Swirl and splash as the paint
meets up with canvas
Get Up🍁Stand Up For Your Rights!
She smiles after all that... Created with community input
2017 Not a Bystander art project
The Fire and Rain art project
Syrian Refugee says Thank You Canada YouTube
Leg. ground study - Gift to elder Wilson Bearhead
🍁150 -Flower Study: Gift to Soma Khan
Do bears shit in the woods? YouTube Magie sur toile YouTube Artist's Private Collection Trouble Maker YouTube Artist's Private Collection Allen' Ginsberg's Sunflower YouTube Painting during the eclipse YouTube
Flower bed Alberta Legislature
Focus on Anger, Violence,
Bullying and Racism
🍁 'O Canada' 150 True North Strong and Free YouTube
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate (YouTube). I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freedom of expression by picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton and won back my freedom. The City has apologized but the Sergeant-of-Arms remains unapologetic. These are some of the words of encouragement that were added by supporters on my picket line. 42 days of picketing in total.
"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V, "Art is Freedom against the City of Edmonton" - D.B.
Gift to Rick Fraser, 🌻Non-Violence
Gift to Leela Aheer , Israel #bridgingthegap Palestine YouTube
Paintings are not for sale but are given away or reused for future art projects
August 26, 2015: Alberta Air Quality Worse than Beijing and New Delhi Globe and Mail
Non-Violence Hockey Jersey - Active since April 2017
"Standing together as individuals, they tried to tear us apart. So they could isolate us individually .... But we stuck together" - Alex Janvier
"We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" - Joseph Sanchez
"Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public – they're always a few years behind you." - Jack Bush
Sketch Studies of The Indian Group of Seven
Sketching hones my creative skills and builds confidence and understanding
Back Page Gallery, Artist Bio and Poetry
The Status Versus Motion Art Project: Pipelines: For, Against and Why? Continued...
'For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Newton's' 3rd. Law of Motion
'Status quo, you know, is Latin for the mess we're in'.
Last of the Alberta Caribou
Art Shows, Demonstrations, Pickets...
From March 30, 2015 to May 23, 2018
2015/120, 2016/160, 2017/240, 2018/81
"Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change.
In the long term a lot of people are going to appreciate it." -Venezuelan woman, Alberta Legislature art show.
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was more than focusing my camera and canvases on the wildfires of Alberta,
it was about defending rights and freedoms of myself and others. In Canada it is a constant struggle to remain free.
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe
Have I caught your attention,
have I taken you someplace else?
Active Citizenship, Social Artistry
Citizen Free News Blog
The Status Versus Motion Art Project
The Status versus Motion art project was created in 2018 as an extension of the successful run of Citizen Free News reporting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 2007. It's main purpose is to improve the integrity and trustworthiness of citizen news reporting from the Alberta Legislature, covering protests and rallies by Albertans on issues related to the environment, human rights and politics. It examines how politicians and news media responds inside our Leg....
May 2018: Alberta Legislature
Politics, Protests & Hot Air News