These two 8x10 inch gallery canvases have been sitting in my studio for some time, with a few layers of colour but no ideas as to what I wanted to paint on them. This week, as I looked at a few of the Tim Holtz stencils I have, two of them suddenly caught my attention - one was of measuring tape and the other of letters. When I looked at them, all I thought of was my daughters. Kate, on the left, has sewn and created so many things from dolls to gifts to clothing since she was three years old. And Alex has been our poet having first published her writing while in high school and being invited to public readings in Edmonton and Calgary. Once the idea came to me, I knew all that I needed to do was to bring the canvases to the garden to play with spray paint in order to create a base on which to add my girls. I love these paintings as I feel that they capture the essence of each of these beautiful, intelligent young women - Kate is always full of laughter and Alex more reflective - I'm so proud to call them my daughters.
AIRdirondack Art Project