The process for each unique piece of artwork is an intricate and
delicate balance between technique, mediums, style - and of course inspiration.
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Read the Artist Statement for each piece of artwork in this full catalog.
Various selected pieces of artwork can also be found below.
THE ART: Ever had that moment where you walk into a room, and suddenly something overcomes you? It literally stops you in your tracks, your train of thought is completely derailed. That’s the connection I felt when—for the first time in my life—I witnessed a Pablo Picasso exhibition in the Seattle Art Museum. Wow! I knew from that moment I wanted to create a piece that was inspired by, and in tribute to, Pablo Picasso. Hence, Pablo Pineapple. This sweet epiphany came to me when I found out I was nominated for the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts: Artist of the Year award. Deep, rich colours in a fluid and loose style bring out the blocky, geometrical simplicity of high art and stylized, still life. This white-reverse, copacabana pineapple both pops off the design and at the same time deconstructs our understanding of shape itself.
Recommended colour matches: dark blues, browns, oranges, reds, maroons, lime green, cyan, black or white.
Where I Am
i am right where i need to be…
THE ART: Feel the grass beneath your feet. Do you sometimes need that subtle reminder to be right where you are? I know I do. Society’s expectations on us, amplified by our own expectations, can be overwhelming. What else is more important than the here and now? The present is a gift. Use it; live it. Let these words help remind you to take pause, and remember, you are right where you need to be.
Recommended colour matches: cyan, blues, rust orange, oranges, greys, black or white.
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." – Lao Tzu
THE ART: Do you resist change, or do you let things flow naturally and allow change easily? Let go the illusion of control. I came across this Lao Tzu quote and knew I wanted to create a piece inspired by these words. Opposites attract in this abstract painting using blocks and patterns, quilted together with the bold brushstrokes. Contrasting royal blues and cyan flow naturally alongside pinks and crimson. Similarly, predominant horizontal and vertical blocks are in contrast with imposing diagonals. Distinctively, this piece is both versatile and practical to be able to simultaneously match up with a range of opposing colours. The guiding words of this work are highlighted in white to bring prominence to the depth of meaning within it.
Recommended colour matches: royal blue, cerulean blue, cyan, hot pink, maroon, deep red, black or white.
The Rocky Mountains
THE ART: Hello CANADA! I was dying to create a piece where I photographed the Rocky Mountains. Undeniably, the imagery of the Rockies is both tremendous and inspiring no matter who beholds them. During a trip through the Rocky Mountains after a recent snowfall, I was once again taken aback by the astonishing power and grace of the jagged peaks and soft contours of storm clouds towering above me along the highway. I was equally in awe as much as I was just allowing myself to ‘be’ in the mountains. The images were taken between Revelstoke, BC en route to Calgary, Alberta.
Recommended colour matches: light to dark blues, greys, black or white.
The Creative Palm Tree
"Creativity takes courage." – Henri Matisse
THE ART: Who doesn’t like to draw outside the lines? And what creative doesn’t like to make pink palm trees? I had a great time creating this piece. It came about as I was reflecting on past master artist Henri Matisse. A radical art influencer, the French painter Matisse (1869 to 1954) layered gouache-painted paper cutouts in his grand collage murals. His lively compositions juxtaposed varying shapes and colours, provoking new insight into the established genre of contemporary art. Likewise in its courageous blend of media, my illustration of the palm tree set over layers of a multi-textured painting defies convention and gives way to a light, playfully fresh feeling.
Recommended colour matches: range of light to dark pinks, black or white.