I am thrilled to announce that I have just been inducted into the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour (CSPWC).
This has been a dream of mine for a long time for many reasons. One reason is that, in spite of the fact that watercolour has fallen on hard times in terms of galleries’ interest, it is still my favourite medium. It calls to me more than any other medium and it is in painting with watercolour that I am most comfortable and most able to express myself. Another reason is that being accepted into CSPWC is a tremendous recognition of my art. Continually toiling away, solitarily, in the studio you never get the best idea of where your art is at. But to be recognized by my peers as being at a professional level means the world to me.
It was a wonderful day and it was great to meet so many other artists. Everyone was so welcoming. I feel very grateful to be at this stage in my career and I am completely motivated to carry on, to keep moving forward and follow this journey as far as I can.
The ceremony took place at the AGM in Toronto on May 4th. When I heard that the AGM would be held in the famous Arts & Letters Club I knew that I had to attend. The Arts & Letters Club is steeped in art history. This is the place where the Group Of Seven used to meet, drinking and smoking and passionately debating art (and probably more drinking). There are reminders everywhere of the Group of Seven downstairs in the club. I could almost feel their presence while I was there.
Here are a few shots from that wonderful day.