It may take three ferries to get there, but Hornby Island does not disappoint. I've been there a couple of times in the summer and it has so many memorable landscapes that I can envision many more paintings to come. Here is a little behind the scenes timelapse of 'A Worthwhile Journey' which features Helliwell Provincial Park. I have painted a smaller version of this view already, but I really wanted to tackle it in a larger size. This is 36"x36" and will be available March 3rd on Artwrk.ca. If you'd like the early access to the release, Join my Subscriber list.
For the Love of Landscapes
My Friendly Neighbourhood Forest
I'm excited to share my upcoming exhibition news, Of Restorative Nature, which opens November 23rd at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. I'll be showing some of my Regeneration paintings alongside the work of Lynda Fownes and Eileen Walsh.
This series depicts the constant renewal of life emerging on the old growth stumps of North Vancouver. The paintings attempt to convey the combination of energy and calm found in the forests as well as the lush layers of vegetation surrounding the strong foundation of the stumps.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, being at home with restless children necessitated several walks each day in the surrounding woods to release our pent-up energy. The Seymour valley has many beautiful trails which are a source of creativity and entertainment for us all. While my children were imagining space settings, castles, and forts in the stumps, I began to picture these sculptural giants in other colours, with personalities and moods, animating them as well as contemplating them as they once were. Shown here are Class Clown (or the joker), The Rebel, and The Seductress. The rest of the cohort will be available Nov 23rd - Dec 19th. Visit the West Vancouver Community Arts Council event listing for more information about the exhibition.
Feel That Sun on Your Face
Would you like to join me on a journey to the desert? This past spring we had seemingly endless rain here in North Vancouver. The wet, dark days led me to start reflecting back on a nice, dry, hot trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I had been saving some photos from the Hidden Valley Trail to explore with my paints. The Metamorphic Collection is the result of that exploration which will be released Oct 21st on Artwrk.ca
These paintings represent the beauty and abstract quality of the other-worldly landscape in the desert. The vast, exposed spaces, and the way the land has been sculpted with rugged rock formations and boulders over time lends itself well to both landscape and abstract pieces. It’s a hostile environment for animals and vegetation, but somehow everything looks smoothed over. The warm and inviting palette is meant to remind you of that glorious feeling of the sun shining on your (SPF covered) face. Those on my subscriber list will receive the first access to purchase this collection. I can't wait to share the Metamorphic Collection with you.
These four pieces will be available this Thursday Oct 6 until Saturday Oct 8th in the online Square Foot Show. I'll post the link on my site to purchase on Thursday and those on my subscriber list will receive it first. Can't wait to be apart of this online sale of 292 paintings. You can read more about my inspiration in the previous blog post.
I'm thrilled to have been invited to enter the Square Foot Show by amazing watercolour painter Andrea England. The theme is Autumn. Growing up in Southern Ontario my Fall memories include the prevalent bright reds, oranges and yellows, and bringing my whole kindergarten class home to jump in the leaves of our great big backyard tree. While I miss those brilliant reds, the Fall colours here in Vancouver are no less spectacular. Driving up to Whistler on a crisp Fall weekend from Vancouver, you will find a gorgeous array of yellows and oranges set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and the aqua tinted waters of Howe Sound or Green Lake. My four pieces for the Square Foot Show are all flashes of Fall splendor, slivers of ever changing perfect views. Shown below are two of my entries: Now You See It and Now You Don't.
The Square Foot Show in Autumn features one-of-a-kind original 12″x 12″ paintings around the theme of Autumn, created by 52 artists from across North America. Each piece is the same price ($300) and will be available through the Square Foot Show website when the show begins. There’s a reason, after all, that Square Foot Show has become known as the “Black Friday of Art!” I'll be sharing the link here and directly with my subscribers list prior to the show going live. I've seen pieces fly out the door in this sale, so if you see something you like, it's best to jump right on it when it opens on Thursday October 6th (closing Oct 8th).
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September Giveaway Coming Soon
September is one of my favourite months - it's my birthday, my twin boys' birthday, and the birthdays of many of my other close loved ones. In the spirit of giving, I'm going to do a giveaway - the winner will get to choose from a selection of small original paintings or available Limited Edition Reproductions. Enter to win by referring your art appreciating friends to my mailing list. For every friend you refer, you will get another entry. Check back here in the beginning of September for the details and the potential pieces you could win. For now I'll be squeezing every last bit out of the remaining days of summer and I hope you are doing that too!