Little NEO

Artist and Creative Problem solver, based in Toronto

Little NEO

Artist and Creative Problem solver, based in Toronto

The Exercise – True Patriot Love Foundation Helmet

Organic Material, resin, plastic helmet, paper. October 2020

When I was asked to contribute a piece to the True Patriot Love Foundation, I decided to use the opportunity to reflect on my training with the Canadian Armed Forces. Although I was an officer only very briefly and, of course, I have no regrets about my wonderful second son, I do miss the experience of being ‘in the army’. I miss the exceptional people and the camaraderie, so I hid a section of Infantry soldiers in the piece. (Because I was a 2LT, I did briefly lose my section but then got lucky and found them again.) I miss being outside at night under a very clear sky, so I put a sky under the helmet. I miss the challenge and the mechanics of working outside my expertise, so I challenged myself with the engineering of this piece. I do not miss the cold, but we are Canadian, so I tried to find a way to include that too. 

‘The Exercise’ includes land, air, and sea elements in recognition of the unique roles of the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Royal Canadian Navy. The base for the piece and the helmet itself were created using natural elements under many layers of resin. The gold and green colour of the helmet was achieved with a combination of acrylic paint and resin. It was then sanded and recoated to create organic ‘wear’.  

If you are interested in the creation of this piece and the many, many learning experiences I had in creating it, you can read more about it on its blog:
True Patriot Love

The base of this piece measures 18″x 16″.

Climate Disaster Carpet, February 2020

Digital – Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.

Print – Polyester.

Covid-19 Reflections – Drawing Michael

 

Creative Unicorns,

Podcasts, interviews, and collaborations with CreativeUTO.ca

April 2020 – current

Marker Explorations – 2014 – current

This gallery contains work which focus on layering oil based markers on smooth, bright white paper surfaces. The work aims to be vibrantly coloured, detailed, and sometimes realistic.

On the Map – 2014 – 2019

This series examines subjects drawn onto city and transit maps. The map form the basis of the piece, inspiring form and even movement and drawing style. They create a sense of travel, rather than explicit location.

Sketchbook – Museum Oddities

The home collection of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is full of diverse and beautiful objects. Visiting exhibits bring masterpieces from around the world. I drew these museum oddities with an eye to realism and an imaginative licence.

Visit more sketchbooks in my art archives.

The Collective, 

Figure Drawing Blog

2010 – current

Wrapping the Gods

Mixed Media sculpture series.

March 2020 – current

Hastily Assembled Guide Zines

Digital and Print, 2020 – current.

All zines in the Hastily Assembled series are free to download and print on a single page and folded into an 8 page mini-zine. Larger versions of the zine can be viewed online.