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People who know me know that I’m an overachiever. I rarely say no and I take on too much. One of the first things I said after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer (BC) in May of 2021, is that I need to wipe everything off my plate. No commitments. No pressure. Focus on my health.
But here I am, two months into chemo and I don’t feel myself. Not because of the chemo (well, maybe a little) but because besides my health, I don’t have anything I’m working towards which isn’t typical. So I thought why can’t I create a win win for myself where I’m not torn between who I was and who I am today? A project so to speak, that I’m passionate about, feeds my creativity, gives me motivation and purpose, does something good for the community and celebrates what might be one of the toughest times in my life.
So here it is; Today (September 2, 2021) marks the day of finishing one regime and starting another consisting of 12 weekly treatments. With that I am committing to painting 1 new painting a week until I’m done. I recognize that my energy levels are not what they used to be so to not put pressure on myself, those paintings may or may not look and feel different from my typical style. That’s ok though. They’ll represent change and growth, exactly what I, and every other person going through cancer experiences. At the end of the 12 weeks, the pieces will be auctioned off with 50% of the proceeds going to a Cancer charity (not yet chosen!).
Stay tuned as I post updates as the pieces come hot off the easel!
Photo Credit: Unkown
Born and raised in Cochrane, Alberta, I graduated from Architecture at the University of Manitoba developing a career in Project Management and construction. Though this cultivated the left side of my brain, I earned for more creativity from the right side.
In my early twenties, I became an avid world traveller gaining cultural inspiration from over 35 countries visited to date. From sipping tea in Turkey and wandering the peaks of Machu Picchu, to 4x4’ing through the Serengeti, these experiences are where I discovered my true passion is derived and what became the subject matter for my artistic dream; decrepit building scapes, phenomenal mountain landscapes and most prominently, wildlife.
I began to build on my travel experiences initially through sketching and photography, and later painting. The questions I asked were; how could I compose an image to make it unique and compelling? How can I play with light and shadow to create awe and interest? How do I evoke emotion through perspective?
My work is derived from a personal challenge to bring to life each piece I create through realism techniques but usually with a fun twist. This has developed my style into fine detailed brush strokes, finger smudging shading, pops of color, a zoomed in perspective, and emphasis on light and contrast in order to captivate my audience.
Personally, I love art as big, bold, statement pieces because they carry such impact when you walk into a room. Often though I hear people say they don't understand art and therefore feel intimidated by it. My response to that is anything can be art providing there is intention behind it. I believe art should always be inclusive and ultimately the best art is the art you enjoy most!
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