Art studio

mums for mums


 
Happy Mother’s Day to the awe-inspiring mums in our family and to all mums everywhere, especially the healthcarehero mums working on the frontline. We thank and love you all.❤️

looking up and looking back

 

Pacific Spirit Canopy  3.8.15

With our daily walks in the Pacific Spirit Park it seems like a good time to look back to some of the paintings that walking in the Park inspired five years ago.

 

Studio 365: Day 216

 

Day 216 i    Day 216 ii Day 216 iii    Day 216 iv

 

Pacific Spirit Park Variations I – IV 4.8.15

the meeting point


 
When the Science of Medicine meets the Art of Medicine to save lives in the COVID unit at Vancouver General Hospital.
 
ECMO stands for Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation but could also stand for Ever Compassionate Medical Optimism, thanks to the dedication of our frontline healthcare workers epitomized by the caring nurse-specialist portrayed in the picture.
 
Thanks to Dr. Adam Thomas for his photograph that was the inspiration for my drawing.

National Physicians’ Day


 
Retired now for 10 years I couldn’t be more proud of all my physician colleagues on this National Physicians’ Day. The little statue of Hippocrates in my studio with the Hippocratic Oath behind him reminds me everyday of his first aphorism “vita brevis, ars longa”“life is short but the art is long”. As the “vita” gets ever more “brevis” I thank and honor them all for their life-long compassion, dedication and evermore remarkable skills.

Quoting from my “about” page:

“The art of medicine has three factors said Hippocrates… “the disease, the patient, the physician..”. a relationship that is as true today as it was over two millennia ago.”

If you would like to read more on this National Physicians’ Day I invite you to visit: The Art of Medicine

language of the soul

For National Dance day
Inspired by the always sublime Maria Khoreva, first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet.
 

Also an opportunity to revisit a post from three years ago
 

Dance Studio July 25 2017

 

 

for the love of dance continued in the studio this afternoon

 

 

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” Martha Graham

national day of mourning


 
Drawing in the studio today allowed me to spend a few hours in quet reflection on this National Day Of Mourning, a day that perhaps has never been more meaningful, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.

I would particularly like to honor the memory of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room doctor, a true hero, and send heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

The drawing was inspired by a photograph taken by Marco Bertorello in the Covid-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin.

spirit wall

Pacific Spirit IV

Another opportunity to say thank you to all the heroes and heroines out there.
I just can’t say it often enough.

Spirit Wall

light at the end of the tunnel

 

Five years ago today we visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  My paintings and photographs from that never-to-be-forgotten visit have taken on new meaning today, as we continue to grieve for Nova Scotia.

 

 

 

 

Here is the original post from 5 years ago. Enjoy our visit to Owl Canyon

and learn about the feather on my studio wall.

 

Studio 365: Day 110

 

Feather

 

A treasure in Owl Canyon

Who would have thought it could get any better, but today was another magical day with unforgettable visits to Owl, Rattlesnake and Upper Antelope Canyons. Here are a selection of more amazing images to share with you, and many thanks for all your comments and visits.

The feather from a great horned owl from our visit to Owl Canyon will indeed be the treasure of the trip. It will take pride of place in the studio back home and I can’t wait to use it for more pen and ink drawings.  I did ask our Navajo guide Kim, from Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours, if I could keep the feather and she very graciously gave her permission. Thank you Kim for a day we will never forget.

Feather ii

On to Bryce Canyon tomorrow.

 

Nova Scotia Strong

Pacific Spirit II


 
As I post my second painting inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Spirit Park I am learning of the tragic new from Portapique in Nova Scotia. I send my thoughts and condolences to all those grieving the loss of family, friends and colleagues. Tonight we are all Nova Scotia, from the Pacific to the Atlantic.🇨🇦