This summer I had the opportunity to create a custom painting for the beautiful Mila + Paige fashion boutique in New West. It's 48" x 48" and was a lot of fun to bring to life. I started with sketches based on our talks of what the owner loves, and lots of browsing Pinterest for faces and flower inspiration. I used prints of my own surface pattern designs to collage the face, and built on many layers from there using paint, ink, ribbon and jewelry embellishments. I thought you might be interested to see inside my process so I'm sharing a few pictures. Thank you Anita at Mila + Paige for loving my style and commissioning me to do this special piece for your shop. It was a real pleasure. Visit Mila + Paige at 45 Sixth Street in New Westminster, BC.
I'm getting back into my creative practice again after a busy autumn. I’ve been anxious about diving back in. So, I'm starting small and playing in the studio with no specific goals other than to create. I love how using just a few colours and brushes and inexpensive watercolour paper is freeing and simple.
In September, I completed a new painting titled In Transformation. I primarily worked on it outdoors, combined it with schooling my son, and felt the joy of working on a whimsical fairy. I was seeing fairies everywhere at the time and feeling really inspired by the playful magic that I remember as a child when reading or daydreaming about fairies. I love the idea of having wings and taking flight. The finished 24” x 36” painting was shown at the Anvil Centre Gallery. I created it with paper, paint, lace, beads, pen and ink. It is a mixture of collage, paint and illustrative techniques. Contact me if you are interested in the original painting.