Welcome to the #TMAC2021 Exhibition.

Letters from our judges

Top 3 Artists of #TMAC2021

First Place Winner of The Marketer Art Competition 2021 titled Reclining Male Figure by Martin Murphy

1st Place #TMAC2021
Reclining Male Figure, 2020
Martin Murphy

Artist Profile

Martin Murphy is a Canadian artist whose career has been a mix of oil painting, visual effects for film, and a professional career as a dancer/singer in musical theatre. After studying Editorial Illustration at Ontario College of Art (now called OCAD University) Martin performed across Canada in such productions as Cats, The Stratford Festival, and Phantom of the Opera while painting portrait commissions in his spare time. Once retired from theatre Martin moved to California to work for LucasFilm’s Industrial Light and Magic working on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Jurassic World as a digital artist and supervisor. He has won a Visual Effects Society award and was on the crew whose work has won two Academy Awards. Martin moved back to Canada in 2017 where he currently paints full-time out of Vancouver, British Columbia. His oil on canvas subjects ranges from figures to still life and a fascination with koi.

Artwork Description
Figure study in gold.
Second Place Winner of The Marketer Art Competition 2021 titled White Clown Laid Off by Leah Probst

2nd Place #TMAC2021
White Clown Laid Off, 2020
Leah Probst

Artist Profile

Leah Probst is a Canadian, Toronto-based artist. Her passion for making art grew to focus on painting and soft pastel drawing using people and animals as her subjects. Probst went on to post-secondary school at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where she completed her advanced diploma in Fine Arts. After graduation, she continued her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Probst has exhibited and sold multiple original works in art shows in galleries throughout Ontario, British Columbia, and New York. Her work mainly focuses on portraits and figures in a heightened realistic style. Probst believes that a painting should tell a story, allowing each viewer to slow down and see the beauty it brings – for each individual to take away a unique experience shared with the work of art.

Artwork Description
This painting is based on my travels touring with a Cirque Du Soleil – Corteo. This painting was the first of my Cirque Du Soleil series. My first ever portrait painting is this large (36”x48”). Not only was it the largest, but it was also my first ever portrait painted in oil.
Third Place Winner of The Marketer Art Competition 2021 titled The Caucus Race by Alexandria Nicholas Jennings

3rd Place #TMAC2021
The Caucus Race, 2017
Alexandrea Nicholas-Jennings

Artist Profile

Alexandrea Nicholas-Jennings won the Gold Medal at The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery(2019). She received the Bronze Medal from The Society of Canadian Artists at The Paper Mill Gallery in Toronto(2019). She was a Finalist in the 13th International ARC Salon Competition(2017), and was a double finalist in December 2017 in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition. Her drawing was published in “Strokes of Genius 8” and a half-page advertisement in Southwest Art Magazine. She has exhibited in countless shows at the Richeson Gallery and has won an Award of Merit there. She has appeared in American Artist Magazine(2012) and her self-portrait is featured on the package cover for Nitram Charcoal Batons. Speaking professionally is a passion of hers and she gave a lecture entitled “From Academic to Imaginative Realism” at The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery(2020). Her work was accepted by The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Most recently, she was featured on the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and BB Art Prize 2021 website. Alexandrea shows and sells her work internationally. She is a classically trained artist and has studied and trained at ateliers both in NYC and Toronto. Her passion is producing her “Alex in Wonderland” series – an autobiographical account of plunging down the rabbit hole and painting her way out one chapter at a time based on the Lewis Carroll novel.

Artwork Description

Sometimes people expect things that are too demanding and self sacrifice is the result. This painting symbolizes having learned this personal lesson the hard way, struggling out of “the rabbit hole”. Alice always thrives and so will Alex finding herself in a Wonderland of sorts as she manages her own personal issues.

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COVID Time by Sherry Lynn

COVID Time, 2021
Sherry Lynn

Artist Profile

I am Sherry Lynn, living in Grimsby, born in Toronto, 1963.

Art was woven into everyday life: Grama’s hand-stitched quilts, Dad’s cut-stone fireplaces, Mom’s banana flambé…  Creativity has simply been the air that I breathe.

At 10, my poster art got 1st place.  This summer, I won the CREATE Niagara Visual Art Competition.  In between, I explored, mainly self-taught, fabric art, slab pottery, papier maché, painting, anything that sparkled.  Often these were inspired by practical necessity, other times by simple joy.

I feel privileged, now, to have the luxury of bringing my art into greater focus.

