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Barrister Art For Sale Vancouver

Original barrister paintings

My female barristers have been some of my bestseller originals and prints and as much as I have enjoyed them, it’s time to make space for new artwork.

If you are new to my work; this is a significant theme for me that has been influenced by time spent in Great Britain. Memories of Cambridge and Oxford are a constant source of inspiration.

As soon as I complete a string of large oil commissions, I will have time to focus on a bunch of new original barrister paintings. I’m excited and I’ve already begun to work on them whenever I have little bits of time. They will be in various sizes and mediums, so please check back often or contact me for more information.

I know that many of you have been waiting for new art and I am very thankful for your patience and support.

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Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides

The Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides is in response to help build awareness about a strange phenomenon happening around the world. He puts a spotlight on some of the most terrifying abductions in human history. I enjoy a good, real life mystery and David Paulides offers the best.

The idea that someone or something can abduct people in broad daylight; whether alone or in line on a hiking trail, taken to places unknown for reasons unknown and by means unknown is bone chilling. The perpetrators leave no tracks. Tracker dogs cannot or will not pick up a scent from the few clues found. It’s as if a metal claw appears in the sky and plucks people like a metal claw in a toy machine. Many of these people are never seen again. Those found are often found dead in places impossible to reach. The few who return alive provide nonsensical explanations about what happened or where they went. This can happen to anyone and this is what makes Missing 411 so frightening and eerie.

Missing 411: Shoes Archival Giclée Art Print
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Shoes”

David Paulides is a retired police detective who is now an investigative researcher known for his self-published books. He began with proving the reality of Bigfoot and transitioned into researching strange disappearances. In his Missing 411 book series, he concentrates on the disappearance of people in national parks and elsewhere. These are the specific profile points identified by Mr. Paulides:

  • Subjects never being found
  • Subjects being found in an unusual position (face down on the ground, the wrong side up in water for their gender, or with unusual lividity or state of decay for the length of disappearance)
  • Subjects are seen or found in places that are unusual, seemingly too far away from the point where they got lost, or places that they otherwise shouldn’t have been able to reach
  • Subjects being found in a previously searched area, including areas that were searched many times
  • Subjects found alive having no memory of the disappearance, or giving an account that sounds incorrect, confused, or outright outlandish
  • Subjects found deceased having no identifiable cause of death, or an unexplained fever if found alive
  • Subjects getting quickly separated from the group before disappearing, often the first or the last person in line, and sometimes after the person in question says that they’re feeling unwell or tired and separate themselves
  • Subjects missing some or all articles of clothing, especially socks, shoes, or boots
  • Subjects forgetting wallets or phones at home or in the car before leaving either at strange times or to remote places, or becoming missing suddenly while on the phone (with the phone being hung up, losing power, or ending up missing, destroyed, dry, or unused when there was a signal)
  • Tracker dogs unable to track
  • Canines unable (or unwilling) to pick up a scent of living persons or cadavers
  • Sudden spell of bad weather immediately following the disappearance
  • Subjects disappearing with a dog, while dog often returns or is found unharmed
  • Subjects disappearing in the afternoon
  • Subjects disappearing while picking berries or mushrooms
  • Unusually high percentage of subjects being male, very young, college-age, or old, with some kind of apparent or hidden injury or disability, or with exceptionally high or low intelligence (including academically accomplished specifically such as physicists or physicians, very physically fit people like runners, athletes, or soldiers, or people connected to religion or Germany)
  • The locations often have “devil” in their name and tend to be close to water, boulder fields, and large granite formations
  • Strange coincidences occur in connection to some of the cases, typically involving similar names of the people involved
Missing 411: Hiker Archival Quality Giclée Art Print
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Hiker “

People who haven’t read any of the books are often quick to point to animal predation or serial killers.

However, both would leave behind some sort of tracks or blood and cadaver dogs would pick up a scent. People seem to be falling off the face of the earth and Mr. Paulides is trying to bring as much attention to these occurrences as possible.

He talks about some of the strangest cases; old and new on his Youtube channel. His Missing 411 series of books listed below, are available in libraries and on his website, CanAm Missing.

Missing 411 Series

  • Missing 411 — Eastern United States: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans That Have Never Been Solved (2012)
  • Missing 411 — Western United States & Canada: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans that have never been solved (2012)
  • Missing 411 — North America and Beyond (2013)
  • Missing 411 — The Devil’s in the Details (2014)
  • Missing 411 — A Sobering Coincidence (2015)
  • Missing 411 — Hunters (2016)
  • Missing 411 — Off the Grid (2017)
  • Missing 411 — Law (2018)
  • Missing 411 Canada (2019)

 Bigfoot

  • Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters (2008)
  • Tribal Bigfoot (2009)

Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides

Missing 411: Orange Chairs Giclée Archival Art Print Alexandra Swistak
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Orange Chairs”

In an effort to help spread awareness, my recent “Missing 411” landscapes have been commissioned and inspired by these mysterious cases.

