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SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015

Hunger, creativity and passion: Meet Therese Lydia Joseph - artiste extraordinaire!

INTERVIEW WITH BELLE FUSION


Therese Lydia Joseph
http://www.therese-joseph.com/




1. Therese, when did you realize that being an Artist was going to be your path?

I always knew my career path would be a creative one. While raising two boys and running a successful afterschool care business I enjoyed using my creativity to teach arts and crafts to the children. After selling the business I redirected my attention to learning about mixed media and acrylic painting. This opened up a new hunger for art and expression. My creativity, blended with this new-found passion, enabled me to create art intuitively, expressively and impulsively. The feelings of pure contentment, seemingly endless freedom, and deep satisfaction left no doubt in my mind that I was on the right path for me.


2. What inspires you or stimulates your thought?

Every day I stumble upon the hidden beauty of ordinary, often unnoticed and disregarded subjects including my fellow humans. I often get caught up in the unexpected wonder of a subject’s shape or form, colour or pattern, disposition or mood. My purpose as an artist is to grab a hold of the intense feeling this provokes in me and capture it on canvas. By approaching the canvas with that same intensity and spontaneity, I am able to be creative seemingly without limits. Using acrylics and mixed media allows me to express my love of bright colours, deep texture and detail. Ultimately I seek harmony between “strength and fragility” and “vibrancy and serenity”. When I feel the same awareness of wonder stirring in me as when I first came upon the hidden beauty of the subject - I know the painting is done and art is created.


3. What's your average day like?

I start with answering emails and catching up with social media. Around 10 am I head down to my studio and paint, collage, prepare canvases, sketch or draw until 3 pm. Of course I have a lunch break where I reflect on my work and see if I want to make any changes. Often I work on multiple paintings at the same time. I take photographs during the process and also of the finished work. If time permits I might write a blog post or add my new work to my website. In the evening, I enjoy cooking dinner and spending time with my family.


4. Why do you think it’s integral to work as an artist?

It is essential for me to create and invent in order to feel whole. The need to process and articulate my thoughts, feelings, and experiences is satisfied through artistic expression. For me, art is a method of communication - a way to interact with the world I live in. Painting is a visual language - a visual song and dance. Art is essential for mankind. It provokes diversity of thought, makes the viewer challenge their reality, wonder what if, and evokes all sorts of emotions while stimulating the senses. Art can heal, bring people together and open up new possibilities.


5. What kinds of stories do you like the most? Why?

In my artwork I like to engage the viewer in a story about a moment in life.Although these moments might be sad, tough, unfair or undesirable, I focus on that flicker of hope, that unseen beauty and strength, an honest thought, a genuine mood or a daring dream that hides inside my subjects.
I am intrigued when I find awesomeness in something or someone ordinary. I feel great satisfaction when I discover “the Beauty in the Beast”.


6. How has your practice changed over time?

During my first years as an artist, I primarily created abstract paintings. My work had an organic feel to it as opposed to a graphic feel. I used acrylic paint, medium, impasto and textiles in my paintings to create texture.Later on the abstract organic shapes were replaced with shapes of branches and trees. At that time I was participating in a weekly life drawing session and my trees morphed into the sensual shapes of semi-abstract female nudes. My nudes became more and more realistic as time went on. After receiving a grant, I embarked on a project called “Faces of the North Shore”. As a series of portraits, the project represented the diverse cultures of the North Shore. I used acrylic paint and collages of the North Shore Newspaper. Taking the idea of print collages to the next level, I moved to create large figurative works with themed collage from magazines - now part of my “Figure-It” collection. These can be viewed on my website.


7. Who’s your favourite Artist? How does this Artist inspire or mentor you?

I have a few favorite figurative artists I admire. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt and Alexej von Jawlensky – German Expressionists. I am fascinated by their bold brushstroke, their daring use of colour and their somewhat simplistic shapes and forms of the human figure, portraits and clothing.


