2014 Wild Colour Collection

2014 Wild Colour Collection

Could I ever have guessed that 2014 would result in the wild colour collection that has been growing with each passing week since I began in June?  Never in a million years.  I’m trying to pinpoint the catalyst, the point when there was no turning back. After painting Elsie Yanik I felt the need to
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I’m not wired that way

I’m not wired that way

I have tremendous respect for science-minded people.  They are curious, thoughtful, intelligent, rational and methodical.  I’m just not one of them.  I think it’s rather curious (and laughable) that I originally set out to become a doctor; twenty-five years later, I can’t imagine what I was thinking. We visited TELUS Spark in Calgary a couple
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What day is it?

What day is it?

The long, slow crawl to the holidays is disorienting.  All of a sudden, Christmas Day arrives and the train comes to a sudden halt.  You have nowhere to go, no work responsibilities to attend to, and time is in abundance.  By Boxing Day, I had completely lost connection to where we were in the week.
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Exploring Common Ground

Exploring Common Ground

I’ve had two brief encounters with Justin Trudeau, both of which left a profound impression.  The first, was during a rally for my friend and Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha. Dylan and I stood in a long line of supporters to say hello and make a brief connection.  I focused on capturing the moment and observed
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What doesn’t kill us…

What doesn’t kill us…

I often credit the role of trials and tribulations in my life, how they shaped who I am and got me to where I am today.  This was a year that started off in a rough way.  I was in an interim position, with little to no certainty that I would have a job at
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Faith, hope and LOVE

Faith, hope and LOVE

I had woken up several mornings ago with a single sentence at the tip of my tongue: “Faith, hope and love. But, the greatest of these is love.”  It was the answer to my unspoken question of how to integrate words into my second mural of Metis elder Elsie Yanik.  The quote from Corinthians in
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How the painting has changed me

How the painting has changed me

I look back on the paintings I have done in the last six months and shake my head.  The initial run of portraits happened in the softer summer months, when time was more plentiful, and getting out in the studio was so alluring.  I’d leave the door open and birds would pop in for visits
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Into the looking glass

Into the looking glass

Like every other upstanding pundit, I can’t let the year pass without taking a creative leap into the future.  Without any further ado, here are my bold tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek predictions for what 2015 might bring. BLOGGER TURNS POLITICIAN A local blogger will make the leap into the political realm.  He or she will either jump into
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Christmas Carolled

Christmas Carolled

We were watching one the final episodes of The West Wing, in front of the TV screen a little earlier than normal, as I had pledged to take the evening off and recover from a nasty cold that had settled in, when all of a sudden the doorbell rang. Heather and I looked at each
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The family Christmas newsletter

The family Christmas newsletter

“The hardest thing about writing my piece in the newsletter is remembering what happened this year,” said Dylan, as we talked about our annual tradition of putting words and pictures together to chronicle the year that is about to pass and send out to friends and family. Many families have permutations of this tradition; we’ve
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