I installed my show, “The Masks We Hide Behind” at Leaside Public Library today, it hangs until August 31, 2015.
Artist Statement for the show:
The paintings in this exhibit were completed in 2013 – 2014, and were an evolution from the unbridled joy and sense of going with the flow of my earlier paintings to a recognition of the masks and layers of expectations that we hide that joy behind. These paintings are about starting to reveal/show that joy to the world; breaking through the masks and expectations.
I hope you’ll go take a look, if you get the chance.
Leaside Public Library is at 65 McRae Dr, Toronto.
Yesterday (Nov 15, 2014), I painted live in the window at Serendipity Bistro. I started at 11am and finished just before 1pm. It was fun to see people watching me from the other side of the window, and enjoyable to talk to those who came in to look at my paintings that were hanging up, and take a closer look at the works-in-process.
Just a quick note to let you know that I have some paintings hanging up at Serendipity Bistro. You can see picks on my FB page. Just after we finished hanging it up, someone on the street, passing by, noticed and came in and checked it out–made both the bistro owner and me happy 🙂
I have updated the images of my art: I’ve added pictures of what I’ve been working on over the fall and winter. I was fighting a bit with the camera to get decent pictures, I will try to work on getting better images, but I wanted to get something posted that wasn’t just the work-in-progress type pictures that I post on my personal Facebook page.
The initial set of images that I have added were inspired by my trip to Nigeria in September 2013, and represent, the colours of the landscape there: lush greens, and rusty-red soil and of course then there’s the oil and the colourful clothing. (The appear part-way down the page and are called “Inspired by Nigeria” numbers 1-4. These pieces will also be on display at the Women’s Art Association of Canada during March 2014.
The energy and emotions from those pieces evolved into the idea of the “masks we hide behind” and the layers that are on top of who we really are. It’s an idea I am still exploring so the images I’ve posted are the first 5 in the series, stay tuned for more.
Just a quick note, I heard this past week that I will have an opportunity to hang some of my paintings at Above Ground Art Supplies, downtown location, for the month of November. They have a Staircase Showcase, so I have to pick 4 pieces to hang there for the month.
I hope you’ll drop by and take a look, if you can.