spring in winter

So it’s Mardi Gras today. A very subdued one due to pandemic. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which marks the time of fasting and contemplation in preparation for Easter. Emmaus Community, AbbeyChurch and St Matthias ( of Chapel Gallery fame ) have made a booklet of reflections and prayers by communityContinue reading “spring in winter”

lockdown collaboration

How do artists keep in touch during lockdown? How do we keep our spirits up? Over 60 artists in Victoria BC, Canada answered these questions with the project ‘Postcards From the Pandemic.’ The project was intiated and facilitated by BOXCARSIX and included 60 artists and produced over 900 postcards. The cards were exhibited at TheContinue reading “lockdown collaboration”

post card project

For the last number of weeks, I have participated in an initiative by a local contemporary artist collective BOXCARSIX in their Post Card Project. It was conceived as a means for members to be in touch with each other and continue making art together during the time of lock-down. Each artist would begin a card,Continue reading “post card project”

Until 5 Memory

I am very glad and grateful that four of my pieces from A Complex Grief are included in Victoria Arts Council’s magazine ‘Until 5‘ which engages with the theme of memory. Here is an excerpt from the foreword: “In the following pages, there is a surprising array of interpretations to the theme of Memory. SomeContinue reading “Until 5 Memory”

the persistence of love

I take courage from an idea by Gandhi, which I paraphrase:Love must exist, it must be powerful – otherwise how is it that human beings survive even with all the awful things we perpetrate upon the world?  Gandhi points out that history is full of news of trouble, hurt and catastrophe, but it neglects toContinue reading “the persistence of love”

take this cup

“Cup” was made with conte and acrylic paint in 2010, and digitally edited in 2020. This image was published in the Emmaus Community’s booklet of meditations for the season of Lent.  Here is my reflection: As I considered the scriptures for today’s reading, an early artwork of mine came to mind. What does it depict?Continue reading “take this cup”

art and empathy

Art is often described as either a luxury or past-time. Rarely do we hear art being described as essential. But science is showing that art is a valuable tool for developing empathy and attention. I was thankful to be asked to provide a workshop ‘Art and Empathy’ for the ‘We Together‘ Conference for the AnglicanContinue reading “art and empathy”

interworld opens

Interworld opened on May 3rd and ran to May 12, 2019. It was the first of two exhibitions from the mentorship program at arc.hive. “Seven artists navigate the Interworld to produce works exploring time, transformation, the uncanny, and the secretive and silenced worlds of trauma and mental health.”  The artists included Shae Anthony, Desiree DeRuiter, Markus Drassl, SusanContinue reading “interworld opens”