Anniversaries

Where were you on this date in 2011? I was at the Tipper, putting on my first art show (you can read all about it here).

Anyway, I just realized a couple hours ago, so I figured I should blog to honour the occasion. ‘Cause really, it’s been a pretty tumultuous two years in my life and my art career.

At times – let’s be honest here – it’s felt like some sort of epic struggle against the forces of evil, but after twenty-four months and seven shows, I feel like I’m on the winning side now.

I went into that first show with barely a fucking clue what I was doing, but with a little help from my friends, it went off without a hitch anyway. And since then the shows just keep getting bigger and better.

So indulge me. Let me take a moment to single out these amazing people:

John Watson of imagemaker photographic studio, who was kind enough to provide a venue for four of the shows, who photographs all my paintings and documents the shows, and who’s generally a good friend and a swell guy.

Tess McCann, who worked as my agent for a year and taught me so much.

Colin, Cameron, and P.J. from the Tipper, where that first show happened.

Aaron, Margarete, Eve and Alan from the HiVE, the site of Ocean Rain.

James and Brian from EXP Restaurant, where we had the latest art extravaganza, Ka-Pow!

Annie Friesen of Dottie’s Buttons, who’s become sort of a strategic partner in all of this crazy business.

Alex Stewart, who joined forces with me for Hot Pink.

Lyndsey MacEwen, who helped save the day at Ocean Rain, and who’s been a genuine inspiration in my life.

And everybody who’s bought a painting, come to a show, shared a link online, dressed up in something special, bought or commissioned a painting, driven the getaway car, bought me a drink, sang me a song, or otherwise been an epic human being.

My hat is off to you.

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