a brief look at my story Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jo was at school with daughters of Peron’s generals, learning early the value of discretion Moving to Peru before the revolution, she went on to high school in Ottawa,ON. Back in Lima, Jo began painting, fascinated by pre-Inca textile and pottery designs, working withContinue reading “about Jo”
Trees: Ponderosa Pine The pines in the Okanagan valley are mostly ponderosa, with reddish heavily textured trunks and twisting branches. I have always loved drawing trees, from the imported pines in Sierra de la Ventana, Argentina to old olive trees in the Bosque in Lima, Peru. (drawings shown here are from an Okanagan sketch book.)
Studio Life Exploring the inter-relationship of shapes is endlessly fascinating. Here are a series of quick watercolours of trees in autumn with simply colours and shapes.
Besides local flora and machinery, I took time to contemplate my surroundings. With a studio in a rural setting by the Okanagan Lake, its influences crept into my work as I absorbed ever changing lights and shadows bouncing off water, and long vistas filled with moving clouds and approaching weather. One magical morning, I wasContinue reading “Okanagan BC”
In the Okanagan, I had a new studio and new subjects but as an artist always similar subjects nestle in my mind. Although plants and machinery may appear poles apart they present me with similar puzzles: fitting shapes together to present an interwoven image. Plants inspire colours which liven otherwise “dull” mechanics. Agricultural machines oftenContinue reading “Okanagan BC”
Heritage buildings Walking along Jackson St on a breezy sunny day, I was first attracted to this white building by thedappled shadows, then to its icing sugar colours In the 1980s, when I began painting old grocery stores and their adjascent sites, colours appeared consistently across a variety of neighbourhoods. How had they looked originally?Continue reading “Colour”
Sammy’s old store on E. 49th In a painting I was able to emphasise the red alarm, upper left, red sign on the wall and red fire hydrant with its companion red sign. It makes the yellow awning (right) more poignant as the building deteriorates. When I noticed old wooden grocery stores vanishing in theContinue reading “GROCERY STORES”