I paint wild women. And that means I am surrounded by women who heal themselves, speak with their own voices, practice gratitude and are curious. A wild woman loves herself and honors her body with confidence. She is a self aware force to be reckoned with. And how I long to be a wild woman! But... I am a work in progress. I often struggle to feel good about my body. Even as I work closely with women, help them strip free their barriers, and revel in their beauty... I still struggle to see those things in myself. My response is anger at myself; anger and depression about being so willing to hurt my own feelings. It lays me low, every time. Maybe it's this insecurity that allows me to relate so well to other women. As Rumi once said, "We're all just walking each other home."
"She's Whiskey In A Teacup"
I recently divulged (on camera,,, gulp) that this painting is a self portrait of my butt. I painted it in response to an online shopping experience where I was labelled everything from a size large to a 3XL. Talk about laying a woman low! This experience negated all the good things I felt about myself, in one fell swoop. It diverted me from my journey towards being a wild woman. Against everything society is telling us, all women can and should feel good about their bodies. Like whiskey in a teacup, it will be unexpected, and it will be wild!
Wild Women... hold my hand and walk me home. I am still on this path and I am still working to be like you.
International Women's Day is just around the corner, and so is the opening to a new art show I am participating in. I have prepared some new works alongside the works of 6 other amazing women.
March 1 – 19, Women without Borders at the
Gage Gallery 2031 Oak Bay Avenue.
Exhibition to Celebrate Women and International Women’s Day. Seven
artists have come together to create an exhibition that is humorous,
poignant, evocative and celebratory. People were
coming in off the street to see it while we were setting up. It is a
celebration and we want everyone to join us in celebrating diversity and
courage, ancestry and a bright future. There is something here for
everyone. You will laugh, reminisce, celebrate and feel part of the
celebration. Join us in a celebration of Women.
Angela Menzies (acrylic on canvas) painting of the
female nude, Suzanne Jensen (acrylic on
canvas) drawing and paintings of women at work, Bonnie Coulter (acrylic
on canvas) paintings of home and family, mary e coakley (photography) photographs of International
Women, Joanne Thomson (watercolour) tributes to women artists and grandmothers, Sharon
Bussard Grove (clay) sculptural commentary on how women see themselves and how they are seen
and Muriel Sibley (clay) altered vessels celebrating dance, welcome and a female crocodile with pink shoes and a purse!
JOIN US THIS Friday March 4, 7-9 pm.
AND Tuesday March 8 from 7- 9 on International
Women’s Day: for a dress up party. We invite you to come as a woman who has been influential in your life. Have some
fun with it. Yes, men, you can dress up too!
(press release written by Joanne Thomson)
I'll be dressed up as a steampunk version of Wonder Woman!
I was recently asked why I felt the need to depict Wonder Woman as a plus size woman. Seriously? We're having this conversation? Okay. I didn't feel the need to do anything. The fact is, this is the wonderful woman who had the lady balls to show up and pose for the painting; and if the Wonder Woman boots and corset fit (and they do!) you lace those bitches up and wear them. Because that's what Wonder Women do, they rise fearlessly to the occasion as symbols of female empowerment. We all have a Wonder Woman inside us, and we need to stop talking about what the physical parameters of what she looks like "should" be. So, just go be wonderful already!
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams” - Eleventh Doctor
I am a huge believer in making Christmas gifts for my loved ones. I try to never even step foot in a retail store after mid Nov. This Christmas, my dad and I put our heads and skills together to create this awesome Dr. Who Tardis bookshelf for my son Raine. And like the real Tardis, it is of course, bigger on the inside.
The process began when I handed off conceptual sketches and dimensional measurements to my dad. Fifty hours later, my sketches became reality (because my dad is a genius).
Now, it was my turn. I spent 15 hours priming and painting the Tardis to get it just right.
On Christmas morning, my dad and I will deliver the Tardis to Raine's room, where he will fill it with his massive collection of graphic novels. And then after that, who knows?
“Books! The best weapons in the world!” - Tenth Doctor