Window Kitty Tibetan Flags
Collage on canvas
After taking Fine Arts at the U of A Edmonton, I was discouraged enough to quit painting completely. The going trends were conceptual art, performance, happenings, and just about anything except visual art. I turned to illustration, creating for children’s books and educational material.
But the itch for painting did not leave. A quick brush-up course in acrylics put me back on track. Eventually I joined the Calgary FCA. Attending art workshops helped redevelop rusty skills; I started showing locally: streetscapes and old buildings became favorite subjects.
As my commitment grew, I moved to The Arc, a live/work studio in east Vancouver. The companionship of other artists and the wonderfully textured urban landscape inspired productivity and progress. I showed my work in local Vancouver venues such as the Gachet, Brittania, The Cultch, the Artemis and Cityscapes in North Van, as well as the CVAG and TOSH here on the Island, where I eventually put down my roots. I still frequently return to urban themes, having never lost my love of the city.
Most recently I’ve turned my attention to collage, finding it playful and satisfying, yet often leading to narrative content that I wasn’t consciously anticipating. Sometimes I’m surprised by the emergence of deeper meanings that I hadn’t intentionally planned. There’s a certain freedom to arranging the pieces, much like a jigsaw puzzle without a guiding image. One thing just leads to another, and it’s fun to see what happens.
Length/Depth: 12 in
Width: 12 in
Height: 1.5 in
Length/Depth: 15 in
Width: 15 in
Height: 4 in
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