Art & Recognition
Early this February we were pleasantly surprised to receive an email from writer Amanda Walsh asking us for an interview that would appear in EAST of the City magazine. Without hesitation, we said yes and became very interested in appearing in a feature article written by her. It is always a pleasure to leaf through the print issues of this local Durham publication. We see it on the coffee tables of every local business, inside Starbucks and outside of the GO Transit stations.
As a small business, we are greatly interested in lifestyle articles and unique individuals that EAST of the City magazine features. It is a people-to-people publication and the pages of every issue are about entrepreneurs sharing their inspiration and life’s lessons. We are so proud to be a part of this collection of artists and business owners who add value and sustainability to their community daily. Now the issue is in circulation and has been delivered to over 25,000 local homes.
Today we are very excited with how Amanda has featured our art. She was very thoughtful in the interview, asking about those main inspirations to become an artist. We had to really think about this, as creativity has really been a footprint everywhere that we go. The truth is when you are born into an artistic family… there is no greater love! We come from several entrepreneurial Monod generations that are talented in art, design, music, teaching, coaching, guiding and loving the great outdoors.
Creative DNA is in every inspiration, design thought and team-based collaboration of what we do and the project flow. Each brush stroke on canvas is a decisive moment, a calculated risk and a path carved into unchartered terrain. There have been many important lessons with developing a style. It is like nature forever adapting, growing and changing. Some elements of training one never forgets. Special teachers and teams whom we have shared cool experiences are a part of us everywhere we go in life. That said, credits go out to special fearless leaders, passionate in their examples as parents and mentors.
Artistic influencers are so, so many. It is hard to say that just one artist in history has shown us something truly revolutionary, when we see so many great examples every day. Design has taught us that it’s great to be part of history and making history every day. Art is a fantastic adventure. It whispers to create change in the world around us. We are forever designing for change… and through art and design creating change.
The artists that we will especially be most grateful to are those who could see a child’s potential, eager for creative expression. What stands out is a love and active listening of people and their stories. We listen carefully and commit words to memory.
The art of listening has served us well in truly understanding what is at the heart of a client’s business and the value that we bring to our customers. The same holds true with the portrait commissions and art that we create for people’s homes. So many interesting questions! We are really very grateful to have been interviewed by Amanda Walsh. It was refreshing to find someone who loves to talk about the technical and emotional aspects of an artist’s creative process.
A week or so after Amanda’s first draft, winter delivered much more snow and arctic cold to all of Ontario. A true western flower misses having spring come sooner. On the coldest days, we think of ski instructing on the hills at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Every day there regardless of the weather, is a day of fun. So, we were busy clearing a lot of snow that week, but when it came time to rendezvous with photographer Jason Chow, the roads were smooth and clear.
It was a sunny and crisp day with most of the snow plowed when we met the artful complement to Amanda’s story. Jason Chow did not mind the winter trek that day. It was very enjoyable to meet this fellow snow and ski enthusiast! Not only was Jason a real high note in our day Jason Chow Photography, he truly captured some great moments. With a little patience, our wire fox terrier gave up on testing this new guest.
It was also nice that Jason made it to our art exhibition “Hearts & Gardens” on its very last day. One always feels like an empty shell on a beach when an art exhibition has run its course. Jason however left us with some great advice afterwards, that we are the sum of the people we meet. After that, we could not wait to see the final editorial version, layout, and design! Metroland Media Durham Publication Manager, Annie Henderson was quick to respond to every thought and change in the digital process. Now the results of our efforts are published and if you missed the print magazine you can find the digital version of this interview online!!
Durham Region News, Metroland Media