About the Book
Thus was born The 100 Day Project. I decided to do a painting a day for 100 days of women to whom I am in some way personally connected, to applaud, honour and empower the nasty women in my life, the mothers, business women, and leaders…strong, beautiful, every day women.
Art has been a catalyst of change for so long and in this way, the best way I know how to use my voice, I hope to empower other women to show up and be brave in their lives.
I want share a huge 'Thank you!' to the women who consented to be included in this project that is so important to me.
Growing up in northern Manitoba my entire world was influenced by the Cree culture in which I was immersed. As a young girl, on one of many trips up the Churchill River, I saw my first pictographs drawn on stone outcroppings high above the waterline, and yet so far down from the land that sat on top of it that I wondered how anyone could reach that space to draw in our time, never mind thousands of years ago. This place north of 56 where I learned to survive in the wilderness as part of my public education; where we came together to celebrate the Winter Carnival, racing in snowshoes, baking bannock, watching the dog sled races; where we were raised to nurture nature. I never wanted to leave. And now, I have finally found a way to fill the hole left in my heart when I left the north. This work, each piece both a representation of and also physically a sacred vessel for me, is filled with the images, colours and symbols of my memory.