I was very excited to be featuring my latest work in collaboration with Montreal fashion icon, Marie Saint Pierre. The Maison Marie Saint Pierre presented "ACTE I: CAPSULE 30 ans"(June 2017), the thirty-year celebration of their brand and their newest fashion collection.
See it at: https://www.mariesaintpierre.com/ca_fr/actualites/capsule-30-ans/
She's an award-winning pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry and a woman of...
This year (2016 ), I was nominated for the 2016 Osheaga Arts and Music Festival. It's a multi-day, indie, music festival that is held annually in the summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène in Montreal. I hope that you stopped by the Osheaga Arts Village to see what local artists created for the festival.
It was very...
In March 2015, I was commissioned to paint a work of art inspired by L’Aiglon (The Eaglet), an opera in five acts, set to Alexandrine verse by Edmond Rostand. The Opera paints a picture of Napoleon’s son, Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, who was at birth proclaimed King of Rome. While he sought to free himself from the...
I have completed a significant number of commissioned pieces for various Canadian, American and international clients.
In 2012, I was commissioned by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal's largest museum and amongst the most prominent in Canada, to do a painting for their 2012 - 2013 school bulletin.
I decided to re-interpret William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting Parure des Champs. Using elements such as the crafts...
Artists’ studios are as varied as their art but they are always sacred places dedicated to creating. The studio can be a rented space, a back yard, a movable location that changes from time to time, a location under a willow by the pond, a corner room or a corner of the bedroom or – my re-purposed solarium.
I am lucky that my studio is in my home. Once my other life’s work is under control, I retreat to my studio, a re-purposed solarium, to execute my art. It’s my sanctuary where I can lose myself in my work.
It’s a light-filled space that brightens up my soul. All my supplies are close at hand. I have a place to hang up my inspirations and Carmen Rizzo’s electronic music to listen to.
I don’t have the luxury of time – or peace and quiet for that matter, so meditation for inspiration is not how it “comes to me” as it may for most artists!
Visualization is key for me. Before I begin a painting, I have to see it as a completely finished piece in my mind. I have established the subject, the layout, the colors and the size… I even sometimes see it hung in a particular setting or establishment. My visualization happens while I’m busy doing everyday mundane stuff. Then, when I can, I retreat to my studio.
I know it doesn’t sound very rock and roll, spiritual or romantically poetic – but it’s real.