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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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 →

art and empathy

Unless one is an artist, it is easy to dismiss art 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... Continue Reading →

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, Susan... Continue Reading →

a complex grief

After laying aside my curatorial work with the Stairwell Gallery, my mind has turned to my own work as a priority. But as I approach it I notice that as well as a sense of need and desire to make art, there is a deep hesitation. To overcome that reticence, I decided to keep my... Continue Reading →

the resistance of love

This talk was presented at The Abbey Church, Victoria BC, Canada on February 25th 2018 in association with the exhibition History as Personal Memory. The podcast can be found here. My father and mother fell in love well after the Second World War yet their marriage never emerged from its shadow. My German born father... Continue Reading →

featured

Grateful for the opportunity to talk about my art in the latest VISA Newsletter! Although I have not had the time for courses since Advanced Drawing, I have taken workshops which are a rewarding way to keep learning while working full time. Follow this link to the newsletter in which it is featured with an... Continue Reading →

a poem and a painting

At various stages of my painting's evolution, different genres have suggested themselves- landscape, figurative, abstract, floral- and approaching resolution the painting, rather than having become one or the other, remains "all of the above." The other day on Facebook I came upon an excerpt of a TS Eliot poem and as I read, I felt... Continue Reading →

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