Friday, February 23, 2018

Late night in the print studio

There was a great buzz in the SNAP studio with all the lithographers doing there thing during Marc Siegner's class last night. I stayed late and worked on a few new viscosity print plates. Thanks Don Colpitts for hanging out and taking this photo of my copper plate. It was great fun to see how the prints turned out, I think I am beginning to understand how this works. Always different, always unpredictable. Then late at night when the studio was quite, I painted and pulled a couple more monotypes. Working this way is so satisfying. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Shifts and New Routines

For the last few weeks I have been thinking about environments and the attachments I have to places, the importance land has in my life and how I identify with certain places and spaces.  The practice of  working out imagery, colour palette, marks, and textures is something that is becoming an regular part of my creative routine. I am moving from a representational approach of documenting spaces, places and objects to a more abstracted interpretation in order to capture an essence of a space rather than a recognizable reminder, or accurate picture. The images pictured here is some field work I did few weeks back when I went snowshoeing out and about in my neighbourhood. Winter is long and I am learning to embrace it's beauty.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!

What a year! Graduating from the BFA program at the University of Alberta has brought with it a new found freedom! Splitting my time between my home studio and the print studio at SNAP in Edmonton, AB is providing the right mix of community and solitude. Expressive approaches to image making is liberating! I look forward to a year of developing this abstracted language and showing my work! Happy New year everyone!

Monday, October 23, 2017

I started teaching with the City Arts Centre in Edmonton this summer. I taught a floral workshop to beginner painters in August and am currently teaching level 1 and 2 Acrylic Painting and Travel Journaling. The students are great to work with, all of them have been very enthusiastic about learning. I work at setting them up with the foundations of drawing and painting with the goal of having them be successful with incorporating creativity into their lives in what every they way they intend. It is really great to be a part of the students journey to creativity and art appreciation! I am so proud of every one of them!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Quite a bit of time has passed since my last post, so I figured I would update those of you who are still following my blog on what I have been up to. After graduating in the spring from the University of Alberta with a BFA, I jumped right into the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers studio to start some printmaking projects. I also continued working on paintings, first having a rented space, but soon discovering I needed to have the painting part of my practice at home as I tend to work late into the night when I paint and did not need a forty five minute commute between me and my bed at the end of painting sessions. 

Transitioning from three years of full time studies to professional art practice after Undergraduate studies has not been easy. I discovered I needed to heal, being kind to myself and allowing for a margin of time to discover new routines, new ways of seeing the world, and new ways of expressing my experiences. My work has shifted formally from representational to the abstract. I can not tell you how exhilarating it is to work in a way that is purely reactionary and expressive. 

This blog has gone through many shifts, and now another shift is occurring. I will be sharing here my creative process, progress on projects, research and other things that feed into my creative practice. I invite you once again to join me as I work through life creativity.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Exhibition Announcement and a Long Overdue Update

The past year has been filled with full time studies at the University of Alberta. This experience has proved to be insightful as to my capacity for learning and stretching conceptual thought. One thing that has been a constant throughout last year and the year before has been meeting with a group of artist while studying the human figure. I am pleased to have an opportunity to show selected new figurative work that I have produced over the last two years with this group and in classes from this last year with my creative studies. Capturing the living breathing essence of being is proving to be a practice that is informing my artistic practice as a whole.

If you are in the area I hope you consider joining me and the other artist for the opening reception Thursday August 4th from 6 to 9pm at the VASA Gallery in St. Albert, AB.

Thank you for staying with me during this long break from posting. I look forward to sharing with you more frequently all that fuels my creative practice. This will include but not be limited to sketches, studies, photos, and quite possibly some of my creative non fiction writing and poetry!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

All Together

All Together
Oil on Canvas

I get lost in the shadows and the light of still life paintings. The push and pull of light and shadow around the objects and the transparency and reflective surfaces created a wonderful playground within this still space.

My studies at the University of Alberta are coming to an end for this year. I enjoyed exploring new medium, developing a new language to express moments that I find captivating in this life. 
I will post selected images of my work I do during my studies here, however I do look forward to posting new paintings as well. 

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Late night in the print studio

There was a great buzz in the SNAP studio with all the lithographers doing there thing during Marc Siegner's class last night. I stayed ...