father’s work

Art by my father on Fathers Day. The ancient Chinese described war horses as dragons in disguise. I see that in this small piece of art I have from my father. He was a blacksmith. Horses, the sound of the hammer and anvil, the black coal and flames of the forge and the steam from the red hot iron in water, were all contained in our tiny backyard.
This piece from my childhood was returned to me only last year from Australia, and while taking these pictures, I realised how much it has influenced my own war horse.

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As curator for the Stairwell Gallery I am absolutely thrilled with the work BOXCARSIX produced in response to the themes embedded in the Easter story.  Their work brings a depth of understanding and originality  to a time of year that like Christmas, can easily be taken for granted.
Read more about the work here, and follow BOXCARSIX on Instagram.

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ink and roses

The symbol of love, the rose is also the symbol of struggle and suffering; of being brave and facing the dark. Look how it is used as a motif in fairy tales- the rose that precipitates the dark tale of the Beauty and the Beast; the prince who wakes the Sleeping Beauty has to find his painful way through a wall of briar roses, the young price who wishes to rescue Rupunzel falls on a rose bush and is blinded; the roses that bloom red and one white at the very end of suffering in the story of the Wild Swans. In my reading about those who faced the fascist regime in Germany it also became a symbol of resistance.

artist pics

The artist Heather Barr visited my show and took these lovely pictures. ( The Other Side of War is showing at the Fifty Fifty Art Collective at 2516 Douglas Str. Victoria BC, Canada.)

installation and opening

With more than a little help from my friends, my first solo show was installed and my art brought into the world.
I will be at the the Fifty Fifty gallery ( at 2516 Douglas Street, Victoria BC Canada) from 1 – 4 pm tomorrow ( Sunday 12) , next weekend Saturday 18 and Sunday 19, and Saturday 25.
Appointments can be made too for individuals or a group as I have the keys!
There are other hours during the week but I am not sure of them yet. it depends on volunteer availability.

shelter ( mother and child)

It was lovely to have three of my works selected for Voices of Women Through Canadian History curated by Astri Wright for the International Womens Day exhibition in Victoria at the Bay Centre, shown from March the 2nd to the 12th.
Here is my statement about my work:
My three watercolour silhouettes are part of a series of spontaneous responses to war time photographs, and represent many women of that time. I have presented these pictures so they hang slightly out of the frame to represent history joining our present.
Through these pictures I am reminded of my mother and my grandmother. My mother had her first two little girls during WW2 in Holland; Canada’s role in liberating the Dutch moves me with deep gratitude. The third picture represents my grandmother who as a refugee from Latvia, just after WW1, fled to Germany and then lived through that country’s depression and WW2 experience. As an immigrant to this country I often imagine that my grandmother, who lives on in me, has somehow found peace here.

 

snapshot

I am thankful to be emerging as an artist amongst others. I was invited to participate in snapshot- an opening installation for arc.hive, a new artist run centre in Victoria, BC  ( Canada. ) The show featured  visual, writing and musical notebook pages. What a rich show it was. I loved looking at every single page. Such original ideas and imaginative ways of making them come alive. Gorgeous and quirky and interesting. The artists’ studios were open as well with wonderful work on view.
(the pics feature the sections of the installation in which the pages of my sketch book were included.)

little saints

As I work on these portraits I think of sculptures of saints on old cathedrals, I think of the churches blackened by fire and think about the story of Christmas in which the light of  the world came into the dark as a child- and the dark did not overcome it.

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work in progress, with “light bulb baby” to the left, my studio mascot who watches over me

abstract ideas

At the end of July, I took a weekend workshop on abstract painting at the Vancouver Island School of Art. Our instructor was the kind and fascinating John Luna. We were taught 3 approaches for developing ideas for abstract work.
Being more comfortable with drawing materials, I often felt frustrated, though I found myself intrigued and decided that my summer goal would be 8 more paintings based on what I had learnt in the workshop. Here is a glimpse of what I accomplished. I am pleased I persisted despite being out of my comfort zone (working with colour, on canvas, with paint.)  Some of these pieces feel resolved, some are not, but all of them are inspiration for more paintings.

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