This portrait was created for a Christmas present, which is always a special commission. In this case, Betty had passed away recently so it was extra meaningful.
It feels so intimate to provide someone with a reminder of their relationship with their animal companion when that pet is no longer with them. It’s so deep and sad when this relationship ends. It’s a special, pure type of connection whose weight I think is often overlooked.
I used India ink to paint Betty with some white gouache for accents, and for the background used watercolour and white pen.
I created these pieces for an article for Discorder Magazine about the Chinatown Concern Group. This group of activists is fighting displacement of low-income and Chinese residents in the name of revitalization in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
I created these pieces to celebrate literature by women* and its ability to reach across generations, inspire readers, and teach girls and women the lessons learned by our predecessors in the struggle for equal rights.
I love books and gain so much strength in reading from the perspectives of women who have imagined different worlds, articulated their lived experiences as members of marginalized, sometimes hated, groups, said funny stuff, and investigated the nature of our world in science, religion, politics and global culture and conflict.
I dream of a time that is beyond binaries, but in the mean time there is so much strength to be found in relating to the wisdom and stories of other women.
During this time that seems to be toxic masculinity manifested, I hope we can find our way back to what are generally considered ‘feminine’ qualities. Gentleness, an instinct to nurture, empathy, sensitivity, compassion, and a sense of submission in the form of duty may be falsely considered exclusively and essentially female, but they are part of every person. So now – when everything is out of balance favouring the fear, dominance and tribalism of the archetypal alpha male – this feels like a good time to learn from women.
This is just a little commission- 5 x 7 inches, to honour the memory of Bailey. This image shows Bailey as a puppy. He and his owner loved spending time in the North Shore forests, providing inspiration for the background colour scheme.
Great merriness to you and everyone you love! I made two cards this year, one of which people seem to take personally. . . but I feel like the holiday season brings out the stuffed seal (as in full of oreos) in all of us. Plus, of course, a lemur.
So I’ve gone on a little hiatus after going back to work, but have finally gotten on the ball and started scanning again. These pieces are from my summer project, which is untitled right now, but has something to do with the dualities inside of us. More to come soon.
This is a set of illustrations I’ve been working on over the summer (with watercolors and a Micron 005 pen), though I’m not quite finished yet. The focus of these drawings/ paintings is on the capacity we all have to contain multiple, often contradictory and opposing selves. I think that these lights and shadows within us compete and relate to one another to compose who we are. Partly, I’ve been inspired by Jung’s ideas about archetypes, and the idea that we all have in common certain symbols, fears and desires.