The “Letter to You” Collection


The paintings in the “Letter to You” collection are an exercise in letting go. They are painted in oil on canvas, incorporating poems, letters, and more from my grief journals, created following the sudden passing of my partner, Tyler.

Each painting is finished with a glossy glaze and 24 carat gold leaf. The gold leaf represents the light you let in only after you let go.

The paintings in this collection are framed in thick, lacquered wood, professionally installed by the stellar team at Kingston Frameworks. They are ready to hang in your home.

I am pleased and proud that this collection is currently available here at the gallery and at Martello Alley.

Available at Lakeside Studio Gallery

Eulogy—$2000
16x40
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

How do you say goodbye to the person you love on the day you were supposed to get married? What words would ever be enough?

The words I wrote and delivered as a eulogy for my partner are torn up and incorporated into this piece.

It’s a celebration of love and an act of release, helping me to heal and navigate a new, solo, existence.

Available here.

Highway—$400

10x20
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on memories of driving Highway 63 in Alberta and Highway 417 in Ontario, and the way the open road can take you back to better times.

Torn pieces of poems written about travelling these highways are incorporated into the piece.

Available here.

 

Letter to You—$2500
12x48
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame 

Based on Amherst Island’s Wemp’s Bay in wintertime, just before the lake freezes over, this piece is a meditation on longing to speak to someone who has died.

Torn pieces from the first letter I wrote to my partner after his death are incorporated into this painting. Releasing it into the world is part of my healing.

Available here.

Available at Martello Alley

I Take You—$750
6x36
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

It is better to have loved. Love anyway. Love despite knowing it will end, somehow. Love joyfully. 

This piece is based on a stormy October sunrise on Amherst Island’s Wemp’s Bay and incorporates torn pieces from a journal entry exploring whether it was worth it, to love someone who died so suddenly, and whether I would do it all again, knowing how it would end. The answer, of course, is yes.

Available at Martello Alley.

Excerpts—$750
6x36
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a cool, gloomy afternoon on Amherst Island’s Wemp’s Bay, this piece incorporates torn pieces of a written reflection on a life well-lived and cut far too short.

Available at Martello Alley.

 

Calling Card—$200
6x6
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a field and sky in winter, this piece incorporates a memento from my early grief, one I needed to actively release.

Available at Martello Alley.

 

SOLD 

I Choose Joy—SOLD
12x12
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a sunrise on the shore of Lake Ontario, this piece celebrates the decision to choose to live a life of joy despite loss and the knowledge you might get hurt again.

Torn pieces of a poem written about the choice between a life of sorrow and one of joy are incorporated into the piece.

 

I Look for You in the Sky Sometimes—SOLD
9x12
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame 

Bright purples and greens come together to show a wavy Wemp’s Bay on Amherst Island.

This painting incorporates torn pieces of a poem written about what happens when someone dies. It’s a reflection on whether the people we love would choose to be where they know we’d look.

 

What Do I Do With This?—SOLD 
6x6
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a shoreline in winter, this piece incorporates mementos from my early grief, ones I needed to actively release.

 

I Know Where I Live—SOLD
12x24
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a windy, colourful sunrise on Amherst Island’s Wemp’s Bay, this painting is about coming home and finding unparalleled comfort there.

Torn pieces from a written reflection on grief and finding a sense of home again are incorporated into the piece.

 

Bruce—SOLD
8x10
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Based on a late summer afternoon’s view from Amherst Island, this piece is a reflection on the power of beloved music to heal. 

Torn pieces of song lyrics written by my favourite musician—Bruce Springsteen—are incorporated into the piece.

 

 

Sing Until the Darkness is Lifted—SOLD
8x8
Oil on canvas with 24 carat gold leaf
Gallery-wrapped canvas in custom frame

Music has the power to heal and can be a guide back to happiness. This idea is celebrated in this piece, based on an Amherst Island sunrise, which incorporates song lyrics that helped me survive my grief.