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Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student works, playing with ghosts and working a series


Those Who Can Teach, Do!

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Happy faces at the end of class!

The saying goes “those who can, do and those who can’t, teach”. This past July I rediscovered the immense satisfaction of teaching something I love to do. I taught a class at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts) at the beautiful Pearson College campus in Metchosin, BC for the second time. As with every class I’ve taught in the past, it was an exhilirating and inspiring experience. The class I taught was Monotype Magic. The magic, I discovered, was not only in the art making but in the teaching experience. The enthusiasm and enjoyment of my students was so infectious and their praise for the process and myself both gratifying and humbling.  I welcome anyone who can do something well, to teach it to others. Not only will your students benefit from your expertise but you yourself will learn from your students and find a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm for your craft. Thank you to my wonderful students for the opportunity to share my passion with you!

Below are some images of the artworks created during this workshop. More images can be viewed here.

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work, pulling the print

Pulling the print

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student works, playing with ghosts and working a series

Many shades of blue, playing with ghosts and working a series


Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work, working a series and using multiple plates

Multiple plates

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work

Abstract explorations

Much of the class time was spent developing series of works incoorporating the ghost imagery left on the plate. Below are my demo prints showing two of these ghost prints.

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - teacher's demo, first of two ghost prints

Teacher’s demo, first of two ghost prints

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - teacher's demo, second of two ghost prints

Teacher’s demo, second of two ghost prints

What about you – do you have a great class experience that you might like to share?


Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams

I am thrilled to finally unveil my latest large piece, Paper Dreams, which was completed in 2015. Paper Dreams is probably the most complex and considered artwork I have created to date. Below is the artist statement I prepared for the work.

“Paper Dreams is a complex paper and wood sculpture created as a meditation on the impermanence and fragility of our dreams. Designed to loosely resemble paper strips going through a shredder, it consists of multiple photopolymer gravure prints with poetry, and reflects a significant period in my artistic life. By cutting and discarding portions of these prints, I surrendered the life I had created for them. In doing so I was able to create something new and beautiful, demonstrating how destruction and creation often go hand in hand, as do fragility and resilience.”

The idea for Paper Dreams began with a desire to create a complex paper construct made up of multiple hand-pulled prints, which would provide glimpses of figures in various moments and moods. This would be achieved through a combination of layering, folding and cutting of the prints. I had, over the years, created a large number of figurative works on paper, and in a decisive moment of clarity I realized what I truly wished to achieve. I wanted to create an artwork that represented who I was as an artist at this moment in time. Gathering all these images together in one piece would be one way to do that. At the same time, by tearing and discarding portions of these prints I was letting go of the life and dreams I had created for them individually. This was not an easy thing to do. I chose prints that I had deep connection to for their meaning and quality, as well as the treasured experience of creating them. They were an integral part of my life as an artist and a woman. Many of them were self portraits. By shredding them I was letting go of my own dreams. And in the letting go I found that I was able to create something new and beautiful with its own new life and meaning.

Below is a photo of the initial stages of layering and ordering the images. Some of the prints had to be cut and collaged onto new stips of paper to fit well. Here you see them before any collaging was done.


Paper Dreams in progress

Several new prints were created for the piece as well, and new and old poems were added throughout the work, all with dream motifs.  While choosing the images for the piece I realized that the word “dream” had been used in a good many of the individual artwork titles. Where I could, I left these visible. Below is a detail showing some of the poetry.

Paper Dreams, detail

Paper Dreams, detail

The photo above also shows how the layering affords mere glimpses at times of the images behind the front layers. I decided early on that this piece would be unframed and the poetry would be written in pencil, as this was an essential part of the theme of fragility. It was also necessary in order to lift layers to see those behind.

To anchor the pieces of paper I chose two strips of maple cut from one piece sliced in half and which had a  gorgeous live edge on the top. I found it rummaging through Detlef Grundmann’s woodworking shop and commissioned him to cut and sand it to size for me. I then finished it with GAC on the inside for a protective barrier where the paper would adhere to and with a finishing wax everywhere else. The pieces of paper were then glued on in four layers, two to the back piece and two to the front piece of wood. Finally the two pieces of wood were joined together as shown below. The back piece was wired like a regular frame for hanging

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Clamping the wood pieces together.

Below is a side view of the artwork showing its three dimensionality.

paper Dreams, side view

Paper dreams, side view

The title, Paper Dreams, works on several levels. It refers to the nature of the materials used in the artwork, wood and paper being the same material in different stages of creation. Primarily it denotes the fragile and transitory nature of life, attachments and desires and the deeply personal perspectives from which we view our world and ourselves.

