The Elusive Landscape,in Benkovac Museum Regional Gallery and Zadar (Gallery of State Archives), Croatia in June and July 2015.
My paintings, prints and murals explore life within the contemporary urban landscape. I have been influenced by my involvement in the community, and in the desire to reveal its numerous sides. The shifting dynamics of the street is a collage of images and encounters that are both edgy and full of primal vitality. I am interested in the qualities and dynamics of the modern, ever-changing streetscape. I move between the mediums of woodcut, monoprint, mixed media painting and acrylics. Each infuses the other with possibilities, providing springboards for new directions. Public murals are both solo and collaborative. I have been influenced both by the muralists of Mexico's past, as well as by contemporary community-based muralism in the United States and elsewhere. Collaborative process develops community expressions of shared striving for a sense of place.
Murals include Radius, Through the Eye of the Raven, Walls of Change, River of Crows, Summer City Street and Community Walls/Community Voices. I received the City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Community Public Art in 2008, and in 2013 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. I live and work in Strathcona, East Vancouver. Works are available through the galleries listed in the 'contact' section. Please call or email me through the contact page to arrange a studio visit.
These works are now in the collection of Vancouver Hospital and St Paul's Hospital, both in Vancouver... the former at the main entranceway and the other, in Emerge.
A 17 min. video of the Big Print Project can be viewed on YouTube at the link below.
Using a steamroller in an open-air summer event, a team of 12 artists created woodblocks on full sheets of MDF board that were inked and printed.
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