The Art of Collaboration

Seymour Sunset, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


For my last blog post of the year, I would like to highlight an aspect of art which doesn't naturally come to mind when one thinks of solitary artists spending most of our time in the studio. Yet, it's an enlightening part of the art journey which helps us share what we do and saves us from becoming hermits. I am talking about collaboration with our community.

As artists and art lovers, we know how much art is needed; we feel it in our hearts and in our bones. For many of us, our sense of purpose depends on our capability to make art - we wouldn't be able to lead meaningful lives without it.

But, passionate as we are about art, are not the only consumers of artistic creations. Art can beautify, grace, amuse, inspire, in short, art can enhance the wellbeing of everyone.

We put our art into public exhibits, we send it into the art market, we teach and mentor aspiring artists. But, the truth is that most people in our communities will never visit an art show, purchase a piece of art, or take an art class, and that's okay.

The good news is that most people do enjoy seeing art, and the onus is on us, artists, to find a way to make that happen. When an opportunity comes up, let's make sure that we show up and deliver.


Indian Arm, original painting by Tatjana,
this image has been featured on the Coquitlam Search and Rescue team's promo cards

When my hubby, a member of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue Team asked if I would be willing to allow one of my paintings to be used as the image on the SAR team's promo cards, which they use to thank their generous donors, I was worried that the recipients would, instead of the image of a painting, prefer a beautiful photograph from one of the local parks in the SAR team's search area.

We decided to give it a try and it worked like a charm. The feedback has been very positive, and we found out what we should have known all along. People love art! How could I have ever doubted that?

This season, we used another of my paintings and this one has been a hit too. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to hear that people who love their community and want to keep people in it safe, also appreciate art. What a fantastic opportunity this collaboration has been to share our joys and concerns.


Buntzen Creek Memory, original painting by Tatjana,
this image has been featured on the Coquitlam Search and Rescue team's promo cards


If you are thinking of supporting the Search and Rescue team in your community, please do. The Coquitlam SAR website is at  http://www.coquitlam-sar.bc.ca/ . I recommend visiting it to read a touching story about a recent rescue which gained a lot of attention in the media.  It's just one of many, made possible by the SAR teams and individuals who support them. I am thrilled to be doing my part in the way that is most meaningful to me - through my art.


Diamond Head Trail Descent, original paintings by Tatjana,
featuring members of the Coquitlam SAR team on their winter training exercise


I wish everyone many artful adventures in 2018. May all your outrageous risk-taking be of the creative kind!

Happy New Year!

Tatjana