8. In today's climate, there are many emerging artists looking for the kind of direction and passion that you, as a successful artist, clearly have, what advice can you give to those who are also looking for direction and a path?

First and foremost, a painter must paint, paint, paint! You must spend time in the studio every day. Second, take criticism constructively rather than personally. Go to a professional artist to have your work assessed and critiqued. Know that you will not be able to please everyone with your art. Remember why you paint. Third, join some sort of a painters group or an artist’s guild. Feeling connected to other artists is a great source of strength and support especially at the beginning of your journey. Guilds and clubs will help you to get your art in group shows which are excellent as first exposure. 


9. In your opinion, what role does 'Artist' play nowadays?

The role of an artist is first and foremost to make art, but showing and sharing are very important as well. Artists should share their inventions and creations, their stories, views and ideas with the community. It is healthy, visually and emotionally stimulating, and contributes to the wellbeing of a community.


10. What is your 5 year goal?

In the near future I plan to produce a new series of figurative abstract work. It is my goal to exhibit across Canada on a regular basis and establish a significant online representation. As it is every artist’s desire, I plan to sell more art each year.

Thank you, Therese, for sharing your experience with us.

Therese is also very involved in community connections and has participated in many kids art education as well. Check out her blog for more info!




World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 9 – Therese Lydia Joseph

Therese Lydia Joseph lives in Canada’s west coast, in the thriving city of Vancouver. Originally she is from Switzerland, but she immersed herself fully in her new country. She started as a Kindergarten teacher, and now is a respected artist and Art teacher.

This is what Therese Lydia Joseph has to say about her key approach to painting: ‘Every day I stumble upon the hidden beauty of ordinary, often unnoticed and disregarded subjects. These subjects are not limited to objects; they include my fellow humans I bump into every day. I get caught up in the unexpected wonder of the subject’s shape or form, colour or pattern, disposition or mood.
My purpose is to grab hold of the intense feeling this provokes in me and capture it on canvas. I approach the canvas with that same intensity and spontaneity. Using acrylics and mixed media allows me to be creative without limits. I love bright colours, texture and detail in my paintings.
Ultimately I seek harmony between “strength and fragility” and “vibrancy and serenity”. When I feel the same awareness of wonder stirring in me as when I first came upon the hidden beauty - I know the painting is done and art is created.’

About Joseph’s Figurative Work

“FACES” is a figurative/abstract series of portraits capturing an honest thought, a genuine mood or a daring dream. Joseph is passionate about drawing and painting faces and thoroughly enjoys seeing how personality and temperament come into being from an empty canvas.
“FIGURES” is a series of work portraying ladies caught in a moment in time. Although these moments might be sad, tough, unfair or undesired, Joseph focuses on that flicker of hope, that unseen beauty and strength which hides inside my subjects.

About Joseph’s Abstract Work

“AGAINST ALL ODDS” is a series of 34 paintings ranging from 8 ft to 6 in in size. Her approach is spontaneous, her brushstrokes are bold and her colour palette is vibrant. This series exposes the stubbornness, the persistence for existence and relentless strength of the Dandelion, a plant Joseph came to respect and admire.

World Within

Therese Lydia Joseph has always been a person noticing details rather than seeing the big picture. She loves to travel to foreign countries and while everyone is taking pictures of the landscape she focuses in on the details of the tree branches against the sky, a door, a window, a stony pathway etc.
Many see the beautiful seascapes – Joseph sees the pattern of the ripples in the water and the reflection of the light. Some love to take pictures of a palace, a church, a castle – Joseph gets attracted by the texture of an old wall or a crack in the wood. Therese Lydia Joseph looks beyond the crowd, she sees the lonely merchant, the homeless person on the side of the road, the tired worker leaning against the post.
Joseph tells us that she sees faces in thought, eyes that tell stories, souls that reach out and hang on to their dreams. It’s important to Joseph to portray themes of such nature in her work. She says: 'This is who I am - this is how I see and experience my world. I am an artist because I need to express and share my world within. I do not feel the need to duplicate a still life, recreate a landscape or reproduce anything in a realistic manner. It is my passion to paint what I feel, think and dream of – that gives me great satisfaction.'

