Repeat after me, “Patterns are cool”

Summer on Kitsilano Beach

It’s a little slow on the blog front these days as I spend most of my time putting together applications for exhibitions, grants, galleries and residencies when I’m not at the studio or trying to enjoy the sun, now that it is finally sunny in Vancouver!

I guess it is with most things, there are highs and lows, peaks and valleys: I was busy last year exhibiting in several shows and putting together a solo exhibition, so this year things are a bit slower.  It’s allowed me some more time to think about where my work is going and what I’m going to do next.  I have a few things in the works and I’ll post more news when things are more concrete.  In the meantime, I can tell you there is always the Eastside Culture Crawl, which I am taking part in again this November.

So with putting together application forms, I often have to go through my old images and I thought it would be fun to do a little collection of close up images on here of the different patterns I’ve painted.  I think my love for patterns first began when I was a teenager rummaging through my grandmother’s attic and found some old clothes from the 60s and 70s that had these amazing patterns and colourful stripes.  I still remember my favourite shirt that had these really cool graphic birds in bold colours.  From that moment on, I was hooked on patterns!  It was only a matter of time before they would sneak their way into my work.  I’m almost surprised it took so long!

from Chez moi, July 2001 - "Am I only..." (2005)

from The Return Home (2007)
from Mom & Dad 2 (2008)
from Wish you were here! Family 2 (2008)
from Coda: Self-portrait in the studio (2009)
from Judith's Reprise (2010)

The last image here is from my newest painting, Judith’s Reprise.  I’ll post pictures of the finished painting soon, but in the meantime, you can see the pencil version on my website here.

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