Monday, 11 September 2017

Modern Mississauga

It's a great feeling when you are going through the news and find an article about the art show you are in plus a picture of one of your paintings! Check out the article about Arts on the Credit Tour and see a picture of my Love Swans painting!

https://www.modernmississauga.com/main/2017/9/11/the-2017-arts-on-the-credit-tour

Friday, 8 September 2017

Known for....

I was at Fan Expo last weekend and my artist friends inspired me to create something to display at my art shows. If you see an artist at a show for the first time you don't know them or their background, reputation and previous work. So why not create a board to spark conversation! You will be more likely to show interest in, support and invest in someone once you have made that connection.

As for me I have just won 3rd place at Visual Arts Mississauga's Beyond! Exhibit for my piece Sunset at Rhododendron Gardens! A piece I love and I am proud of.  I also have a great background in the animation industry working on many fantastic projects that I have just loved! I have created, modelled, surfaced, rigged.... numerous characters, props and environments on many popular shows! Animation is a challenging and fantastic industry to be a part of!

Let's get some conversation going!


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Enjoy!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fall Shows

Tonight I sit here, wiring up and prepping some of my new pieces to get them ready for my upcoming shows this month. So proud of these paintings. They each challenged me in their own way, and they evoke thoughts and feelings and remind me of how beautiful life can be.

In 2012, I was in a traumatic car accident, and one thing that has helped me in my recovery was being outside with nature. Nature makes your problems and stresses seem smaller, beautiful views and peaceful moments can create a sense of calm and mindfulness.

Sept 17th 10am-4pm Art in the Park, at Riverwood

Sept 23-24 Arts on the Credit Tour


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fall is coming

Fall is coming, a season we all have mixed emotions about. We dread the end of summer, when the days get shorter, the weather unpredictable and the wind brings a cold chill. It's a season of change, often the start of school for many, a chance to grow as a person, a chance to move on and embrace something new. As we grew and think about the future the trees also begin to change, first one leaf then many and soon our landscape is a beautiful array of colours! I use to dread fall now I embrace change and take the time to appreciate the beauty that fall brings!

The Path
10"x8"
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

YellowTree
10"x8"
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Yellow Tree - Balance
10"x8"
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Dark Lake - Reflection

Dark Lake - Reflection
24"x20"
Acrylic on canvas
2017
On a clear summers day, when the lake is calm and the water is still, you can see everything clearly. This was a special moment I had while stand up paddle boarding on Dark Lake in Ontario. We are so lucky in Canada to be surrounded by so many gorgeous lakes. Had a lot of fun painting this piece!
WIP - stage 1, painting the base colour and sketching in chalk the composition
WIP - stage 2, land and sky are starting to come together

Dark Lake - Reflection - final piece


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

learn the rules, so you can break them

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso

A great quote, one of my animation school teachers would always say you need to know the rules in order to break them. I feel like that is true is so many things. I love art since it challenges you, you study and learn, through trial and error, through watching and learning from others. Life experiences change you, and how you see things. Learn the rules, so as an artist you can break them and find your own unique stye.