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the north

23 Oct

IMG_0037 IMG_0047Last month I had the immense privileged of traveling to the North West Territories for a week to participate in an artist’s symposium. Aurora Arts Society graciously invited me to be a part of their week-long creative event known as Art’s Week. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.17.19 AMIMG_9926I instructed a simple workshop on altered books, gave a little artist’s talk about my practice and how to set up your own shop on Etsy, and was also part of a panel of talented artists and business people who spoke about marketing yourself and your work. Rubbing elbows with “my people” and spending a week fully immersed in creative activity was such a well needed burst of wind in my sails. 1932396_10152577737167326_7481493611128818483_nSpending a lot of time with one of my dearest friends, Marcus, from my BFA days at ACAD, was the true highlight though. It was so wonderful to see his daily life first hand, meet the wonderful folks he calls friends, and see why the North has stolen his heart.IMG_9963 IMG_0051IMG_9941 Driving through the forests in Kyle’s Jeep, searching for roadkill to use in Marc’s practice, digging around for treasures at the dump, and watching the aurora dance in the night sky were some of the best parts of my adventure. I felt truly blessed to have seen the North amidst a change in season; the landscape was absolutely alive with color. IMG_9952IMG_9933 IMG_9924I am incredibly grateful to have been presented with such an amazing artistic opportunity, not to mention the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much to Aurora Arts Society, Marcus Jackson, and all of the Northerners who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting!

home is where the heart is

16 May

homeis3IMG_8520 homeis1 homeis2I decided to surprise my mom with a belated Mother’s Day visit, and enjoyed some quality time with both her and my father in Windermere, BC earlier this week. We wandered around their new property where they have finally begun breaking ground in preparation for building the new house; another reminder of how beautiful things spring forth from nothingness. I soaked up the landscape of my childhood, ate dinners with the family and briefly saw a few dear friends. I arrived back in Castlegar to one of the hottest days we’ve had so far this year, and enjoyed my first full night’s sleep with the windows wide open. Waking up to fresh spring air, the song of birds chirping and sunlight dancing on my bed was heaven. Home is definitely where the heart is, and mine is full.

one step at a time

27 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 7.16.09 AMI will ask you to excuse my absence, however I will not apologize for it. The last month of my life has been a whirlwind, and unfortunately not the good kind. After getting over some challenging health and financial struggles in late February, March brought me the devastating death of my Grandfather. Life has a funny way of humbling you… it is never fair, but for the most part, it tries to be good. I always say that in the darkest times you find light, and what I mean by that is when something bad does happen, you can also see all of the good that remains untouched. I have such an amazing family, a loving fiancé and some of the kindest friends… it is through their love that I always find the strength to carry on. Yesterday the universe sent me timely advice with some beautiful little spring flowers poking out of the dead-brush in the front garden, reminding me that everything is cyclical and from death springs life.