6 December 2013

Fresh Start!

Hello beautiful freezing Canada! How I have missed your open prairies, your seeming abundance of adorable fuzzy wildlife, your pine tree mountains and your ever startling extreme weathers! 

I have now settled back into life in Canada after a liberating year traversing the Australian outback! I have chosen to settle into a comfortable nest in charming Canmore, Alberta! Time to get back into the swing of things! For a couple promising job opportunities on the rise! Some Christmas Gift designs on the go! And a couple big projects sprouting from seeds of idea and soon to blossom into fruit!

Australian Adventure!

October & November 2012 
I attended a month long international residency program at The Parlour Production Studios in Preston, Victoria. Initially I was going to undertake a summery of my experience of the city of Melbourne, but naturally progressed into a series water color paintings that compared my experiences of Australian animals to that of Canadian animals. 
(I was also employed for door-to-door energy sales for a short period, quite the experience!) 
Finishing of the residency I made connections with local artists at The Parlour and started a collaborative project for The End of the Line Festival in Belgrave, Victoria. The project titled "Shrine" was to be an installation of collected donated items from the Belgrave residence, items which have met the end of their line would be altered and transformed into many small shrines as well as a larger interactive installation.

December 2012
Merry Christmas Australia!
I was very fortunate to have family come to visit for the holidays! Taking my travels to Brisbane, Queensland for a period of time where I discovered the joys of working for accommodation and cheap hair removal! 
My adventures took me to Cairns, Queensland which came out to be a home away from home! 

January- June 2013
Happy New Year! 
After my first real scuba diving experience with ProDive Cairns and meeting some amazing inspirational instructors, I was HOOKED!  Saying goodbye to the sweet familiarity of family I set out to get a job on a boat! Something new and exciting! 
I started a 90 day Dive Master Trainee program on Reef Experience and Compass Cruises where I made so many new friends, learned about the tourism industry in Cairns/ Australia, learned how to help operate a boat, scuba gear maintenance, do dive briefings, manage a group of divers, act as a dive guide, navigate through multiple reefs, identify wildlife, assist in stress and rescue situations, and work on an amazing tan! All while completing the courses to be an SSI Certified Dive Master!
This would continue for 6 months.
In this time I also developed a couple relationships with a couple AMAZING people as well as started working with acrylics on canvas, kept up a healthy party/ social life, and explored the surrounding area.

May 2013
For two weeks I worked as a domestic volunteer on a magical Mike Ball! Owned by Mr. Mike Ball himself whom I had the esteemed pleasure to meet on my second week of being on the live-aboard boat! The position was work for dives and volunteers were guaranteed a certain number of dives a day. I was in a very rare and privileged position that a beautiful new chief/hosty was being trained so all my duties were completed quicker and I had more time to do move dives. And I can honestly say it was some of the best dive experiences I have ever had!

June - September2013
After completing my Dive Master program I started full time employment working on a farm for an absolutely delightful family and experiencing a whole new side of Australia! I've seen plenty of beaches! Plenty of rainforest! But this beautiful town of Dimbulah, Queenslad offered a whole new landscape of rock and outskirts of the outback! Wallabies and snakes and stupidly huge bugs and spiders! Absolutely loved it! And on top of it all, my first Australian WINTER! 
(At -35 I'm laughing now!)
3 months of farm working ad not only do I qualify for a second year in Aus, but I've also make lifetime friends with an absolutely amazing family! Can't wait to go back!

September 2013
This year has flown by so fast! It's almost time to go home!!! Nooooooooo! But not before I get some more traveling in!
After 2 months of art-tastic fun, 6 months of boat wonders and 3 months in the outback farm clothes, I realize I didn't get much 'traveling' in! So a couple close friends and I pick up and take off to Bali and Thailand where we ride elephants, kayak around majestic islands, get mugged by monkeys, enjoy sheesha and beers on the beach, dive exotic waters, cool off in beachside bungalows, scooter adventure through river tree hills, gorge on pad thai and vender fares, learn to squat, barter a bunch and have fun in the sun!

I thank more friends than I can count who made my trip an absolutely unforgettable adventure! I would do it all again in a heart beat and never change a thing! <3

27 June 2012

Coming of Age: The Graduates
Visual Arts Alberta Gallery
Edmonton, AB

AMAZING SHOW! Thank you to the stupendously friendly and helpful staff at VAA for your patience and hard work! This show was a great success with a very large, positive and supporting outcome of visitors! And a special thank you to Sharon Moore-Foster for taking the extra time to allow me to give you the best presentation of my work possible! And to the grand curator Dick Averns for allowing me the privilege of exhibiting with a fantastic group of Alberta Graduates!

Here are just a few photos from the show!

"When encountering the works of Jean Day and Gillian Mitchell, consider how both artists have so competently managed to oscillate between the realms of figuration and abstraction. In challenging reality as we think we know it, or perceive it, Day and Mitchell exhibit extraordinary abilities in conceptual nuance and fine craft, resulting in potential emotive experiences for both formally educated and casual audiences, alike."

Dick Averns,
Alberta College of Art + Design
Calgary, Alberta

7 June 2012

Coming of Age: The Graduates

I apologize for the laziness on my part, but here is the link to a group show I am in that is coming up at Visual Arts Alberta this month!


I have a website domain now!!!

25 May 2012

New Website!

I have constructed a new website for my work through Wix, they seem to have better pricing and really great templates and ideas for website design. Check it out and let me know what you think!

17 March 2012

Look out Australia! Here I come!

I have just been given notice that I have been approved for a Holiday Working Visa for Australia for a year!!! I am so excited!!! I'mma HUG A KANGAROO!!!
I dont plan on bringing anything back with me, so I think I'm going to keep an eye out for a SUPER good quality camera so I can document all the work I make over there as keep that for my portfolio!
Get ready for some awesome posts coming up! 

15 March 2012

Spring Show & Sale 2012

Alberta College of Art and Design: Show & Sale

Spring Show and Sale: March 22nd 3-9pm, March 23rd 1-9pm and March 24th 11-5pm
The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association presents the annual Spring Show & Sale March 22-24, 2012. The public is invited to take advantage of this rare opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind work from ACAD students and to invest in emerging artists. Show & Sale is one of the most highly anticipated events within the local community and. ACAD. This biannual event showcases art + c...raft + design pieces created by talented students at the Alberta College of Art + Design - one of the leading art and design schools in Canada. The work available includes pieces from all disciplines; ceramics, design, drawing, fibre, glass, jewelry/ metals, media arts & digital technology, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. There is no admission fee and all funds raised go back to the students. ACAD is located next to the Jubilee Auditorium/C-train station. Debit, Visa, MasterCard and cash are accepted.See More
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And this is MY WEBSITE!!!! Thank you Bunny for the website suggestion!!!!! <3
Give it a try, let me know what you think!