When Allison Burda and Cameron Gee began dating six years ago, they found they shared an “artistic inkling.” Although neither had been to art school, they began collaborating on small sketches and paintings, finding they came up with better ideas together than they did apart.
Now married, and known artistically as Allison & Cam, they often portray houses at night without showing the people who live in them. Burda says the idea came from her childhood fascination with the warm light of houses at dusk. “I always found it very comforting,” she says, recalling long drives in the Ontario countryside to visit her grandmother.
The first image in their recent Lonely House series, Living in the Middle of Nowhere, is whimsical. It shows a house with glowing windows on a snowy ice flow that floats in pictorial space. The circular format brings to mind snow globes as well as charts of the night sky.
Allison and Cam, "Living in the Middle of Nowhere", 2015, mixed media, 8.5” x 8.5”
Allison and Cam, "Livingin the Middle of Nowhere", 2015, mixedmedia, 8.5” x 8.5”
Their work is labour intensive, involving preliminary hand-drawn and painted sketches that are scanned into a computer, where they are digitally manipulated and combined with layer upon layer of scanned texture. When printed out as a giclée, each piece looks like velvet, says Burda. “It’s hard work, but we love doing it.”
Allison & Cam are represented by Mayberry Fine Art in Winnipeg. Their work sells for $350 to $3,500.