This series hopes to capture women in a “cheeky” moment. More often than not, women in the media are portrayed with a rather calm or sultry expression or a soft smile. It is quite rare to see a woman being a goofball but oddly enough that’s when women are truly expressing their spirit. In my mind there isn’t anything quite like a woman who, in that moment, is comfortable being her adorable quirky self. My two beauties show different sides of their cheekiness with Alyestal being a ‘Silly Goose’ and Marie-Claude channeling her ‘Old Soul’. I hope the two colourful pieces bring a smile to your face. :)
Last year Apartment 11 Productions asked me to be their portrait specialist for their TVOKids television series The Mystery Files! How crazily amazing is that? Out of all the incredible Canadian portrait artists ... they chose me. I can't even begin to describe how overwhelming and touching that is.
It was last September when out of the blue I received a call from Ariel at Apartment 11 Productions asking if I'd be interested in being in an episode. I was floored. He went on to tell me that he had searched for the right candidate online and after a short while of watching a few artists' online presence, he knew I was the perfect candidate. He saw me as a highly talented portrait artist with a good heart and a good message; a good role model for children. Still to this day those words touch me. Soon I was speaking with their writer Claire and come November we were shooting the episode right in my neighborhood at the Gladstone Hotel where I had set up a rental studio. Everything was very surreal. I still can't believe it.
I'm definitely no actor and I'm terrible at remembering details, never mind lines! But the director, Kyla (one of the stars), and the whole filming crew were beyond kind and helpful. Very patient, very easy going, and super encouraging. They made me feel like I belonged there. I will cherish those memories forever.
I've waited all this time for the episode to air and it has finally come. This is a BIG MOMENT for me! I would love to share it with as many of you as I can. Please join in the excitement and watch my episode "The Mystery Of The Way We See". Kyla and I talk about the history of portraiture while we create portraits of each other! Grab all those beautiful babies of yours, furbabies, or just your beautiful self, and tune in to TVO Kids on Monday August 28th at 6PM! Don't forget to set your PVR!
I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm grateful. I'm in denial. I'm proud. I'm terrified. I'm happy. I'm ... I'm ... I don't know what I am! :P
Having painted and become friends with her sister, it was only natural that Janique St Laurent and I would become a part of each others online circle. What a blessing that was because she would soon post a picture that would inspire one of the most delicate, beautiful, and unique pieces I have ever created. In her photo she wore a lovely 1920s inspired headband and I couldn’t help but feel this gorgeous old soul with a passion for social justice embodied the spirit of the roaring era. With that in mind I decide to capture her beauty somewhat translucently to convey that this 20s spirit is being reborn into our modern world. A particularly special aspect of the piece is a sculpted antique frame that, like the portrait, seems solid but then becomes ghostly. Lastly the gems in the jewelry give the piece a dream-like sparkle. I’m an avid history lover, and the 1920s is one of my favourite eras, so creating this piece truly touched my soul.
Like most artists I offer a whole variety of items with my artworks on it. With the exception of my Etsy Shop, I depend on outside manufacturers to make the items for my fans to enjoy. I have a Fashion Clothing line with VIDA (currently under re-construction) and a print/everyday item shop with Pixels (also known as Fine Art America). On occasion I will purchase my own items to test out the quality of the products I'm providing. TWO years ago I purchased this beautiful "Golden Indian Bride" Tote Bag from my own print shop and was not disappointed. The image quality is gorgeous and the bag is built really sturdy. It has been my go to bag for all of my running around, including quick grocery runs, since I received it and it's still kicking! I figured since the quality and look of this bag is so great it wouldn't hurt to share my experience. You can get your own Tote Bag with any of my artworks on it at my Print Shop HERE! Happy shopping! :)
A few years ago I met a really beautiful soul here in the Toronto art community. She was determined to support emerging Toronto artists with groups and award ceremonies ON TOP of creating her own successful career as a creator of unique glitter artwork. With extreme dedication and an intense amount of work she has achieved just that ... and gained quite a few friends in the process. I'm so proud to say that I'm one of them and it fills me with so much joy to see her thriving in her element.
The oh-so-lovely Alexa Trilli gave my husband Darren and I such an incredible gift on our wedding day; our very own glitter portrait! I absolutely love her work and was over-the-moon excited about owning such a beautiful and personal piece. She captured our likeness perfectly with a gorgeous variety of glitter. It honestly amazes me.
Pictures of her work just plain ol' don't do it justice. These pieces are so sparkly it takes your breath away. And as if this piece wasn't impressive enough, her most recent pieces have an even more realistic feel to them. Recently TRILLI held her first Solo Exhibition at Super Wonder Gallery and sold many of her pieces which is an incredible achievement for any artist.
I'm also lucky enough to have this early piece in my collection. A couple of years ago I held a Colouring Contest and Trilli took part with this piece and was among the finalists. While it doesn't represent the quality of her recent work; it is still one of my favourites and I am so thrilled to have it in my home. I just love it! :)
Check her out for yourself! She's got videos that help show off the glitter and much more! :)