09 Apr

The Blue Bridge
Posted at 7:48 pm

Amy Usen

The Blue Bridge
Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″
This painting has been sitting around for a while and is finally nearing completion. The Blue Bridge is a popular Victoria landmark that is soon to be replaced by newer and better. Many local artists have been documenting this subject before it becomes just a memory. This is my contribution – perhaps there should be a group show?

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22 Feb

Sou’easterly, Georgia Strait
Posted at 1:48 pm

South-easter, Gerogia Strait
Oil on Canvas 48″ x 96′
A better view and complete. I love the freedom that these big canvases are giving me. Eric Fischl talks about wrist painters vs arm painters, I definitely belong to the latter.

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11 Feb

New Seascape
Posted at 12:28 pm


This is my largest seascape yet – 4′ X 8′ – a stormy sea in Georgia Strait, off Pt. Roberts. This one is all about the drama in light, movement and colour. We will be going up to Long Beach soon, hopefully to capture more wild and windy scenes.

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08 Feb

Finished, I think
Posted at 3:10 pm



This is I hope just about finished. At this point, I cross all fingers and toes and hope that it won’t explode in the kiln once it is done. The bust is almost 2 feet tall.


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26 Jan

New Sculpture
Posted at 2:19 pm

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I’m back to sculpture again – in a modest way! Once every two weeks a group gets together with a life model for a 41/2 session. Basically, if you work like stink, you might have something to bring home to continue working on. I’m hoping this girl is a keeper!

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26 Jan

Reflections and Rocks
Posted at 8:34 am

Rock and Reflection(S)

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 24″
A scene from Canon Beach in Oregon. I love the subtle changes of colour and the contrasting angles of the ripples and clouds.

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18 Jan

Back in the Pastry Kitchen
Posted at 8:11 am


Back in the Pastry Kitchen
Oil of Canvas 16″ x 20″
I still find the subject matter inspiring! This is a little painting to be part of a small group showing at The Apartment Gallery in Victoria.

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05 Dec

Summer Dreams
Posted at 8:26 pm

Summer Dreams

Oil on board 11″ x 14″
I did this as a demonstration piece for the Winsor Park Art Club and now, with snow and ice descending upon us, the subject matter has even more appeal than it did a month or so ago.

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01 Dec

Tutt Family Portrait
Posted at 3:11 pm

Tutt Family(s)

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″

A commissioned painting of a family of five. This is one of my favourite portraits so far – one of those paintings where everything seems to fit. The emotional connection between all of them is reflected in the rhythms and lines of the composition – and each character is equally developed. This painting has been my constant companion for quite a while now. I shall miss the company when it’s gone.

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05 Nov

A gift for My Daughter
Posted at 2:47 pm

Young Dad

Oil on Canvas 24″ x 20″

A gift for my daughter. The reference was a small black and white photo taken of her grandfather in his prime. The look on his face says it all. 
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