The data Mr. Paulides offers is as horrifying as it gets and I apologize if you were going hiking. Seriously, enjoying nature is a simple right so go where you want, but check the weather first! Mr. Paulides recommends hiking with a personal locator beacon, food, water, blanket and fully charged cell phone. Tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to return. (Mr. Paulides himself also never visits national parks without a gun!)

Personally, I don’t plan on going anywhere near the cluster of Missing 411 cases in National Parks. Going forward, my tree loving forest adventures are going to be limited to small local parks packed with people. Unfortunately, the death of Elisa Lam in Los Angeles and her elevator footage demonstrates we’re not much safer in cities either. Yup, there are urban cases too.

In closing, if you meet any part of the criteria noted below, take extra care and be aware of your surroundings.

Unusually high percentage of subjects being male, very young, college-age, or old, with some kind of apparent or hidden injury or disability, or with exceptionally high or low intelligence (including academically accomplished specifically such as physicists or physicians, very physically fit people like runners, athletes, or soldiers, or people connected to religion or Germany)

Stay safe and thank you for reading.

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Covid-19: Remote Art Business Update

Dear Customers, Art lovers, Patrons and Friends,

As a creative with my own studio and e-commerce shop, I was already operating a contactless remote art business. In many ways, it’s business as usual with a few new twists. I’ve implemented several preventative COVID-19 government restrictions. For starters, my studio assistants began social distancing in early February and this means I process, package and ship all your orders on my own.

Shipping Supplies

I was over stocked with floor to ceiling rows of packaging supplies that ran out in the first week of March! While I have supplies on order, I’ve begun making my own labels and sturdy parcels. Interestingly enough, I’m quite good at making parcels for fine art.

Every task is taking me four times longer and I’m experiencing high volume orders. I’m working carefully to provide you with the safest, fastest quality service possible at this time. I’m managing to process your orders as scheduled, but please be patient with my email response time and mail carriers. There are significant delivery delays with every carrier. There are no shipping guarantees at this time.

Covid-19 Cleanliness

No worries here. I’m accustomed to painting with gloves, frequently washing art supplies and maintaining a pristine space. Constant cleaning at a “gold star standard” is part and parcel for my art practice. Added necessary precautions include:

  • Surfaces are disinfected each day
  • I wear new gloves each day
  • I wear a proper surgical mask even when dispatching your orders at a completely contactless carrier facility. A bit overkill, I know!

Nothing is as it once was.

Shipping delays and tight fitted face masks are extraordinary changes but I’m making it all work. I’m positively navigating through this pandemic. I’m focused on staying strong while I continue to slowly work on commissions and new original paintings.

I’m thankful for my family and you. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Thank you for reading.

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Covid-19 Art Mail Service Update

Transportation by land, air, sea, and changing border relations have caused overwhelming delays in shipping around the world. As it stands, carriers have removed service guarantees and delivery times are loose estimates. 

This is our mail service list as of April 28th. We check for updates daily before processing orders. For the most current information, please visit country specific websites directly to ensure your country or region has mail service. If you have any questions or live in an area that already had difficulty with mail service, please contact us.

The following countries have
suspended mail services:


Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curacao
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
Ethopia
Faroe Island
Fiji
French Polynesia
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mauritania
Mauritius
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Nepal
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Republic of Congo
Rwanda
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Sint Maarten
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland (Eswatini)
Tajikistan
Tansania
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turks & Caicos
Uganda
United Arab Eminates
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
taliane
Japan: Japan Post
Jordan
Latvia
Lithuania
Netherlands: PostNL
New Zealand
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden: PostNord Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand: Thailand Post
Togo
Turkey
Ukraine
Vatican
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curacao
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
Ethopia
Faroe Island
Fiji
French Polynesia
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mauritania
Mauritius
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Nepal
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Republic of Congo
Rwanda
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Sint Maarten
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland (Eswatini)
Tajikistan
Tansania
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turks & Caicos
Uganda
United Arab Eminates
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Expect lengthy delays for packages destined
to the following countries due to service disruptions:


Australia: Australia Post has advised that
written proof of delivery is suspended,
until further notice, for inbound items.
China
Denmark: PostNord Denmark
France: La Poste delivery standards will
not be guaranteed
Georgia
Germany: Deutsche Post
Great Britain: Royal Mail
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
Iran
Ireland: An Post
Italy: Poste Italiane
Japan: Japan Post
Jordan
Latvia
Lithuania
Netherlands: PostNL
New Zealand
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden: PostNord Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand: Thailand Post
Togo
Turkey
Ukraine
Vatican

We’re experiencing high volume of orders and I want to thank you for your support. I’m also grateful to mail service staff around the world who are working through Covid-19 restrictions and shutdowns.

