Shows & Events
May 2020: After seven weeks of lockdown due to the Covid virus, I am feeling blessed that I discovered painting back in 2008. Who knew that we would be cut off from family, friends and neighbours for such a long time and we still are not allowed social contact closer than six feet. For many this time has been a real struggle but for me it has provided unlimited hours in my studio and the outdoors. For that, I am truly grateful.
My ongoing challenge is technology, how to take good enough photos and send them off, how to manage this web site. I will try and stay a bit more up to date over the next months.
The show I was scheduled to be in with Liz McArthur at Gallery Vertigo in Vernon in August 2020, will probably be postponed due to the social distancing. My studio is full of water related paintings, ready for whenever we are allowed to gather again.
I hope that when the Hope Art Gallery, which has been closed for two months, finally reopens, you will come in to see some of my work there. If you see anything on my website that interests you, please send me an email and I will try and answer any questions you might have.
October 2019: it is close to the end of October and we are happily reinventing ourselves back in Hope where we both grew up. I have my new art studio set up and now it is time to decide on what my next focus is going to look like. Because of all the walks I have had in the last month, getting reacquainted with the stunning scenery, I know that I will be painting landscapes and exploring how to abstract from those images. After my week of plein air painting with the FCA in Bamfield at the beginning of September, painting outside on site has become very appealing. I am hoping for some warm autumn days so I can spend time along the Coquihalla River and the Fraser with my easel and paints.
Thank you to all my supporters who came out for the Garden Art Show back in Vernon in July. It was truly a day to remember and I felt very honoured that so many of you wanted paintings. I know I will never have another art show to equal this one, and I am so grateful that I was able to have this once in a lifetime experience.
Our Ubuntu 5 group is having our final show at the Summerland Art Gallery and it will be on until November 15, 2019. If you have not had a chance to see one of our shows, please consider popping into the gallery before the show is taken down. The staff did an amazing job of hanging all our paintings. With five of us, there are quite a few! The focus of this show is people and our connectedness, and it has been a privilege to work with such engaging, talented artists.
I just returned from Vernon where I had five of my paintings exhibited at the Okanagan Artists of Canada's annual art show at Paddlewheel Hall, October 20, 2019. This is an amazing one day show and close to 700 people took advantage of the opportunity to peruse new work by over 50 artists. Thank you to the kind patrons who selected several of my paintings to take home. It is always so lovely to know where your paintings end up.
Liz McArthur, a friend and fellow artist from Vernon, and I are hoping to produce a body of work based around water. Both of us will be searching for images featuring water in some shape or form, and if we are lucky enough to be selected, we would be showing this work at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery next year. I will keep you informed if we hear any positive news about our proposal.
I have applied to the Hope Art Galley to become a member and hopefully show some of my paintings there in the future.