets hanging from lamp posts around the city. Each Spring more than 1600 baskets can be seen around the city. These particular baskets hang in front of The Fairmont Empress Hotel on the inner harbour. The hotel used to be cloaked in a thick layer of emerald green ivy, fit for a queen or an Empress. This is ‘EMPRESSED’.
Capturing images and moments with my camera allows me to build a catalogue of reference for future paintings. I hit the World Women's Rugby Sevens tournament in Langford BC at Rugby Canada headquarters. Rugby fever is growing leading up to the Summer Olympics in Rio. Smells of fried onions on hot dogs, a parade of costumed fans, flags of all countries, the beauty of the athletes in motion...passion expressed on the field and in the stands.
With the news of a fallen hero in our community, I felt compelled to attend the RCMP regimental procession, to the funeral for Cst. Sarah Beckett. With near 4000 in police dress and red serge, it was a sight we have not seen in this community before today. Sarah is the first female RCMP officer in British Columbia to lose her life while on duty. Our thoughts are with the family, friends, & colleagues of Constable Sarah Beckett and the Westshore RCMP.
IN THE NEWS: In March, I did an interview with EMBOSS Magazine in Toronto; the April 'Vibrance' issue. EMBOSS is a digital and on-demand print publication that chronicles the evolution of art in the global creative sphere. A big thank you to everyone at EMBOSS! A sneak peek of my four page feature, get the issue here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1091136
EXPLORING THE BEACHES OF VANCOUVER ISLAND: with the summer-like weather drawing me out of the studio; I have found myself with numerous opportunities to capture the coastline areas of Vancouver Island. Beginning in Jordan River in April, I spent a few days off-line exploring the coastline of the area. In May, I was exploring the beaches of Parksville Bay and Craig Bay (Rathtrevor) where the tide goes out 1km and across the latter the distance is 5km. Between the two I put about 25km on my hiking boots and bled my camera batteries dry. The end of May found me exploring Tofino including; Chesterman Beach, Frank Island, Long Beach, Cox Bay Beach, Tofino Harbour and village. These areas of Clayoquot Sound are fertile with sea life, rain forests and sensitive ecosystems. Recently designated BC's first United Nations Biosphere Reserve - nature comes first in this area. There are no big box stores, fast food joints, plastic water bottles, or panhandlers. It is a community of about 2000 permanent residents which balloons during the Summer and surf season. It is a very healthy and fit existence that co-exists with nature. I enjoyed some of the best and healthiest meals I have ever eaten, and I ate pretty much every seafood available. If you haven't been, get yourself over to this gem on the Canadian landscape. I definitely left a piece of myself there and look forward to returning.
IN THE NEWS; NOW ON PERMANENT FILE IN MONTREAL: I am honoured to have my artist file cataloged and available at Artexte in Montreal. ARTEXTE offers a significant collection of art documentation and authoritative resources, as well as a network of multidisciplinary partners. Featuring 25,000 art publications, including 4,000 Canadian artists' files. Artexte's partnerships and alliances are built with others who also seek to bring attention to the value of documentation produced by the study and practice of contemporary art. ARTEXTE affirms the presence of experimental, innovative and critical components of this field. Its activities touch on all aspects of contemporary visual art from 1965 to today, with special emphasis placed on Quebec and Canada. http://e-artexte.ca/26992/
IN THE NEWS: FEATURED in the June/July Canada Day issue of Reader's Digest Our Canada Magazine. A four-page feature on my Canadian paintings and a few secrets. A big thank you to Gary and everyone at Our Canada, for sharing my words and my art. Thank you also to Peter Scoular and Penny Rogers for providing reference images for the People of Canada Portrait Project paintings featured in the article.
MAY: ANOTHER NEW PAINTING: Inspired by the spectator at the Women's World Rugby Sevens Tournamnet in Langford, BC
The Reigning Spectator
acrylic on canvas
JUNE; ART INSTALLED IN SIDNEY: today we took a drive to Sidney By The Sea to find the most recent application of my art to an exterior in the city. This marks the fourth location in Sidney where you can find my work. The original painting was created in 2011 and depicts a day on Island View Beach, near Sidney BC. The city has licensed these images from me and printed them on weatherproof wraps which, from what I can see, endure all weather conditions over many years. A beautiful way to bring art and interest to exteriors.
NEW PAINTING! the seventh painting for the People of Canada Portrait Project, 'Love Canoe'.
HAVE YOU SENT US A PHOTO? People of Canada Portrait Project is still going strong! We are happy to announce that we will be opening submissions once again. With a new portrait painting underway and many to complete before 2017, I am excited about spending more time hearing your stories and collaborating with you on this project. For more info or to submit your photo, please visit http://www.peopleofcanada.ca
July 1st, 2016 not only represents Canada Day, it represents nine years working full-time on my art career. Prior to this I was working jobs while painting at night and on the weekends. Having nine years to work solely on furthering my experience, ability, knowledge and reach into the art world, has been an absolute privilege. This year I will be celebrating Canada Day on the edge of the arctic circle, in a place known as the land of the midnight sun, Yellowknife. I am excited to see what visions this trip will bring and what influences will find their way into my art.