Passion not Poison

In a nutshell the key in Joseph’s work is “Passion”. This shows in the colours she uses. They are vibrant and they vary – as to say life is exciting but life is also turbulent and quiet. It shows also in her brushstroke. It is pressing on, does not linger but goes steady. Just like those pondering moments in life which bring us the hope to keep on going.
Joseph is a very creative person and the use of mixed media techniques is also a key factor in her work. It allows her to use another dimension to express herself – other than colour and paint. Joseph often uses newspapers, collages, textiles and other things in her work. Her work often includes an element of surprise, detail and a message.
Joseph says: ‘Monotony and boredom are not my friends, they are like poison.’ Furthermore she says: ‘I like the viewer to be able to connect with the mood my art portrays. I love it when people start discussing what the person in the painting might think, feel or might be going through. It’s rewarding when the viewer connects with my work, when it triggers thought, an experience or a fantasy.’

Endlessly Evolving

Therese Lydia Joseph says that she has always been an artist, a creator and an inventor. As far as she can think back she remembers spending all her free time using her hands to build things, draw, design and come up with stuff she has not seen before. Joseph became a professional artist after she raised her children.
 In 2007 she began the journey as a visual artist. Her education in art is a self-directed one. Joseph carefully chose courses and classes at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver and Langara Collage, Vancouver. Joseph handpicked her mentors and participated in numerous workshops and private art classes.
Now she is a respected visual artist in her community. Joseph shows her work in group and solo shows throughout Canada and in Europe. She is often asked to lead community art projects, especially with children and young adults. A few times per week she teaches mixed media art to children, teens, adults and seniors at her home studio in North Vancouver and at Community Art Centres.

Five women

Therese Lydia Joseph is also a member of a group of 5 women artists who live in Vancouver. The group is called the 5 Senses (5enses) and can be found at www.5enses.ca These 5 women exhibit together, critique each other’s work and encourage each other on their journey as professional artist. Social media also has become an important part to Joseph. It’s another way she shares her art and her experience with the rest of the world.
Joseph has a blog where she shares many tricks and secrets about her art and her life as an artist. It can be found here www.therese-joseph.blogspot.com From time to time Joseph likes to make a video of her projects and artwork. It is another way to see what she is up to and how a painting gets created. It can be found here www.youtube.com/user/thereselydiajoseph

Staying Social

Therese Lydia Joseph concludes: 'Art is what binds us together from all four corners of the world without having to use words, air fares or phone calls – so it would be my pleasure to hear from other artist and art lovers from near and far.'
























STUDIO VISITS: Therese Joseph’s Figurative Abstracts


I visited my 5enses friend Therese Joseph‘s studio this week as part of my new blog series…what an amazing creative space she has, organized by the Swiss-German girl that she is!!
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 Background
Therese has had many careers along the way, yet has always found the time to create, whether it be clothes, quilts, illustrating books, making jewelry, photography, writing poetry. From working as a day-care teacher, to running her own day-care, to evaluating day-cares, she now tries  to devote her full efforts to painting and teachingyoung and old!

Art Space  
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Half of the basement of Therese’s home in North Vancouver is designated ‘her’ space. The south-facing studio is about 11′x15′ with large windows and a sliding door, so the room seems even bigger! She has several easels and her adjoining 9′x6′ office space houses her files and computer, at the ready for Facebook, twitter and gmail!
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Then through a doorway she has just built a great 11′x14′ storage space and little kitchen, which feels more like the back of an art gallery or even a store!

