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Artist Statement:

I am a mixed media artist who works primarily in ink and watercolor. I often use self portraits, nature and  anatomy to depict experiences and emotions. By nature I am one to zig when I am supposed to zag. I always want to hear what is on the flip side. A sad and dreary rainy day reveals the deep jeweled tones of the earth. Maybe it's sad. Maybe it’s beautiful. I have always looked at life with a tear in my eye. What’s the saying? The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears or the sea.

 

The dark things, the black things... always catch my eye. Not in a morbid way, quite the opposite. It comes from a deep love and appreciation of life and nature. It makes me want to look behind the curtain. Where others see blackness, I see a blanket of stars.

 

I see death illuminating our life. I see loss filling us up. I see decay feeding new life. I am acutely aware of the beautiful, dizzying cycle of life and I believe no part of it is more beautiful than the other.

 

You will see all of this in my work. My love for life and death, an honoring of the duality of it all. More than that, I hope it calls you to commune with me for a moment. To be alive with me for awhile and marvel. Isn’t it all so beautiful?

My Favorite Things:

The Atlantic ocean, nighttime, extremely hot tea, mildly dark chocolate and late cretaceous dinosaurs. The music of the Smashing Pumpkins and William Prince. The art of Frida Kahlo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Egon Schiele, Francesco Clemente, Steven Spazuk, and Jason Mowry.

 

I am formerly based in Alberta and now residing in New Brunswick, Canada.  For more information email: ctlemery@gmail.com