Custom paintings involve meeting people in town and creating work from their photos and also from the stories they tell me about the characters.
Part of what I love about my work is the connection to community. Photos are a great way to have an interesting conversation with strangers. Bev is someone I met at the Drumheller Market and I had the honour of visiting her home.
I usually get a few lines of information - which is all I need to create the paintings, but n this case, I have a whole book full of stories to work from! Bev Myers married into a family with a long history in the Drumheller valley. May Murphy, an Aunt on her husband's side, published a book about this history and now Bev would like to get a couple of paintings to celebrate the family. I'm honour for the opportunity to work with such a lovely family and their stories.
Stay tuned for updates on the photos I choose to work with and how I will use them in my paintings.
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Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.