Greetings from my Okanagan studio! Currently, I’m fooling myself into believing I am cleaning and organizing my studio, but more accurately, I’m ‘rearranging!’ I try to be strict with myself in terms of purging materials that I had high hopes for, but have yet to find their way into a piece of art. Awesome things in my studio include: silk sari snippets from my lovely fibre artist friend, Denise, a large bag of wasp nests, rusted concrete ties found in a ditch by my glass artist friend, Cindy, while dog walking, some great leather scraps and LOTS more! As you can tell, my pals look out for me. I call them my picker sisters!
I am currently working on pieces for a show at The Peachland Art Gallery, coming this August 2018. I am part of ‘On The Edge Collective’ and our themed exhibition is titled ‘Mindscapes.’ My contribution to the group show is inspired by a quote from Jim Morrison:
"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors."
Subject matter is...well...DOORS!! Funky, distressed and curiously inviting, but closed. Smaller pieces in the show are surrealistic ‘chairscapes’ in ethereal settings.
As well, I will be in the Peachland Gallery daily, from August 7 – 13 working at my easel as part of The Artists’ In Studio event. It is fun to interact with the public, I'd love for you to come say hello and check it out!
September 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Lake Country ArtWalk! I have been a volunteer for 5 years and a participating artist for the past 4. It is a fantastic and eclectic festival. Last year, I exhibited 6 large mixed media botanical type floral pieces. I was SO pleased when 4 did not get loaded back into my car! The other 2 were sold at the ‘Under 500 Exhibit’ at the Penticton Art Gallery. It was a first for me to have a small series ‘sold out!’
Other goings on in my world: my trip to NYC in October was beyond inspirational! Many of my recent works are inspired by days spent wandering through Brooklyn and Williamsburg exploring side streets and old brownstone apartments.
I've had the pleasure of teaching art to brain injured adults for Brain Trust Canada in Kelowna. I've also spent some time deciding what I am going to do artistically with some large, stencilled, patched and battered vintage canvas Canada Post mailbags, a few commissions, and a demo at Opus Art Supplies in Kelowna and some teaching in the fall! Stay tuned or check out my feed on Instagram for up to date visuals and shenanigans! Enjoy the studio pics!