The Royal Furmyns - Part III:

A Holiday Special in September

Maude the Faerie Queen 

Maude the Faerie Queen 

LAST CALL FOR FURMYN COMMISSIONS! If you're reading this for the first time and are wondering what on earth a "Furmyn" is, scroll down to the bottom of the page. 


The price is $275 (reg $350)
*Please note there will only be 2 sizes to choose from:
 11 x 14 or 12 x 12 inches. The shape will be chosen at my discretion based on the photograph you send in that will work best with the composition. 
*One animal per painting only
*Shipping is extra and will be based on location (approx $18 in North America that includes insurance and tracking)

If you have ever wanted a Furmyn, or you need an idea for a special gift for someone, NOW IS THE TIME! If you purchase this today, that's one less gift you need to worry about come December!


More general information about The Furmyns can be found HERE

To see more paintings of The Furmyns, go to the Galleries section and scroll down to 'The Royal Furmyns' HERE

Please contact me at for inquiries.


the Inner Swan Transformation

Arrival  24 x 24 inches  Oil and metal leaf on wood panel 2017


24 x 24 inches 

Oil and metal leaf on wood panel


How art saved me...

“To be born in a duck’s nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan’s egg”

I know you haven't seen much from Garnet & Ashes lately. Having navigated a rather turbulent year, and rediscovering my footing, I am reemerging from a period of intensive self-reflection and change. I had surgery near the end of 2016 to alleviate chronic pain from endometriosis and early in 2017, moved across the city. More changes are on the horizon as I am set to start a graduate program in Expressive Arts Therapy in September 2017 at The Create Institute. This is vitally important work for me – I am going in with the focus of being able to pass the torch of inspiration to others challenged by lack of traditional tools and support while experiencing life's turbulence. Please stay tuned as I share my experiences of helping others build resilience through the act of creating and becoming, through their own chosen forms of self-expression. Art saved my life by giving voice to my inner wounds and I want to pass it on. All of my work sold going forward will be helping support my studies over the next few years! (*I've also started a fundraiser to help achieve this essential goal!)

For most of my life, the timeless story of The Ugly Duckling has resonated with me as a metaphor for my life. Having always felt like I was hatched in the wrong nest, I've been searching for my identity, niche and home ever since. Many a time have I found myself chased away from environments and situations that felt inhospitable to someone who lacked the conventional accoutrements one acquires through a healthy foundational model that are essential for being accepted in a typical social 'flock' and setting. I attempted, over and over, to conform to societal scripts and wanted to fit in desperately, but every time I tried, I failed. The truth is that without a healthy developmental foundation, attempting to climb a ladder that isn't yours with rungs missing is exhausting and fruitless. Despite my feeling of being an outsider, I refused to succumb to my circumstances and from a young age, it became my ultimate intention to overcome the adversity that had robbed me of typical experiences, to create the life that I wanted. I was determined not to let my adult identity and quality of life be compromised.

Mainly, I didn't have the advantages that so many people take for granted. I lacked essential things like basic nurturing and guidance, a traditional/consistent/normal and/or stable daily "healthy" life due to a dysfunctional and abusive childhood. My sister and I were tossed from one foster home to another (where I experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse), changing schools and not gaining the stability that comes from such habitual patterns of behaviour that makes one secure and sure in their footing, "normality" was anything but familiar to me. We lacked what psychologists call a "coherent narrative". As a child I remember feeling as though I never fit in: at home or outside of it. This followed me well into adulthood. I don't remember experiencing pure unadulterated joy either – it is something that always seemed elusive. The constant threat in childhood of being torn away loomed over me so that during those brief moments of happiness (eg: swimming in a pool on a hot summer day with my best friend in childhood) were always clouded by the terror of impending separation that would see me returning to yet another foster home. My heart always felt heavy and full of sadness and this likely made me stand out in a crowd of relatively stable people. Overtime, and over many years I might add, I had to teach myself how to be happy – and yet this was a pivotal insight gained – I realised I had some control over my wellbeing and circumstances if I took action to help myself, I had to teach myself how to live in the world as my own guiding light. No one was going to save me, but me - and that required action.

