2010 was rich and full artistically speaking. I had three major studio events and five speaking engagements divided between Gabriola, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver and LaCrosse Wisconsin. I had a gallery show in June at Canada House in Banff with two other old friends and fellow artists, Grant Leier and Nixie Barton and in July, I took part in the 49th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (see below). In November, I took part in a group show called “Rare Birds” at the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria BC.

In other words, I took my show on the road and there was never a dull moment as they say.

My booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and yes, it rained cats and dogs although there were only dogs in my booth.

Thematically speaking, I continued to work on the usual subjects: birds, dogs and Sigmund Freud. And speaking of Sigmund, I produced a line of cards called Freudian Slips which proved to be very popular among those of us (mainly women) who have a thing or two to say about the man.

In 2010 I began in earnest, the research for a book I am writing (working title Dangerous Curves). This involves digging into my collection of over 100 vintage books (1930s to 1960s) aimed at women and looking for the passages which deal with the female body. Since there is so much material to be uncovered, this book could be years in the making. If I don’t come out by 2013, send in the army.

All in all, 2010 was a great year to be an artist and indeed, a great year to be alive but I suspect any year would be.