Here are the photos taken just before the opening reception—all 12 paintings, each inspired by a birthstone from each month. The ones I decided to paint were, listed here in order of the month (Jan - Dec): Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Topaz, and Turquoise. It was a dream come true to finally see all 12 pieces on walls and be displayed properly in a beautiful space, and then have others enjoy them.
I cannot thank everyone enough who has made this show possible and the opening reception such a wonderful experience. These people are not just the wonderful owner of espace d. and my supporters who came to the event; but from the friendly staff of the art stores I visit often with my questions and requests, to the dear friend who took all the photos of my art, from the team at the printer I turn to for all the small and detailed orders I place, to friends from all over the world wishing me the very best. The owners of other local boutiques too have been extremely helpful with their advice and suggestions. Thank you thank you thank you.
I must also thank the local farmers here who lovingly grow the nutritious produce that power me (can’t live without the Farmer’s Markets here), and then the various cafes that fuel me with great caffeine and excellent food when am sleepy, on the run, or just too lazy to make my own meals. And lastly, thank you to you, who are reading about this post now. It hasn’t been the easiest relocating from Tokyo back to Vancouver, but you all have made it this amazing and am forever grateful!