Sharing the Wild
People thrive when they have easy access to wilderness experiences.  Large tracts of undeveloped public land – such as (in the Comox Valley) the trails in Cumberland, along the Puntledge River, the ...
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Where is Inspiration?
One question an artist often gets asked is: “where do you find your inspiration?” I usually say “nature” instead of the real answer which is much longer and harder to pinpoint.
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Animal Teachers
  As a child I remember how much animals captured my imagination – I saw them as potential yet often elusive friends.  I wanted to be an animal doctor when I grew ...
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Symbol of Love
During Valentines’ month we see hearts everywhere, a shape recognized as the symbol* for love. The heart has taken on added associations this year as it is linked to support for frontline ...
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What You Need to Know About Giclees
For the past several years my paintings have been reproduced into giclee prints  (pronounced “gee-clay”) by Rob Lundquist who lives in Merville.  The first painting I asked him to scan was the 4’ x ...
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Rafting the Alsek River
This August I embarked on an adventure – a rafting trip on the upper Alsek River with Canadian River Expeditions.   I had saved for this trip for a few years as a ...
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Steering Towards Optimism
We are currently in a historical moment, witnessing some large shifts in society that will affect our lives into the future.  Even though sometimes I feel like I am watching from some ...
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Finding the Edge
Reflecting on this (Robert Davidson) quote again, I think “the knife edge” between the past and future is where true creativity lives.  Some think creativity is only painting, drawing, dancing or making ...
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Seeing More
As many of my students have told me, their lives seem richer because they are seeing better and seeing more.  It’s helpful to remember that we don’t teach reading and writing to produce ...
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