Alison Garwood Jones

Her name was Paraskeva

Originally published in October 2021 in Blog, Canadian Art, Toronto Illustrators

Last week, this Jane Goodall quote was trending on Instagram and LinkedIn: “It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.”   Meet Paraskeva Clark, a Canadian painter with a Russian purr whose portraits dared you to blink first. Paraskeva’s self-portrait was chosen for the […]

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Originally published in October 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

If my mother had commissioned Pegi Nicol MacLeod to paint her, I imagine the artist would have given her ruby stained lips, ropey strands of hair, watery dancing eyes, and real presence. I drew this after seeing Uninvited, the McMichael Gallery’s game-changing exhibition showcasing the breadth of female talent (settler and Indigenous) working in Canada in […]

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Ever the student

Originally published in October 2021 in Blog

Ever the student, I decided to complete the Google Certificate in Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design with Coursera. I took notes. Lots of notes! Junior High Alison is alive and well — behold the highlighters and outlined headers. Junior High Alison also likes that she received 97.41%. I went through this course almost every […]

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