Blog - Posts tagged: family

Between Cities

A new series reflecting on loss, memory, seasons, and journeys

I have been spending much time in the studio working on a new series of landscapes. The images are based on photos, sketches, notes, and memories of the drive between Ottawa and Montreal, which I did so much of over the year that my mom was sick. While there were many different layers of that year’s experience that I could choose to represent in the work, it was the feeling of watching the seasons pass by along the road that I kept coming back to as core to my own personal story.

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Crafting Painted Stories

A look into the process of creating a custom painting

The story… This painting was of a childhood cottage that is no longer in the family. We discussed the cottage itself, various memories, and favourite moments. We went over the most important things to include and things that could be or should be excluded.

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A beacon in the fog

Hand-drawn memories

I have recently been creating some pencil drawings of travel photos. I find pencil to be a wonderful medium for capturing a sense of memory, a softness around the edges and a richness of atmosphere. I used it here to accentuate the light and atmosphere that is sometimes hard to capture in a photograph. I worked to remain true to the subject while removing any unnecessary elements.

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Three houses for three sisters

Personalized portraits of a family home

This project was a series of three watercolour house portraits, lovingly individualized for each sister. Their father had this house built 62 years ago in north Toronto and, over the years, it became a loving homestead for frequent family gatherings. It recently came time to sell the house, and the family wanted something to capture the years of memories and laughter.

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A woman working in a large vegetable garden in the late afternoon sun (section of finished artwork)

Afternoons in the vegetable garden

Crafting paintings from memories

This was a very special illustration to create. My client, and now friend, Marie-Ève, shared a story that resonated with me personally. It was about a memory she has of her mother who died of cancer several years ago.

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Play me that album

Commemorating a loss from the past

I recently watched a documentary about legendary singer Mavis Staples. She toured with her father as part of The Staple Singers for nearly 50 years and they were very close. Before he died, they had been working on an album featuring Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples singing lead (instead of Mavis). Sadly, he died before it was completed and the recordings were tucked away for nearly 15 years.

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A puzzle without the box

Preserving family heritage and childhood memories

Some things no longer exist in visual form within the family, such as a town your family immigrated from, a family farm or home that no longer exists. You have some pieces – memories, photos, stories – but not the full picture. The beauty of drawings is that the spirit of these places can be recreated. This, to me, is magical and full of opportunity.

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A guestbook you can hang on the wall

Unique wedding guestbook ideas

I recently attended the wedding of good friends of mine. They took enormous care to make sure every aspect of their wedding genuinely reflected their personalities and love for each other. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so grateful to them for the honesty, tears and laughter of that day.

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