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Researching the Canadian War Art program

Researching the Canadian War Art program

I've been spending time researching the Group of Seven and the Canadian War Art Program since coming back from Rimini, Italy in April. I was moved by the Canadian War Memorial there. It is inspiring to connect with artists from the past - I love how vividly artists...

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Mad Enchantment: Monet the “King of Grouches”

Mad Enchantment: Monet the “King of Grouches”

Last night, Ross King spoke to a sold out crowd in downtown Vancouver during the Annual Heller Lectures. I was able to get tickets over a month ago. This award winning author spoke for two hours about the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1940 - 1926). Ross King was...

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Exploring the city during Doors Open Vancouver

Exploring the city during Doors Open Vancouver

The painting process has many steps. A step that most often takes the longest but I never seem to include in the scope of work is location scouting. I am currently working on two painting commissions this month, one of which I have spent three full days visiting the...

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Rethinking Constraints

Rethinking Constraints

Rethinking Constraints: Does a painting have to be rectangle?   I have been thinking about constraints lately. During my day job I have been getting quotes for a new project, I start by creating constraints in order to select the next contractor. They quote the...

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A Bike Ride I Never Wanted To Do: Vancouver to Whistler

A Bike Ride I Never Wanted To Do: Vancouver to Whistler

One of the bucket-list bike rides us locals do in Vancouver is road cycling from Vancouver to Whistler. The Sea-to-Sky highway offers both stunning views and a challenging hill climb over ~100 km. I never wanted to do this ride due to anxiety towards both  negotiating...

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My Most Memorable Cups of Coffee

My Most Memorable Cups of Coffee

Coffee is not memorable because it is a daily habit. However, when I took up sketching in a travel notebook last October, daily moments have become etched in my memory. Sketching forces the brain to assess and understand the details of the surroundings, one becomes...

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Painting Famous Clocks in Canada to Italy

Painting Famous Clocks in Canada to Italy

My portfolio is confusing with respect to the subjects I paint. In my bio page I sum it up to be my "everyday adventures". I paint rainforests one day, urban West-coast cityscapes the next day and then rural hillside towns of Italy. When I did the North Shore Art...

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Visiting Galleries Can Inspire Your Artwork

Visiting Galleries Can Inspire Your Artwork

My artwork is of the places that I visit. However, when the paint finally touches the canvas, my ideas are often filtered by the art that I've seen. The colors, composition can be linked to some of my favorite paintings! I thought I would share a few examples of this...

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