Being Seen Seeing…


FUSE90: Erica Dornbusch
I suppose it is ironic that I am a visually impaired artist who is working through resistance towards the idea of Being Seen in my pursuit of seeing and recording what I see without seeing. I suppose it is, and it also doesn’t matter, this is just my journey. We all have a storied journey. . .

Nick Scott is a talented maker of commercial and promotional content for broadcast. A while ago he invited me to be featured as one of the area creatives he profiles in his FUSE90 series for LondonFuse, a digital arts, music, and lifestyle publication.

I was nervous about it, and I said yes since I am practicing how to meet my resistance and do things anyway. And because I’d like to be able to say at the end of things, “I was always in wonderment and I made a living at expressing that wonder.” ( And yes, there is also a little ‘just watch me’ kick here to those who do not believe in that possibility for me or other creatives. )

So anyways, Nick simply came and set up his kit in my studio for an initial conversation about my vision and process and role models and other things. And then he invited me to pick up my brushes and ignore his camera. I truly forgot he was there as I fell into conversation with my paints.

Then he went away and created this lovely flowing piece. I love that its pace is slow and thoughtful and that the background slips in and out of focus. How it’s contemplative and querying in tone, reflecting my dance with my canvas. That it’s a little dreamlike and saturated with wondering and that there are no real conclusive answers. It’s a good portrait of me and I feel very honoured to have been seen this way.

Thank you so much Nick, and LondonFuse.

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In Full Bloom

A vibrant collection of floral works by London area artists
including several of my own recent pieces

​Westland Gallery London
May 9th – May 27th 2017
Artist Talk: Wednesday May 17th @ 7:00 pm

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Resurrection Moss

(WIP) Resurrection Moss, acrylic 48×60″

Resurrection moss is a type of plant that hibernates in times of stress, most often due to a lack of moisture. In Southern Utah it occurs in profusion on the red rock of the area, making the cliffs look ‘dirty’ in its dormant state. Then when it comes into contact with moisture, it blooms vividly and lushly within a matter of moments. The emerald green against the red rock is a verdant sight to behold.

My dearest and I spent our winter break hiking the area and witnessed several of these blooms as a result of an uncommon amount of precipitation. We had an astonishing and expansive time playing outside on the rocks and cliffs. I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio to try to paint what I was seeing and experiencing.

Except, Welp; life was right there on our return and while I’ve had a couple studio days in between Life Stuff, they somehow weren’t the days of inspired brush dipping I envisioned… nope not. I felt boxed in and dried up on the small canvases I already had going and the new ones felt tight and restrained. Where was the space and tone that we’d been living in and I’d rushed back to relay? Not here in these pieces…. ha ha

Continue reading “Resurrection Moss”

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You got to slow down and mind how you go….

The Lodge at The Lakehouse on Pigeon Lake is our home base for the next weekish.
It’s perfect. Whimsical and lovely and just what’s needed. I am often tough on myself for being a turtle in a hare world… This morning we discovered this guy… His tune is one my girls and I used to sing together and it’s a perfect reminder that being a turtle is actually the objective these days. Isn’t he great? I love how he snaps.

You got to slow down and make time for you….

Turtle time

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These are busy times…

And exciting

and kind of a little skeery, when I stop to think

Visual Fringe is in full swing…
Hosted by London Fringe Festival, it runs June 1–11 at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street
( I’ll be painting onsite at The Arts Project on Saturday June 4th from 12:30 – 4:30, If you’re downtown, come by and say ‘hi’ )

The Square Foot Show and my own solo show at the Westland Gallery are both coming up this month!


Hope to see you




I went into the woods and came upon moon already walking there… Continue reading “These are busy times…”

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