New Studio, New Work

As an artist building up your career, you must work with the space you have, and for years I have done just that- worked from my living room, then a small loft, then a large bedroom, back to the loft and sometimes just on a plot of grass. Literally- where ever. So you can imagine my delight when I recently moved into a 12x45 foot studio! Here's some pictures and details about how we took it from moldy to sparkle and shine.

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Art and the Lake

It's very normal for me from time to time, to get an incredible urge to leave the city and immerse myself in the rich and beautiful fabric of nature. I grew up having spent a lot of time in the outdoors, fishing with my father and exploring the Canadian Rockies where I grew up. I have an insatiable appetite for star gazing which feels almost like something I need in order to feel my true self. I recently had one of these urges and so I packed up my car with canvasses and headed to a small island where a friend owns an off-grid cabin (solar powered) on a pristine quiet lake. Once I had settled in, I made my way to the dock that appears magically suspended on the glassy lake.

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The Golden Touch

There are so many public spaces that we visit day in and day out, most of them serve a function that we don't relate to beauty- they are generally just places to get things done. But I have the curious pleasure of going to one space that in many cases would make a person nervous. Instead, this space is beautiful and inviting. In this post I share how I decided to create an art piece for the office of a local business, and how touches of gold brought it all together.

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Inspiration for the struggling Creative ~ Climate Change.

The Great Turning ( from Joanna Macy's "Coming back to Life" ) The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. The ecological and social crises we face are inflamed by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits--in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste.

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On natures time

Recently, I teamed up with photographer Troy Moth to paint the body of a model for a nature series he did. I was asked to design and paint the models body in full, based on an inuit myth of a woman who falls from a boat and then inhabits the sea. Troy had an idea in mind and I decided to freestyle the design based on some passed drawings I've done. I also found some great tribal images which added inspiration. After finding the smoothest body paint I could, I headed up to Troys beautiful barnyard studio. It's a lovely studio very close to the ocean, with raw wood and big high ceilings. The feeling of a warm afternoon and a simple beauty surrounded me.

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