I like to show my fans the progress of my work, I think it is very interesting to see the "behind the scenes" of an artist's work. This way my fans get to see all my mess that goes into the creating my works of art. In some of the pictures you can see my poor husband holding up my work in order for me to see how they all go togehter - it is not easy to be holding paintings like that. I do not thank my husband enough for having to put up with all of this. From these photographs you can also see the scale of my work.
Through Canada II (progress)
These are the next 2 additions to my project "Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush".
(left) While Kayaking in BC I (right) While Kayaking in BC II
(Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush)
Through Canada with a Camera and a Paintbrush - The first painting.
I plan when I paint, but I change my mind all the time. I finally have an idea, so I begin a project, and then I have one thousand more ideas, and the outcome is totally different from my initial plan.
(Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush)
I am beginning this project, "Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush". My plan is to make several paintings that depict Canada from my own perspective. Why from my own perspective? Because I concluded that, to a certain point a vast multicultural nation such as Canada will always be depicted from someone's perspective. It is impossible for one person to see and experience it all.
I began wondering about what Canada is to Canadians who come from different backgrounds, for example: Italian, Native, British, Indian, German, Chinese, or other. How differently Canadians who live in different parts of Canada and have different experiences, or have travelled to different places within Canada or not travelled at all, would describe Canada.
I guess I began to wonder about what is Canada and what it means to be Canadian after traveling extensively around Canada. During my travels, I came across many people who described Canada very differently from one another.
My project was already started when I visited the Canadian Arctic and perticularly the city of Iqaluit. However, in Iqaluit I witnessed a city of people who have had different experiences and visions of Canada than I and everyone I knew. From then on, I gained a totally different perspective of what Canada is as a whole, and what it means to be Canadian.
Additionally, in 2012, I went with a friend of mine to Europe and many people asked us about Canada. However, I was surprised when I heard my friend's description of Canada. She was raised in Calgary and I was raised in Ontario. I have never been to Alberta, and she has never been to Ontario, and we both were giving people such a different description of what Canada looks like. However, combining both of our descriptions, I am sure people received a better idea of what Canada looks like. In Luxembourg, I had a conversation with a German lady and she, never having visited Canada, said "Canada ist ein anderes Welt" meaning that Canada is a different world, or perhaps she meant that Canada is very different from other countries.
The more I travel, the more my perspective of Canada changes and this is why I decided to make this project "Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush". This project begins now, and this project will be under construction for many years. "Through Canada: With a Camera and a Paintbrush" will be made up of many paintings. After I finish one painting, another painting will be started and eventually added, side by side, onto the already finished ones to make up a one huge wall of paintings. As years go by, the wall of paintings will grow in length and perhaps height. This project will document the Canada that I have seen, the historic-Canada that I have heard about and can only imagine, the changes within Canada that I am witnessing, and the Canada that I continue to see as I travel. And perhaps, I will have a better idea about my Canadian identity.
So far I witnessed some changes within our big cities; the appearance of more and more businesses with names written in foreign languages, for example, Sushi restaurants have Japanese writing, Arabic restaurants have arabic writing, and the city of Iqaluit has street signage and store-window writing in the native language. Fifty years ago, when I did not exist yet, Canadian cities barely had any stores that exhibited names in foreign languages. Today, it is hard to find a street within a big city that will not have signage in a foreign language.
Canada is changing, Canada is growing, and Canada is different from Coast to Coast, from Province to Province, and Territory.
My nephew Jack is helping me start out one of my paintings. With infrared photography we would be able to see his works of art.
If he ever becomes famous, this painting will be worth a lot of money.