I am extremely proud to announce that my work is currently being exhibited in the beautiful Peninsula Gallery in Sidney by the Sea. Established in 1986, it has prospered into one of Canada's most acclaimed Art Galleries presenting high quality artworks of artists both local and of national renown. It is an honor to have my work displayed with my mentors and friends, Robert Bateman and Birgit Freybe Bateman. Currently, I have 25 works in the Gallery and will be present daily from Tuesday, July 7-until Saturday, July 18, from 10am to 5pm (closed on Sunday and Monday) so I hope to see you there!
I am thrilled to announce that I have had 2 pieces of my work chosen to be a part of the show. This year will be different though, as is almost everything else on the planet right now. The Sooke Fine Art Show will be taking local art to a world stage. As a result of the pandemic, the Show will be hosted online! Although everyone likes to interact with a piece of art in person, the steadfast and resilient organizers of this wonderful show have gone above and beyond to support local artists and bring art to the worldwide community. People can visit the show online anytime from July 24 to August 3, although it may be possible to buy art from the website until the end of September. This 34th anniversary of the Sooke Fine Art Show will be new, exciting and extraordinary! When the online exhibit opens, I will post my images here on my blog page and tell a story about each of them.
Life has been interesting lately to say the least. Self isolating and physical distancing has led to introspection and evaluating my life and purpose, wondering what the future might look like..Sometimes I get a lot done in a day, and sometimes, not a thing. Reading has become a renewed past time, always too busy before to settle in to a good book, I can now get lost in a story line or travel to a distant land simply by turning a page. Going through the house, cleaning, rearranging and editing things I had forgotten about, reminiscing and contacting people I haven't talked to in years. Covid has forced me to stop, relax, re-evaluate and re-focus on what's important to me. I've been able to educate myself more about wildlife conservation, and even though I'm not travelling this year, unless something changes dramatically, I am still involved in my own way. A portion of all of the sales from my work will be donated to 4 animal and wildlife projects, 2 in BC and 2 in Kenya. The Peninsula Gallery in Sidney BC now have an exhibit of my work and I have had 2 pieces accepted into this year's Sooke Fine Art Show. Even though the Coast Collective's physical gallery has closed for now, I also have work at the Juan De Fuca Rec Centre and at Mitzi Dean's Constituency Offices, both currently closed to viewing due to Covid 19. I'll continue turning the page to see what comes next...
As the coronavirus continues to affect almost every person's life in some way, it is only responsible to postpone the Kenya trip until next year. We are already securing the dates for the same time frame and the itinerary will be unchanged. It is most important to halt the spread and effects of this virus before beginning to travel again. Although my heart is heavy now, I know that next year, this adventure will be even more special and meaningful. The delay has a silver lining in that there is more time to do fundraising for the Conservancies between now and then. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Be safe and stay well.
I will be doing a presentation and slide show for the upcoming Kenya Conservancy Safari on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2 pm and again at 7 pm. It will be at the Vision Travel Office at 4480 West Saanich Road in the board room. Please contact Jackie Matthews or myself to let us know which presentation time is best for you. I can't wait to show you where we will be going!! Light appies and refreshments will be served.
This winter has been busy, invigorating and relaxing. One thing that visiting Kenya has taught me is that peace, quiet and stillness are incredibly important. The fundraising print that I had at my show raised enough to foster 6 baby elephants and a baby rhino with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. I can't wait to go back to see them all and foster more.
I have met some incredibly wonderful and inspiring people lately, all of them have, in some way, have lead me to aspire to do and be more. The Universe gives you what you need when you need it. Thank you to all who have crossed my path.
I've been preparing for multiple exhibits at the Coast Collective Arts Centre and several others for the year ahead, and an upcoming collaborative show as well. It is called "Tides and Timbers" featuring a painter, three woodworkers, and myself and runs from March 11 to 22, 2020 at the Coast Collective. The reception is on Friday, March 13 from 7-9 pm. I hope to see you there!
Thank you to all who visited my exhibit "Effecting A Connection" last month! I loved meeting all of you and telling you about my work. When the Gallery was busy, I wasn't able to speak to all of you, but I truly appreciated you being there.
I now have a display of 17 of my pieces at BC Premier John Horgan's Constituency Offices at 2806 Jacklin Road from Dec 1, 2019 until Jan 31, 2020.
The Juan De Fuca Recreational Centre also has 7 pieces on display until February 2020.
Please contact me if you wish to purchase any of the works that were at the Solo Show or in the current exhibits.
There are 3 pieces in the Westridge Gallery at Coast Collective Arts Centre as well.
This beautiful Grevy's Zebra is one of my images chosen for the Sidney Fine Arts Show 2019. Note the heart shape in her stripe pattern.
Awaken your senses to the magnificence of nature! Join me on an incredible 2 week journey into the heart of Kenya to experience wildlife and wild spaces at their best, carefully and passionately protected by the people who live there. Three spectacular, award-winning Conservancies will host our group where we will see truly wild animals and birds in their natural habitat and meet some of the local people. The trip is limited to only 22 participants so the first to book will secure their trip of a lifetime!
I'll be posting blogs when I have exciting new shots to share, or upcoming shows or stories about the photos that I'd like to share with you.