Category Archives: Inspiration

The Why: Power of your Purpose

by Ann-Marie Cheung

I’m working my way through the The Artist’s Profit Plan training with Alexis Fedor. This is the first work sheet The Power of your Purpose.

What is the first memory you have connected to creating art?

I can’t remember my first time creating art, but aren’t all children creative? I remember my mom showing me how to draw cartoon cats. I had a wonderful elementary school teacher who gave me advanced class assignments. While the other kids were drawing cones and spheres, I was learning to draw and shade drapery. Miss Pigott with her heavy blue eye makeup, long dark hair and mini skirts (this was the 70s) was an amazing guide. I was also fortunate to have a fantastic high school art teacher, Miss Angie Wong. I remember her heavy Egyptian style eye makeup and long black hair. We had an artists cafe night where we would paint a self portrait in the style of a certain artist. I chose Van Gogh, don’t know what happened to those early paintings. She also arranged my first public group art show of still life charcoal drawings at the Toronto Dominion Centre in downtown Toronto.  With so much encouragement how could I not decide on an art career attending the Ontario College of Art. 

What is the most profound experience you’ve had as an artist in your life (if you had to pick just one, in this moment)? 

I was in an exhibition entitled SHE at the Illumine Gallery in St Thomas, Ontario. For this show I painted “She Survived” which was donated to raise funds for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County. I felt a deep sense of purpose and joy knowing that I helped other women. Four years previous to this, I left an abusive relationship.

She Survived 2017 by Ann-Marie Cheung

She Survived, 12×12 acrylic on canvas 2017 by Ann-Marie Cheung

I went through a dry period of about 15 years creating no art at all while in this stifling relationship. When it inevitably came to an end, I began to make art again and have shows. I healed myself through art.

How are the two connected?

The connection I see is women helping and connecting with other women on a deeper level and being inspired and motivated by strong women.

What is your WHY?

Why I create art is to express and share my inner goddess and help people heal and feel joy through art. This is how I communicate and deeply connect with the world.

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What are at least three traits those who have resonated with and/or invested in your work or your services in the past have in common with each other?

My clients tend to be leaders in the community holding an upper management position or running their own businesses. They are strong, independent, confident and usually women. They express gratitude, are generous, joyful and appreciate nature and art.

What is the one question you can ASK your potential ideal clients to learn more about how you can help them with your offers?

When it comes to _______________, what is your single greatest challenge?

Culture Days at Illumine Gallery – How to Draw a Mandala

Culture Days 2017

Culture Days create – participate – share Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1 2017

I will be participating in Culture Days at the Illumine Gallery. Learn how to draw a mandala!

AnnMarie Cheung Mandala

Finding Inclusivity: The Search For Belonging

I’m participating in this project by long time friend and talented artist Paula Mould
 Finding Inclusivity: The Search For Belonging
Paula says: “This project is designed to show the bigger picture. Bring women together, with their stories and say this is who we are. We’re all different. We’re all women. We all matter.”Finding Inclusivity

I’ve been thinking about Finding Inclusivity …what is my story, what do I want to say?

My Story

I was raised by a strong, independent, resourceful woman who was a large influence to the person I became. As a child, I was creative, loved travel, the water and adventure. 

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This is me at maybe 12 years old at the beach, always loved to be around water

I grew up in Toronto in the east end pretty close to the Beaches area. In high school I knew I wanted to be an artist. The only school I applied to was the Ontario College of Art, I got in. After graduation I led the typical starving artist lifestyle, lived in several “illegal” studios in Vancouver and then back in Toronto. I supported myself by waitressing, and other odd jobs. In Ottawa, I helped to run a couple of art galleries, there were lots of parties back then. Needing cash to travel, I auctioned off a large amount of my artwork and was able to backpack around Europe for a few months. People are always surprised when I tell them I traveled alone. In the early 90’s I lived in St Maarten, in the British Virgin Islands. I had some amazing times there and discovered my love of sailing.

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Ann-Marie Cheung  – This is one of two murals I  painted on the Lady Mary – St Maarten, Caribbean 94

Having kids was never in my plans, it just kind of happened. I gave birth to my first child when I was 38 years old and then my second one 5 years later. Both healthy and wonderful! The relationship turned out to be extremely toxic so I ended it nearly 5 years ago and returned to doing things that I love like making art and sailing.