Current Work
Therese has always been drawn to textures and loves mixed media. Her work is very colourful and she alternates from organic abstracts to figurative abstracts, whatever suits her mood! 
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She loves to doodle (panel below), and takes figure drawing classes which help her create quirky interesting women with attitude! In fact she just got word that she’ll be exhibiting her figures in a 2-person show at the Silk Purse Gallery in early 2013.
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Teaching
Once a week she welcomes small groups of children or adults into her space so they can explore their artistic talents. She has loads of mixed media supplies for them, from textiles to homemade papers, cheese cloth, different media and “stuff” to make wild prints with! Visit her blog to see what fun things she does with kids.

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This past spring she was hired to do a community awareness project entitled RIghts of the Child and here are two collaboration paintings they produced which are on display in our local library.
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Come see Therese do a painting demo at the Holiday Inn in North Vancouver as part of Culture Days in BC on September 28th and 29th…it’s bound to be interesting!!


CREATIVE MINDS 
Therese Lydia Joseph 
Posted by Franziska San Pedro on Nov 1, 2011 Creative Minds




I am very honored to have Therese this month for my Creative Mind Interview. She’s such a talented lady! We have met on Twitter and expanded our friendship online. I adore how far she has come in her personal development; today, she’s a well-known visual artist living her passion in Canada. But find out yourself, check out her websites and don’t forget to leave a comment!







About Therese Lydia Joseph:
Born: Bern, Switzerland

Education
2006
Continued Education: Emily Carr Institute or Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
Langara College, Visual Arts, Vancouver, BC
Ongoing: Life Drawing – 195 Pemperton Studios, North Vancouver, BC
1985 Certificate, Early Childhood Education1976 Diploma, Kindergarten Teaching, Bern, Switzerland

Professional Experience
2009 Ongoing – Art Instructor, Mixed Media, North Vancouver, BC
2004 Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Vancouver, BC
1985 Art Instructor, Recreation Commission of North Vancouver, BC
1977 Kindergarten Teacher, Bern Switzerland

Selected Exhibitions
2007
Colorful Aroma, Solo Show, West Vancouver, BC
2008 Joy of Abstract, Group Show, Alliance Française Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 New Year Colors, Solo Show, Ron Andrews Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
Stepping into Abstraction, Group Show, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver
2010 Summer Solstice, Group Show, Leighdon Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Heimwärts von Auswärts, Solo Show, Bern, Switzerland
The 6th Sense, Group Show, Scotia Creek Gallery, Whistler, BC
5 Senses & Sensibilities, Group Show, CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver
2011 A Thread Runs Through It, Solo Show, Ariel’s Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
Brush Strokes, Group Show, Old Montreal Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Faces, Group Show, Portico Gallery, Squamish, BC

What would you like to share about yourself?Being creative is a way of life for me. I remember that when I was about 5 years old I drove my mother crazy with my constant begging to let me use her sewing machine, play with her guitar and let me scratch designs in to the gravel path in front of the house using sticks and metal buckets.
In high school I drove my teacher crazy because my main focus of my essays was the artistic presentation, the ornate border around the text and the hand drawn images in each paragraph.

Growing up in the country side of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland my family did not associate with artist of any kind. Art was something for the city folks. We were surrounded with farmers, bakers and shoe makers. Years before I graduated from high school it was decided that I would make a great teacher – and so I became a teacher, a Kindergarten Teacher. I loved working with children and welcomed the challenge to teach the ABC’s and 123’s in practical and creative ways.
Moving to Canada in 1982 closed the chapter for me to continue as a school teacher. I started up with one and then two child care facilities with a focus on arts and crafts. Eventually I hired staff to look after the children while I ran workshops for the 5 – 12 year old boys and girls. Workshops included knitting, sewing, weaving, woodworking, pottery, jewelry making, painting, sculpting and so on.

After 13 years I decided to close the facilities. I continued to teach art at the local recreation centre, took up painting and fell in love with it. It was like I found a long lost friend I never knew I had. To this day, I am still as passionate about sharing my creativity through my artwork, teaching and connecting with other artist.


