Residential Installations

How Art can make you into a Better Person

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When a piece of art reflects what you feel, it can give you a stronger sense of who you are.” Jean Huble

There are times when I am at an art fair, or at an opening at a gallery that I wonder about the purpose of all of this work and presentation. The business of art can be draining, and the disconnection between the creating of the piece and the final presentation of it can be a far distance. And then there are moments that there is a realization that my purpose, as an artist, is to make the world a “better place”.

What does this mean? In an interesting article by Jean Huble, titled How your Appreciation of the Arts makes You a Better Person, this question is addressed from the perspective of the appreciator. It’s not a far leap for the artist to to understand the benefit of “appreciation”. My purpose is to create Art that makes others recognize their experience. It is a form of creating an outlet for empathy. By looking at my work, the hope is the viewer will redefine and experience their own life in a deeper more resonate way. So when your daily life takes you in a moment of stress, art can be there to show the bigger world. The place that is larger than the immediate demands.

When placing artwork in my client’s homes, I am always struck by how my work becomes separate from me in another context. It takes on the meaning of the owner. My painting is no longer about my own interpretation of the image, rather, it relates and becomes the owner’s world.

In the piece highlighted, titled Floating Love, the couple is part and apart from the environment. They are on top of the world. A sensation I often feel with my husband. At the end of the day, there is a sense that we move through life, day after day, separate but together in our experiences. It is my hope that this story, this sentiment, becomes part of someone else’s life and lets them look towards the future in a positive, rewarding way.


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Commission a Painting to Preserve a Memory

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In our world of today, photos are taken with abandon and memories are seemingly documented. Selfies, family, events all become part of our everyday life but exist in an ephemeral place removed from a real existence. There is a feeling that our lives are being put in the i-cloud and the images exist in another distant world. As my work delves into the preservation of memory it made sense that I could offer a way to create a piece of Art that would capture a moment that can be physically enjoyed in a piece of Art.

The highlighted painting is titled The Dance Of Life (24×48) and presents the life of this family. Dancing, hockey and ballet all play a part of this loving little world. This piece is the result of people who want to preserve the memories and life of their ballroom dancing and their young children’s quick changing world. I worked with the family and they gave me several images. Not the original photos, just scans. I used a combination of photo transfer and painting to capture the rhythmic movement of Dance and progression of their growing children. They chose the colours and the text which was a Russian folk song. Things that meant something to them. This collaboration was inspiring and very unique.

It is simple if you are interested in a commission of this type. All you need to do is gather a few images and we can chat about the theme, colours, and basic composition.

Capturing a moment in time, this painting presents an experience of memory and motion. It is something that will provide a personal experience of joy and identity for generations to come.

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children” Charles R. Swindoll

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