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In community advocacy, start an idea and watch it morph. In art, drop a strongly pigmented ink onto a wet surface and watch it infuse every wet area if it’s a dye – or creep into fascinating random patterns if it’s pigmented. Cover the wet surface with wax paper, cling film or lace or leaves etc. Let it dry — random patterns emerge.
In the 1980s, when I began looking for old character buildings in Vancouver, I’d glimpse something from a bus or car and later return to draw it … only to find it altered or demolished. Curious to ascertain local plans early, I was directed to the Heritage Committee at the Community Arts Council. Thus began a new quest: the promulgation of the worth of retaining historic threads in communities and towns. My drawings to pose the question: Is this of value to you? – I’m not a public speaker, my work made palatable ideas. House portraits for proud owners also helped.