The story behind the painting Angela

40×30 inches, arylic and metallic ink. It’ s inspiration is my daughter Angela

I think it was my second acrylic piece ever, and I was delighting in the whole concept of it.

The soft flowers, and the delicate colors. I was visiting my Dad, Joe Mallin (he’s an artist too, and if I ever get time to do it, his life could easily fill a book and make an incredible Hollywood movie. The man is bigger than life!) I was visiting him frequently, dragging my in progress painting across town on the bus, to  get his opinion on where it was at, in it’s various stages.

I had been noticed by artist Raymond Chow, and we were going to do something together. He is v-e-r-y- well-known in BC. I was one of the artists at Granville Island Market, and I was meeting some really wonderful people. I was in exhilaration while I painted it, and interestingly enough, Angela, who is just like that all time, popped into my painting. I looked at it after I finished, and said  “Hey! That’s Angela!!!” and everyone agreed it was.

Raymond was trying to help me get this made into Giclee prints, but I was stubborn, and said no to his help. He offered to finance it for me. I wanted to pay for everything on my own steam.

But in retrospect, I wish I had taken his very wise and kind offer to have Angela made into Giclee prints. He knew she was fabulous!!

Poor Raymond. I think I was a bit difficult to work with. He was so generous, and I was so stubborn, and short sighted.

Regardless, that is part of the story, and I am trying to tell the stories behind the paintings here.

The painting “Angela”  is living in the home of John and Lisa Bell.  They are my ex-inlaws, (John is brother to my first out of five husbands)  and they are amongst  my dearest friends. How delightful that she lives in their home, and is framed so beautifully!!


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published