Fashion...pursuing a life that is not about appearance but self-empowerment.
Living so close to the Rocky Mountains often means unexpected weather and this month began with a bang...which means lots and lots of snow. It's a mess getting out and about but so very beautiful looking out my studio window. I have to say that this season certainly motivates me creatively, not that I struggle to be creative, but it almost forces me to stay in the studio...in a good way. I mentioned recently that I am thinking of painting whatever tickles my fancy rather than working in series but now that I've begun painting these 'Fashion Plates' (hmmmm....a new series title?) I am so excited.
I have always loved the idea of personal style and fashion as a form of self-expression. I don't believe it's vanity at all but a way to increase self-confidence and develop your own way of being in the world. It's comfort and beauty and luxury and simplicity, really a personal art form that we each get to carry around with us.
Back in my art college days I had applied to study fashion design in Toronto. Needless to say, I stopped in Manitoba on my way and began dating this really cute guy - we're still dating 30+ years on :) - and I never ended up going further east. Over time we ended up back in Alberta and I've continued to study visual arts but am still living my dream through my daughter who designs and sews and is currently studying Fashion Technology. Because of her great love, I get a lot of opportunity to photograph her creations which seems to have my creative juices flowing. Win-win.