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Icons of Beauty, 2005

This series of paintings began rather frivolously when I painted "two-lips" for an Ottawa Art Gallery Spring Art Show. It was then I realized just how frequently lips were used in advertising to symbolize ideals of beauty, sensuality, seduction and promises of a perfect life. It seemed to me the depiction of this image was similar to the attention and devotion given to images of sacred personages. Hence, the title "Icons of Beauty", as represented by women who live in the Ottawa community.

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Icons of Beauty, 2005
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Lacrimosa A Reqium for the Planet, 2004

For Watercan Exhibition, Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

When WaterCan (an NGO that helps citizens of developing countries build sustainable water supply and sanitation services) asked me to participate in an Art for Water exhibition, I had just completed a series of studies of wetlands and marsh marigolds, and I thought, I bet Monet would weep if he saw what we have done to our planet." Since much of my work is rooted in issues of public concern and water is a crucial issue for the future of the planet, I decided to create a work that would contrast the "purer" vision of the land held by an artist from the past with a view of today's landscape that reflects its aesthetic and environmental degradation. Thus the title, Lacrimosa: A Requiem for the Planet.

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Lacrimosa – A Reqium for the Planet, 2004
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Dualities, 1991-94

A series of paintings (Dorland's medium, oil on canvas), which grew out of the artist's preoccupation with the news and images of the Gulf War. In this work, two images are juxtaposed representing the transformative (positive) and the disintegrative (negative) forces of Nature and Man.

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Dualities, 1991-94
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A Tribute to George Tanaka, 1985-87

A series of canvases honouring landscape architect George Tanaka who imbued his gardens with the spiritual spontaneity of the Canadian landscape. A "Nisei", Tanaka was a pioneer in Canadian human and civil rights, Chairman of the Japanese Canadian Democratic Committee which lobbied successfully for removal in 1948 of 29 Federal and Provincial regulations discriminating against Japanese Canadians. George Tanaka and his wife Cana (named after Canada) died in 1982 in a tragic car accident.

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A Tribute to George Tanaka, 1985-87
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The Dozen Roses

 

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The Dozen Roses
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Early Work

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Early Work
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Portraiture

Rare Spirits: A Personal Tribute to Vintage Elders

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Rare Spirits: A Personal Tribute to Vintage Elders, 2002
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Watercolours

Interpretations (The Australian Landscape)

A series of thirty watercolours (mixed media) depicting the artist's discovery of the Australian landscape

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Interpretations (The Australian Landscape)
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Natural and Cultivated Landscapes

 

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Natural and Cultivated Landscapes
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