What is your favorite color and why? I have more than one favorite colour:
Black (not a colour) I like to dress in black
Red and Orange – for my artwork – I seem to be drawn to reds and orange tones when I paint. I think it best describes my passion, my need of having to express myself, to shout out and make a statement. Very contrary to the way I dress.

What’s your favorite food (and drink)?Over the years I have come to love Indian Food. My husband’s parents are from South India – The Indian flavour is rubbing off on me.
I always had a weakness for chocolate and cheese. Go figure I’m Swiss.
Then of course I like my Merlot.

Describe your dream place and where would it be?My dream house would have a view over a lake or sea (south view) and have mountains on the north side. It would be in a private setting but not too far from the city. It would have a separate guest house and a very, very large studio for me and a sound proof music studio for my husband.
Vancouver or South of France.

The one accessory you can’t live without?My fully automated espresso machine
My reading glasses – I can’t see the fine print without them (a joke but true)

What ignites your fire?Discovering intense beauty in something ugly or common.
Using my hands to create a new invention.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done?Hiding my chocolate in a place where no one would find it – guaranteed, and then forgetting about it only to discover it years later when it was no longer edible.

What’s your greatest advice that the world should know about?Life is too short to be normal. – Find your passion – Feed your passion – then set it free and pass it on

Why are you the best in your area of expertise?My work is unique (uniquely me). I do not duplicate, reproduce or copy from others. My art is authentic, original, creative and one of a kind. If my artwork touches you and speaks to you then it should be yours.


Where can we find you online?
Website Therese Joseph
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
5 Senses
Fine Art America
North Shore Art Crawl
Go BC
Newsletter

Therese’s Artist Statement
Every day I stumble upon the hidden beauty of ordinary, often unnoticed and disregarded subjects. I get caught up in the unexpected wonder of its form, shape and colour. My aim is to grab hold of the intense feeling this provokes in me and capture it on canvas. Using acrylics and mixed media allows me to approach the subject with great creativity. I love bright colours, texture and detail in my paintings. Ultimately I seek harmony between “strength and fragility” and “vibrancy and serenity”. When I feel the same awareness of wonder stirring in me as when I first came upon the hidden beauty – I know the painting is done and art is created.







THERESE LYDIA JOSEPH

July 21, 2011 by
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Thank you for allowing me to interview you for my iArt site. As an introduction you are Therese Lydia Joseph, a full time artist in North Vancouver Canada, originally from Switzerland.
Just to let everyone know, I saw your work on twitter and as soon as I visited your website I loved the colours and textures you create in your work. I knew that I had to draw my reader’s attention to your lovely artwork and find out more about how you work and where your inspiration comes from.


Indulgande - sold


Your work is mixed media, can you tell our viewers a little about the mediums that you use?



For the most part I use acrylic paints. To some paintings I may add oil pastels, charcoal, conté and other drawing tools. To create texture I use an abundance of materials and paste them on the canvas with clear medium, gel or spackle.


Gentle Prying
for sale – Mixed Media on canvas
18 x 36 inches - 46 x 91.5 cm


Looking at the texture in your pieces, what objects or techniques do you use to create the texture?



I love to put stuff on or into my paintings. There are many things I like to use. For a fine and organic textured look I might use cheese cloth, threads and other fine fabrics. I like cheese cloth because I can manipulate it, rip it, shred and cut it any which way I like. I also put ingredients from my pantry into my paintings; things like semolina, couscous, rice and cornmeal. If I want a rugged and bold look I might add broken seashells, pebbles, yarns and burlap and if I really want to go all out I might use nails, nuts and bolts or buttons or even tennis racket strings, guitar strings, knitting needles, great-grandma’s doilies etc. there is no limit.

I also build texture by manipulating the applied mixture of spackle and gel medium. It’s great to create relief impressions using a variety of tools and utensils. Check out a couple of blogs posts about Mixed Media Techniques.


