People

Shanda Deziel May 21 2001

People

Shanda Deziel May 21 2001

People

Shanda Deziel

Want a piece of me?

Jane Seymour was in the midst of a messy divorce from her third husband when she turned to painting. “It was probably the most painful period of my life,” says the star of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman TV series. “I was beyond bankrupt. My husband had many other lives I didn’t know anything about and my life fell apart.” However, instead of having a nervous break-

down, Seymour became obsessed with painting still life. “I painted morning, noon and night,” she says. “And I was painting serenity. I was bringing peace into my life.” Ten years later, the Golden Globeand Emmy Awardwinning actor is still creating with watercolours and oils. Her subjects include flower arrangements, her gardens in Bath, England, and her twin .» five-year-old boys from her I current marriage to director I James Keach. I Seymour, 50, is keeping I busy with her acting career, I but her dream is to work as a serious artist. She has shown her work in Spain, Australia,

Canada and the United States, and now sells her pieces through a posh Beverly Hills gallery for thousands of dollars. Seymour also peddles her images online in the form ofT-shirts, cards and posters. “If you want a piece of me,” she adds, “you are better off getting a painting than a glossy photograph that somebody could have reproduced my signature on because these will always be worth something.”

HE’LL MAKE A MOCHRIE

It took Colin Mochrie two failed auditions before landing a spot on the TV improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? But it has been smooth sailing ever since. He spent 10 years on the British version before moving to the American show, hosted by Drew Carey, in 1998. And Mochrie, 43, even has a subgroup of WLiiA? fanatics devoted to him.

Before landing the gig, the Scottish-born, Vancouverbred comedian spent a few years in Los Angeles, with his wife, Toronto comedian Debra McGrath. “It was the time of O.J. and Rodney King—it was turmoil,” says Mochrie, who stayed at home taking care of their infant son, Luke, while McGrath worked on a TV series, My Talk Show.

“[Cape Breton comedian] Ron James, who was also there, said it was like living in the Old Testament—with bush fires and floods.”

Now, Mochrie and James both live in Toronto and work together on the Global comedy, Blackfly—which is filmed in Halifax. Mochrie plays a British redcoat, and admits he may have been miscast. “I once had a review that said I should be prohibited by law from ever doing a dialect anywhere,” he says, referring to an earlier attempt at playing a Brit. “English people loved my accent, but everyone else just hated it.”

WRITING HORROR, EROTICALLY

When he was a teenager do that,” says the 38-year-old

bowled over by Ray former sports reporter. “You

Bradbury’s futuristic tales, recall that old joke about

says horror author Edo van what do you call a writer with-

Belkom, he really wanted to out a girlfriend? Homeless.”

write science fiction. “But it But van Belkom perseturned out I had no head for vered, cranking out erotica

hard science,” he says. “My for men's magazines, and

talent seemed to lie in preeventually, more than 175

sent-day stories—with a short stories and a clutch of

twist.” That was just one of novels and nonfiction. One

the practical lessons van short story, 1997’s “Rat

Belkom learned after he took Food,” won him a Bram

the plunge into full-time writStoker award, horror writing in 1992. It turned out to ing's top prize, and he’s in

be an icy bath at first. While the running again on May 26

van Belkom stayed home in for his young adult anthol-

Brampton, Ont., with thenogy Be Afraid! Even the fi-

eight-month-old son Luke, nancial rewards have come

and painfully honed his craft, around. “Let's just say," he

rejection slip by rejection suggests, “that I now make

slip, his wife, Roberta, supRRSP contributions.” Van

ported the family. “I still Belkom, it seems, just keeps

can't believe she agreed to doing.the practical thing.