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Skinny Bridge

Shay was inspired to get a unique gift for her friends who were moving back to America after living in Amsterdam for ten years….this couple lived in the Oost and commuted daily over the famous Magere Brug (or Skinny Bridge) in Amsterdam…

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Tale of Two Flowers

Once upon a time there was a Tulip.  This Tulip was beautiful and strong, always facing towards the sun.  She grew in spite of the ever-changing seasons and stood fast against strong, shifting winds…

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Parasites

 …Alicia owns Be Well Colon Health in Los Angeles, CA and in part of the remodeling her establishment, she wanted medical illustrations of parasites- but something a bit more fun and sophisticated than typical textbook illustrations.  I found it a lovely idea, and I had fun with it.  The challenge for me was to paint something literal in an abstract technique… 

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Swarm

He is Dutch, she is from Singapore.  They met in London and moved to Landsmeer, a quaint village north of Amsterdam.  Like all quaint villages in Holland, it is marshy, bespeckled with bovine, and hosts a forever view of the horizon.

Inspired by what I imagined would be an evening’s entertainment for a couple in Landsmeer, I looked to starlings and their fantastic dusk dance….

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Moonwalk Lullaby

For this commission, I headed to Hilversum to investigate the home of a Canadian Jazz enthusiast/ musician/ history teacher and his lovely Belgian vintage-fashion-designing wife…

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Fall Sprouts

“Fall Sprouts” was painted in Fall 2008 for Finnish couple, Sanna and Matti…I knew this would be about life, growth, and simplicity…

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Jen

Jen is barely over 5 feet tall, with Rapunzel length hair.  She is like a tiny hurricane…a force to be reckoned with…

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Wayne and Terry

I grew up across the street from Terry and Wayne.  Their daughter, Jennifer, was my childhood best friend, and they were like second parents to me.  I remember sleepovers, swimming, and backyard adventures.  Wayne falling asleep on the couch to Star Trek reruns.  Funny stories, impressions, and jokes.  He was a gentle presence full of hearty laughs, and the loudest sneezes heard all the way across the street…

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When the Tourists Go Home

Danielle commissioned this for her fiance, Bryan, as a Christmas present in 2009. We chose one of their own photos and I added their little boat into the scene.  I know I am no Vermeer, but I was determined to recreate some classic “Dutch Clouds” as rain is forever imminent in our Dutch sky…

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Recent Blog Posts

Building Birch Trees

Ever since I started painting "birch-like" trees, I've been wanting to try and build them 3-d.  I build these trees with layers of paper.  My favourite part is ripping back through the layers- like peeling bark. In relation to my Hiraeth project, I began to see the...

Painting with Tape

What is it about tape? Its like a temporary fix to a problem. It is the thing that often gets left behind- showing history of wear; industry; story.     There is also a contemporary use of tape like Japanese "Washi tape," in which one can get in any colour...

Digital Collages

I've been trying to clean up my photos and get digitally organized.  In doing so, I rediscovered some digital collages I did about a year ago.  I remember playing around with this- taking bits and pieces from my paintings and manipulating them into these collages....

Wall Sculptures

  I began experimenting in 3d this past year. My paintings are about layers, history, and excavation, so it seemed relevant to extend this into physical form as well.  One of my aesthetic inspirations is looking to the urban environment where nature meets...