Out of the Deep
for sale – Mixed Media on canvas
18 x 36 inches - 46 x 91.5 cm


Having read a little about you on your website, I see that you have four other great artist friends. It must be wonderful to share your week with them. I can imagine you have a fantastic time together. Do you feel this allows you to be more creative and almost more daring in your work by sharing ideas with likeminded people?



Absolutely. Our group “5enses” is a valuable part of my artist career. We paint together; critique each other’s work and share ideas. Each of us has her individual style and favourite colors. One might think that we would influence each other but that is not at all the case. Catherine’s abstract paintings are big and bold. Sara does abstracts that are whimsical, harmonious and tonal. Mena loves to paint boats, flowers and abstracts in a loose and light fashion. Lori is into semi abstract collages. I am the mixed media/textile abstract and figurative artist in the group. There is definitely strengths in numbers. Applying and setting up for shows becomes a shared effort. Visiting galleries and taking workshops together is like a girl’s day out. We come from various backgrounds but what has brought us together is the strong desire and love for abstract art. Sometimes it feels too good to be true that five mature women get to play with paint all day long.



Forever – private collection – not for sale


You have a variety of different styles in your gallery from bold abstracts to soft and glowing paintings. The thing that links them all though is your use of colour, and in each painting you use a limited pallet. How important is colour for conveying the story or feeling in your work?



Colour is extremely important. When starting a new abstract painting I pick and set out my colours according to how I feel at that time, which colours I am attracted to or fancy. If the painting is not finished the same day and my mood has changes the next day I often start another painting using the colours that I am drawn to at that time. I cannot paint in black when I feel blue. I will not paint in blue when I feel energetic and excited. I however painted a blue/turquois abstract this summer when the weather was extremely hot – I felt much more comfortable using a cool colour pallet. View the painting.

The same goes for a limited pallet; I choose up to three colours if I want to create a unified, harmonies and serene look. But often I like the tension of bold and busy versus grounded and calm in the same painting.



 Untamed – private collection – not for sale (self portrait with a past)


I looked through your gallery and tried to decide which piece I like best however I just could not decide as there were so many that I loved. Do you have one painting that you really love and that you will never part with, or wish you hadn’t sold?

Oh yes. I will never sell my very first self-portrait. It’s a long story. But to make it short and sweet – I felt frustrated about some things life threw at me when I painted “Untamed”. I did not intend to do a self-portrait. But little did I know – that this painting turned out to be the “future me”. About 6 months later I changed my hair completely and unintentionally the resemblance of the new me and the portrait “Untamed” was mindboggling.
Another painting “Forever” I feel emotionally attached to is now hanging in the living room of my brother’s house in Switzerland. I am pleased to know that it remains within the family. I would not have sold this piece to a stranger. It is an abstraction of my family tree, a sentimental piece. I painted it after I lost my mother and brother to cancer within a 3 month period.
Out of the Deep”, a mixed media painting I recently completed will be very hard to part with. Of all the figurative work I have done so far – this is my favourite. Check out how she emerged out of the deep.



Fuchsia – sold


How important do you think it is for artists to experiment with sketchbook work, or preparatory studies?



I think it is very important for artists to keep at it and don’t lose the creative thread. It’s not always possible for me to paint every day but I

doodle while on the phone or I take photographs when I go for walks. It’s not important what you do but that you are staining in touch with your creative side, your talent and feed your passion. After all being able to be passionate about your job is a blessing.
I don’t plan my painting from A to Z. I usually sketch a composition on the primed canvas. I call it “a scribbly start”. Then I paint, add texture, scribble some more and repeat this dance until I am satisfied. I play a “tug-o-war” with my work. Sometimes it tells me what to do and sometimes I decide where I want to go. Really it is a constant effort to resolve issues. But it is a welcomed one.


 Shangrila – sold

I notice that you teach classes from your studio, can you tell us a little about your classes and the age range that attends? Any funny anecdotes from your classes that you can share?

