Happy New Year to you all! I'm back after a holiday hiatus from blogging. I have been busy in my studio over the past month, so look for upcoming posts on what I've been up to there. 2014 was a good art year for me, and I feel like I'm rolling into 2015 full steam ahead!
Art and Inspiration:
I started the year off with one of the largest paintings I've done, the three-and-a-half by six foot "Aeons II". It was exhibited a couple of times.
Over the year, I had work in five exhibitions, including a two-person show called "Form and Place" at Britannia Art Gallery. It was a lovely culmination of sharing studio space with Veronica Aimone before she consolidated her studio and production space in another location.
I've started working on a new major series of work called "Precious Things Hidden In The Earth". Those of you who visited my studio may have seen these works as they are developing. They will be exhibited as part of an Art Azo Group show called "Gold Runs Through It" at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery in April 2015.
I also spent a lot of time looking at art this year, and getting inspired. Highlights include exhibits of work by Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jane Cardiff, Lawren Harris, Jock Macdonald, Langdon Mackenzie, Ed Burtynsky, Janna Watson and a trip to Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa soaking in some big-city culture. I also spent a lot of time looking at Joan Mitchell's work online and in print.
2014 was also a year of community building and contribution.
I've consistently shared inspriations, painting tips, and information about art events in weekly blog posts since the spring, and will continue to do so.
2014 saw a resurgence of teaching, including a workshop at Venus Art Studios in Palm Desert CA, 5 weeks with the Riverside Art Circle, as well as my regular classes at Vancouver community centres and free demos for Opus and various artist groups. It was also a lot of fun to judge the Opus Plein Air Painting Challenge! The new year is shaping up to be just as busy in this regard. Classes start January 9th, 19, 22nd, ...
As usual, many charities look to artists for paintings to auction as part of their fundraising efforts. This year I supported two major charities: I painted a child's chair for the Vancouver Go-Gos (associated with the Dr. Stephen Lewis Foundation) and participated for the fourth year in the H'Arts For The Homeless gala for the Lookout Society.
I continued to be active on the Board of Directors for the Eastside Culture Crawl Society. I completely support their mission of transforming community through visual arts!
In addition, I participate in First Saturday Open Studios, a growing circle of Vancouver artists that open their studios monthly. Drop in for a visit!
It can be lonely in the studio! Art Azo Group was formed this year by a small group of West Coast artists to mentor, exhibit and otherwise support each other. I like and respect these artists and their work, and look forward to strengthening our connection. Our first exhibit together is in April at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery!
Thank you for you interest and support over the past year, and I'm looking forward to creating strong work and strong connections in 2015!