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Representation: My work can be found at these professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, the Canada Building on 21st Street
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street
Webster Galleries in Calgary, Unit 2 625-77th Ave. SE

March 21, 2019: I was interviewed by Galleries West Magazine. Read the article here.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Please Donate to Haiti

The North Side
approx. 2.5x6.5
acrylic on 200lb paper

I made this painting on the last day of the Emma Lake painting class in the summer of 2001. It was a pretty fast study of a mossy pine tree near the studio on campus. This was the class in which I finally figured out how to get acrylics to do roughly what I wanted them to do. This little study was an exercise that built on the breakthrough I had. When I got home from "camp" and showed my family the work I had created, my mom had a strong (positive) reaction to this painting, so I had it framed and gave it to her as a gift for her birthday. Which brings me to the reason for today's post...

It's my mom's birthday today! She is a pretty darn special lady and boy, does she love her family. She was a nurse for a few short years before my sisters and I were born, from then on she was a stay-at-home mom. I think it is because of the life she gave us girls growing up that I had the motivation to try to find a way to give a similar experience to my children when I had them. I remember in elementary school that I loved coming home for lunch to see my parents (dad was able to come home for lunch, too) and watch "The Flintstones" even though that hour went by quickly. And having mom home at the end of the school day gave me a sense of security that, looking back, was really priceless. She also volunteered at the school library for many years, so she was available if we ever needed her. At the same time she wasn't a crazy, clingy, over-protective mom. She was as good as it got and still is. I actually sometimes think, though, that if it weren't for us girls mom would have gone on to have an amazing career... she was born to care for others and there are so many people who would have benefited from having her as a nurse. To this day she loves medicine and is fascinated by it. She hasn't practiced for about 43 years, but her knowledge is as sharp as if she just took classes yesterday.

This year for her birthday mom asked us all to forgo buying her gifts. What she really wanted was for us to take that money and donate to an organization sending aide to Haiti. Right now through to Feb.12 the Government of Canada will match any contributions made to eligible organizations. So please, if you are Canadian and haven't done so already, consider taking a bit of your hard earned money and channeling it through one of these agencies to help the people of Haiti. Here is a link to the organization I used: Plan Canada- Haiti Earthquake and click on "make a donation today" for the quick and easy steps to do just that. I can't help but think that if there was some horrific disaster in our country we would not want the world to forget or ignore us. It is unimaginable what these families are going through and I am pretty sure there is a part of my mom, the nurse, who would love to be there helping the injured. By asking my sisters and I to make these donations on her behalf, she has found a way to help and she has made a difference.

"... I've got a good mother
And her voice is what keeps me here.
Feet on ground, heart in hand,
Facing forward, be yourself..."
- Jann Arden                                                    



Unknown said...

This is such a beautiful post, Nicki. When it comes to speaking about our mom and trying to convey her kindness, generosity, compassion ... well, it seems there are barely the proper words. She is amazing. I sit here with tears streaming down my face thinking about how lucky we three girls are to have a mom like her! I remember her reaction when she opened your gift of this mossy painting - she was totally and completely thrilled/proud/surprised ... all at once!

I know for sure that your boys are growing up with the same kind of mother ... you are giving to them the kind of love and guidance that our mom gave to us when we were little. You, too, are a "good mother" ....

XO Jannie

Anonymous said...

beautiful painting, beautiful thought and wonderful action... good on you Nicki:) r.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Love the painting and I'm sending money through a charity I always donate through. I agree we would not want the world to ignore us. You paint beautifully and write poignantly. Happy Birthday to your great mother. I too had a stay-at-home Mom. In my mom's case,
although she was great at it, I think she should have stayed a scientist, but she was fired when they found out she was pregnant. Still I think that's why I found jobs that let me work from home most of the time, so I could be there at lunch,and after school most of the time.
I loved that with my mom too, and
the home baked bread.

You rock.


Nicki said...

Hi JJ,
Yup we are lucky. And thanks for saying I am a "good mother"... I'm trying. I know I have moments where I am not as good as I would like, but I keep on keepin' on!

Hi Rahina,
Thank you so much. Nice to hear from you, hope you are well!

Hi Barbara,
Thank you for your great comment. It is difficult to know what the right thing is... or even if there is a right thing. Stay at home with your kids or work or try to do both. I know my mom would have been a fantastic nurse... and who knows, maybe even gone on to become a doctor. I have been struggling with the topic since having my children. I want them to know I am multi-dimensional... that is another reason why having them see my artistic side, and that I am pursuing it, is so important.

Take care wonderful ladies!