Sunday, September 26, 2010

- + - Nipissing Newsletter - + -

My dear friend and fellow artist, Stephanie Paulins, was kind enough to send me something that just made my day! As she is still a student in the Fine Arts/Visual Artst program at Nipissing University she found herself reading through this years FAVA newsletter and found that I had been mentioned! Here is a copy of the FAVA newsletter which mentions my "People's Choice" award I won at the 2010 FAVA Exhibition held at the White Water Gallery. Thanks for thinking of me Steph!

FAVA Nipissing University Juried Exhibition

!!! My Very Own Studio !!!

I have finally finished setting up my very own studio in my apartment in the 'Art and Design District' of dowtown Toronto! It has been decorated with my favourite and most inspiring pieces including prints of Botticell's "Birth of Venus" (my favourite piece of all time), Botticelli's "Primavera", DaVinci's "Mona Lisa","Venus de Milo", and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling and altar. I am so excited to get started on some creative creations in my new space! :D

Toronto Ontario Art And Design District Parkdale

Showcased On An Etsy Shop!

portrait painting, oil painting, original artwork, original paintings, travel artist

I am excited to announce that one of my pieces from my series "The Power in Women's Hands" entitled "China" has been chosen to be showcased in an etsy shop dedicated to the beauty of fans. Please click on the following link to check it out!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another Piece Has Sold :D

Jessica Daggett - Markstay - Ontario
I'm so very happy to share with you all that the beautiful Jessica Daggett from Markstay, Ontario has purchased my piece "The Sad Fate of a Gingerbread Man". This piece infuses the negative space rather than the positive space. It depicts a gingerbread man being cut to pieces by a butter knife. This is of course mundane and normal yet because the negative space is activated, symbolizing blood, the viewer feels sorrow for the cookie. This is an incredibly important piece to me because it is the first piece I created while attending the Fine Arts/Visual Arts program at Nipissing University. Jess, thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy the piece! :D

charcoal artist, charcoal drawing, original artwork, gingerbreadman, cookie art

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Series And A Call For Beauty!

This morning I awoke with an amazing idea for a new series. I had been juggling with the idea of a new series that represents the female beauty (as I usually do) but couldn't figure out a way to make it unique and interesting. Well I think I've finally figured it out and I will need your help!

My Vision ...

The series will depict female faces in washes of watercolour as well as accents of encaustic wax paint. I have also decided to incorporate lace into each piece. However, I have yet to decide whether to incorporate patterns of lace with gold and silver leaf OR to actually incorporate real lace. 

The Meaning ...

I want to express, true female beauty (inner beauty/personality/character) without any of the typical external enhancements (makeup, clothing, accessories, etc.). I hope to make this statement through the individual uniqueness of each piece. For example, the colours of each female face will be chosen by that specific woman and will in some way reflect their inner beauty or personality. I will also strive to emphasize each woman's unique features to show the rarity of individuals. Lastly, the accents of lace, which will be added last, will be different for each woman and will represent the truly unique and intricate nature of women.

My Call for Beauty ...

I am asking that YOU take part in this series! I welcome and encourage all women, no matter their age, weight, or ethnicity. I am looking for a wide variety of women so please do not hesitate to take part! 
What I need from Each Candidate ...

1) A good quality picture (Not blurry) of your face that best expresses (in your opinion) your individual beauty.
2) A list of at least three colours that you feel defines your inner beauty/personality and briefly explain why.
3) I will also need some typical facts: Name, age, location, profession (What you are studying), and your most dominant interests.

I will be taking candidates until Nov 1st 2010.
Please e-mail me at
I look forward to hearing from all you gorgeous girls!