I don't share any of this to ensure I have your sympathy, but rather to provide a glimpse of the larger picture that has been my life. Nothing has come easily to me. I have had to crawl most of the way uphill only to have my footing removed from underneath me when I thought I was finally getting ahead. And yet, one thing has been my constant through all of my hardships: my ability to create. Through all the anxiety, rejection and unsure footing, the buttery mass of pigment to canvas through painting has guided my turbulent thoughts and emotions and given it all a tangible voice. My screams of silence, frustration, beauty, and empowerment, now quietly hang on walls in homes across the world – all extensions of my tempestuous inner world. Glimpses of epiphanies and triumphs, all expressed though paint and line. Creativity has instilled resilience and persistence in me whenever I am faced with difficulties. Indeed, it has been my own personal compass and lighthouse. It has given me a quality of life that has replaced the emphasis on a passionate struggle to be happy with a more sustainable long road form of contentedness in the form of meaning, and purpose.

My "home" it turns out, is in the form of my own painted hatchlings. Through my creations, I've become part of a family in the form of a supportive, artistic community and flock. I've allowed myself self-examination through the therapeutic practise of creating. In turn, I have nurtured myself into self-awareness and now have the ability to experience joy. Art saved me, now it's time to pass on the secret key of resilience to others; the inner swan. 

(*You can help me by donating to the fundraiser I've started to help me achieve this goal!)





I mentioned a while ago that I was going to push myself outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself with paintings inspired by my trip to England and Scotland this past July. 

As I've nearly always focused on the human body, this is going to be an ongoing exploration of colour, paint and brushwork application in the form of seascapes, sky-scapes, as well as landscapes (emotional & sometimes literal). 

Introducing the first 5 pieces!

I'm offering these at a special early work introductory offer for a limited time only. 

LANDING *SOLD* 6 x 6 in (15.24 x 15.24 cm) Oil on Cradled Birch Wood Panel 2016       INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $300 (REG: $500) (+$5 shipping)
6 x 6 in (15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Oil on Cradled Birch Wood Panel

      INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $300 (REG: $500) (+$5 shipping)

CASCADE OVER OXFORD *SOLD* 9 x 12in (22.86 x 30.48cm) Mixed Media Oil Painting on Birch Cradled Wood Panel 2016 In Private Collection Available as a print. 


9 x 12in (22.86 x 30.48cm)

Mixed Media Oil Painting on Birch Cradled Wood Panel


In Private Collection

Available as a print. 

NIMBUS *SOLD* 5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78cm) Oil on Cradled Wood Panel  2016 INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $85 REG: $150 (+$5 shipping)


5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78cm)

Oil on Cradled Wood Panel 


INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $85 REG: $150 (+$5 shipping)

AMBROSIA *SOLD* 6 x 8in (15.24 x 20.32cm) Oil Paint on Cradled Wood Panel 2016 In private collection. 


6 x 8in (15.24 x 20.32cm)

Oil Paint on Cradled Wood Panel


In private collection. 

VIOLET ESCAPE 10 x 10 in (25.4 x 25.4cm) Oil Paint On Cradled Birch Wood Panel 2016 INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $550 REG: $700 (+$15 shipping) ***ALSO AVAILABLE AS A 10 x 10 inch STRETCHED CANVAS PRINT (READY TO HANG!) for $145


10 x 10 in (25.4 x 25.4cm)

Oil Paint On Cradled Birch Wood Panel


INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $550 REG: $700 (+$15 shipping)


For all inquiries, please contact Caroline by email: Payments accepted by

Introducing the FURMYN 2017 Calendar!

It is with great pleasure that Garnet & Ashes announces the brand new#Furmyn 2017 Calendar! This edition will mainly be filled with some of the first collection of Furmyns created last winter. SEE THEM HERE:

Some Furmyns will have their very own page and some will share the page with others (dependent on how the composition works best with the layout). We wanted to try to fit in as many as possible!

