The making of . . .

There are conversations that I seem to have over and over again with people viewing my In the Style of . . . series. They generally start with the person doing a double take in the gallery after looking at one of the pieces and then at me, and making the connection.

“That’s you!”

Sometimes this is said as a revelation, sometimes a question, but often with awe.

This usually turns into an explanation of the series, and what it involves in terms of research and process. There are usually a few questions and sometimes they will even suggest an artist for my list. The most common questions I get are when I explain that all of the pieces are photography based. People seem to have the biggest problem with this idea. I usually save images of my process and have made several stop motion type videos of different pieces showing the answers to questions like “how did you do that” or “that started from a photography?”and I thought I would post a couple of them for you to see.


AWOL Square Foot Show update

I managed to narrow down my choice to six pieces. I can only send three so I still have a way to go…

Stretching the canvas prints onto stretchers…very noisy work!
all six pieces finished and ready for the final decisions…so what did I decide??
In the Style of Roi James – 2010

Venerable Mother – 2012
Vanishing – 2010

The other three are available in the gallery at The Hive!


The Back Lane

This gallery contains 26 photos.

Portraits of dysfunctional garages in back alleys. The soon to be forgotten history of a past status symbol that has declined into disrepair and will soon be a thing of memories.


Follow the Red Line to the Kaunas Photo Festival

Follow the Red Line - 2012

Back in January I submitted a portrait to an on-line photo project organized by EAGER: Follow the Red Line.

Jessica and Petra of EAGER have been asked to present Follow the Red Line at the Kaunas Photo Festival, and they have selected my submission to the project to be part of the exhibit.

The presentations will be help September 6th – 8th, 2012 and will include:

  • A digital projection of a selection of the self-portraits on each night of the festival
  • An exhibition of 10 redline-portraits in the main exibition of the festival (*update: Mine will be one of these)
  • A photography lab where visitors are inspired to make their own contribution to our project

The festival runs September 4th – October 14th, 2012 in Kunas, Lithuania


AWOL Square Foot

I am submitting three pieces to the 10th Square Foot Show at AWOL Gallery in Toronto. The event is an annual visual art group exhibition of hundreds of local, national, and international artists in all media. Last year’s show had over 500 participants with over 1500 pieces.

“2012 marks the 10th Year Anniversary Edition of one of Toronto’s favorite Annual Visual Art Exhibitions. Since its inception in 2003, The Annual Square Foot Exhibition has become one of the most beloved Art Shows for Artists and Collectors alike. Every year, The AWOL Gallery Collective brings Visual Art by New and Established Artists together at an event that is not to be missed.”

Saturday August 4th – Sunday August 19th, 2012
PRESS & COLLECTORS GALA EVENING (ticketed event – Tix $25 advance- $30 door): Friday August 3rd at 7pm
ARTISTS RECEPTION: Saturday August 4th at 7pm


I’m still deciding on what pieces I will be sending, but I will update here when I know.



In the Style of Egon Schiele

Last month the in-house artists at The Hive got together to all work in our studios for a night in preparation for the group show that opened on June 15th. It was then that I had the idea to have the other artists I share studio space with assign me the next artists to research and emulate for my “In the Style of…” series. This shortened my list of 50+ artists to 4 (3 of my studio mates have yet to give me artists), and made my tast of selecting the next piece much easier.

Don’t fret, I am not abandoning the rest of the list, it is just being put aside until I complete this much shorter list.

The first person to give me her pick, and without hesitation I might add, was Stephanie Dalla-Longa, who chose Egon Schiele.

In the Style of Egon Schiele

Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele‘s (1890-1918) work is often described in harsh terms: grotesque, erotic, pornographic, disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery… somewhat unsavoury for someone who’s contemporaries considered him to be the successor to Gustav Klimt (under who he studied). His paintings and drawing, nearly all of them portraits, and many of them self portraits, are noted for the use of twisted body posturing. Much of his work is erotic in nature and it is said he may have made some of his income as an artist for the pornography industry.




Downtown Roving Art Reception

This Friday (June 15th), the latest piece in my “In the Style of…” series will be part of The Hive Artists’ Hub in-house artist exhibition for the Downtown Artwalk Roving Reception. Come downtown between 7:00-10:00pm Friday and visit each of teh Artwalk venues for new art, live music and a great time.

Here is a sneak peek of the piece I’ll be showing along with my In the Style of Minjae Lee and In the Style of Alexa Meade.

See you Friday!


Downtown Roving Art Reception presented by the Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk

Featuring historical and contemporary art from Newfoundland, music by the Celtic Sirens and great food.
The Clay Trade
628 2nd Street S.E.
A retail showcase featuring works of art by local potters. For the month of June we are proud to feature local potter Jane MacKay.
The Hive Artists‘ Hub
569 2nd Street S.E.
Featuring the work of studio members:
Kimberley Wilson, Susan Knight, Jonathan Andrews, Claire Keller, Wendy Struck, Stephanie Dalla-Longa and Tobie Laliberté.
“Reka (River)” Unveiling Celebration
Batus Park, 2nd Street SE and 6th Ave
Medicine Hat’s newest outdoors public art commission, by Jess Cooper and Rob MacInnis.
Inspire Studio, Gallery & Café
669-675 2nd Street S.E.
Featuring artwork by Maureen Newton in her studio. New paintings by Sheena Zilinski and artwork by other local artists in the café.
Remenda Designs
505A N. Railway Street S.E.
Featuring many of the gallery’s artists in attendance, with interesting new pieces to see.


Teen Photography Camp

I am teaching two sessions of Photography day camp at The Hive Artists’ Hub this summer!

Come and learn the basics and have some fun!

PHOTOGRAPHY CAMPS Ages 12-15 years

with Susan Knight
Please bring your camera.  All other materials provided.
Arrangements can be made if you are interested in taking this class and do not have a camera, contact Susan (

Session 1 cancelled – Spots in Session 2 still available!
July 16 – 20

August 20 – 24


Hot One Inch Action @ Sit.

Saturday’s Hot One Inch Action exhibition in Calgary was a fun night indeed. Held at Sit. (Domicile’s new Pop-Up Shop on 11th Ave), the event was well attended by artists and art enthusiasts. The idea of having the artists and guests trade buttons throughout the evening really makes for a dynamic atmosphere, as it give the party goes a reason to mingle and interact with people they don’t know. A fun time for sure, I hope they bring Hot One Inch Action back to Calgary again next year!

Pinned to the wall


Guests to the exhibition checking out the wall

My Button

Marjorie, Laura and I - Photo by Vincent Law

My collection of trades (plus a couple)

See more photos here


Hot One Inch Action – Saturday May 26th in Calgary

I will be one of 50 artists featured in an exhibition of 1″ buttons in Calgary on Saturday. The artists will be there with copies of their buttons for trade and the organizers have mixed 5 packs of the buttons from the show for sale. You should come out and join in the fun!


Saturday May 26 7-10pm – Sit. 820 11th Ave SW, Calgary, AB