I teach
mixed media techniques to adults, teens and children ages 8 – 12. The funniest and most rewarding moments I have are of course with the kids. A 12 year old girl who will not tolerate anything out of line, messed up or imperfect. We were experimenting with splatter paint and create a Pollock like work of art. Everyone was thrilled to do this outside in the yard on a perfect sunny day… except for the 12 year old girl. She had the following concerns:





  • It’s messy 



  • The paint will not go where I want it to
  • My painting will not be perfect




  • I won’t like it




  • My clothes will get stained



  • After a talk and offering ideas on how a splatter painting “can” be perfect she agreed and I think the result is stunning. She had fun, did not mess up her cloths and best of all she loved her artwork. See for yourself (third painting from the top)


    Amongst Pines 1
    for sale - Mixed Media on canvas
    16 x 16 inches framed


    Walk between the pines and
    Gently touch the fragrant spaces
    Stand beside the branches and
    Taste the breath of such enchanting places

    Look below the pines and
    Calmly feel their earthly basis
    Reach beyond the tree-tops and
    See the dreams each and every tree embraces


    Earth Dance – sold 

    How have you handled the business side of being an artist, dealing with promotions, galleries and exhibitions, promoting your classes? Does that come naturally to you, or is it something you struggle with?



    Bookkeeping is not my forte and defiantly not my passion. Being in a group of 5 artists makes it is easier to submit for shows and write proposals. We share the load. For myself I promote my art through

    twitter, facebook and blogging different aft forums like Fine Art America and GO-BC online galleries. I also have a website I update regularly and mail out an e-newsletter bi-monthly.
    For my workshops some students apply online, approach me at a reception or have heard about my classes from a friend. Word of mouth still works well.


     Burning Affair
    for sale - Mixed Media on canvas
    36 x 36 inches – 91.5 x 91.5 cm 

    You have a really informative website and it’s very well presented. Your blog is updated often and holds a lot of your work too. Do you enjoy the online side of promotion and the social media?

    I actually love working on the computer as long as the task is creative. I use software programs like CorelDRAW and Adobe Photoshop to post my paintings and create digital images for the children’s books I wrote.
    Most days I spend an average of 1 – 1 ½ hours for online promotion and social media.



     Sensual Splashing
    for sale - Adrylic on canvas
    24 x 24 inches – 61 x 61 cm



    Do you have any favourite books or websites that you regularly read or visit that inspire you?

    I love to get art books form the library and just browse through them. Over the years I have collected a number of instruction books featuring various mediums regarding abstract art and the drawing of the figure. I am constantly searching out new artists online and check out their websites. If their work inspires me I may add a blurb about them on my blog of feature them on my Facebook page. I visit galleries on a regular basis and converse with other artists online.





    Power Nap - sold



    Is there one artist that has inspired you during your time as an artist that you really admire?

    There are many artists that have inspired me so far on my artistic journey:
    Amedeo Modigliani for figurative art and elongated figures with mask-like faces, Gustav Klimt for the female figure, Nicolas de Staël for abstract art, landscapes and the use of thick impasto and texture, Jean Miotte for expression through brush stroke and movement and Riyadh Hashim for his style and creativity.




     Chili - sold

    If you have one piece of advice you could give to an artist just starting out what would it be?

    Start painting and making art today. Don’t procrastinate, pick up the brush and dip it into a colour that you feel drawn to at that time and make a mark, any mark. Then dip the brush into paint again and make another mark and another and another. Always step back look at what you have created and see how that makes you feel. If you like what you see then leave it. If you don’t like it change it. Keep going until you are satisfied.

    Try to paint often if possible every day, even if it is just for a short time. Remember you are the boss, the creator of your work and therefor you must listen first and foremost to your inner voice and follow your intuitive plan. See this short blog post on how to create an abstract work of art for the first time: Go Go Go Stop or follow this simple fun lesson Expressive Drawing. Go for it – You can do it.




     Pepper – sold


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