National and International Recognition
2017: Canada 150 Mosaic Project
In 2017, Canada turned 150 years old. this led to the Canada 150 Mosaic Project, an initiative in which the Mural Mosaic team created a mural including all provinces and territories, over 80,000 paintings and 150 individual murals that, when united, would form one gigantic mural mosaic. This mural, if ever connected, would be over 365 meters wide (the equivalent of four football fields)! canada150mosaic.com/airdrie
This section of the Canada 150 Mosaic Project is in Airdrie, Alberta in Nose Creek Park.
My tile is in the third row from the bottom, 14 tiles from the left. Two things defined the summer of 2017 for me: blistering heat, and the cows constantly breaking out. Thus, the theme for my little tile!l
2015: Imago Mundi International Art Project
As a thank you for our contributions to the project, all artists involved received a copy of our collection Oh West Canada: Contemporary Artists from Western Canada.
"Ready", my submission to the internation Imago Mundi project, 2015.
This project is best described by the editors of the book "Contemporary Artists from Western Canada Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection":
"Oh West Canada! Contemporary Artists from Western Canada is an Imago Mundi collection, a cultural, democratic, global, non-profit project, promoted by Luciano Benetton with the aim of creating the widest possible mapping of the different contemporary artistic experiences of our world. In Imago Mundi, each country is represented by the works of established artists and new talents, commissioned with the maximum freedom of expression, whose only constraint is the 10x12 cm format."
In 2015, I was one of 238 Western Canadian artists juried into the Imago Mundi project. We were instructed to paint whatever we wanted for inclusion into this collection, our only restriction being the tiny size of the canvas. My reference photo was taken by my sister on their Alberta ranch. I wanted to capture rural Alberta, and also included (very faintly) our family's brand on the big leather strap by the cowboy's leg.
"Ready" is on permanent exhibition in Venice, Italy at Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.