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.
This was such a fun poster to make for local musician, Ché Aimee Dorval. I started with watercolour and ink then did the pink outlining and lettering on my tablet. It’s been rainy in Vancouver and I wanted to make something bright out of the everyday (I was inspired by the hedges that populate pretty much every neighbourhood).
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.
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.
My wonderful friends just got married, so of course they had to receive a wonderful gift. Knowing that their wedding was going to be unique and DIY (while somehow still being super stunning) I thought they might appreciate an equally DIY gift – perhaps a cookbook? Being vegans, there were some helpful parameters to work within. Hope you enjoy the artwork!
I have just finished the poster for J’s tour kick off, which features a colour monster and some watery word balloons. Under a serious time crunch I probably borrowed a little more inspiration than I would have liked from other show posters that I’ve seen- it feels vaguely familiar- but it was fun to make. It was a great opportunity to play with simple shape filled with a more carefully drawn pattern.
I’ve also been using gift giving as an opportunity to play with watercolour and ideas. I made some cards for co workers, finally giving myself a good reason to use rainbow washes in lettering. I also made my dad’s father’s day gift out of a frame I found at the Sally Anne’s, which turned out to be the perfect fit for some water colour post cards.