Monday, 13 January 2020

AGGV Art Rental and Sales gallery program

Eminence - oil on canvas - 36 x 30"
I'm excited to say I got my painting 'Eminence' accepted into the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Art Rental and Sales Program.  Happy about that!  I love the venue that they have at the Victoria Airport;  a unique and eye catching display for all travellers to enjoy when passing through our airport.  
The rental and sales gallery is a great program.  It allows people to rent first class contemporary original local artworks for a minimum monthly fee.  That's nice because it means people can live with an artwork for a while, its especially good if they are contemplating purchasing it.  Or if they like they can rent it for a few months and then take it back to the gallery.  This allows them to rent another artwork to enjoy for a while.  
I love how Victoria is sooooo supportive of the arts.  And I'm tickled pink to have my work accepted into the AGGV art rental and sales program:)

Friday, 27 December 2019


Moss & Arbutus - 8x10 en plein air- oil panel
Finding the right fit in a gallery is an important thing.  But it does take time.  You need time to look around at suitable galleries and to have an idea about what sort of work the gallery shows.  It helps to visit the gallery and pay attention to how the work is displayed, how often it is refreshed and what the price points are in comparison to work that you make. 

When all of these things seem in alignment, a request in person or by email on whether or not the gallery is currently seeking new artists is a good idea. In person a gallery owner may say upfront they are or are not seeking new art, and often will explain how to submit if they are. 
Email is less personal, and often an email request to a gallery goes unanswered.  Don't take it personally; but do understand, some things can be learned from no reply: 
1.  They are busy.  Who isn't?  
2.  They don't think they can sell it
3.  They are not seeking new artists at this time. 

In my opinion, no reply to a simple email request tells me something else too:   It tells me that I probably don't really want to do business with that gallery anyway.  Think about it... Would you do business with someone who wasn't available or accessible about business matters?  A professional gallery has the courtesy to at least reply even a standard:  " this time we are not currently seeking submissions..."   

An important thing I want from a gallery is a professional gallery / artist relationship.  Make no mistake about it, artists provide a gallery their inventory, in exchange I expect a clear contract and a business approach. 

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

AGGV Art Rental and Sales gallery program

Eminence - oil on canvas - 36 x 30" I'm excited to say I got my painting 'Eminence' accepted into the Art Gallery of Gr...