In 2007, as a way to heal I took a class with Leslie Redhead. After 8 months, I was ready to give up.
Leslie, wise one that she is, began mentoring me, encouraging me. It was shortly after that a friend Cathy loaned me Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and I learned the 10,000 hour concept. And I was off.
The process was and is for me extremely healing. I was able to do this, me? I was becoming an artist. It was and remains one of a very few things in which I can become lost, in a good way.
In 2010 I entered my first show, I was so thrilled to get in, and it gave me the confidence I needed to enter more shows.
In 2015, I put together 42 pieces of work and had my debut Solo Exhibition, In Search of Dreams. Then, life happens, and dreams get put on the back burner.
In 2018, I slowly started again. Making time to paint had to be on my priority list again, for no one else, but me. Just to take care of myself. This may sound selfish, however, for me it is easy to fall back into old habits, if I do not take care of myself, darkness can creep back into my life if I allow it. So, for today, I paint...and I paint light.
The smiles you see in the images above were not always there. In early 2007, a series of events while at my previous employ led me down a dark path. Eventually, I would turn away from all the things I knew as my reality. A career in Fisheries Management, a wonderful loving husband, a beautiful home. Nothing mattered to me and I began to spiral downward and isolate. All of what I should have received as blessings, and dreams come true, became overwhelming and my nightmare.
My introduction to watercolour came at a time in my life when I was at my lowest point. Without it, I fear what may have unfolded.
Today, I am thankful for all that has come to pass. All of the darkness, that I wallowed in for too long, has helped me see the light that exists in my everyday experience, good or bad, I now try and see the silver lining in everything.
When I paint in watercolour, I am swept away. I liken the medium to a babbling brook or a raging river. Let go, be loose, and flow with it, or fight it and struggle the whole way.
The year is 2020, and it has been almost 5 years since last I brushed pigment on a canvas. Life gets in the way sometimes, you know? And, without getting into details, and in my view, life unfolds as it should. Today, I am thankful for each and every blessing in my life.
So far this year, I have had three paintings completed and all have been exhibited in international shows; one in Mexico and one in Italy, and one in California.
I look forward to this fresh start along my journey and I am so filled with gratitude for the blessings thus far.
2012 Elected Member of CSPWC, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
2015 Elected Associate Member FCA, Federation of Canadian Artists
2007-2009 Leslie Redhead AFCA, Semi-private lessons;
2008 Leslie Redhead, AFCA; Portraits;
2008 Leslie Redhead, AFCA; Fun with Watercolour;
2009 Mark Heine, Oil; Impressionism;
2009 Greg Swainson; Watercolourist;
2009 Leslie Redhead, AFCA; Portraits that Glow;
2009 Linda Kemp SCA OSA CSPWC; Negative painting;
2010 Leslie Redhead, Critique Group;
2010-2011 Greg Swainson; Bi-Weekly classes
2010 Tom Lynch Demonstration;
2010 Catherine Moffat, SFCA; Porttraits in Oils
2010 Harold Allanson, SFCA; Boats and reflections
2010 Frank Webb, AWS,(DF), NWS; Watercolour energies and composition;
2010 Leslie Redhead, Workshop; Adalucia, Spain.
2010 Ken Campbell, Atelier Drawing Class 40 hrs.
2011 Keith Hiscock, Oils. FCA
211 Ken Campbell, Equine Studies in Oil.
2011 Paul Jackson, Luminous Glass-WC Seattle, WA.
2011 Paul Jackson, Painting Portraits in WC; Knoxville, TN
2012 Mike Svob,SFCA. Landscapes in Oils.
2012 Birgit O'Connor, Big Bold Beautiful Florals; IAE;
2012 Paul Jackson Painting luminous Glass-WC; IAE,
2013 Jean Pederson SFCA. Portraits in Watercolour;
2013 Deborah Tilbey For the love of Oils;
2013 Soon Warren AWS, NWS. Still Life, IAE,
2014 David McEwen CSPWC,
2014 Gerry Thompson Painting Reflective Surfaces;
2014 Cindy Agan; Painting Portraits that Sparkle with Life; Victoria, IAE,
2015 Harold Allanson; A Brush with Horses
2010 Sannich Penninsula Arts & Crafts 57th Annual Exhibition
2010 Coast Collective Art Gallery: Critters and Creatures Juried
2010 Coast Collective Art Gallery: Bloomin Again
2010 Leighdon Studio Gallery: Juried Show, Vancouver BC.
2010 FCA Victoria Annual Fall Show
2011 Sannich Peninsula Arts & Crafts 58th Annual Exhibition.
2011 FCA Victoria Annual Spring Show
2011 American Iris Convention Art Show & Sale
2011 Brentwood Festival; Solo Exhibit
2011 Critters & Creatures: Rounding the Bend
2011 FCA Vancouver AIRS
2011 FCA Victoria Annual Fall Show
2011 Sidney Fine Art Show
2011 FCA Vancouver Works on Paper
2011 FCA Vancouver Small, Smaller, Smallest
2012 FCA Victoria Annual Spring Show
2012 SPAC 59th Annual Exhibition
2012 Sidney Fine Art Show
2012 FCA Victoria, Annual Fall Show
2012 FCA Vancouver, Small Smaller, Smallest
2013 FCA Vancouver, Works on Paper
2013 CSPWC Regional Show "Western Streams"
2014 FCA Vancouver, Works on Paper
2014 NWWS 74th International Open Exhibit
2014 Sidney Fine Art Show
2015 FCA Annual Success Show
2015 NWWS 75th International Open Exhibit
2015 Debut Solo Show;" In Search of Dreams": 42 pieces.
2019 Fabriano International Exhibition, Fabriano, Italy.
2019 Mexico Canada International Exchange, Mexico City, MX
2020 Fabriano International Exhibition, Fabriano, Italy.
2020 CSPWC NWS Visions Adjoin Exchange Exhibition
2010 SPAC Fine Arts Exhibition- Juror's Choice Award for "I Don't Want to Come In"
2010 Daily Painter's International.com...Monthly Challenge for May 2010
2011 SPAC Fine Arts Exhibition - Juror's Choice from Anne Hunter for "Opportunity Knocks Again" and "Rounding the Bend
2012 Elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
2012 SPAC Fine Art Exhibition Juror's Choice Award for "Glass Act"
2013 SPAC Fine Art Exhibition Juror's Choice from Blu Smith for "Parfum Dulce' "
2014 SPAC Fine Art Exhibition Juror's Choice for "Been Fishin' "
2013 CSPWC Regional Show "Western Streams"
Honourable Mention for "Fruits of my Labour"
2014 Richeson75 Portraits & Figures Meritorious Entry for "Lost and Alone" included in publication of Exhibition
2014 Sidney Fine Art Show; Honourable Mention for "Tea & Tears".