Artwork Description

Our concept of time has been dramatically altered by the COVID crisis. We weren’t accustomed to this time for stillness – and anxiety and depression overwhelmed as the very survival of humanity and earth was threatened. Perhaps, with luck and grace, we have enough time for greater wisdom and a gentler humanity to emerge.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

The Proud Dancer by Nuria Cuerva Lopez

The Proud Dancer, 2021
Nuria Cuerva Lopez

Artist Profile

I am a Local Burlington Artist, originally from Spain but have been calling beautiful Canada home for the past 21 years. I love painting landscapes, animals, and portraits in oil and soft pastels in my studio, but in the current times of covid, I have discovered Plein air painting that allowed me to get out of the studio and explore the nature around me. My style is a realist style with a strong influence of impressionism with a vibrant array of colors. I have studied sketch courses at ACAD, pastel, and oil painting at the art gallery with Joan Ng in Burlington, and am currently studying online with Angel Montero from Spain on oil painting. I’m a member of the Monday painters’ group of Dundas. I have been participating in DVSA auctions. I have taken private commissions on both landscape and portraits.

Artwork Description
This is a painting represents the first day that Canada held “reconciliation day” on Sep 30th 2021. This is a painting of a proud aboriginal dancer in downtown Burlington.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Oma's Cherry Pie by Anita Niemeyer Archibald

Oma’s Cherry Pie, 2021
Anita Niemeyer-Archibald

Artist Profile

Born in Toronto, Canada, Anita Niemeyer-Archibald currently resides with her husband and two children in Aurora, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University in addition to a Computer Graphics diploma. Working from her home studio, Anita paints on commission and sells her work privately, with sold pieces finding a home in numerous collections across North America and Europe. Anita has received numerous awards and honorable mentions throughout her career. For Anita, creating art is a large part of making something special out of every day and showing that beauty can be found in the simplicity of everyday things. Painting is a necessity, like breathing, fuelled by her passion. It is Anita’s goal to create works that please the eye and ease the spirit.

Artwork Description
A scrumptious piece of pie, overflowing and busting at the seams with glistening cherries, piled high with a crown of vanilla ice cream. Sweet nostalgic memories from my childhood, when Oma spoiled us with freshly baked desserts.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Unravelling by Ashley Gringhuis

Unravelling, 2021
Ashley Gringhuis

Artist Profile

Ashley Gringhuis is a painter and printmaker from Barrie, Ontario, and a recent graduate of Queen’s University’s Fine Art (Honours) program. In her work, she focuses on the complexities of life, relationships, and the anxieties that come along with them. By using imagery of textiles, string, and distorted figures, she looks to evoke feelings of chaos and connection. She has previously exhibited at the Union Gallery in Kingston, Ontario

Artwork Description

Unravelling charts both the end and the beginning of an individual’s life as attached to a crimson string, symbolizing a dependence on others for life but also a cause for afflictions and anxieties. This red string symbolizes broadly this idea of living, as I noticed through my life used as an analogy for life in literature and stories (the three fates in Greek mythology cutting one’s string of life, in Romeo and Juliet as tying two lovers together, three strands woven to represent community as pictured in the Bible, etc.). In the painting, this string is being removed and carried away from the figure, showing this idea of life being taken, but allowing the viewer to imagine where it could be going, and what life might lead to next.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Making Up For Lost Time by Keelan Kennedy

Making Up For Lost Time, 2021
Keelan Kennedy

Artist Profile

Keelan Kennedy was born and raised in Calgary, and grew up with a passion for art, but never pursued it beyond high school. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a degree in Communications she started her career as a flight attendant for several years, until the pandemic in 2020 forced her to take some time to revisit creating art again. During this time she has enjoyed refining her skills primarily in charcoal and graphite realism, however continues to explore all genres and mediums that inspire her. She was honoured to be shortlisted in the David Shepard Wildlife Foundation in 2021, and also received a Special Merit Award for The Marketer Art Competition for 2020. The majority of Keelan’s time is spent raising her two young daughters Eva and Raia that she shares with her husband Aaron.

Artwork Description
This art piece is a post-pandemic celebration. All of the missed moments due to lockdowns and restrictions finally come to a close with one single breath.

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Bedroom In Edmonton by Hadi Slayman

Bedroom In Edmonton, 2021
Hadi Slayman

Artist Profile

I’m a visual artist based in Edmonton, Canada. I’m almost exclusively an oil painter, mostly producing portraits on canvas. I use portraiture as an artistic outlet, often infusing my own moods into the image whilst pursuing a likeness.

