I’m thrilled to announce that I have completed a mural for the fantastic jewel of a restaurant, Café Mezcal, on Prince Arthur Street in Montreal. It features a woman dressed in the traditional Veracruz style (in honour of restaurant owner Sheila who comes from Veracruz!) looking off into the distance as the moon shines and the stars twinkle over a floral Mexican seascape. It is painted in the style of a stained glass window.
Check out Café Mezcal for delicious, authentic Mexican food and my new mural!
Mosaics are fun to paint but very time-consuming. It’s all in the details. In this mosaic, I wanted to approach a traditional activity – blowing the shofar – in a new and surprising way: one, by painting in a style that is unique to me and two, by showing a young boy engaging in the activity to represent the continuity of the tradition through time.
The challenge of this project was to achieve a sense of different types of texture in the different fabrics: the smoothness of the white gloves, the shiny satin feel of the golden vest with its round, hard buttons, and the coarseness of the outer jacket.
See the Making Of this portrait of a young man. My favourite part of this piece was painting his eyes and trying to capture their friendly kindness, and in more practical terms, the vibrant blue-green that is echoed so shockingly in the exotic veil.
Joumana was a work colleague whom I asked to pose for me because I loved her curvaceous body and her positive energy. She had such a radiant personality and infectious laugh. I couldn’t imagine her any other way than in the brightest colours and setting. This painting is based on a photo I took of her in her house, which did indeed have an orange wall.