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Solo show at La Fab Gallery, Chelsea, Quebec

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I was delighted to have my first solo show Meadowlarking in a beauty of an old building, the rectory of St. Stephen’s in Chelsea, QC, just outside of Ottawa. Who doesn’t love a building with a turret! Many thanks to the fabulous, hardworking volunteers there and all the wonderful art lovers who stopped by and bought paintings!!.

Statement:

free
and outside
wandering, open hearted
in the woods
in the meadows
then home
with your spoils.

The sense of immersion in nature is a memory that connects with many of us. For me it flows from the experience of a childhood spent mostly outdoors, and for many years now, as a denizen of Chelsea beside the Gatineau Park.  I have been inspired recently by countries who have granted legal personhood to natural systems such as Switzerland, Ecuador and New Zealand. Blending the simpler motifs of design with the free and personal style of abstract expressionism, I seek to explore some of the sense of ‘personhood’, sometimes lost to childhood, that the natural world so often appears to embody.

 My dear pal with other dear pal’s kids. Artists need pals to attend vernissages and bring the champers for later.

My dear pal with other dear pal’s kids. Artists need pals to attend vernissages and bring the champers for later.

 I got to hang work in the hall too. This one,  Vessel , was the most recent piece painted.

I got to hang work in the hall too. This one, Vessel, was the most recent piece painted.