Tag Archives: Montreal

Osheaga Arts and Music Festival

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...
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My Birds up Close

People know my work best for my dramatic, large-scale paintings and murals of photorealistic birds. It's a passion that I have had since childhood. However, it would be wrong to consider me a naturalist or wildlife artist. When I do a painting of a bird, I am not aiming for realism. I am trying to capture not only their image but...
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The Crow Takes Centre Stage

Wall art, public art, urban art or street art has evolved! It started as an underground movement linked to the hip-hop culture. At one time, it may have been called illegal art, graffiti art and even wall therapy. Now, it's international festivals in many major cities (Montreal, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Dallas, Lima, Buenos Aires and more), with artists who...
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Painting the Emperor’s Son

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...
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La Petite du Musée

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...
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My Wanderlust

In May 2011, I held my first solo exhibition entitled "WANDERLUST, our innate desire to wander, travel and explore the world". My WANDERLUST collection of birds and sculptures were meant to take people away. However, the stillness of the birds in the paintings is almost counterintuitive and asks us to take time for stillness. In an often demanding,...
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En Masse

I am a member of En Masse, a Montreal-based, multi-artist collaborative drawing project. En Masse, currently under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg, was started in 2009 and has worked with over 250 international artists. It draws life from the many creative individuals who take part in the projects that create large-scale, highly spontaneous drawings in...
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“Fattal” Attraction

The Chromatic Festival was conceived as an annual Montréal arts party/festival designed to showcase art and artists. It organizes special events and takes art out of traditional spaces and introduces it into places that one might not expect. In the summer of 2015, part of the Festival was held in Saint Henri area, near the Fattal lofts. The lofts are home...
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Have You Seen the Sky?

I love painting skies! If emotion could be painted it would be in the form of a sky. Someone once said that sky is a medium of revelation through which God shows himself to us. Do you remember as a child looking up at the clouds floating by and seeing each cloud as a bird or...
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My Studio My Art

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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.

To see more of my art, please visit my Fine Art Gallery . To buy my art, please visit my Studio Store.