diane akey
visual artist
1 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 "2020 Toronto Open National Juried Exhibition” Category: Show/Exhibit Venue: "2020 Toronto Open National Juried online Exhibition”
Acrylics on Linen

48" x 36"

Grandma’s youngest sister, Lilian use to visit Vancouver and when she did she brought fun and adventure with her! In this painting, Aunt Lilian has taken my mother Susan, and her sister Barbara to Spanish Banks for a day in the sun and sand. They would have traveled by streetcar from Marpole to the beach.
Looking at this picture now, I wonder if they would have wanted their future told to them. Their lives led to mine. Family histories are so many stories! During Vancouver’s Spring of Covid19, I have been looking back at Family Pictures. I can with the turning of a page travel by decades. Lately, I have been working on a series of paintings that portray the common lives of my family. The relationship between me the artist, you the viewer, and the painting is a powerful synergy of thoughts and memories. I have purposely distorted the realism of old photos by using fragments of colours, marks, and patterns to capture the ebbing and flow of Time as it changes.