UNB Art Centre purchase
Art News - 2022 in Review
This past year has been a truly memorable one! I am grateful for all the amazing opportunities, warm support, and positive feedback.
My year started on a high note with notification of being awarded an Arts NS Creation grant, to help fund my current painting series, “Ruptured Landscapes”.
“Ruptured Landscapes” is a suite of oil paintings that explores the relationship between humans and the vulnerable and fragile environment we live in, a world threatened by relentless disintegration and devastation, with a focus on oceans and skies. Conjured from both memory and photo references, the figures in my paintings inhabit vistas that I have explored in the past and present, with a focus on their relationship to bodies of water.
I have been working on this painting series all year and look forward to finding exhibition opportunities in public galleries in the Maritimes and Ontario—please stay tuned!
The other wonderful news was the purchase of my painting “Neon Night Sky” by the Nova Scotia Art Bank. This painting was exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax in September as part of the new collection (2022 NS Art Bank New Acquisitions), and it was great to attend the opening and see my painting in such good company and meet some of the artists as well as the Arts Nova Scotia staff.
Many thanks to Arts Nova Scotia for their generous funding and support!
On the exhibition front, I was invited to have a solo show in the beautiful main gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts, and exhibited my painting series “Splendid Isolation” from May 26 to July 24th.
Almost 300 people attended my opening, and it was an amazing experience in every way. There were fifteen wonderful traditional musicians playing jigs and reels on fiddles, mandolins, bodhrans, concertinas, pipes, and banjos in the middle of the gallery…the music and energy was incredible. I gave an artist talk on July 21st to a packed gallery and had the chance to reconnect with many old friends. The response to the show was inspiring and overwhelming.
This winter, we’re going on a 2-week trip to the UK, initially spending 4 days in London to visit galleries (a first for me!) and then to Scotland to visit family and friends.
When we return, we’ll load up the cargo trailer and head back to Ontario for a 3 months visit. I’m looking forward to painting and printmaking in my Elmira studio again, and re-engaging with my etching press and getting back into monotypes. I'm also looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family.
I’ll be back in Nova Scotia in May, just in time to enjoy the beautiful spring and my lovely studio in the Oakdene Centre.
As always, many thanks for your friendship and continuing support!
Happy New Year to you all. All the best in 2023…..wishing you good health, prosperity, and peace.