Honour your Mother – with a favourite story!

To write down a story is to create permanent, colourful evidence that a person lived and breathed, laughed and loved. We need to write more. Stories are important. Everyone has stories. I invite you to submit a favourite story about your mother, whether she is young or old, alive or passed on to another realm. It can be a touching …

wild spring crocus dripping with meltin snow

Oh Crappy Day! – Finding Inspiration in the Messiness of Life

I have a love/hate relationship with the end-of-winter season. It’s dreadfully brown, muddy, miserable and volatile – warm and sunny one moment, and snowing and blowing freezing rain in your face the next. Spring is messy…like life is messy. I find my soul taking on the struggle for Spring to break through, searching the hills for barely-visible, courageous fuzzy sprouts …

the lights of a Christmas Tree and a candle made to create multiple colourful treble clefs using long exposure and drawing with the camera

Taking Down the Christmas Tree

There is a certain sadness associated with taking down the Christmas tree. And yet, if you wait until the first week in January, when the children have gone, there is also a sense of “It’s time.” Time to put on a favourite Christmas CD and turn the volume up and listen to Jacob Moon’s jazzy but haunting arrangement of “O …

Dave Matilpi, Grimshaw, AB

Dave Matilpi’s art is featured in the card, Wolf – Guardian Spirit. Here is his full bio, followed by his interpretation of his painting, transcribed from an interview at Java Domain in Peace River, AB in August 2016. Dave Matilpi was born January 21, 1953 in Alert Bay, B.C. into the Nimpkish Band and the Kwakiuth First Nation. Early in …

Paul Lavoie, Peace River, AB

Paul Lavoie, Landscape Photographer, Peace River, AB Paul’s first card with DonaBona.ca is “Winter Sun Rising”. He says, “I absolutely love the sunrises this time of year before the river freezes. Maybe it’s because they are at almost 10 a.m.” Lavoie took in the beauty of the sun rising and setting across the world for seven years. He left home …

Deborha Kerr, Fort St. John, B.C.

Deborha Kerr lives in the Peace Country of northern B.C. and is inspired by the northern lights and the beauty of the area.  She studied under the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as well as the Minnesota School of Arts and has mentored under Shiloh Sophia. Her work has been published by Sue Scheewe in Portland, Oregon. “I …

Terri Corbett, Valhalla Centre, AB

Terri Corbett, Valhalla Centre, AB Terri loves to find and photograph the great wildlife in the Peace Country and to capture their character, interaction, and antics. Her first DonaBona.ca card features a moose in a canola field with her caption, “Does this flower in my teeth make my nose look big?” Terri also loves to photograph people, stormy skies, northern …

Sandy Troudt, Fort St. John, B.C.

Choosing to live in the Peace region for its accessibility to the wilderness and the beauty of the area, Sandy’s paintings are often inspired by local surroundings that have an endless ability to move her. She is intrigued by the natural landscape and by the history of the region and the dotting of weathered buildings that carry an echo of …