In May, I was approached by Trent University to create a large scale piece for their recently renovated student health centre. This mixed media piece was inspired by the serene landscape of the campus and its known association with nature, which has been a great influence in my work.
The Trent University campus has always been an inspiring environment to me. The way the unique architecture harmonizes with nature and to have a river flowing directly through the campus, its surreal. Its beautiful to see how we can embrace nature for all its beauty.
Over the duration of June, I worked layer by layer as this painting evolved, beginning to take a life all of its own on.
I invite you to take a look into the process of this piece and hope you enjoy.
I am extremely honoured and happy to of had this opportunity and for my piece to be established in its new home.
If you are interested in having a piece created for you, please send me a message to discuss what unique piece awaits you.
MPP Jeff Leal helped Trent University open its newly renovated health clinic Tuesday morning.
The Trent alumnus (Class of ’74) was on hand with Trent staff and students and members of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation and Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club, for a tour of the student health clinic, all as part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Take your MPP to Work initiative.
“I am thrilled to welcome our partners who funded some unique projects this year. As a result of their support, we are fulfilling our goals for an inclusive space that meet students’ clinical needs – but also helps them feel welcome,” stated Ruth Walker, manager of Student Health Services at Trent, in a release.
“When students arrive to Trent, many are accessing healthcare for the first time on their own. We want this to be a place where they feel comfortable asking for help.”
Two new features, based on the Student Wellness Centre’s Biopsychosocial model of care, were highlighted: an accessible barrier-free exam table, funded by the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundations; and therapeutic artwork, funded by the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club.
The Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, also known as Your Family Health Team Foundation, funded the barrier-free exam table.
“We are very pleased to be able to support Student Health Services at Trent,” stated Laura Kennedy, executive director, GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. “A barrier free examination table is a basic need of every primary care clinic in order to ensure all patients can appropriately access the care they require. The team at Trent Health Services has done an exceptional job of creating an inclusive, safe space and we are proud to be a partner of their patient circle of care.”
Financial support from the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club led to the creation of nature-based art pieces for the clinic. Artist Cherylanne James, an Anishinaabekwe from Rama First Nation, is creating two art pieces, while a large piece has been created for the waiting area by local artist Brianna Gosselin.