During a post art show opening VIP luncheon that included the Mayor of Beizhen, YANG, Mei, I was toasted by the Chief China Peoples Conference, CHEN, Baojing and congratulated for a successful show. Cheers (by me); Ganbei from him. It was a great lunch and interesting conversations.
I had the privilege of discussing my art ‘Rockies in Spring’ with Chief China Peoples Conference, CHEN Baojiang, during my art exhibition in Chine in September 2018. We had the opportunity to compare the Canadian rockies with the Chinese mountains and our mutual love Chinese Brush Painting. Mr. CHEN is an avid supporter and promoter of the arts for China and he was incredibly complimentary and supportive of my use of Chinese Brush Painting techniques for my Canadian landscapes.
I was reminiscing about a trip many years ago to Halifax, Nova Scotia. We drove the Lighthouse Trail and it was simply gorgeous. Given I won’t be in a position to visit Eastern Canada any time in the forseesable future, I wanted to capture my memories and feelings of Atlantic Canada using Chinese inks. I’ve incorporated the famous Blue Nose schooner that is on our Canadian dime, as well as a lighthouse. It’s such a beautiful place.
This painting was exhibited during my trip to China August-September 2018.
On May 26/18, I was honoured to be a panelist hosted by WorkInCulture, an Ontario-based organization that supports artists and culture.
At the end of a workshop that had introduced emerging visual artists to the concept of marketing and developing a business plan, I was among 5 panelists that were asked a series of questions that explored how to develop one’s art career. I am the panelist at the far right of your screen.
I’ve frequently been asked to speak at a number of Art Talks as my combined business experience and success as an artist have provided me with a balance of both the left and right brain. May it pay dividends as I age!