"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., "Let's 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,
The Poet, the Judge, We First Nations, Métis & Inuit, March 30 2015.
1924-2014 art project: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson traveled from Ontario to Alberta, Jasper to paint. 1924 marked the opening of the (AGA) Art Gallery of Alberta. I spent a lot of time inside the AGA drawing, honing my creative skills, and rebuilding my confidence to paint again. YouTube
2019 More Circles than Squares art project Blog
Truth & Reconciliation, Free to Express & Listen, 2015
Fire and Rain art collection, 2016 Blog
2017 Not a Bystander 'She smiles after all that...' Blog
Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, 2014
August 10, 2013, Outside the gates of the Edmonton Folk Fest, painting a rocket launcher over the folk singer's ukulele. Art Shows & Tell: 2017 NDP Alberta Legislature, 2019 UCP caucus photo, 2020 Alberta Legislature grounds. 'Bruce Cockburn' Original 2000-2001
'9 Afghan boys gathering firewood 2013' art show & tell
2019 More Circles than Squares art project. An art study of the Alberta Government and the protests outside relating to the environment, social and political climate extremes.
2017 Not a Bystander art project. Creating art that responds to anger, violence and bullying. Following 2 days of surveys it was determined to respond with this art project using positive images that promote hope and healing. Vimy, not a bystander and NHL hockey fan violence.
2016 Fire & Rain art project. Focused my camera and canvases on the wildfires & floods in Alberta. It challenged me to defend my own personal right to freedom of expression, free speech & free press, producing 24 paintings and showing that art in 160 public art shows.
'If it quacks like a magpie, it must be...' 2020 Freedom to Express & Listen
"When we love ourselves it is in convent upon us to love everyone around us and to do good. I pray for Canada, I pray for peace, I pray for unity and I pray for leaders with compassion with the drive to bring unity today and forever." Woman prays for our leaders to be blessed. October, 2019 More Circles than Squares 'The Legislature has no dome'
"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 2017.
"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, September 13, 2016
Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning "When I first looked at it, it reminded me of Notre Dame Cathedral burning. It also reminds me of some of Van Gogh's paintings. If we are burning now, like Notre Dame, we will rise better and stronger." - Marg McCuaig-Boyd, 2020
2017-2019 Intuitive art 'Trouble maker, the coming storm' began in the fall of 2017 next to Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley's office, outside on the Alberta Legislature grounds. The painting depicts a homeless person (trouble maker) shaped like an eagle's head, wearing a multi-colored robe. Completed in the summer's 2019 next to Premier Jason Kenney's office, the floating orbs might now be seen as COVID19 (the coming storm is now upon us) with economic collapse that followed worldwide.
'Trouble Maker, the coming storm'
'Climate Strike' Alberta loves oil and gas
Alberta Legislature 2019 'Climate Strike' The 4 placards alongside the Legislature's reflection pool depicts the colours of the medicine wheel, human kind surrounded by Wind, Fire and Rain. The heart on the Legislature tree represents another political paradigm where Albertans love oil and gas.
Art is freedom d.b.
2018 Status versus Motion art project Blog
Citizen Free NewsPainting about the news stories while news covering protests, rallies, vigils and counter protests by Albertans responding to environmental, human rights, civil rights and political issues. Following up the business inside the Alberta legislature... bLog
2020 'Red light (Suicide)' on the back of 'untitled' 2019
Intuitive, Outsider Art. Public Art Shows & Tell, Poster Street Art & Pickets
2020 'Red Flag (Buffalo)'on the back of 'Anarchy Joe' 2019
2020 'Red Heart (Buffalo)'on the back of 'Circles, Squares' 2016
The making of Red light (suicide) YouTube
Between February 2016 to March 2017, I picketed alone both the Alberta Government and City of Edmonton a total of 38 days after my 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my news camera and canvases on the wildfires and flooding of Alberta was banned from public showing on the Alberta Legislature grounds 3 times by Government bureaucrats and the Sergeant-at-Arms, and threatened with police action on New Year's Eve in front of City Hall by a City of Edmonton Manager. Thanks to people's unlimited support on my picket line, I continue to paint and show my art almost anywhere in public. d.b.
2016 NBC News reports on Fort McMurray Wildfire, COVID19 2020
If there is no freedom of expression, then the beauty of life is lost.
Participation in a society is not an artistic choice, it’s a human need. Ai Weiwei
To me, this painting reflects the sense of fear, sadness, and chaos of Covid-19. Well done bro! ❣ Kate Hatch. 2. 'Covid19' June, 2020 paint over 1. 2016 'NBC news reporting on Fort McMurray wildfire' Both painted by a tree North East, next to the Legislature, Premier's office.
Painters Log: November 8, 2020 before the City of Edmonton gave notice to vacate, and relocate folks from camp Pekiwewin, I hiked that morning to the south side of the river vally and created this upside down snow angel heart representing DISTRESS on the Kinsmen football field that was covered with a fresh dump of snow after a storm the night before. Ealier in July two members of the camp Pekiwewin police helped me begin to paint 'HOUSE/Red Zipper', inspired by Virgil Abloh.