Ghostbusters 2016

My day job is at Sony Imageworks where I am a digital painter for visual effects and animated movies.  I paint mostly environments that fill the background when actors perform in front of green screens.  I have spent the past 5 months working on the new Ghostbusters movie, and I am incredibly proud to have been a part of the team of digital artists that helped make this movie.

My job as an environmental texture artist has had a lot of influence on my work as a painter. I often say, I spend my days painting 3d bricks, I spend my nights painting 2d bricks. Bricks are my forté!

For Ghostbusters, I painted background buildings for a 3d version of modern day and 70's New York Times Square, which was featured in the battle sequence with the ghosts.  It involves a lot of research into what buildings actually look like, referencing high quality photos and digital archives.  We strive to build worlds that are as accurate to real life sets as possible.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Here is an article that explains how the ghost extras and characters in the movie are made. 

Great job girls! This movie is as fun to watch as it was to work on.

Tribute to Thelma & Louise

The ultimate feminist action adventure just celebrated its 25th anniversary.  Thelma & Louise is a scathing yet fun road trip movie about rape, loss, and the power of friendship.  

"The Law's some Tricky Shit"- this is my tribute to complex and flawed Strong Female Characters.

Acrylic on Wood, 24x12

Acrylic on Wood, 24x12

"This Song Explains Why I'm Leaving"

Taking a break from the photorealistic to work on a self imposed Brush Stroke Bootcamp- trying to paint faster, more accurately and with greater confidence.  This is a finished painting from my series about women in movies, expanding on my Tribute to John Hughes works from last summer.

Acrylic on Wood 12x24

This is my tribute to Cameron Crowe's amazing film, Almost Famous. Anita Miller sets off on her own, to pursue her rock and roll dream of becoming a stewardess.

Crow Knows

This piece is for an upcoming art show on the theme of crows and home.  It is a cityscape where a crow watches over the traffic above Drake Street.  Here, the Granville Bridge connects to Vancouver’s downtown, and the birds congregate between the condos, patrolling roof tops and peeping in windows.  People relax on their balconies, with crows circling, always watching.  The crows are a part of our urban community, learning our traffic habits, and watching us move- taking advantage of our obliviousness.  We know little about them, and they know everything about us.

Acrylic on Wood, 16x16

MOVEMBER in Toronto

A night scene, based on a mural by the artist Elicser on Dundas West (near Ossington) in Toronto. Saw this one night last summer, walking to my hotel from The Painted Lady.

This painting was quite a challenge, there was a lot of subtle detailed required to capture the look of bricks in the dark.  My paintings are also evolving to use more sprayed paint, which I spritz on by hand with tiny atomizers. This adds an element of chaos- random drips, drops and colours- and, I think, channels the aerosol spirit of a street artist.

Acrylic on Wood, 20x20

Acrylic on Wood, 20x20

Here is a little more info about Elicser's mural-

photo by Resa

photo by Resa

I Believe You- Graffiti in Vancouver's Chinatown

New painting! In Chinese culture, a red door means you are welcome, tell your stories here. Graffiti by @lovelettersforeverybody in Vancouver Chinatown. I really enjoyed painting this and wanted to commemorate the unity that people felt after the JG verdict in supporting Survivors for speaking out against sexual assault and rape culture.

Tribute to the Anti Graffiti Mayor

I've been working on this painting for about 3 months, and I decided last night that today I would finally put the finishing touches on it.  I woke up this morning to the news that Rob Ford had passed away.  So my mild mockery of the mayor has become a tribute, Tribute to the Anti Graffiti Mayor.

Painting by Sherri Rogers, mural in Kensington Market, Toronto

Painting by Sherri Rogers, mural in Kensington Market, Toronto

I have fond memories of Rob Ford because I was working at Global News during his days of debauchery and he made life in the graphics department very exciting.  I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking at Rob Ford's face, but I love the creativity and humour that Toronto artists retaliated with.  This mural of the mayor decorates Kensington market.

Lunarfest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

I am very excited to be one of the local artists included in this year's Lunar Festival, celebrating the Year of the Monkey. My 3 pieces celebrate Chinatown and the theme of Reflections. See it at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza Feb 12, 13, 14

Lunarfest is organized by the Asian Canadian Special Events Association.  Started in 2009 and built to be a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event, LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. It endeavours to reach new Canadians and those who have been here for many generations to share in the diversity of Canada. It also encourages and fosters the collaboration of Canadian and International cultural presenters to create new forms of artistic expressions. LunarFest is a festival that brings together Soul, Art and Life on one stage.

Happy New Year East and West

I have recently finished three pieces to celebrate the Year of the Monkey for Lunarfest.  These pieces are on the theme of Reflections in the Urban Zoo.  They are made by transferring digital paintings on to the back of glass, using a hands on, crafty technique I practised for last year's Year of the Sheep project.

"We call Vancouver the City of Glass, and that glass is a window to our communities.  In this city full of skyscrapers, we can look and observe the world outside, but other people can also see inside. We live in an Urban Zoo, and we gaze from one condo window into the glass enclosure of our neighbour from the safe comfort of our homes."

It feels like a good time to commemorate Vancouver's Chinatown as there have been many protests lately, with new developments threatening to change the character of the neighbourhood, potentially pricing out many senior residents.

Seeing Toronto

This past summer I visited Toronto for the first time in 5 years.  The city changes so fast.  My favorite costume shops and goth stores have disappeared, replaced by YYoga and Koodoo chain stores.  It's like Vancouver gentrification has spread across the country, taking down culture like a swarm of killer bees.

This is the first of a few Toronto paintings I have lined up for the new year.  It is interesting to see the variety of graffiti from one city to another.  I will be expanding on the bicycles and landcapes too.

Acrylic on Wood 20x20

Acrylic on Wood 20x20

Happy New year!

End of the Crawl!

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photo by Viviana Palacios

photo by Viviana Palacios