Thursday, 14 November 2019


Clover Point - 30 x 24 inch -oil on wood - $1000 CAD.

"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...." 

I feel like perseverance has slowly begun to cultivate a new direction in my studio work. It's a good feeling.  For several months now I've been pushing my larger work into more resounding abstract sensibilities;  experimenting with different oil media and ways of working with it.  Most of all I've been conscious of simplifying and reducing elements to arrive at a clearer concept of my intentions.
One thing I've learned; you have to show up and push on through the uncomfortable middle bits. There are sure plenty of those! It means taking risks, not being precious, allowing time to hear your inner voice.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


I'm looking forward to this fun holiday market at my studio; The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill.

Just one day only from 10am  to 3pm, the potters and artists of the studios at Cedar Hill host a holiday market.  

Come see what we've been making. Shop for special gifts and unique one of a kind art pieces produced by local Victorian artists.

Sunday, 11 August 2019


Transitions in art happen all the time in small increments when painting.  It's all about listening to the inner voice, and following where it leads.  Since moving to BC, I have noticed that I am more and more interested in the abstract process of painting.  In my studio work I have been allowing myself the indulgence of painting for paintings sake, and seeing where it leads me.  It sometimes yields pleasant  surprises... I'm always searching for those.  It also often leads to stoppages where I have to put the painting away and revisit another time.  

Sometimes transitions are the result of what's happening in life, shifts in ways of thinking and new ideas bubbling up.  
Exploring these ideas enrich the art experience.  These transitions don't always have to become significant bodies of work, I think of them more as building blocks to something more interesting down the road.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019


TD Moss Street Paint In - Saturday July 20th
Woohoo! An amazing day of ART, ART & more ART featuring 191 artists and street activities is happening in Victoria on Saturday July 20th!  
It's the TD Art Gallery PAINT IN on Moss Street. It's our ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA's premier fundraising event.  
Late Afternoon Light,
McKenzie Beach
oil on canvas
15x45 inch

Last year, my daughter Holly & I attended the event which stretched 10 neighbourhood blocks along Moss street down to the ocean.  So exciting to take in such a thriving art event in our little coastal city.  I'm excited to be included as an artist this year, and that energy is lifting me up with anticipation for a fun day on July 20th, 2019!  I'll be at the corner of Moss & Carnsew street.

This week I've been busy prepping display panels; whitewashing old bi-fold doors. I'll display some small artworks on them.  Lucky there is a fence behind my booth, so it will be a good backdrop for larger works.  Hope we get a stellar day!

Tuesday, 18 December 2018


'Celebration' -by Sally Chupick, oil on canvas - 12 x 12
That feeling of excitement when you create a 'break-through' piece of stand back and recognize you've made a leap to more meaningful work.  It's hopeful and more than a little seductive.  As artists we all want to grow.  It's our driving force.  

How do you get over that fence you are sitting on?  Usually it's by experimentation.  Do something you haven't done before, and you're likely to get something new.  Try a new tool, method of application, subject or palette.  Experiment a little; learn something new.  It feels good.
'Rejoice' by Sally Chupick - oil on linen, 12 x 12

Friday, 23 November 2018


8x10 oil on panel 'Fickle Fig Farm' plein air painting
Variety.  It's the spice of life, they say... I find it's also the spice of my outdoor 'plein air' painting experience.  It's easy to bumble along with the same old application method, but it's boring, and it gives boring results.
 I like to change up how I apply paint.  Brushes, palette knife, scraping, smudging with my gloved fingers or with a rag, the more variety the better.  Here's this morning's plein air painting from Fickle Fig Farm. with the Alfresco painting group. The Fickle Fig is a farm market / bakery / cafe near Sidney, BC on Mills Road near the airport.

Thursday, 12 July 2018


I feel like all painters have challenges at times with staying motivated. 
One day you're all fired up and in the drivers seat with your painting, but just as easily procrastination kicks in.  When that happens it can be hard to get motivated.  Typically there are 2 process' for me that motivate.

1.)  the subject itself interests me; I respond with my 'painting voice'. In this process, I already know what I want to say... I follow it to it's conclusion. This process is linear, and often it's satisfying; I feel kind of thrilled when I get a good result. Who doesn't want to make a successful painting?

2.). other times subjects don't feel all that interesting.  I want to explore things less tangible,  things a little out of reach.  Painting this way is a whole different process.  It's intuitive, and experimental and more than a little addictive.  I don't as often get a successful painting.  As a matter of fact I usually don't get one.  How do I stay motivated here?

For me, the answer is: painting.

To motivate myself I load a palette knife, brush or rag.  If I start, something usually happens.  One stroke leads to something else... questions arise, corresponding decisions are made.  It's definitely non linear.  I can work for long times laying in passages, only to scrape
off or paint over them.  It's elusive.   Occasionally something surprising happens.  That's the best feeling, when something unexpected takes my painting in an exciting direction.   Before I know it I'm motivated.


Clover Point - 30 x 24 inch -oil on wood - $1000 CAD. "I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...."  I feel like pe...