In terms of artistic background, for me it all started with drawing; it was an activity that dominated my childhood, and I continued to draw throughout my teens and twenties. In my thirties I decided to indulge my interest in portraiture by seeking more formal training. I completed a number of classes at the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts), focusing on portraiture and figure painting. Although I’m an admirer of European expressionism, I feel that my mixed cultural heritage played an important role in my style. I was born in Beirut to a Lebanese family. My family and I emigrated when I was a toddler and eventually settled in Australia. I spent twenty years there before moving to Alberta, Canada in 2008. It is inevitable that the broad range of artistic traditions I’ve had the privilege to appreciate in Lebanon, Australia, and Canada have all played a role in my development.

Artwork Description
This painting depicts my bedroom in the morning. I sit up in bed, trying to find the energy to complete my copy of Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles”.

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Exposed by Alannah Tassone

Exposed, 2021
Alannah Tassone

Artist Profile

My name is Alannah Tassone and I am a painter living in Toronto, Canada. I started experimenting with resin, and acrylics in 2015, amongst other materials and my practice has evolved since into a wide variety of mixed media. I am excited by colour and the way colour is defined in so many ways. I take an intuitive approach to colour and composition, allowing these two concepts to be at the forefront of the structure in which I create. I typically work with acrylic or oil on canvas, allowing spaces for other mediums such as oil pastel, if need be. Both the practice and my understanding of what I am creating is evolving. I consider myself a neoexpressionist, but also creating in a contemporary realm as well. I consider it my purpose to make art, to create context and conversation in my work. While much of my work surrounds an expressionistic style, exploring the evolution of colour, direction and intention, I am fascinated by the human figure and the way it is interpreted by a variety of individuals. By incorporating the study of human figure into my expressionism, I believe that there is something entirely new to be discovered.

Artwork Description

This is a unique exploration of the human form, incorporating an expressionistic take on colour theory. This work is an interpretation of the human body, from a non-idealistic viewpoint

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

The Reservoir by Emily Bickell

The Reservoir, 2019
Emily Bickell

Artist Profile

I am a Local Burlington Artist, originally from Spain but have been calling beautiful Canada home for the past 21 years. I love painting landscapes, animals, and portraits in oil and soft pastels in my studio, but in the current times of covid, I have discovered Plein air painting that allowed me to get out of the studio and explore the nature around me. My style is a realist style with a strong influence of impressionism with a vibrant array of colors. I have studied sketch courses at ACAD, pastel, and oil painting at the art gallery with Joan Ng in Burlington, and am currently studying online with Angel Montero from Spain on oil painting. I’m a member of the Monday painters’ group of Dundas. I have been participating in DVSA auctions. I have taken private commissions on both landscape and portraits.

Artwork Description
The Glenmore reservoir in Calgary, Alberta is a popular site for boating, birdwatching and also provides drinking water to the city. I like it for the gorgeous colours in the water, and the contrast between transparency and opacity. What a joy to paint.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Portrait of an Artist by Sherry Park

Portrait of an Artist, 2019
Sherry Park

Artist Profile

I was born in South Korea and grew up in Ontario. I studied at  Ontario College of Art now (OCAD) majoring in drawing and painting.  In the fourth year, I studied at the Off-Campus program in Florence, Italy.

Based on my figure drawings I have received the Elizabeth Greenshield Grant.

I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists, Colour and Form Society. In 2020 I was awarded the Mary Pratt Crystal award from the Society of Canadian Artists 52nd Open International Juried Exhibition. This year I made the finalist at the Salt Spring National Art Prize based in BC.

Currently, I am living in Brampton, Ontario while creating my art at the Alton Mills studio in Caledon, Ontario.

Artwork Description

The portrait is of an artist that I have met during an anatomy drawing class. I was drawn to the artist’s strong androgynous features and the rustic studio in the background.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Quietly Flourishing by Gwen Gilbank

Quietly Flourishing, 2021
Gwen Gilbank

Artist Profile

Gwen Gilbank is an artist currently residing in Barrie, Ontario. She has a deep appreciation for wildlife and nature; which is where she finds inspiration for her work. As a child, she attended the Newmarket School of Fine Art where she started to become more comfortable exploring and working with a variety of mediums. Over the years into adulthood, she has continued to refine her techniques, primarily working with both acrylic and oil paint on canvas.

Artwork Description

This is a 12in x 36in oil painting on stretched canvas that is inspired by the mossy, lush, green forests of the Canadian West Coast.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

The Northern Path by Celt Duk

The Northern Path, 2021
Celt Duk

Artist Profile

Celt is a fine artist inspired by real and envisioned landscapes, working with different mediums for each of their unique advantages in one piece. She uses this technique to create detailed works that draw the viewer into many characteristics of the scene, from the vast landscapes to the objects and life she may hide within them.

