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Happy Canada Day! Celebrate 150 Years With Something Special

Happy birthday Canada! Did you know I’m a Canadian artist, living and working in beautiful Vancouver BC? I love it here! It’s so beautiful and full of nature, and wonderful people, and food, and everything! And every year I like to give a shout-out to all my fellow Canadians and friends of Canada in celebration. I even got my coordinator Tasha in the spirit (by saying “Here Tasha, hold this” and taking photos hehehe).

And this year is Canada’s 150 birthday! Woohoo! That’s a milestone all right. And so I thought to celebrate it would be fun to share the good vibes! I’ve made a code you can use on my customizable print shop here for FREE SHIPPING on orders $150+! Just enter the code CELEBRATE at checkout I’ll ship your prints anywhere in the world to you at no extra cost!

I’ve added new prints to my customizable print shop in honor of Canada Day! Like “Canadian Tiger” here, which is still one of my favorite paintings and much loved by people all around the world. You can also find prints like Aria, Muffler, and new ones like Unraveling and The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

Beauty In The Breakdown Preview & Interview

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Beauty In The Breakdown is here! Camilla celebrates 10 years in independent practice tonight at Thinkspace Gallery. It’s serendipitous that Camilla started her practice at age 24, and celebrates it 10 years later with a collection of 24 artworks!

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Exhibition preview is now LIVE here, check out all of Camilla & Sarah Joncas new artworks for the exhibition. Email purchase inquiries to contact@thinkspacegallery.com Camilla is attending opening reception tonight, Feb 28th at Thinkspace Gallery. Limited Edition signed & numbered Fine Art Prints of “Kitty Titties” will release for purchase at opening. If any prints remain after opening, they will be available through thinkspacegallery.com

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“Queen Beeatrice” is one of Camilla’s new oil on wood panel paintings for Beauty In The Breakdown. Superfan Darla shares a poem Beeatrice inspired;

She replaced her heart with honey comb, and filled it with her thoughts. To attract her little honey bees, to fill the empty spots – Darla P.

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Camilla answered some fun and thoughtful questions for Beauty In The Breakdown.

