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I Love to Explore and Create September 24, 2020

As those of you who are familiar with my work probably already realize, I love to paint. And I truly appreciate all the encouragement and support I get from all you art fans out there! If you follow my work at all, you already know that my art is all about recreating the amazing beauty of our environment - sometimes referred to as the 'Great Northwest'. Of course, I live and breathe it everyday (well,… Continue reading

Making Special June 13, 2020

What is ‘making special’, you ask? Well, if you think about it, it’s one of the most basic and defining characteristics of human activity. Making special is something that we all do, in countless ways, to make our lives more interesting, and to imbue our daily routines with greater meaning. One obvious example can be found on any calendar – reminders of upcoming holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays. For some, these ‘special days’ simply provide a…

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There’s Always Art May 16, 2020

The Black Plague was a fearful, terrible time. But it also spawned some of the greatest works of art the world has ever seen. The fact is, many of the Western world’s most precious works of art were created during those hard times. Even then… there was always art. The 14th century was a particularly bad one in human history. And it’s a chilling reminder of the deleterious effects of climate change, in this case,…

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The Jade Canoe March 12, 2020

The iconic Jade Canoe, designed by Haida artist, Bill Reid, serves as the natural center point of the Vancouver International Airport. ‘The Jade Canoe’ is also widely considered to be Reid’s greatest masterpiece. Nearly 20 feet long, 13 feet high, and 11.5 feet wide, the bronze sculpture weighs over 5 tons. The canoe’s green patina is meant to mimic jade, BC’s official gemstone. Indeed, there is something ‘magical’ about the sculpture, and travelers can often…

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Olafur Eliasson March 4, 2020

Eliasson and Art Installations Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, is known for his ‘natural elements’ sculptures and art installations. Much of his work incorporates natural elements, such as light, air, and water, and explores the interaction between the artwork and the viewer. Often, the viewer discovers that the ordinary is not so ordinary after all. This ‘interactive’ aspect is one of the essential characteristics of ‘installation art’. In this respect, it’s quite similar to artworks known…

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Vancouver’s Spinning Chandelier February 29, 2020

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart has called it “the most important piece of public art in the history of our city”. Located underneath Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge, the controversial Spinning Chandelier is the creation of artist, Rodney Graham. The project was privately funded by Vancouver-based Westbank Corp. The cost, originally estimated at $900,000, ended up, by the time it was installed in November 2019, coming in at a staggering $4.88 million dollars! Westbank founder, Ian Gillespie,…

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Interpreting Art February 22, 2020

When it comes to interpreting art, all opinions are equal… but some are ‘more equal’ than others. Why? Well, since nothing exists by itself, ‘context’ matters. Context is the additional information that allows us to derive a deeper understanding in virtually every human endeavor. It’s because of the context, for example, that we consider Robin Hood to be a hero rather than a thief. When we say one opinion is more ‘informed’ than another, what…

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Snow Art February 8, 2020

We’ve all, at one time or another, made a snowman or a ‘snow angel’, after a fresh snowfall. But Simon Beck has taken this practice to a whole new level. When he left his office job to follow his passion for art, Beck decided to combine his artistic passion with his love of the outdoors. Now, he is a professional ‘snow artist’. That is to say, he uses snow as his paint, and the landscape…

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Censorship in Art February 6, 2020

Did you know that many of the greatest works of art were once the victim of censorship? By definition, censorship is “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and removing things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc.” Although it may be commonly thought that censorship affects mainly film and literary works, here are a few examples of censorship in art that may surprise you. Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ Not…

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Sea to Sky January 31, 2020

Snowy peaks that pierce the clouds. Glimmering blue sea and rushing green rivers. Lush, towering trees. One might imagine a mad deity, after creating this corridor, surveying his handiwork and commanding – “Steeper! Deeper! Faster! Higher!” Howe Sound Sound is a deep, U-shaped fiord carved into the Coast Mountains by glaciers. And the Sea to Sky Highway is the moniker for the roadway that follows the eastern slope of Howe Sound. The route hugs the…

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