I first became aware of Kim's work through Argyle Fine Art Gallery's Pre-Shrunk Show a few years ago. At that time Kim was painting everyday things...nostalgic food and food products, toys, dresses.  Then she seemed to slip off the radar a bit but when she returned was making these abstracted landscapes of familiar Nova Scotia haunts. The simplicity of these pieces belies the fact of how very difficult it is to know when to STOP while still capturing the essence of a place. Plus her colour choices only enhance the pared down scapes. Love them! And I'm super grateful Kim was able to answer 10 Questions for Artists.   1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. This one is hard because there are so many favourites. But the truth is, right now, without a doubt my favourite artist is a painter named Ben Reeves . I think he lives in Vancouver and I only discovered his work on Instagram. The work is beautiful and speaks of solitude and childhood and the work looks magical and fun t...
Anne and I connected as we are both owned by our Jacks. And though we live within half an hour of each other we have yet to meet face to face. Such are the vagaries of life online. Anne has a honed eye for capturing everyday visuals and turning them into something exceptional. Our scenic province is not lacking for photos of seascapes, pretty coastal towns and abundant nature but Anne takes these things and brings out the subtle nuances and details. But it is her play with shape and colour with which I am particularly smitten. Someday Anne, we WILL meet and I'm stoked you answered my 10 Questions for Artists. 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead.    Photographer Robert Creamer 2. What's one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out?  Oil paints - I will never be an oil painter. 3. Best studio snack. (creative nutrition is important!) President's Choice peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets (I am obsessed). 4. Favourite studio smell. I love the smell of gallery board...
Katie, for me, is what the internet is all about. I would never in a million years have met her in Real Life but we connected online 10 or more years ago and have been friends ever since. Her talents are many...mixed media artist, collaborator, podcaster, upcycler...but it might be as Zombie Christmas Village creator (be sure to check this out on insta!) that has become an annual tradition I cherish and truly makes my heart sing. Who else could be guaranteed to super glue her fingers together or with whom I could ponder why 12 year old boys are so smelly? She is the kindest, most warmhearted "goblin" you could ever hope to call friend and I'm so glad she agreed to answer 10 Questions for Artists. 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. I think the artists I am most inspired by are people whose skills and interests are varied. William Morris is a prime example of this because his work spanned from writing, to print making, to textiles, home d├ęcor, and painting…I very muc...
When you realize you are not a WORKING ARTIST. And maybe not even an Artist at all.     Maker of Things     Artistic     Hobbyist aka Lesser Than. Does it matter?     YES!    Maybe.    I don't know. What I DO know is posing as a "working artist" when I'm not... feels like I am sullying all those who truly are working artists. How do I define that... "Working Artist"?? Someone who strives to make their livelihood from the sale of their artwork. Someone who strives to create a Body of Work. As Legacy. Someone who seeks out representation and galleries and collectors. I. Am. None. Of. These. At once it feels devastating and also? A tiny bit freeing. The weight of expectation, moving off my shoulders. And the need to apologize to those who've bought my work thinking I was in fact all of those things. Or who felt, maybe, I was destined for bigger things. Who wanted my work to have meaning and longevity. Substance. I am also a bit concerned I'm stopping or...
I can't remember how I found Heather on Instagram...one of those scroll-read-follow comment-bread crumb trails I suspect. When you see her work though, that scroll STOPS. Unlike anything else being created right now, mainly black and white with series names like Raw Like Bone, is it any wonder I became a fan? An interior designer, photographer, painter, ceramicist, Heather is also renovating a huge former private school into her main residence. A stark black and white palette with natural materials, antlers, dried botanicals, branches mixed with antiques, I'd liken her as the perfect combination of Martha Stewart, Joanna Gaines and Leanne Ford.  Heather's aesthetic is so on point, she creates magic with whatever she touches. I want to be her when I grow up! Without further ado, read Heather Waugh Pitts answers to 10 Questions for Artists : 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Louise Bourgeois 2. What's one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out? Old work. 3. B...
 In our ongoing series Between Artists :  A conversation with Bridgette Guerzon Mills she asks: We both have been online with our art for a loooong time. Would you ever consider quitting social media? Or have you ever taken an extended break? What are your thoughts in general on social media and the creative soul? Good, bad, neutral? As a bit of ancient history, I was online long before I started making art (again). I made websites before there was any such thing as WYSIWIG or Apps. Raw HTML. Literally taking out individual pixels on images so they would be small enough to actually load. Before jpgs existed. Or photographs could be used without breaking your connection. They were heady days.  So many possibilities. This new technology was going to Change The World. And it did. Fast forward...almost THIRTY YEARS!!...and those "possibilities" have largely become just another way to sell you shit. Okay. Maybe that's a little harsh. Still true but there are benefits to b...