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Whimsical Paris-inspired Artwork

I'll be spending two weeks in Paris taking part in an artist residency, and collecting images to make my new whimsical artwork!

Whimsical Paris-inspired Artwork

I'll be spending two weeks in Paris taking part in an artist residency, and collecting images to make my new whimsical artwork!

CA$ 10,571
pledged of CA$ 15,620pledged of CA$ 15,620 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 18 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 18, 2019

About

This project consists of two parts:

1. An Arts Research Residency in Paris, France, which I'll be attending for 2 weeks this October.

2. The whimsical Paris-inspired artwork that I'll be creating as a result of this residency and my travels in the coming weeks. (As well as Paris, we'll be traveling around the southern half of Ireland, spending time in Belfast and the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland, and going to the South of France).

I've been accepted to take part in an arts research residency in Paris for 2 weeks this October (!!), which I'm thrilled about. This amazing opportunity will include the chance to explore different artistic neighbourhoods of Paris, where we will visit ​historic artist studios, many of which are normally closed to the public, as well as the art academies, galleries and meeting places where the ideas that shaped modern art as we know it were formed. Participating artists will also have the opportunity to meet local artists, art historians, and gallerists working in Paris today. There will also be group discussion sessions with Paris-based curators, who offer portfolio readings and mentorship to the artists. 

Having participated in two artists residencies in the past (one at Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, and one on Pico Island in the Azores), I know that there's also a huge benefit to working and living alongside artists from around the world, with a wide variety of ideas and art practices. My artwork has always been very heavily influenced by my travels, and I can't wait to immerse myself in the world of the Impressionists, and be surrounded by the Art Nouveau details of the city.

"Starry Starry Night", 2017. One of the pieces I created from photographs I took during my artist residency on Pico Island, and during my travels in the Azores as part of that trip.

In the past, my creative process has happened very quietly and internally. This time, I thought it would be fun to include my collectors and future-collectors in the creation process! By funding my project, you are not only helping me take a huge step in my overall art career, you will also be directly funding the creation of the artwork from this trip and experience :) I will be creating 7 limited edition pieces in various sizes, ranging from 30 editions of the 4x4” piece, to only 3 editions of each of the larger pieces. As an added bonus with the three largest sizes available, I’m including customization for these pieces. What does that mean? It means that the collectors that claim those rewards will have design input as the piece is being created! These lucky collectors will also be getting exclusive updates while I'm participating in the artist residency - essentially, they'll be along for the whole ride as this work is coming to life! 

While I don't know yet what these pieces will look like, I'm happy to share some of my current inspirations and things I'm excited about..

  • lily pads
  • Art Nouveau details
  • urban European character, texture, architecture 
  • gardens and botanical design
  • Impressionism
  • certain specific artists such as Monet, VanGogh, and Mucha
  • water and light, and their effects on each other
  • meditation, mindfulness, and the beneficial effects of nature on our mental and physical health (and how art can be used to express and enhance this)

Back in 2008, I took a trip to France with my camera with the purpose of recovering my love for photography (which had fallen to the wayside while I focused on building my career). I spent three weeks traveling and photographing without having any idea what I was going to "do" with the images. I had many adventures, and came home a new person. It took a while to marinate in my brain, but by using the digital skills I'd learned from years of retouching commercial and portrait jobs, I developed a technique that captured how I felt about the alternate reality that I experience when traveling to new places. Basically, I extract elements from my various photographs and recompose them to create reality-based fantasies. In 2012 I exhibited my first fine art photography collection using images from that trip to France. 

"Fishing By Lamplight", 2012. From my first trip to France, and my first fine art photography series.

In the years since, I've traveled to Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Japan, Cuba, and the Azores islands, plus a few trips out to Canada's Maritime provinces, and all of these places and experiences have become woven into the artwork I've created. It's a long and beautiful process, and it always starts with me packing my bags and leaving home.

These give an idea of the finish I create on my borders. The pieces are mounted onto wooden panels that are 1.5" thick around the edges.
"The Phoenix", detail

 Thank you so much for checking out my project! I look forward to creating this work with your help!!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be letting other people into a process that's usually very solitary for me. I'm not used to sharing the early stages of creating new work, but I'm looking forward to this new experience. Another challenge is that I'm asking people to invest in my artwork before it's created - which is a first for me. I'm hopeful that years of sharing my stories and artwork with people at art fairs and online has built a following of people who trust in my creative vision and will be proud and excited to help me accomplish this next series!

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $31

    Limited edition artwork - mini (4x4")

    4x4" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.

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    Limited edition artwork - small (6x6")

    6x6" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.

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    Limited edition artwork - med (12x12")

    12x12" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.

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    Limited edition artwork - large (24x24")

    24x24" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.

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    36x36" limited edition artwork - custom

    *This reward includes the opportunity for the collector (you!) to provide input in the design process, with up to 3 rounds of customization in the creation of the finished piece**You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates during my residency - almost like being along for the journey of the creation of your new artwork!*
    36x36" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.
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    48x36" limited edition artwork - custom

    *This reward includes the opportunity for the collector (you!) to provide input in the design process, with up to 3 rounds of customization in the creation of the finished piece**You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates during my residency - almost like being along for the journey of the creation of your new artwork!*
    48x36" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.
    Delivery date will depend somewhat on speed of client decisions during the design process. Delivery and installation included within 1 hour of Toronto, Ontario, or pick up to be arranged from my Toronto studio. Please contact for shipping quote.

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    60x36" limited edition artwork - custom

    *This reward includes the opportunity for the collector (you!) to provide input in the design process, with up to 3 rounds of customization in the creation of the finished piece**You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates during my residency - almost like being along for the journey of the creation of your new artwork!*
    60x36" piece of artwork, mounted onto wooden panel with 1.5" deep frame. Archival print, hand-finished by the artist, with UV varnish to protect from fading. The artwork will be created using my signature style of extracting elements from my photographs and recomposing them to create a reality-based fantasy world. The majority or all of the images used will be taken during my upcoming artist residency in Paris.
    Delivery date will depend somewhat on speed of client decisions during the design process. Delivery and installation included within 1 hour of Toronto, Ontario, or pick up to be arranged from my Toronto studio. Please contact for shipping quote.

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