Studio Blog

the art of attention

“We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see….”– Richard Louv.How do we reclaim our intimacy with creation? How might we open our eyes and minds in a way that allows the revelation of God through creation into our... Continue Reading →

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 The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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. Some... 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 →

a new world

When I was a new Christian in my late teens, I attended a youth group meeting and the study imagined the human race having to leave earth and create a new world on another planet. We brainstormed what professions  would be necessary to begin again and I listened as lots of suggestions were made. After... 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 →

lenten presence

Lent ( the 40 days before Easter) is traditionally a time in which we are to consider our vulnerability and fallibility as human beings. I was asked to contribute to a small booklet of Lenten reflections which is edited by the Rev. Meagan Crosby Shearer who is priest to the Emmaus Community and St Matthias... Continue Reading →

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