The calendar prices will be offered as follows:

8 + = $20 each ***PLUS 2 FREE!
7 + = $21 each ***PLUS 1 FREE!
6 + = $22 each
5 + = $24 each
4 + = $26 each
3 + = $28 each
2 + = $30 each
1 + = $33 each


*Shipping is extra and will be dependent upon the amount of calendars purchased and destination: 

7+ = $16
4-6 = $13
1-3 = $10

Within Canada:
Local pick-up available!
7+ = $14
4-6 = $10
1-3 = $8

(If you are in the UK/Europe, shipping can be quite pricey, so please send us a message and we'll discuss.) 

Please let us know HOW MANY calendars you will want by September 21st by adding yourself to the FACEBOOK EVENT INVITE or sending a private email to We will then contact you for payment before we place the order (anticipating the last week/first week of October).

Payment is via Email money transfer for those in Canada, and Paypal for those in the US/elsewhere. ***For those in Canada wanting to use Paypal, please be advised 2% will be added to the total to cover processing fees. 


Purple Reign

Now that my studio is sufficiently covered in purple, I give you "Purple Reign" straight from the easel. 


Original still available: $495

12 x 12 inches

Oil and metal leaf on canvas



As requested, prints are being made available!



8 x 8 = 110

10 x 10= 125

12 x 12 = 150


10 x 10 = 30.00

12 x 12= 40.00

16 x 16 = 57

See more options HERE

Don't see the size you want listed? Email to request a price quote. 

As always, we accept payment through e-mail money transfer or Paypal. 








Ashes to Stardust.


A tribute to planet Earth's own personal Bright Star: David Robert Jones, The Man Who Sold The World, Ziggy Stardust, John Blaylock, Vendice Partners, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Pierrot, Jarred The Goblin King, otherwise known as the only and only, David Bowie. I may just have to create a whole series based on each of Bowie's personas, but for now, here is my tribute to Mr. Stardust. I painted this while listening to him non-stop in celebration. <3

The original has sold to a private collector, but I will be offering this as a giclée print in various sizes, either on archival Epson Matte paper, so that you can choose your own frame later, as well as a ready-to-hang stretched canvas print [ looks nearly identical to what you see in the images]


8 x 8 = 105

10 x 10= 118

12 x 12 =-144


10 x 10 = 22.00

12 x 12= 31.75

16 x 16 = 57



Email: for inquiries. 


Chanelle: Queen of Fire


This vision of royalty was inspired by a gorgeous cinematic photograph taken of Chanelle by the talented, Shawn Winchester of Phoenix, Arizona (and used with his blessing for reference). I was struck by how perfectly he'd captured Chanelle's essence in its entirety, with the lighting choices enhancing her apparel. She is the embodiment of a huntress of wild, untamed and majestic fortitude –very much mirroring Chanelle's heART and appetite for life. 

Chanelle: Queen of Fire is on her first day of royal duty as an addition to The Queen Series, just one day after Elizabeth II, became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Victoria.

Her fiery command is drawn from the elements of red hot desert sand and skies of royal blue; winds that ride on the currents of dreams; sultry songs and earthy scotch notes; smokey dust kicked up from boots on an imperfect and gritty road; visions through the lens of a scorched heART, rising from smouldering ash into a generously inflated and plumping of rose dore, brushing against creamy whipped clouds; embraced by grizzly bear sized courage, with a patina tarnished compass kiss that guides her way as collected feathers make way for wings; the tips pointing in the direction of the sun, moon and stars.

Chanelle: Queen of Fire, 24 x 30 inches, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 2015

Chanelle: Queen of Fire, 24 x 30 inches, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 2015

A Return to Painting & Drawing

Finally, the day has come when I can reveal a brand new figurative painting...

I've been aching to make a return to figures beyond the mixed media collages I've been producing. My inititiation into the art world started years ago, painting and drawing through figure drawing [from life] classes. This is where I draw the core of my passion to produce art. I'll always be a purist in this regard because there is nothing more satisfying then getting down and dirty with the beautiful tangibility of working with buttery paint or dusty charcoal, sitting for hours working out the nuances between light and shadow, the gradation of tonal values that create lines without being literal about it – there is no finer reflection of humanity and nature in this gesture [no pun intended] and no better subject than the human body – the tangible weight and vessel that poetically carries every line of memory and identity through curves, and crevices, revealing unspoken secrets.

