I'm excited to share that I'll be launching a new collection of twelve paintings on August 11 as part of my Salt + Shore collection. These paintings are inspired by the Canadian East Coast and my memories of growing up there. Newsletter subscribers get advance access to the collection and a special preview. You can sign up here.
Painting a collection of Nova Scotia inspired art has been on my to-do list for quite some time. For some reason, I had a really hard time starting! Partially, I think it was related to the self-imposed pressure to create something extra special and also because it felt really emotionally charged. I would start, feel frustrated or too emotional and put it away for another time.
I've lived in Alberta for over a decade, but I spent the first 18 years of my life in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I grew up in a small fishing village, Cheticamp, along the west coast of the island. My dad was a lobster fisherman, just like his father and my great-grandfather so the landscape had a significant impact on my everyday life. It was my family's livelihood, and my childhood playground. It's also probably the reason I feel so connected to painting rural, vast landscapes in my art. This collection features pieces inspired by special places across the province.
Although I haven't lived in Nova Scotia in a very long time, I still feel very connected to it. These paintings are rooted in my love for the east coast and nostalgia of special childhood memories. I'm excited to share them with you soon!