This drawing won ‘Best in Section’ for Drawings at the 2017 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase.
As soon as I saw local singer/songwriter Jocelyn Alice perform, I was hooked and tried to catch her singing whenever I could. Luckily, it turned out that was every Wednesday at a pub 2 blocks away from home. I soaked up as many of her shows as I could, knowing one day she’d be moving on with her hopes and dreams. I watched her grind away for years playing small venues, or to crowds more preoccupied with their “wing Wednesday” chicken. And I know she wavered a lot wondering if she’d ever “make it”, but she always kept at it, and it’s really inspiring to see how she’s succeeded. Talent doesn’t mean much without hard work, and she’s got both going on!
With this inspiration and still relatively new to the pencils, I wanted to practice drawing teeth. I thought Jocelyn and her bandmate Lisa could have called their duo “Million Dollar $miles” (but they went with the much more modest “Jocelyn & Lisa”), so I asked Jocelyn for a pic that included her pearly whites. When she sent this photo shot by Phil Crozier I was stoked, then I immediately realized that the curly blonde hair was going to be a situation, and Lisa would have been much easier (I eventually drew Lisa too). I was still drawing part time and I recall that the hair alone was how I spent most of my spare time in the month of May, 2015. I remember thinking “I bet I’ve worked more on Jocelyn’s hair this month than she has spent on her actual hair”. But patience paid off!
So now, years later, I’m still at it. And Jocelyn is living in California as a gold and platinum certified artist. She once told me simply “Keep going”, and so with her as an example of talent, hard work, and patience, I keep going.
· 16″x20″ fine art print bundled with acid-free archival materials ·
· Brilliantly shines on award-winning Photo Rag® Metallic Paper ·
· 340 gsm · 100% cotton · high-gloss metallic finish ·
· Printed at western Canada’s only Hahnemühle-certified print shop ·