Just finished up a new personal illustration today. It is part of a new series of inspirational works that I hope one day will turn into a children’s book or short graphic story.
Many, many, many moons ago a blog called Girls and Bicycles mentioned me and my work. The owner, Sarah Chan has been a great supporter of mine at the beginning of my career, adding a all so importing means of getting my work in front of new people. Fast forward a few years, and I am close to supporting myself solely on my creative work, and her husband (Don Iveson) is the newest Mayor of Edmonton. To show my gratitude and support, I thought it was only fitting to give them the original painting of City Hall from my Edmonton Series I. Sara was so kind to arrange a pleasant Saturday afternoon meeting with Don where I could present him with the painting and snap a few photos.
During the Media splash for the Lululemon store opening, Sarah Pratt from the Edmonton Journal and I spoke a few times for an interview. We also met during the opening, chatted a drink, and did some photos outside in front of the new design. The story that she wrote ran in the Feb 14 issue of The Journal. You can click the image above to read the article.
Recently Lululemon created a post, profiling the new southgate store that also includes a section about me! Take a look at it here.
So today I was interviewed for the CBC Radio Active, One day before my birthday! What a great treat, although it always feels a little awkward talking about myself and work. A post about it and some photos can be found here.
A great man with great taste named Chris, contacted me a few weeks back to help dress up the interior of The Shamrock Curling Club. The membership is a great mixture of young and experienced and though the facility is one of the older ones in the city, it continues to be a very active. To continue to inspire younger curlers to use the facilities, Chris has been working bringing new life, on such way was to display my work in the main lobby looking onto the ice. Many thanks to him!
Pre-Christmas I was asked to do an illustration of the UofAs Engineering and Technology Learning Centre, as the clients son was a graduate of engineering and now was living away from home. The building represented a lot of memories and the achievements the young man. It was a quick turn around job, as it was to be completed before Christmas, so working digitally was appropriate for that deadline and with the budget.
I was contacted by a local Architect last fall about painting a home that he had recently purchased. The house is on 102 ave and was the home of a well known architect, who also designed the Downtown Canada Post office. Sadly that post office has now been torn down for the new Provincial Museum which is being constructed. Some buildings stay and some go, but I am glad that this home will be persevered by some one that appreciates the historical and stylistic significance. The new homeowner spent some time and cleared some the grounds and added a Prairie garden, a feature that really suits the prairie house style indicative of Frank Lloyd Wrights famous home design, full of layers of long horizontal lines. One of the new homeowners plans is to through a fresh coat of paint on it and give the facade a more modern update, while staying true the the characteristics of the design. So I was asked to paint the trim gray and add golden wood panels. So this is a result of our efforts in preserving local architectural history!
Many, many, many months ago I was contacted by the design team at Lululemon Canada to see if I could do a design for their new store opening in Edmonton. I was quite surprised and pleased that they contacted me. After some discussion and negotiation we came to an idea of what we were going to make. I have been fairly quite about it over the months waiting for it all come into reality, but that time has come. As of Dec 5 2013, the new store was opened and the store front open for all to see. Below are a number of photos of the work in progress, design files, communication images/video and the final store front. Thanks again to all of the staff members of the Lululemon stores in Edmonton that nominated me and the Design team (Emily, Stephanie, Bianca, Carlson, Natalie)
The original concept and design came from my I heart E-town t-shirt design, that I had done for SNAP Gallery fundraiser a couple of years back now. The designers really liked that idea combined with a earthy application of wood paneling, so we set off to work. I worked on several sketches to work out the shape of the river and how I was going to approach the addition of figures and animals. This was also for the wood working company to work out the best method of making the panels. After discussing the final few samples that they sent out we made a few adjustments and went into the final design. The next step was to confirm the final sizing of the store front and make corrections to the vector file before sandblasting. You can see a video of how the panels look like after sandblasting before the frisk was removed in the video below.
A couple of months ago, a fella named Brandon gave me a call to say that Snow Valley was looking to have a painting done. So I followed up with him and the team there and I am happy to say we have complete three great images. One is a commemorative painting of Snow Valley, and two vintage ski inspired posters of the fun that can be had there. You can purchase the poster at the SnowValley shop, when you go there for your own fun! Thanks again to the team at Snow Valley for the opportunity to add my twist on another Edmonton icon.