Just Another Year…Not!

Happy 2021 Year!

I have been thinking of what 2020 was about…beside it being a devastating year for health around the world.

More and more artists and galleries are “pivoting” to make art more accessible to the masses, the way it should be. On-line art shows popped up in 2020 and are continuing in 2021. Around the world we can meet other artists and virtually attend world shows. I am a firm believer that the arts are a healing factor for day to day living. I am proud to be part of the ARTBOX.PROJECTS World. If anything we need to keep the arts available to all.

Creativity Un?…Defined!

I am often asked how long it takes me to finish a painting or how do I know when it is finished or….or…or…

The answer is simple and complex at the same time. It is important to remember when creating…to not overthink it. When you start to think about the materials you have or do not have, or the studio you have or do not have, you will postpone creating. Trust your instincts and delve deep inside yourself for you have all the answers, even if it takes you awhile to find them. The more you develop the ability to hear what you are telling yourself the more you will be able to access that creativity. This may sound difficult but taking gentle time for yourself, even five minutes, will be helpful.

We tend to forget our true amazing abilities but if you allow it our creative selves, which is honest, will divulge what is necessary to create.

Trust yourself by giving yourself the luxury of time and use the time to think, listen, and create!

To Title or Not to Title…That is the Question!!!

The Layers of Vintage

An artist always has the challenge of naming their piece of work. At times that challenge is minimal and short lived, other times being more of a challenge. Either way a name will develop, as when naming a child.

A name is usually the result of feelings felt during the creation. The artist’s surroundings (physical – self and nature), life experiences (mind) and overall well being (spirit) will impact the title.

Some artists make the decision to not assign a title, otherwise using “Untitled”. Often this decision is based on the artist’s belief that by using “Untitled” the viewer has no predetermined vision and therefore open to their own interpretation.

Whether titled or untitled both the artist’s and the viewer’s experience is their respective truth. If the piece has many purposes, one being to create an experience for the viewer then……….

The question remains, what do you think as an artist or as a viewer… to title or not to title?

As an artist I believe in using both. I make my decision once the piece has been completed allowing the piece to show me to title or not to title.

Either way, fill your surrounds with colour. Enjoy!

2020 The Year of Great Change – Hopefully

There really is nothing we cannot conquer together. It has been a tough year for humanity but working together, for a better future, we can achieve a better world.  Working towards a new/improved Earth for all humans, for we are all connected and when one of us is hurting, humanity as a whole is hurting. It is important to remember that we can all be successful in our own way. When we learn to value ourselves we in turn value all humanity and nature, which are intertwined. Be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth and in turn we will overcome these times.


No Mountain Too High

Solitude Can = Creativity!

First, Thank You all essential workers for your hard work. Without you we could not get through this time. You are the real heroes.

Well 2020 has been a different kind of year!

General consensus is that no one could have prepared us for this challenge. No matter your thoughts on your capability be aware you are stronger than you think.

So how do we make the most of the situation? Since we are slowing down and “physical” distancing this is a good time to look and listen to your inner self. Trust that inner self for it has been training for 300,000* years. (*National Geographic existence of humans)

Create create create …..paint, draw, play an instrument, write, sing, do what you love with no judgement or fear. Your body and mind will thank you.

Road to and from Art Basel Miami!

Wynwood is Heaven!…The Wynwood walls that is… and so is South Beach, all in all Art Basel Miami is amazing. It holds a richness in art and artist making the observer feel like they are walking through a painting. A must see for everyone. Here is a little taste of my adventure.

2019 Wynwood Walls Art Basel Miami

2019 Wynwood Walls Art Basel Miami

Exploring new ideas!

I wanted to explore a new idea and it worked. One of my new encaustic paintings can be displayed on the wall or off the wall. Never be too afraid to try something new. If it works or it doesn’t both are a success.

Creativity has no boundaries!

The creative brain cannot be stifled. Sometimes you have to give into it’s demands and hope it will works. If it does or it doesn’t both are successful. There is no such thing as failure, just a life lesson in the making.

This is my on the wall and off the wall creation. Glad I did not listen to the inner voice that tells you take the path more travelled.


The Road to One of the Biggest Art Shows!

In 2016 during an art exhibit at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa a gentleman approached my booth. He asked me if I had ever exhibited at the massive art shows, like Miami. I do not remember his exact words, but he told me my work would fit right in.

He left as quickly as he came!

His calm and matter of fact mannerism provoked my curiosity! I needed to find out more about him.  I did search and later that day discovered he was an Indian Vedic, with credits of helping people such as Martin Luther King Jr III, Robert F. Kennedy, and Cher to name only a few.

My life has been busy with many art exhibitions since our encounter! Fast forward to yesterday where I received notice three of my art pieces would be shown at Art Basel Miami 2019, one of the biggest art shows in the world.  I leave you to your reaction of this story. I can only tell you I never forgot our encounter and shortly there after  invitations to participate in shows started to flow in!

Visit the many locations during December 2 to the 8, 2019. My work will be in the Wynwood Art District.

(Third certificate to be posted at a later date.)

Nurturing the Imagination!

There is still more to come in 2019! It has been a busy summer but more importantly the imagination has been in overdrive. New paintings are ready for a variety of shows in 2019 and 2020.

September 2019 at the Artbox.Gallery in Zürich Switzerland

October 2019 at the Artbox.Talent in Zürich Switzerland

November 2019 at the Artbox.Gallery in Zürich Switzerland

November 23, 2019 at the Wall Candy Expo in Ottawa Canada

Wall Candy - Exhibiting Artist - Promo Image

And…..fingers crossed

December 2-8, 2019 Artbox.Projects in Miami

2020 Artbox.Projects in London, England and Venice, Italy dates ???

As well as save the dates May 8-10, 2020 for the 30th Anniversary of Art in the Attic, Almonte Canada

Keep well and feed your imagination!