Earlier this year I finished my first commission for 2023 while binge watching Vienna Blood (so good!). It's been awhile since painting interiors so it has been interesting creating them again much smaller lately.
My first chair was painted on a 5x5 foot stretched canvas in 1996 & was inspired by thumbnail sketches of my home that I had created years earlier. This painting started my 'Simple Pleasures' series that continued for many years.
It was the first body of work I exhibited with an incredble opening reception at ArtSpace, a large beautiful gallery that opened in 2001 at Crossroads Market (@crossroadsmarketyyc is in an old brick cattle slaughterhouse). The Mayor of Calgary & CTV News were there, they served champagne & Bernard Callebaut chocolates, and my friend Tim Tamashiro performed with his jazz trio. Over 250 people attended...it was quite something. I still think of that exhibit very fondly.
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