Through the Eyes of a Child

My sculptured frames on mirrors or chair or as part of paintings are really a fusion of painting and sculpture. I believe that they defy categorization.

I use rare finds and eclectic troves from our collective past – toy dinosaurs and soldiers, collected shells from seaside family vacations and the silk flowers from grandma’s house. I use retro toys and keepsakes from our childhood memory box, things that your parents and mine put aside because they meant something to us when we were kids.

These small treasures are meticulously pulled together in a kind of arranged marriage that hopefully evokes in us those safe, reassuring memories of our childhood. When these sculptures follow the contours of a mirror, I am hoping that it evokes in us or forces us to reflect on those forgotten emotions.

To see more sculptures, please visit my Fine Art Gallery and my Studio Store!

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, overwhelming world of constant speed and stress, the birds give us a strategy to cope. WANDERLUST proposed to us that although we have the ability to fly to different places; we sometimes choose to stay and be still and, in that stillness, lies a kind of magic.

Some of WANDERLUST pieces are presently at The Judith Liegeois Designs Gallery in Naples, Florida. Liegeois Designs is a well-established, interior design firm with 4,000 square feet of gallery space.

My work has also been exhibited at the famous Las Olas Fine Arts Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It has been the primary venues for contemporary art for over 22 years, featuring original works by over 50 award-winning international artists.

The following is a list of selected group exhibitions:

  • Midway Gallery San Francisco (2015)
  • Art Basel Miami, Déja vu Decor Gallery, Miami (2012)
  • Art Basel Miami, Del Toro Shoes, The Wynwood Building, Miami (2012)
  • God Save the Queen, Foufounes Electriques, Montreal (2012)
  • Salon Masse, Galerie Pangée, Montreal (2012)
  • En Masse, Scope Art Fair, Miami (2011)
  • BIG BANG, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal (2011)
  • Lancement magazine Décover #12, Saint Denis, Montreal (2011)

Please visit the Exhibitions page for more pictures or my Studio Store to buy!

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 black and white. EN MASSE explores the creation of a collective vision; works created together that are greater than any one person could create alone.

I participated in numerous projects with other En Masse artists – Chuchai; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Michel de la Cheneliere Studio; Excalibur, Fima; The Salon Masse group exhibition at Galerie Pangée in Montreal; Studio 301; Surface Jalouse; Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts  Big Bang exhibit.

In December 2011, En Masse was invited to participate in the Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair. Since 1970, Art Basel’s three fairs – in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach – rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective. Their reputation for showing high quality work has attracted leading international galleries and collectors, offering visitors the most important art from around the world.

In 2012, En Masse was again in Miami and completed the large monochromatic wall (pictured below) in the Wynwood Arts District.

Please see more En Masse pictures and videos by visiting my Street-Art Gallery.

Florida 2013

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 a face or a car? Do you remember the myriad of color shades in the stormy, angry, rain clouds coming across the lake at the cottage? Do you remember your favorite, burning-red, sunset sky?

What is your favorite museum, landscape or cloudscape masterpiece – Constable, Turner, Van Gogh?

My landscape paintings are in the abstract painting style. Abstract Art doesn’t even try to look like anything from the real world. The subject of the painting is simply the colors used, the textures in the artwork and the materials.

My landscape paintings give me a great deal of personal creative expression by inputting into it emotions and feelings. By definition, paintings done in this style are intentionally different from real life – colors are more vibrant, forms carry more emotion, details and texture add life. All of this allows us to see the landscape in a totally new way, as if infused with emotion, hyper-energy and a life of its own. All of a sudden it speaks to us; communicates something. I do not add materials to my paintings for added visual or tactile texture. I allow the composition and the interwoven combination, the intensity and the iridescence of the colors themselves to speak to us.

Please visit my Landscape Gallery to see more of my paintings!

My Studio My Art

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.