If asked about her training, she will say “Absolutely none”. Careful observation of the subject is the key to her successful autodidactic method method. Growing up, she was greatly inspired by the works of Robert Bateman, Ul de Rico and Boris Vallejo.

From a young age, it was clear that she possessed an exceptional understanding of light, color and movement. She is instinctively able to decide which media to use and how. In her teens she experimented with many mediums, including spray painting and airbrushing, creating many beautiful works that caught the attention of the public.

At the age of fifteen, Celt began to paint hyper realism. She started to immerse herself in a close observation of the world, focusing on the science of color and lighting. According to her, “In realism, all the details are present”, and this particular conceptualization served as a fundamental guide in her process of creation. She maintains that while she is still developing this skill, she enjoys realism as it gives her a deeper understanding of the natural world and keeps her true to her observations.

After graduating from high school, she continued to pursue art as a full-time career. To this day, she has sold many originals and completed numerous commissions.

Artwork Description
The inspiration behind this painting comes from my travels cycling from Montreal to Percé, back in the late summer of 2020. I found this pathway along the seashore of the Gaspésie peninsula during one of my rest days, just a week before I reached Forillion National Park’s great cliffs, which are incorporated into the background of this piece. I used several mediums to accomplish recreating the vibrant colors and details from these two places, along with native wildlife that are hidden within the painting.

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Garder le Cap by Felixanne Harvey

Garder le Cap, 2021
Félixanne Harvey

Profil de l'artiste

Née en 2000, à Alma, dans l’inspirante région du Lac-Saint-jean, Félixanne Harvey a toujours eu un intérêt marqué pour la création. Dès son jeune âge, le dessin et la peinture sont ses passe-temps favoris. Reconnu par ses camarades d’école comme la meilleure en art, son intérêt pour ce domaine la pousse à s’intéresser plus sérieusement aux techniques de peinture à l’acrylique. À ses débuts en peinture, les paysages sont sa principale source d’inspiration. Puis, en y intégrant des animaux, elle découvre une nouvelle motivation à peindre. Sa passion pour la vie animale mélangée à celle de la peinture lui permet de mettre de l’avant sa créativité. Poursuivant ses études à l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, son talent pour la peinture lui fait usage de travail étudiant. Son désir d’évoluer dans le domaine artistique la pousse à envisager plus sérieusement sa carrière en tant qu’artiste en perfectionnant son style avec originalité. Les inspirations de l’artiste reposent principalement sur le réalisme. Elle exploite avec finesse les détails qui rendent les œuvres vivantes. D’ailleurs, la profondeur des yeux laisse percevoir l’âme sauvage de ses animaux colorés. Par moment influencée par le courant abstrait, Félixanne utilise les textures et le contraste entre les couleurs pour mettre en lumière la beauté du règne animal. Elle exploite la richesse des pigments en les superposant pour créer un relief attrayant. En constante évolution, son style se développe à travers un long processus de création dans lequel les textures et les couleurs éclatantes se mêlent entre elles pour former des créations uniques. Empreintes de vivacité, ses œuvres offrent une vision plus contemporaine des animaux. Le mélange des textures et la superposition des couleurs laissent place à une part d’imaginaire. Enfin, le style ludique rencontre le réalisme des animaux pour créer la signature de la jeune artiste.

Description de l'oeuvre

Cette oeuvre est inspiré de mon parcours scolaire et des difficultés que j’ai rencontré. La période que je représente sur cette toile est un moment d’épanouissement que j’ai atteins grâce au programme universitaire dans lequel je suis inscrite.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

EL CUCUY by Edwin Suarez

EL COCUY, 2021
Edwin Suarez

Artist Profile

Edwin Suarez born in the town “EL COCUY” , he  is a professional Canadian artist, his art collection which was created in Toronto Canada offering a very unique interpretation of reality using bold colours, cultural influences and geometric images.

Edwin studied fine Arts at the National University of Colombia.

Composing the image of what we perceive as “real”, obeys a contraption of devices that are too complex to comprehend. To push the limits of one’s imagination,

Edwin Suarez incorporates every part of these concepts in his artwork to near perfection, using vibrant colours, unique geometric patterns to create a lasting impression on viewers.

Artwork Description
A great and accurate representation of one of the most iconic scenery enclave in the Andean mountains of Colombia, depicted with refine detail.

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Inner Child by Amanda Turco

Inner Child, 2018
Amanda Turco

Artist Profile

Amanda Turco is a painter who lives and works is Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. With imagery that borders on the surreal, she explores her inner consciousness and seeks to explain the world around her. A lover of books (she works in a library!) she attempts to create a visual narrative for the viewer.

Since earning her Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Amanda is frequently commissioned to do portraits. Her work has also been featured in a number of speculative fiction magazines and books.

