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Laura Hesse

I completed my first illustrated children’s book last summer and released it in print locally in November at my first Christmas show at the Bradley Centre.

It took me about 3 months to complete the series of 10 folk art/abstract style paintings based on a children’s short story I penned. My ‘horse’ friends and family urged me to do the series and I am  glad I listened to them. I sold a hundred of the The Red Princess books plus cards based on the paintings at the 3 local Christmas shows I did. I also sold 2 of the original paintings. The book was well received. I currently sell The Red Princess on Amazon in e-book and print formats.  

It is definitely easier to release a fiction series than to put your art out there, but the response has been positive so I plan on narrating the audiobook to go with it and possibly do the paintings for another of my series, The Unicorn Daze Series, which is currently not illustrated.

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Joanne Ayley joins Studio 9 at TOSH!

Congratulations to DeCosmos Member, Joanne Ayley! Joanne is joining artists Kelly Corbett and Brenda Castonguay in Studio 9 as an Artist in Residence at The Old School House in Qualicum Beach. Check out Joanne’s website for more information:

Joanne Ayley with her painting “Time to Play”, acrylic on 20 x 20″ canvas.
People’s Choice Award Winner at the FCA Arrowsmith 2022 Spring Show.
‘Time to Play’, acrylic on 20 x 20″ canvas by Joanne Ayley

Marilyn Riopel (AFCA)

Marilyn Riopel (Alcohol Ink Demo, January 2022)

Congratulations to DeCosmos member, Marilyn Riopel, for achieving Associate Member status (AFCA) with the Federation of Canadian Artists!

‘Trickle Down’ by Marilyn Riopel, Alcohol Ink