NEWS AND STUDIO UPDATES
This section includes highlights of some of my latest work, as well as
information about exhibitions and shows.
BEHAVIOURAL DESIGN CONSULTANCY
Since April, I was enrolled in the Advanced Colour Group Mentoring Programme through Karen Haller: Behavioural Design Consultancy. Based in the UK, this fantastic program specializes in Applied Colour and Design Psychology. Last week, I received a Certificate in Advanced Colour and Design Methods for Industry Professionals, Stage 1 - Foundation Course.
I really learned the importance of creating harmonious colour palettes for our overall well being and the psychological effects colour has on our behaviours. I also learned the importance of positive colour choices in creating supportive environments and to always be thoughtful of the behavioural outcomes within a given space.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who works with colour within their business. As an artist, this was something we did not learn in Art School and this valuable knowledge moves beyond the concepts of the colour wheel and the principles of art and design. For more information, please check out karenhaller.com
"Weaving the Chronicles of my Past in a Dewdrop World". Mixed media. 42" x 48". 2023
The Japanese poet. Kobayashi Issa once wrote:
“This dewdrop world - is a dewdrop world, and yet, and yet…”
Embracing Kintsugi - the art of ‘golden joinery’ I rub the cracks with iridescent gold and mica pigment. Creating these golden veins chronicles my imperfect past and is a reminder of the beauty of human fragility. I weave linen by hand then crack grout to create tactile skins. Using a hammer and chisel I chip away then patiently mend, saturating them in acrylic paint. This dewdrop metaphor is a reflection of life in a world of instability - stability, adversity - fortitude, suffering - beauty.
COMMISSION IN PROGRESS
Currently working on a commission for a Calgary office inspired by the landscape of the Prairies. Thank you so much to Nathan and The Invermere Gallery and Glass Studio.
Samples in Progress
AN ESCAPE TO A
"A utopia nestled at the end of a long, winding logging road, at first I questioned whether this place existed".
This is how I describe Hihiume Lake. Located high into the mountains at 4500 feet elevation near Cache Creek this remote place is magical. Rustic cabins, a pristine mountain lake, hand made fishing boats and the call of the loons - High Hiume enables one to totally lose track of "time".
Known for their Kamloops rainbow trout we would spend endless hours in our fishing boat then smoke our catch from the day. I would spend some afternoons on our porch watching cats chase chipmunks, the loons swimming peacefully on the lake sipping a cold can of local cider. If you are in need of a getaway from the bustling city, a detox from technology or are in search of inspiration - this place is for you. It is the perfect place as there is no cell service and electricity.
Check out hihiumlake.ca.
NEW WORK FOR
THE UKAMA GALLERY, GRANVILLE ISLAND
These three pieces entitled, "Meditations on rediscovery and restoration". mixed media. 24" x 96" will be installed at The UKAMA Gallery the first week of March. These pieces explore the art of kintsugi, and rediscovering a new mental clarity. The pieces also utilize an iridescent mica pigment rubbed into the surface - symbolizing that in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of light or hope within us.
"Meditations on rediscovery and restoration #1, #2, #3". Mixed media. 2023
Detail. "Meditations on rediscovery and restoration #3". Mixed media.
A COMMISSION FOR A
"Subtle and Elegant"
Currently working on two 24" x 60" pieces for a Tsawwassen home. Thank you
so much to Margaret and Harvey from Art Junction Gallery and Framing in Whistler.
A COMMISSION FOR A NORTH
"The Mystery and Serenity of
the Deep Blue Sea"
Just completed this 42" x 72" commission for a North Vancouver home in hues of dark emerald greens, pthalo blues and greens, raw sienna, cobalt blues and black. Inspired by the clients passion for scuba diving, this piece utilized more then 80 washes of colour. Thank you so much to Dave and The Ukama Gallery - I am grateful for your constant support and creative encouragement.
A COMMISSION FOR A PALM
"An Ochre: The Oldest Known
Thank you so much to Janine and Mireille from The UKAMA Gallery and Gregory for this exciting commission. This 24" x 70" piece will explore titanium white, nuances of greys and yellow ochre. Ochre is the earliest known pigment to paint our world. It was the most commonly used pigment for painted walls in ancient Egypt and the Egyptians loved yellow ochre as they associated it with gold - "the colour of the Gods." Yellow ochre can be found throughout archeological sites in Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Mexico and Egypt.
CELEBRATING MY 54TH COMMISSION
I am grateful to my wonderful galleries, my lovely clients, my forever loyal and faithful friends and family for their constant support and creative encouragement!