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Welcome to PJC Studio Notes,… where the process of being an artist is explored…

Going For More

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Reaching out further than comfortable,…Last year was a great year for my art practice,… for so many reasons. But I won’t list why I thought it was great. Rather I’d like to mention why it became so great. 

The results at year end were the proof, but it was the intention that fueled the fire, fueled the climb, fueled the satisfactions, the...

Learning from Challenges

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The last few months have been dedicated to a balance of working on two commissioned paintings intertwined with creating additional pieces I could do to keep me fresh, inspired and feeling free. I’ve learned a lot about myself while doing these 2 commissions. I’m sure many artists would be able to relate to some of the things I mention here. 


Thursday, November 1, 2018

CommissionsI’ve been working on two commissioned paintings these last few weeks. It’s taken a while to get back into painting after having a long break after ArtWalk, a trip to New York City, a harsh cold and a trip to Whistler. It really is true. The longer you stay away, the harder it is to step back into the swing of things in the studio. I've been...

Just Ask! My Visit with Rob Szot - New York Artist

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My visit with Rob Szot - a New York Artist

On my recent trip to New York City I had the unique experience and privilege of spending some time with a well known artist. I met Rob Szot at his Brooklyn studio on an incredibly hot and humid day in late September. His studio wasn’t what I imagined, probably because of images I’d seen online when...

The Destination Is The Journey

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I recently made a trip to New York City with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. We usually go somewhere we can hike for days and days but thought this would be an exciting change. We were incredibly thrilled about this idea and were greeted at the airport with a sparkly string of shops, bars and restaurants that matched my vision of our time in...

Struggles & Rewards • Cotton Candy Dreams

Monday, September 10, 2018

I want to share this special story with you as it relates to the struggles and rewards of “art".

This weekend at ArtWalk, 3 of my paintings sold, one of which (the one above), Cotton Candy Dreams, is only 3 weeks old and a painting that was the last in my summer series painting spree for ArtWalk. This painting,… I had struggled...

What if:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

So I asked myself the question: 

"What if…" 

and the response that followed was: 

"I painted the way I wanted". 

I had to ask myself. "Are you not? Are you not painting the way you want? Why is that?"

I’d done a series in the late winter that I embraced and enjoyed doing because it was so very different...

The Importance of Knowing Oneself

Saturday, July 21, 2018

What do I know about me…Yes. It’s a life journey. The time I really saw how important this was, knowing myself, was in my first year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. What struck me in the first few weeks was how much work there was to do and so little time. I was amazed at the work load, what I had to read, learn and do. I didn’t know it...

Making A Hard Right in My Painting

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Taking Risks During The Painting ProcessMaking a "Hard Right" in my painting is a term I’ve coined for 

when I hit a wall with a painting and need to do something 

drastic. I find this surprisingly freeing and taking this risk with 

my painting opens up a whole new world of possibilities! This 

painting was...

On Call for Art Gallery Tours

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gallery visits and being on call…This Canada Day Weekend brought 8 visitors to the gallery. The Gallery is a place where hordes of people are not what to expect but rather the occasional curious wanderer or usually an art enthusiast of course, and quite often with no agenda but to view. This is what I know of galleries I visit in Vancouver and other...