The Bottled Series goes up at Discovery Coffee in Oak Bay on November 14th until January 2. It will feature new works as well as some on this page. I'll have the art cards and colouring books there too! I hope you can drop by for a cuppa and a viewing.
June 28, 2015, With the Bottled images being featured in the Gage Show July 14 - August 1, I thought I should put up something about them here. I had replaced working on this series with working on the Mason Jar series, then I got some requests to show it again. Several requests, two I accepted and others I am considering. The show at the Gage Gallery is about silence and breaking silence. This series began with my refusal to be silent. Refusal to go silently into the distance. Giving voice to feelings and opinions isn't always safe though. This series allowed me to illustrate my frustrations with the human condition and turn my experiences from feeling into learning and along the way to drop the habit of victimhood and accept my own power. The series began about 1995 in my sketchbooks, then move to paint in 1996-97. I am creating a new work for the exhibition. It will be titled, 'The Most Difficult Birth' and is about birthing my Self. I hope you can come to the exhibition and enjoy these works and Sheryl's wonderful Mimes. j
Bottled Women #2, was the second and came about a year after the first painting. I was living in Victoria then, two teenage children, full time work and very little time to play. circa 1998. By this time there were more drawings for the series, but little time to paint them. The weeping bottle has affected many people deeply. I have a few prints available.
Workplace Bully was one of the most difficult piece to paint. This describes my last 'real' workplace. The bully is pushing me and a colleague back into our bottles. Others stand by watching and taking no action. Often the way with bullies. This painting provided me a voice that resonated much more loudly than the one made of sound. Available