This year at the Sooke Fine Art Show, I was awarded the “Juror’s Award" for my diptych "Last Call/Up Stream." Chosen by Juror Craig Sibley, a multidisciplinary Vancouver Artist, it was a $500 cash award and I was even more delighted when the entry sold! Artists were allowed to submit 3 pieces and all three of mine were accepted: “Mathilde’s Prose, “ a figurative pastel and “Stool Pigeon,” another engraving hung alongside my engraving/watercolor salute to spawning salmon. Editions of this award winner are currently hanging at The Chemainus Theatre Gallery, at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, in Bowser at The Salish Sea Market, and on Quadra at Works of H’Art.
Images from China
9" x 12" Charcoal Pencil Portraits
June 17th, I arrived in Shanghai, to meet two friends, who as graduate students, stayed in my home in Dallas, TX for 7 years. Now living in New Orleans, they were taking Ben, age 3, back to see their families. I was graciously invited along. What a treat to be included into this very traditional and equally contemporary family living primarily in two towns about 250 miles west of Shanghai, in southern China. These quick sketches allowed me a opportunity to interact with each family member. I did take my sketchbook, but without fail, any time I sat down, I was surrounded by children or teens wanting to say "hello" and take my picture. I felt like a Very Important Person!
Chemainus Theatre Gallery Show
July 22 - September 8
"Sitting Duck” Engraving and Watercolor 5” x 5”
The gift shop, gallery and theatre lobbies are currently displaying 40 pieces of my work: portraits; landscapes in oil or pastel; and etchings and engravings. Included in the show and along the lines of my series that poke fun at common sayings (depicted a bit more literally), I introduce this clever fellow. The target is embossed over the printed engraving. Completed just before I left for China, little did I know that several of his less fortunate kin would show up with their beaks hanging over the bowl's edge in a number of dishes served on my trip. YUM