Friday, November 1, 2013

uppercase feature


I'm in the fall issue of Uppercase magazine (issue 19)! Thanks so much to MF Miller for writing such a terrific piece, and to Natasha Bardin for the beautiful photos. I had such a great time hanging out with these lovely women when they came to visit me earlier this summer.





Thursday, September 5, 2013

PRINTS!


So many of you have asked over the years, and I am so thrilled to be able to finally say YES I do offer prints of my work! Magic Pony (the sister-shop of Narwhal, the gallery who represents me here in Toronto) is now offering limited edition archival prints of three of my paintings: Vesuvianite, Dark Crystal, and Amethyst Mountain. You can find them here on the Magic Pony site.






Tuesday, August 27, 2013

perfume interview



I was recently interviewed by the lovely Emily Whalen about my perfume collection/obsession for the Worn Fashion Journal blog. Photos by Paige Sabourin. You can see the full post here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

trial run


 
The one project I really have my heart set on for our wedding next June, is to do our flowers myself. Few things bring me as much pleasure and shear joy as flowers, and to have an excuse to fully indulge this love (within budgetary limits, of course) is so thrilling. I recently paid a visit to the Toronto's little flower district to get a sense of roughly what would be in season around the time of our wedding next year. I brought home a few bunches of beautiful things (like these unbelievable enormous peach peonies), foraged in my backyard for some extra bits (mostly vines and ferns), and did some playing around to see if I could make my vision come to life. I adore the results, and I can't wait to do the real deal next year!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rocks & Minerals Magazine




My work was featured in the May/June issue of Rocks & Minerals Magazine!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Bella Venezia


So, that trip I mentioned in my last post... well, it was to Venice (as anyone who has been following me on instagram would know). My friend Shary Boyle is representing Canada at this year's Biennale, and I was invited to help with the installation for a couple of weeks. My best friend (and coe&waito partner) Alissa is Shary's production assistant for the project, so basically it was a chance to hang out with a couple of my favourite people in one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world. Pretty sweet. Here are a bunch of my favourite pics that some of you will have already seen on instagram or facebook. If you don't already follow me on instagram, the rest of my trip photos can be seen here. As far as the Biennale pavilion goes, it's top secret until it opens officially at the end of the month, but I'll be sure to post details about Shary's masterpiece then. I'm so honoured to have been involved in a small way.

The Canada pavilion has the best font.
 
 Walking home after work on a rainy day.

All the wisteria was blooming. It was everywhere, and so beautiful!

 The palm tree below our kitchen window.

Dinner.

The Paradiso cafe near the entrance to the Biennale grounds. Perfect spot for after work spritzes.

Alissa and me at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

Collecting shells at the Lido.

 The Piraeus Lion at the Arsenale.

Campo di San Francesco della Vigna.

Crazy marble on Basilica di San Marco.

 The fantastic terrazzo floors in our apartment.

 Venice is full of hilarious doorbell faces.

Vine-covered columns at Venice Marco Polo Airport


Sunday, April 7, 2013

spring update


Time has been flying lately. I've been doing a lot of drawing and painting, recovering from an inevitable change-of-seasons head cold and keeping an eye out for signs of spring. The winter has seemed particularly relentless this year, but things are slowly starting to sprout in the garden, reassuring me that, yes, summer will eventually come. I finally upgraded to an iPhone and joined Instagram, where you'll find more frequent activity (such as the above photos) than my very sporadic posting here. Please do follow me there if you're interested!

In other news, I'm nearly done restoring my portfolio website (finally!), and I'll post a note here when it's back up. Also, I have a very exciting trip coming up in a couple of weeks. More on that soon...

Monday, February 11, 2013

big love


I am so thrilled to share the happy news that my guy Andrew and I got engaged this weekend! He surprised me on Friday night when we got home after being out for dinner for my birthday. Well, it wasn't a total surprise, because we'd been talking about it for ages, and in the fall we started the process of having a ring custom-made. It was just a matter of when Andrew would officially pop the question.

I'm so happy with the ring, I wanted to share some pictures and give a shout-out to Meredith Robb, the talented jewellery designer who made it for us. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and she took my super-specific criteria and created a ring that is beyond anything I had imagined. I absolutely love it. The gemstone is an indicolite tourmaline that I picked up at a gem and mineral show I attended in September. I love the depth and sparkle of the grey stone, which appears more bluish or greenish depending on the light. I love that the band and setting balance delicacy and softness, with strength and precision. I love that it feels somehow ancient and yet totally modern; iconic but unique.

And I'm so so so happy to be marrying my love!








Friday, February 8, 2013

snow day

 

It's a snow day, here in Toronto, and I'm sitting at my table by the window working on a drawing, watching the flurries outside. I've been working out some new ideas, and since am not quite ready to share the results yet, I haven't had much to post about lately. I recently started a Tumblr page, which I initially intended as a secret spot to collect images for inspiration and pleasure, but I think I'm ready to share it now. Especially since it is so quiet over at this little blog. If you're curious about what I've got on my mind, art-wise these days (plus the occasional random obsession), have a peek. Hopefully my ideas and experiments will start to come together soon...

Monday, November 19, 2012

website issues...

My portfolio site is redirecting to this blog for the moment, while I take care of some technical difficulties with the site. Hopefully I will have it back up and running soon! If you are here as a result of this redirection, and are looking for images of my work, there are paintings scattered throughout the archives of the blog, or you can visit my page at Narwhal Art Project's site for a selection of works and information.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

beautiful science


Hello! I'm sorry for my long absence here. I've been keeping busy, trying to dig myself out of a slump. A big part of this process has been finally fixing up my studio space (in our dining room). I'll post before/after photos once it's all finished, but for now here's a peek at what it looks like today, as I spend some quality time with my new microscope(!). As far as the previously mentioned slump goes, things are looking up. I think I may have made a small breakthrough today. I have been finding it really difficult to loosen up and be experimental in my art-making, but to approach it from more of a 'science experiment' angle is opening up some really exciting possibilities.

Sunday, September 30, 2012