Paper Dreams will have it’s unveiling at the 2016 Sooke Fine Art Show this July 22 – August 1 at the SEAPARK Complex in Sooke, BC. There will be a Purchaser’s Preview evening on Thursday, July 21, 7-10pm and an Artists’ Celebration on July 23, 7-10pm. If you are in the area please do visit the show and enjoy the many fabulous artworks on display.

To whet your appetite here is a final detail of the artwork.

Paper Dreams, detail

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Paper Dreams, photopolymer gravure on paper on wood, 34″x33″




Solstice – The Return of the Light

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Stone Circle

Tomorrow marks the Winter Solstice. Beginning in the early morning hours, it marks the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Being an event of significance in the allignment of the stones at Stonehenge, I thought this would be a good time to feature images of my visit there this past August.

The day I visited the site was a gloomy, dark one with no moments of sunshine whatsoever, so I have no iconic photos of the sun shining through the stones to show you. The crowd surrounding the stones created its own photographic challenge. I was nonetheless left in awe of their magnificence and the extraordinary feat of engineering that created the henge. Built in the Neolithic Period, between 3000 and 2000 years ago, with gigantic stones brought all the way from Wales, this accomplishment boggles the mind. And with so few clues as to its purpose and the culture that built it, it remains an intriguing and mystical glimpse into our past.

The approach to the stones was a long one. Seeing the tops of the stones appear filled me with such excitement, only to be dimmed somewhat by the enormous crowd surrounding them, everyone intent on capturing selfies.

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First Sight

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All Those Bright Dots

It took a while to circle completely around the stones, with every few steps offering up a new view and composition to contemplate. While it was disappointing to not be able to enter into the circle, it did make it easier to take photos  and to absorb the splendour of the stones unimpeded by throngs of people. Below are a few close ups and stone vignettes.

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Through the Circle

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Beyond the Stones

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Birds of a Feather

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A full view of the stones without people was nearly impossible but the next photos come close.

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Full Circle

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Standing Stones

Some more photos from that day can be found here.

Wishing everyone here a Happy Solstice, and may the lenghtening of days bring light, joy and love into your hearts and lives.




A Bed of Lotus

A Bed of Lotus

A Bed of Lotus

Remember my sneak peak? Well here is the completed artwork, all finished and mounted onto board!

It’s a multiplate print measuring 18″x24″ and titled A Bed of Lotus. Creating the artwork was a fun challenge, especially the surrounding abstract section, which was worked over quite a bit. Mounting it was an even greater challenge due to its large size. It required precise trimming of the paper, brushing of acrylic medium on both the back of the paper and front of the board and then some very careful aligning of both elements and pressing down to ensure that all would be glued together with no air bubbles. I used some strong muscle with a baren over wax paper on the piece to push down the paper which continually wanted to curl upwards. Finally I weighted everything down overnight to firm the bond.

I painted the sides of the board prior to mounting the print and waxed them to seal afterwards. A close up of one side is shown below.

A Bed of Lotus, side view

A Bed of Lotus, side view

Mounting the piece rather than framing behind glass was a little scary, so much could have gone wrong, but the final result is very pleasing and impactful as there is no glass to blunt the view of the print. It’s a much lighter piece to move around as well! A few more details are below.

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

 A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

I intend to submit A Bed of Lotus to a show but if you’d like to save me the trouble I am offering it this week at $750.


Island Tapestry

Island Tapestry

Island Tapestry

I put the finishing touches on this piece today, gluing and tying the beach stones that anchor it firmly to the sea. I hadn’t planned on this being part of my 100 Days of Facing The Coast project, but with the many seaside images in the piece I thought it would fit in nicely. The center Botticelli inspired image, captured at the seashore, is a reminder of Venus’ birth in the sea. If you look closely at her face below, you will see many fine white lines in it, glittering like dried seasalt on skin that has been kissed by the sun after a swim.

 Island Tapestry, detail 1

Island Tapestry, detail 1

The pattern of images is reminescent of a kimono with obi, my personal nod to another island I have been privileged to call home and which has left an indelible mark on my senses and my heart. More details below.

Island Tapestry, detail 2

Island Tapestry, detail 2

Island Tapestry, detail 3

Island Tapestry, detail 3

Island Tapestry, a 26″x34″ paper scroll with photopolymer gravure etchings, bamboo and stones, is offered at $650 this week.


The 100 Day Project

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The 100 Day Project kicked off this Monday and I am thrilled to be taking part. Specifically I am participating in my local chapter of the project, the Cascadia Story Project‘s 100 Days of Facing the Sea. The idea is to spend 100 days creating, with the sea as inspiration. I’ve opened an Instagram account here to post my daily images and musings to the group and would love to have you follow along. I’ll also be posting regularly here on the project.

Other than attempting to visit the sea daily and letting it inspire me, I haven’t decided on a specific theme. I expect to let the creativity flow in an organic way and hope to have produced something of value by the end. In any case I know the simple act of being mindful and present during this time will bring its own rewards and joy.