1. When do you get the most painting done? Morning, Noon, Night, Middle of the Night/Morning?
-If you can believe it I’m both a night owl and a morning person so most of my work is done in the am and late late at night. I think I spent a couple of months going to bed at 4am and getting up at 9am while painting some of these pieces. Not much sleep was had, but it was worth it. I never regret my sleepless nights and days because I’m so motivated and inspired that if I had it my way I’d pull two months of all nighters if it wouldn’t kill me.
2. Have you ever accidentally drank or was about to drink the dirty ‘paint’ water?
-Full disclosure….yes…hangs head in shame. I totally dunked my paint brush in my tea and didn’t realize it until I had a sip. Not surprising fact; Holbein Oil paints don’t taste good.
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3. What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
-This show is my 10yr anniversary show so I spent some time thinking about my journey as an artist over the past decade, from the beginning to present and was really fascinated by the journey my work seemed to take. People reflect who they are in their art and seeing who I was back then and who I am now was something that I wanted to explore. The work is an exploration of the many facets of myself as an artist and person so there is a wide variety of themes rather than one singular one. I equated it to a parfait, there is a layer of playfulness, sadness, romanticism and even the bizarre. Each piece is inspired by a different faction of myself but also a mixture of past and present. I am a hopeless romantic to this day but I’ve changed in 10 years, from a single girl to a married woman. I can look back at my early work and see a lot of themes of unrequited love, heartbreak and passion but rather than repeat that theme I wanted to blend it with who I am now, so its a more mature view about love I think.
4. What other artists work are you ‘fan-girling’ over right now? 
-I am head over heels for Hikari Shimoda right now. I just had a show with her in NYC at Cotton Candy Machine and seeing her work in person was unbelievable. There is so much depth and layers in her work that will blow you away. She’s a total sweet heart so that makes her art that much more beautiful to me. I could look at her work for hours its so good.
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3. What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
-This show is my 10yr anniversary show so I spent some time thinking about my journey as an artist over the past decade, from the beginning to present and was really fascinated by the journey my work seemed to take. People reflect who they are in their art and seeing who I was back then and who I am now was something that I wanted to explore. The work is an exploration of the many facets of myself as an artist and person so there is a wide variety of themes rather than one singular one. I equated it to a parfait, there is a layer of playfulness, sadness, romanticism and even the bizarre. Each piece is inspired by a different faction of myself but also a mixture of past and present. I am a hopeless romantic to this day but I’ve changed in 10 years, from a single girl to a married woman. I can look back at my early work and see a lot of themes of unrequited love, heartbreak and passion but rather than repeat that theme I wanted to blend it with who I am now, so its a more mature view about love I think.
4. What other artists work are you ‘fan-girling’ over right now? 
-I am head over heels for Hikari Shimoda right now. I just had a show with her in NYC at Cotton Candy Machine and seeing her work in person was unbelievable. There is so much depth and layers in her work that will blow you away. She’s a total sweet heart so that makes her art that much more beautiful to me. I could look at her work for hours its so good.
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5. What motivated you to choose the life/career of an artist? 
-Poor life choices. Ha ha no I’m kidding. The truth is that I always wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. Anyone that knows me knows that even as a kid all I was interested in was drawing and watching cartoons…and dinosaurs. I would have been a paleontologist if I didn’t have such fair skin and burned like a lobster in a pot whenever I’m in the sun for 10 minutes. So I put all my eggs in the artist basket and worked hard to develop my style and career and I love it. I get to be a big kid and its great.
6. What brand of paint so you use? What’s your favorite color and brush right now?
-I get asked this a lot, I use Holbein DUO oils. They are so delightful! I am in love with Ice Green, its like a soft teal that I wish I could just paint my entire house with, it would be so magical.
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7. How long does it take to complete a single piece? Do you work on multiple pieces at one time?
-Honestly it depends on the size and elements in the painting, plus how much energy I have during my painting sessions. I don’t even know how to measure how long it takes sometimes because I can work on a painting for a week from morning till the wee hours of the night. It can take anywhere from a month to a week and a half of hardcore painting and I tend to work on one at a time so it keeps things straightforward in my mind.
8. What creative person; artist, musician, director, family member etc…  has had the most influence or inspired your own artistic voice?
-That’s a HUGE question  like casting a net into an ocean that connects to a lake. I don’t know that I have ONE person that has inspired me the most but rather a cast of characters that I can say have influenced me over the years. If I had to narrow it down to the people who have inspired me to be myself and given me the confidence to express myself freely then I’d say it would be my sisters, my bff and my ever supportive husband. The people who are closest to me have given me the support that I needed to be myself without worrying that I had to edit myself.
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9. What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when first embarking on your artistic career?
I didn’t know that being an artist was also a business. I think with my heart first and my instinct is to just go with the passionate side of art without considering the consequences. It would have been great if I had known to consider the pragmatic side of being an artist I think I would have been better prepared for what it means to be a professional artist now.
10. If your could invite 5 people dead or alive to a dinner party, who would be on your guest list and what’s on the menu?
Oh my gosh…i kinda want to invite a guest list of fictional characters. I’ll answer this in two parts. Real life…hmm…. Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Austin and Cleopatra. I couldn’t imagine a crazier cast for a wildly inspiring dinner party! We’d eat a gigantic Italian meal that is 7 courses of carby goodness and end it with a glass of grappa over gelato. If I could have a dinner party with fictional characters I’d hate Damon Salvatore, Daryl Dixon, Dean Winchester, Mindy Lahiri and Tuxedo Mask. We would eat chinese take out because with that ensemble you know that its a safe bet, but i think by the end of the dinner half of us would be dead. It would be a memorable night thought and that’s what life’s all about afterall.
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Folks in the Culver City area, join Camilla at opening reception tonight at Thinkspace Gallery 6pm-9pm. RSVP here.
View full exhibition preview on Thinkspace Gallery’s Website and email purchase inquiries to contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Beauty In The Breakdown Exhibition Feb 28 Thinkspace Gallery

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Camilla is celebrating 10 years in independent practice this year! Camilla has been painting up a storm, creating a new and even more surreal collection for her anniversary exhibition “Beauty In The Breakdown”

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Join Camilla in person for opening reception on February 28th, 6pm-9pm at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, CA. A brand new, limited edition fine art print of Camilla’s exhibition piece “Kitty Titties” will release at Thinkspace Gallery opening night.

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Follow along on Camilla’s Facebook , twitter @helmetgirl and Instagram @camilladerrico for artwork developments and Fine Art Print release details!

Rotofugi 10th Anniversary Exhibition

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Camilla contributes a new original painting to Rotofugi’ Gallery’s 10th anniversary 10×10″ Artwork Exhibition opening August 8th. “TriHart” is an acrylic on wood panel painting, depicting a graceful and intricate synthesis of some of the things closest to Camilla’s heart. Camilla’s french bulldog Loki makes a cameo appearance for the first time in her artwork!

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TriHart is a dimensional piece, with the painting extending over the raised edges. This piece has a gallery list price of $900.

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Rotofugi’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition opens August 8th, for purchase inquiries please contact gallery curator David at dva@rotofugi.com

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