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I’ve got Wall and Desk Calendars, Chrome Island, Beach Scene And Christmas Coasters with all my latest paintings on them. Art Cards, Prints, giclees and certificates for next years classes.

Pottery Tea Lights, Funky Fish as well.

I will be open from Noon till 5pm Thursday Friday and the weekend.

4523 Thompson Clarke Dr E., 

Bowser BC

or call 250 757 2360 for more information

 

Tea Light Holders

Tea Light Holders

Funky Fish Oct 2014

and last but not least Original works of Art.

All paintings over 16 x 20″ are 35% OFF

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New work Just in Time for Christmas Rush

Gabriola Island Hidden Paradise 2' x 3' oil on canvas

      Gabriola Island Hidden Paradise 2′ x 3′ oil 

Hello ~ it has been a long since I wrote, but I thought it was about time I did a little show and tell.

Everyone knows that series usually do well, so I have consciously tried to put a group together. The first one (shown above) was done many years ago now and has become recognizable as my signature piece. I have painted this 3 times for different people and each time it looks totally different. I never get tired of this scene.

Gabriola Island Galleries Unseen 2' x 3

           Gabriola Island Galleries Unseen 2′ x 3

Next ~ many years later, James and I went to Gabriola Island for one of their Studio Tours, and ended up over near the “Galleries those famous Sandstone formations that look exactly like Waves. “. The tide was out, and I walked to the edge of the shoreline and got several photos of it. It is not usually painted from this angle and that was what I liked about it. When I got home I did a “stitch” of 3 of the photos. when I saw the results I knew I had to paint it!

Williams Beach This Spring

Williams Beach This Spring 2′ x 3′ oil on canvas

This year, my girlfriend Nancy and I spent a day up Island at the Coastal Black Winery getting reference material and photo’s for my Show there in September.

On the way back we decided to do a little exploring and ended up down at “The Alders Resort”. We went to the office and asked to walk on the beach and this is when we met Cheryl. She kindly showed us ALL the very rustic cabins on the property ~ each one different in it’s on way. We asked about this and apparently these cabins were built by different individuals who worked at a mill near by. The property was owned by the mill.

It so reminded me of going to the cottage in Ontario, when I was young. Every year my parents would take us away to “cottage country” to stay either with Aunts and Uncles or rent one for ourselves. My brother and I spent all day on the beach, swimming water skiing or just lounging about. Unfortunately the beaches in Ontario do not have the driftwood we get here on the West Coast, but still a wonderful way to spend my childhood summers. I still really enjoy lake swimming as opposed to the ocean.

After Cheryl showed us the property, I asked if we could walk the beach and she graciously consented.

What a beautiful beach they have. It was early spring and the air was crisp, the new crop of driftwood had been piled on top of last years by the winter storms. The seaweed left  a line around the bay so we knew exactly how high the tide had been earlier.williams-beach-good-shot-2016

2′ x 3′ oil on canvas

This last painting was completed yesterday and completes this series ~ well maybe who knows what is next!

I exhibited my paintings with a fellow Artist at Bette Kosmaloks Home a few weeks back. The two of us were having a discussion and Lynn, who has been painting for 5 yrs,  said ” I never do series”.  I said “Oh you will, when  you have painted long enough. There is always several that could be considered a “series”.

Enjoy my latest creations ~ the last two are for sale ~ what a great christmas gift for someone you love.

My studio will be open for the Mid Island Studio Tour on the 26th, 27th and 28th.

All my paintings will be 30% off and I will have a selection of paintings that I will be selling for 50% to 70% off

Cultural Appropriation and Art

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Spiritual Awakening ~ 40 x 16″ oil on canvas wrap

Recently I had an eye opening experience to the prejudice and pettiness of those thinking they are the bastions of protecting the first nation culture.

As most of you know by now, I am what is considered “Metis”. A term that has been used derogatorily in the not to distant past and only now seems to be gaining a certain amount of respect however low on the totem pole ~ no pun intended of course.

I entered an Art Show and delivered 3 paintings to the gallery.

As I was unwrapping my painting depicting a Raven with a Haida Symbol in the background which is pictured above, “Hey you can’t enter that painting unless you are Native. Then she looked at me and questioned “are you Native?”. Embarrassed and shocked, I replied “yes”. I am proud of the fact that I can trace my native roots back to the 17 hundreds. I believe this makes me much more Canadian than a lot of people here, but I am not about to get into the logistics of my ancestry with a complete stranger in a public space.

The first nation culture states that as long as an image or a symbol is used with respect and reverence there is not an issue.

So why are some people so hot on being the cultural watch dogs for the 1st nation? Like  the person I encountered in this gallery why do some people feel it is their right to be rude with the justification that they are guarding a culture? I find them a bit like fundamentalist Christians, self righteous and unwilling to see the big picture. Although she did apologise the damage was done. I made no issue of it at that time as it was something that needed to be thought about before acting

Now I understand the theory behind cultural appropriation but where and how do we draw the line?

Do we ask every person who paints 1st nations motifs in their work whether they are native?

Should they have a 1st nations passport with the nation and % of native blood stamped in it?

And by not allowing Metis to paint and hang their art work with native motifs and 1st nations images in them not a form of racism?

Do we stop painting Chinese calligraphy because we are not Chinese? Do we stop creating works of art with Celtic symbols because we are not Celts?

Should musicians’ only be able to play music from their own culture?

I am perplexed about this dilemma. I have asked the gallery in question to bring this issue to a public forum and I am hoping they follow thru.

I would love some feedback on this subject  from those who read this and have perhaps encountered the same situation.