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Art is Remote Viewing

The Role of Art

While the daily impact from COVID-19 health restrictions, shutdowns and economic uncertainty has many feeling forced into a torpid preternatural existence, it’s not stopping people from seeking beauty and purchasing art. Art is bigger than COVID-19. With this pandemic, I’m beginning to understand how online shoppers are coping.

People are now buying art that they may’ve been admiring for years. There is a surge in mini renovations with many of you making it a priority to update your homes and work-from-home environments. Specifically, some of you, my customers are telling me that purchasing art at this time is about more than shopping to distraction or a desire to decorate. You are looking for things that bring your hearts and minds together in calm.

Initially, I had thought the current situation would affect my business, but I realize now that art is not going to be sidelined by COVID-19. And why should it? People commissioned paintings and portraits during the Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages. Artists continued painting through the Great Depression and people purchased their art. The scale of art looting during WW2 is well documented, but art was also being honestly collected throughout the war. History demonstrates that it’s going to take a lot more than COVID-19 to quash the desire for art.

Art is remote viewing, a “TAG” I created when I was in university. It resonates as deeply for me now as it did then. Bringing art into our lives provides emotional nourishment and joy. It provides clarity and certainty. When our realities become tough, we do things differently and I’m witnessing that every day. In the midst of this economic turmoil, people are buying art. I’m receiving more than normal international orders and some of those are from first time art buyers. I’m also surprised to find an increase in university students buying my prints. All this gives me incredible hope and confirms that I need to continue making the best art I possibly can for you.

Thank you for following my art release updates — and for stopping by and reading.

“Art is Remote Viewing”

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Young Barrister: Art For Lawyers

A Unique Genre—Barrister Art For Lawyers

“Young Barrister” is not inspired by Maxine Peake’s character, Martha Costello, a barrister on Silk. Nor, is it inspired by the Australian TV series Janet King. I’m often asked if these programs are the source of inspiration behind the barrister art series and the answer is no. Although I very much enjoyed Silk and I continue to watch Marta Dusseldorp’s Janet King. Nevertheless, the Barrister Art For Lawyers series is completely unique and the body of works’ inspiration lies elsewhere.

Barristers In the Spirit of Janet King Martha Costello Young Barrister Archival Giclée Art Print

My Barrister Art For Lawyers and Barrister, Bird and Architecture series are most likely inspired by time spent in the U.K. and strolling around Cambridge. During and throughout University, I was very drawn to these locations. Well...I still am and I have had a life-long interest in law. I find elaborate legal wigs intriguingly beautiful and so I occasionally paint them in historical or vintage styles in ink or graphite.

I have also been asked if creating feminist art is a particular focus. It’s an interesting question, but I just paint the beauty I see in my mind and/or surroundings. I find powerful, independent and educated women interesting and so these ideas may run naturally through some of my work. I suspect if I were to overthink themes, genres or niches such as “Barrister Art For Lawyers,” may never have been painted. Overthinking and analyzing my direction would have probably seriously hindered my creative process. Instead, I find themes that become prominent seem to emerge accidentally.

When I painted the first barrister painting, I had no idea that anyone other than myself would ever appreciate it and I was surprised that it sold almost immediately. I want and aim for all my artwork to engage or resonate and it’s deeply rewarding when a buyer tells me that a painting, not only resonates, but also empowers. These are meaningful, encouraging words that help me continue to push myself creatively.

Outside of the t-shirt or mug idea, collectors have told me that it’s nearly impossible to find unique, high quality “lawyer gifts.” And so I am delighted to have created my own genre, barrister art with birds and other significant motifs, which continues to appeal to legal art minded people.

Since having begun the Barrister Art For Lawyers series many years ago, the subject has not waned in interest and if anything; it’s as strong as ever. However, I plan to explore a little more, evolve and branch out with this theme.

Small Announcement:

I am not so excited to share that I’m moving to a temporary studio, again! I’ve had more studio moves than I want to acknowledge. Unfortunately, I live in a city that has very little to offer in affordable space, natural light and location. The fact is that I keep having to take whatever I can find and although each move is in some way an improvement; my creative business is outgrowing each space too quickly. It’s an incredible challenge to work within such limitations and upheavals, but it is what it is.

Many years of hard work has gone into making these upgrades possible and I count my blessings every day. I am so thankful for all of you. Your positive support keeps me strong and creative. I will see you all after the move.

Thank you for visiting.