At last I can share one my latest commissions with you. Last weekend, the display home of Central Green, the Mission Group's new masterplanned development in downtown Kelowna, opened up to the public. And I'm very happy to say, that my work, the triptych pictured above, is front and centre.
This commission came about in an interesting way. Natalia with Portico Design Group in Vancouver was looking for a local artist for a project they were working on in Kelowna. So Natalia reached out to Heather Dahl, an artist based in Vancouver that she knew. Luckily, Heather had caught my work up at Triumph Coffee in Vernon and passed my name along - thanks again Heather!
So the paintings that were of inspiration for this piece both came out of the body of work that I produced during a residency at the Banff Centre
So this triptych, titled "Land & Sky" took cues from these pieces and combined them - the striated line work to build up the mountains and the sunset hued sky done through a looser, more organic paint application.
Here are some in progress shots from early sketches, to beginning the final pieces, to packing them to take them to their new home. And lastly an in-studio shot of the final work.
It wasn't until I was pretty much finished with this triptych before I learned where the work was going - I thought it was just going to go live in a lovely home somewhere in the Kelowna area. So it was a lovely surprise to learn that this work was going to be open for public viewing situated in a beautifully appointed space - at the display home at Central Green.
When I dropped the work off, I must say that I was impressed with the work Natalia and her team had done and was even more pleased to learn that the Mission Group had mandated that the design included locally sourced items - like artwork by a local artist - wherever possible. Kudos Mission Group. I hope that more local developers and designers follow suit.