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Top Ten List defin­ing “HELL” in the eyes of the artist.

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Here are a few ques­tions to pon­der. How did you come to live where you are? Think back.….wayyyyyy back.……

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My creed — Why I am an artist — why I am a Full Time Human Being: “I am an orig­i­nal. There is no other like me. I cre­ate to under­stand my world and my place in it. I cre­ate to pray, to curse, to sort, to num­ber, to struc­ture, to destruc­ture, to bleed, to pre­serve, to rec­og­nize, to see, to hide, to show, to tell, to think, to stop think­ing, to detest, to love, to act, to be still, to laugh, to cry, to detest but mostly to love for now I am human, but in a few short years, I will be some­thing else.”

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I have a per­fect lover. My lover is some­times big and some­times small. My lover is patient. Never starts with­out me. My lover accepts colour with­out prej­u­dice. My lover allows me other lovers when I desire. My lover moves and responds to my touch, giv­ing and receiving.

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This is the last image that our fam­ily saw as we were com­ing back from a trip to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, AB in 2010. After this.…we saw noth­ing but three feet of snow and sleet ahead of us on the road. An extreme freak storm in April claimed the lives of eight peo­ple in road acci­dents all around us. We were very lucky.

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It’s very dif­fi­cult if not impos­si­ble to cap­ture the real jewel-like qual­ity in a oil paint­ing on linen with a cam­era. The many glazes in this work all weave together to give an amaz­ing opti­cal effect in per­son, so I urge you to visit Ele­va­tion Gallery to view the work.…before it’s gone!

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Jan­ice Tanton’s 2011 TEDx­Cal­gary Talk on The Lan­guage of The Cre­ator. Focused on mean­ing­ful per­sonal, fam­ily, com­mu­nity and orga­ni­za­tional build­ing through cre­ative lan­guage of the arts, this heart­felt, per­sonal artist’s talk seeks to inspire you to con­sider human ways of being together.

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It’s that time of year again when Canada’s arts and cul­ture phil­an­thropists gather to sup­port the arts and won­der­ful pro­gram­ming at The Banff Cen­tre by attend­ing the Mid­sum­mer Ball. I’ve donated one of my works again this year (listed above) for the Mid­sum­mer Ball Auc­tion at The Banff Cen­tre to sup­port a woman artist or arts admin­is­tra­tor enrolled in an Abo­rig­i­nal Lead­er­ship pro­gram. Check it out and bid!

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Three new works in the brand new series, “What’s In A Name” will debut at the open­ing of Sacred/Modern this week­end at Ele­va­tion Gallery in Can­more. Come see them in per­son! Have a look at the works in progress.

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