Quite a few years back I started a series reconstructing well known myths into more suitable models of modern day heroes. My subjects were women that I knew personally reclaiming power depicted through ancient and archaic mythical icons and allegories such as Eve, Persephone, Ariadne and so on. You can read more about that and have a peek at those pieces HERE

A couple of years ago I started a series based on a similar premise; everyday women I knew were depicted as imaginary constructed mythical queens to squash notions of class and shine a light on 'everyday royalty'. You can view a couple of them HERE. It was pushed to the backburner when Garnet & Ashes was ignited and all my energy went into building it as a business throughout 2014.  

For those of you following Garnet & Ashes on instagram, you've seen some of my time-lapsed videos of current work in progress. I've put together a choppy version [I'm new at this] of this new piece.

Introducing my dear friend, Lynn Hardaker, who in her own right is a brilliant Canadian artist & writer residing in Germany and who is indeed queen of the fireflies. Do yourself a favour and discover her work HERE and HERE.

The Firefly Queen, 16 x 16, Oil on Cradled Wood. 2015

The Firefly Queen, 16 x 16, Oil on Cradled Wood. 2015

Igniting light on 'The Fire Series'

What is this "Fire Series" business all about, are you a pyromaniac?

No, no. it's merely an intriguing way to depict this alchemical element in a symbolic way which is what Garnet & Ashes is inspired by; processes of transformation and cycles in nature. The idea recognizes and emphasizes the essential importance of experiences and process rather than fixating on a starting point and end point. Juxtaposing vintage photographs honours the past, unifying it with the current moment, and offers a symbolic gateway to new beginnings –  a reminder that we are always in the state of becoming. Pairing photo transfers with paint creates a surreal feel that requests the viewer question varying realities we create by our own personal perceptions. 

But why fire specifically?

The fire in each piece represents "the moment", whether it be the beginning, the in between, or the end. It insists that we pay attention at any given time, that beginnings are not beginnings and ends are not ends, but rather we are over-lapping experiences that lead to new opportunities and adventures. Even when we are on our knees, we are on a path leading us to the next chapter. Perhaps landing on our knees in one moment prevents us from slaughter up ahead. The fire represents an ember; the light and passion we have access to at any time if we reach inwardly and take hold of it. You may be familiar with this little diddy: "this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine". I acknowledge that darkness exists in all of us; one cannot have light without dark after all. We need to embrace it and integrate it to actualize our full inner fire. It requires great balance, if we hang on to any one thing for too long, we start getting fixated. Fire doesn't allow us to hang on. It reminds us of how quickly things can change and that is the only assurance we have in this life. 

What on earth is the meaning of 'Garnet & Ashes' anyway?

Garnet & Ashes is inspired by cycles. It is in our nature to resist change. It's as though we completely forget how change invites as yet unforeseen treasure, because we mistakenly let fear of the unknown stop us; forgetting to let go, we imprison ourselves by our own self-imposed limitations, illusions and fears. This can be like a type of limbo. This is where the symbolism of creating gemstones from ashes comes in. We can still choose to get up and continue when life 'burns' us. It is a choice to lay in a heap of ashes or get up and shine. It may not be the same path we started on, but it will be a continuation of a great adventure if we choose to let it be. Herstory. History.  We are the story that never ends, a phoenix rising from the ashes from one chapter to the next. 




Further sparks:

"You don’t ask what a dance means, you enjoy it. You don’t ask what the world means, you enjoy it. You don’t ask what you mean, you enjoy yourself; or at least, so you do when you are up to snuff.

"But to enjoy the world requires something more than mere good health and good spirits; for this world, as we all now surely know, is horrendous. 'All life,' said the Buddha, 'is sorrowful'; and so, indeed, it is. Life consuming life: that is the essence of its being, which is forever a becoming. 'The world,' said the Buddha, 'is an ever-burning fire.' And so it is. And that is what one has to affirm, with a yea! a dance! a knowing, solemn, stately dance of the mystic bliss beyond pain that is at the heart of every mythic rite.”

Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

"I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end. My field is the history of thought. Man is a thinking being." 

--from "Truth, Power, Self : An Interview with Michel Foucault" (1982)