Photo credit: Jeremy Klassen/JCK Studios
Happy New Year to you!
As the year winds to an end, it feels natural to spend some time looking back, then ahead. I've pushed my art practice this year, and am considering how it will evolve and shift as I continue.
2017 had a wildly varied rhythm. The first 6 months moved slowly as I continued my PortTown series and faced some health issues. Summer saw an exciting pop of teaching activity. Then a broken ankle brought things to a crawl - almost literally! By September, I was was well on the mend, dove into activity, and the rest of the year was amazingly full and rewarding.
In particular, this year seemed to be about connecting with people through my art and teaching. A solo exhibit, 3 group exhibits, working with interior designers and new clients, teaching in new venues were highlights of the year.
I am very grateful to all of you who made places in your homes and spaces for my paintings this year. I've been fortunate to have multiple opportunities to share my work, and have a couple of great exhibits to look forward to in 2018.
In my second year in the new studio, I've settled into a happy routine and community here with the same great group of artists, and with other artists beyond the Paneficio building. Studio space is under the same pressures as affordable housing in Vancouver, so I am extremely grateful that I have such a wonderful and stable home for my art practice. If you haven't seen the new space, I encourage you to visit! Contact me to arrange a time, or drop by during First Saturday Open Studios.
Teaching continues to be an incredibly rewarding experience for me. In addition to regular community centre and studio-based courses, this summer I taught at MISSA and the Gibsons Summer School of the Arts - both times on crutches!! Huge thank yous to the students and venue staff who accommodated the restrictions of my broken ankle and made these sessions not only possible, but comfortable and enjoyable.
I am deeply thankful to you for trusting me to guide and inspire you.
Forces of Progress and Decay (16"x20", mixed media and collage on wood panel, $650, available at time of posting)
By September, my ankle was recovering well. Good thing because everything really ramped up in the fall:
I went to Portland for a short but intense few days filled with studio visits, gallery hopping and an art business mastermind session organized by Art Biz Coach. Working with Alyson Stanfield over the past couple of years has given me confidence and guidance that has really helped me propel my artwork and practice. It was such fun to reconnect with artists and friends there, see a ton of exciting artwork, and snap some new industrial photos.
It was inspiring to see my PortTown series hung together for a solo exhibit at Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby BC.
As always, I love opening my studio for the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl. I'm always so happy to welcome you to my studio and to share what goes on there. One of my experimental pieces was included in the Crawl preview exhibit (5th fifth consecutive year), and I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the Take Flight benefit. Once again, I did a limited series of hand-finished prints that sold out. A seminal piece and a new experiment also found their new homes, as did many other pieces. I've got a solo show in 6 weeks, so I'd better get painting!
MidCentury Modern 1 and 2 (18"x36" and 18"x48", acrylic on wood panel, $1500 and $1700/$2700 for diptych, available at time of this update)
Looking ahead to 2018 ...
I am excited about sharing my work with you and continuing to experiment with slightly shifting directions in my work.
Next up is another solo exhibition and a summer show with 5 other amazing artists from as far away as Chicago.
a solo exhibition of new and recent work
February 16 to March 17, 2018
Place des Arts
June 1 - 30, 2018
CityScape Art Space
North Vancouver BC
I look forward to pushing and deepening my work. Some insightful comments and questions have ideas percolating in my head. What if the pieces became more minimal? What if I use really big sheets of mylar? What if I delve more deeply into the history of specific cities or buildings? Next week I dive in to see where these ideas will take me.
Teaching continues to be an important part of my practice. I will be focusing on entry-level courses at City of Vancouver community centres, and private and small-group courses hosted at my studio. Watch my website, or subscribe to find out about new classes as they are scheduled. I'm also launching 'paint in' afternoons once a month starting January 6th as part of:
First Saturday Open Studio
Saturday January 6th
Open studio noon-5pm
"Paint In" noon-2:30pm $25
Redsokil Arts 800 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC
I absolutely will continue to share my art with you.
Thank you for being a part of my world and my creative endeavours.