Some things I’ve done.

Ann-Marie Cheung Artist

This is me July 2017

Me in my happy place sailing

Ann-Marie’s happy place.

I love sailing

I love sailing

 

“Lore” at the Illumine Gallery

Working on some new paintings for the “Lore” exhibition at Illumine Gallery  364 Talbot Street, St Thomas, ON, CANADA

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August 17th to September 14th, 2017

The lure of the sea captivates me and reels me in with all her magic and power. She was my first love with all her fascinating creatures and lore.

Ann-Marie Cheung, 2017

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“Siren” 2017 by Ann-Marie Cheung, acrylic on canvas 18×24

Railway City Arts Crawl Feb. 24th & 25th St Thomas, ON

Railway City Brewery
To celebrate the popular winter event of local arts and culture,
Railway City Brewery has create a limited edition Arts Crawl inspired beer pack! The specially designed bottles are set to hit retail shelves on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7pm! 
The six selected local artists chosen for the beer labels are:
-Ann Marie Cheung
-Chris Golding
-Laura Woermke
-Saffira Vandermark
-Elizabeth Kusinski
-Ben Vandevooren

Railway City Arts Crawl February 24 (6-9pm) & 25 (11am-5pm), 2017
St Thomas ON

Come and visit me at: Railway City Brewing Company 130 Edward Street, St. Thomas, ON

Also, view my artwork in the SHE exhibition at the Illumine Gallery 364 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON
Proudly raising awareness and funding for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County.

SHE at the Illumine Gallery – Opening Feb. 11th

I’m exhibiting along with other talented artists at the beautiful Illumine Gallery in St Thomas, Ontario. Opening February 11, 2017 7pm.

Many years ago, I was a gypsy soul exploring the Caribbean, traveling to Egypt, backpacking across Europe… These paintings capture my longing to be the gypsy wanderer once more; they transport me back to a delightful time before I became lost in motherhood.

Do you have a gypsy soul? Are you smitten by wanderlust?

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. “Time” for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” 
― Roman Payne

SHE

She Survived by Ann-Marie Cheung
“She Survived” 12×12 acrylic on canvas © Ann-Marie Cheung
Donated to support Violence Against Women Services Elgin County http://www.vawsec.on.ca/

Art Against AbuseComing up next:
February 24th (6-9pm) & 25th (11am-5pm), 2017 – RAILWAY CITY ARTS CRAWL – Railway City Brewing Company venue – A FREE winter event celebrating local arts and culture set in various venues throughout St. Thomas, ON

London Children’s Museum Brush Off May 18th, 2016

I’m excited to be participating in the Brush Off to help support the London Children’s Museum!

16 artists will test their skills through a painting competition. Guests cast votes determining who is crowned the night’s champion. http://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/support/brush


The Brush Off 2016
1 night. 16 artists. 4 rounds of competition. 43 original works. 
1 CHAMPION.

The Brush Off is a unique fundraising event featuring a live painting competition, great food and live and silent auctions. Sixteen artists will test their skills through 4 rounds of painting competition. Guests vote to determine who makes it through each round and is ultimately the night’s champion. Original works of art will be created at The Brush Off and guests have an opportunity to take a painting home by placing a winning bid, all while supporting the Children’s Museum.

Right now, 1 in every 5 children in London is living in poverty.  The schools these children attend are unable to provide experiences to enrich the education and lives of their students because of cost and access barriers.  With your support of The Brush Off, the Children’s Museum will be able to offer a subsidy to help with field trip costs including bus transportation to and from the Children’s Museum and pizza lunch, often a luxury for the children.

Read the article in Our London featuring artist Shane Wilcox.

My Mixed Media Art Process

Since my artist friend Paula Mould keeps asking me to post photos of my process, here it is…These are 4 plywood panels 8″ x 10″ x 1″ each. I’ve used green painters tape to block off certain areas and started with some dark acrylic paint.

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I cut out some bird shapes using coloured paper, then used a fine process4archival ink marker, Pigma Micron 01 to draw some designs.process5

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The birds and other cut out paper shapes are glued to the panels using an acrylic gel medium.process6 process4More paint is added.process7

More layers of paint are added, letting coats dry in between.process8

Some words are painted on…bloom, shine, dream and blossom.process9

process11Finished details.Shine 2016Dream 2016Blossom 2016Bloom 2016