April 9, 2018
Late winter through early spring has proven to be a very exciting time: I was selected by jury as a featured artist for the 2018 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Art Gallery (three of my paintings selected), got my first art cards printed, and finished two well-received paintings. I’ll be writing about all of these in the coming weeks but first up–the cards.
I had my photograph “Aspens in White” professionally printed as 5 x 7″ cards on snow white, premium 100lb paper (the highest quality available at the printer). Upgraded the envelopes too and finished off in a clear protective sleeve. Blank inside. Currently available for purchase at the Leighton Art Centre and privately:
History: “Aspens in White” made its first appearance in 2011 (as a 16 x 20) at The Forest Show–a province-wide traveling exhibition sponsored by the Alberta Society of Artists. This was an open juried competition to which all Alberta artists could apply. They received over 400 entries and selected 50; of those, only three were photographs. The show went on for six months travelling to four locations in the province. In Edmonton and Calgary it was featured at McMullen Gallery and Leighton Art Centre. The works selected for the show were also featured in a beautiful exhibition catalogue.
December 6, 2017
I’ve been busy creating art this year and am finally getting back to the website/updating. I’m pleased to have created many of my best paintings in the last couple of years–from florals to landscapes to wildlife. Currently my focus is on building a cohesive body of work to promote as a grouping. My goals have included teaching myself to paint landscapes and various wildlife and the improvement from one work to the next has been exponential. I’ll be adding about seven paintings to the site over the next week (under the gallery in landscapes/wildlife, and abstract) and will feature a few here.
May 8, 2017
I’m proud to have my work selected again for the annual Leighton Art Centre and Museum’s Juried Members’ Show. This show highlights “the best of the best” work of the Leighton artists as determined by a jury panel (this year 60 artists selected from the 110 who submitted three works each). The show opened May 6 on a beautiful warm afternoon, to over 212 visitors in two hours!
I’m in excellent company–where else do you find Leighton centre member artists–locally at galleries in Banff (including the Whyte museum and Fairmont galleries), Canmore, and Calgary (including the Stampede art show and auction); in regional and national juried exhibitions; in the collections of corporations and universities; and on the walls of private individuals all over the world. All art is available for purchase, and the show runs until June 18. Please see website for hours and directions.
acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas, as framed for the show
about 22 x 22″ framed
It has been enlightening/surprising for me to discover all the different things people are seeing in this work–which I finished in late
November 2016. It was inspired by a hawk that I photographed on our property:
I have finished several other paintings since this time and will
gradually add them to the website. As ever, with limited time available my primary focus is on creating the art–not the promotion.
November 8, 2016
I’ve worked on six paintings since May: two abstracts on new-to-me supports that I’m not convinced are quite finished; a landscape and a floral I’m keeping as colour and design references/considering studies for future works; and two florals (including Violaceous–the featured work on my home page) that I’ve recently delivered, along with 11 other works, to the Leighton Art Centre.
The Leighton hosts the annual Christmas in the Country Art Sale. The event is longstanding and the biggest in the Calgary region for *living, local* artists. It’s a great opportunity to see a number of my works in person and to purchase unframed before December. Information below. Please note days and hours of operation. Also, all the art bins involved in this sale are available to view during the week and will be out until Nov. 26.
Aside from packaging and preparing work for that sale, I’ve painted colour swatches and gathered my reference materials for several more paintings–one landscape and two or three wildlife–I often think about what I’m going to do long before I get to it at this point in my family life.
Creative endeavours with the new school year also include being the new volunteer editor for a monthly school newsletter. I saw the opportunity to expand its scope and size–a redesign, the addition of photography, colour, visual interest….That, along with the opportunity to also use my English degree and work experience for editing, wordsmithing, organizing, headlines….it’s a satisfying and unique way for me to give back.
May 11, 2016
A few pictures from the wonderful Leighton art show opening on Sat. May 7–the gallery/museum exterior, the 80-acre grounds with spectacular views, and my work as framed.
Change of Season
acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas, framed
15 x 30″
May 4, 2016
It’s exciting and rewarding to have my work featured on social media in the promotion of the Leighton show–really looking forward to it.
March 15, 2016
“Change of Season,” completed in early March, is a new favourite of mine. I began with a colour scheme and subject in mind, but painted with chance, a fair amount of risk, and very rarely with a brush.
In this work I enjoy the transluscent glow of water media, lost and found edges, the character of pattern impressions, the push and pull of abstract versus reality, and the colours of the outdoors at this time of year. The work is an ode to our ubiquitous back-and front-yard residents, snowshoe hare, whose fur changes colour with each season to blend in with the environment.
I can see painting a whole line of these.
While I often paint subject matter in true-to-topic colours, in this case I am also using my very favourite “every day” colours–those of blue spruce, aspen bark, turquoise lakes, dried grasses, snow, earth, and sky.
update: this painting has been selected by jury for the
14th Annual Juried Members’ Show
“The Best of the Best”
Leighton Art Centre www.leightoncentre.org
May 7-June 19, 2016
Change of Season
15 x 30″
acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas
February 23, 2016
I am very much inspired by nature and the colours associated with the seasons and thus work in a cyclical, organic way when it comes to subject matter.
Every holiday season I admire poinsettias and think
“I need to paint those.” As mother of three children between the ages of 9 and 16, however, I never have the time in December. So as of January this year I was eager to begin, using both live specimens and some of my photographs for reference.
I enjoy challenging myself and experimenting with different methods, materials, and sizes (how else to learn what works best). Having never painted poinsettias before, I began five paintings in succession on four different kinds of supports. I finished three (two support types simply could not hold up to my mixed-media methods).
I begin with a colour scheme in mind and a general idea of the design, and then let the paint have a voice before directing the process once more. The experience helps to crystallize for me what I find so magical about painting–forethought and design match spontaneity, chance and nuance. Semi-abstract images capture the essence of what I love about these flowers, with plenty of room for my imagination. Texture both literal and implied, and occasionally subtle metallics, add surface interest. My experiments don’t always work out–but they often lead to an end result that I find visually and intellectually more exciting than anything literal.
While I begin with a basis in reality and a knowledge of the flower structure, the end result is created, not copied. Because each one is completely unique, I enjoyed giving the final poinsettia paintings an invented variety name that suited them.
Poinsettia – Linen and Lace
16 x 20″
acrylic and metallics on mixed-media panel
~my first poinsettia painting
Poinsettia – Feliz Navidad
16 x 20″
acrylic on mixed-media panel
Poinsettia – Evergreen
15 x 30″
acrylic and metallics on gallery-wrap canvas
Update: in early 2018 I reworked this painting into a red poinsettia–“Painted Lady”