Breathe- The Future Is Ahead




I submitted this photograph to a National Geographic’s Your Shot assignment with the theme of Change In Your Life. Thinking of my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, I remembered this photo which I took of her at a time of change in both our lives. You can see the shot on the National Geographic site, with a description, here. Please like and share if you can.

I have made several prints from this photograph over the years, including ones I posted about here and here, and the ones below.

I don’t think I will ever tire of this image, for it holds the beginnings of my daughter’s future in its hands, as tightly as she is holding it here. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

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Breathe, 2

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Breathe, 1


When Modern Meets Tradition – A Wedding Portrait



















Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these two beautiful portraits of my lovely niece and her charming husband. The pictures were taken by their professional photographer on their wedding day and I was given permission to convert them into these photopolymer gravure etchings. In so doing I was able to give the images my own artistic touch.

The photographs I had to work with were in black and white, but I decided a rich sepia tone would warm them up and give them the vintage quality I was going for. The texture created by the printmaking process also enhanced that sense of a bygone era, and the use of oil paint on rich printmaking paper ensured an archival work of art, rich with the tradition of an old art technique.

This classic tradition contrasts nicely with the totally modern clothes, poses and presentation in two separate, side by side pieces of art. The couple is not together, nor looking at each other or the camera, but a strong connection is created by the dark, rich tones, their gazes somewhat in the direction of the other and the obvious fact that they are bride and groom.

I am happy to report that the couple was overjoyed with the final result and are very eager to hang their portraits in a prominent place in their home.



What Makes A Show A Success?

Show set-up

Show set-up

The days after a big art event always fill me with a  multitude of feelings. From elation to disappointment and everything in between I am left thinking about how to improve or build on my success and, even more importanty, what makes an event a successful one.

This past weekend’s Stinking Fish Fall Show was no different. In many respects it was a resounding success. A large and steady stream of visitors braved the cold weather to come visit and buy from our eclectic group of artists. The atmosphere was festive and cheerful. I met with many friends and aquaintances and had some wonderful chats with new visitors. The artists were overwhelmed with the turnout and most were very pleased with their earnings for the weekend.

At the end, though, many of us  had an abundance of stock to take home, myself included. While my earnings were more than expected, I still only sold a handful of artworks out of many dozens on display. Happily, I did sell a large number of my new photography books.

So I was left thinking about what makes a successful show. Is it more important to sell a lot of product or to sell fewer, but to people with whom your work has resonated deeply? Are the connections made and exposure had of even greater importance? What about the pleasure the work has given to those who have seen and admired it, even sighing deeply while viewing it?

One dear and repeat visitor to the tour was overwhelmed to see all of these people whose work she so admires under one roof, and needed to take a break and revisit the next day. Many connected strongly with the images of Italy in my 2015 planner with the resultant conversations beling full of joy and recounted memories. Being close to Christmas many were holiday shopping and it was very touching to know that my pieces were chosen to be given to cherished friends and family as gifts, some being sent to faraway places.

The artists themselves got tremendous pleasure in sharing the event with each other, visiting with each other during the few quiet moments, buying or trading each other’s work, sharing laughter, food and stories. One later said it was the most fun she’d had in a long time. All agreed they wanted to do it again next year.

So in the end, I would have to say that, yes, it was a successful event, however much was sold, for it brought a community of artists together, in the process giving them this opportunity to share with a larger community their passion, creativity and joy. Hard to beat that!

Below is my set-up.

My space

Photos courtesy of Nicole Valentine-Rimmer.

Wishing you all a wonderful, creative week of sharing!



Hot Off the Press! I Walk Along The Shore

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My first book of photography, newly published on Blurb!

I Walk Along The Shore

Feeling both bleary eyed and elated, my book is up for sale after a very tiring few days of finshing up the book and uploading and preparing it for sale. Slugging through thousands of photographs to arrive at the final few that made the cut was brutal. What began as a twenty page book ballooned to twice that size. Designing the book was the fun part, and even with Blurb’s book making software, it required many precise adjustments of spacing, color and ordering. The final product is one I am proud to call my own.

The book features my photographs of Vancouver Island (with a few from Gabriola Island snuck in) accompanied by a few poems here and there, including a long one of the same name as the title. The words in the front flap of the book describe it best: “In these pages you will find weathered paths that wind through majestic trees, leading to rugged shores and pounding surf that sing with exuberant spirit. You will also see places filled with serenity and redolent with memory as you journey along with the author through her photographs of her Vancouver Island home.”

Please have a look and let me know what you think!

You can purchase it here.

I will also be ordering some soft cover and hard cover with dust jacket editions, so if you would like an autographed copy mailed to you just email me.