Artwork Description
Inner child explores the passage of time. It is about the way we change and shift, but, at our core, retain our inner selves.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

MY TORONTO by Manuela Moldovan

MY TORONTO, 2021
Manuela Moldovan

Artist Profile

Romanian-born Manuela Moldovan moved with her family to Canada not long after the Berlin wall came down. She is a self-taught artist and enjoys challenges, loving to discover. Educated and practicing as a pharmacist contributed to her genuine creativity which has grown over time. Manuela started painting with oil colors on stretched canvas using a brush, and palette knife under the influence of traditional local artists. Over the years, she was captured by the depth and complexity of mixed media and fell in love with the texture, volume, dimensions, the overall visual effect. Her artworks have been accepted in juried exhibitions organized by the Canadian Society of Artists, Color and Form Society, Markham Group of Artists, The Marketer magazine, Art Gallery Ring, Art of Emotions, Oakville Artworks. She is a member of the Markham Group of Artists, Artworks Oakville, and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Artists. During her artistic years, she got influenced by the Romanian painters, her art teachers in school, local Canadian artists, and Vincent van Gogh, Matisse, and Klimt’s stunning work.

Artwork Description

My fantasy version of Toronto. As a true Torontonian, I wanted to create a fantasy about this beautiful city, vibrant, green, Manhattanian. Mixed media collage, using a multitude of materials, mediums, and techniques.

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Ambrosia by Ellen Sears

Ambrosia, 2021
Ellen Sears

Artist Profile

I’m from MacLellans Brook, or “the Brook”, Nova Scotia. It’s rural, rustic and worn with time. Currently, I live in Hamilton, Ontario (also known as Steel City, so……contrast.) While I love Hamilton and the people, I miss the quiet solitude of Nova Scotia. I use a brush and palette knife to create a balance between abstraction and realism.

I graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design(NSCAD) in 2003. I exhibited in an International Juried Show at the New Jersey Art Centre (2007), Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) National Juried Shows in 2005, 2006 and 2007, a group show at Arta Gallery in Toronto (2006) and have been a participant in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and many other Art Events around Ontario. I took a break to enjoy my two girls when they were young and am thrilled to be back in my studio and am proud to have recently had a painting in the Faded But Beautiful Exhibit at the Art of Emotions Gallery in Toronto. 

I am an oil painter who spends her time painting the passage of time. Rusted hardware and peeling paint are my passion. I am currently working on a series called Nailed It, a deep dive into rusted nails. Rust fascinates me; the oxidation of metal is the quiet passage of time, adding layers and personality to each nail. Did you know the best rust occurs by the ocean? Salt air makes all the difference.

Artwork Description

This painting is an up-close investigation of a rusted nail in worn wood and peeling paint. I personify the nails in my ‘Nailed It’ Series and feel the nails are exposed to natures elements as humans are exposed to life experiences. Both nails and individuals are alone yet integral to the structures of both the barn and society.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Outer Battery St Johns Harbor Newfoundland and Labrador by Jenn Thornhill Verma

Outer Battery, St. John’s Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, 2020
Jenn Thornhill Verma

Artist Profile

Jenn Thornhill Verma is a painter and journalist from Newfoundland and Labrador now living in Ottawa, Ontario. Jenn holds master’s degrees in fine arts (creative nonfiction, University of King’s College) and science (medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland) and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her landscapes feature outport and coastal communities in all of their perfectly imperfect glory—clapboard saltbox houses, hand-made wooden dories and skiffs, crooked wharves ad docks, fishing stages and sheds, and stunted trees and rocks. In 2020, Jenn’s artwork was recognized at the Atlantic Journalism Awards for Best Cover (gold recipient) for the fall 2019 cover of Atlantic Books Today. Her artwork is also featured on the cover of her 2019 nonfiction book, “Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys.” Jenn predominantly paints in oils, but sometimes uses acrylic. Jenn’s art loosely combines realism and impressionism, wherein the primary subject is recognizable (realism, based on photographs), yet is depicted with bold shapes and colours (impressionism, using a variety of bold brush strokes, knife work and an equally bold palette mixed by hand).

Artwork Description
Perched cliffside, overlooking the Northwest Atlantic are the coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. Stages, sheds and saltbox houses have outlasted a hundred years of inclement weather and fishery closures. Offering a view to the past, Coastal Reflections (the show from which this painting is taken), takes us to the heart of the Atlantic, to a simpler time.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD #TMAC2021

Its five oclock somewhere by Louise Giroux

It’s five o’clock somewhere, 2022
Louise Giroux

Artist Profile

I want my paintings to express an emotion or a moment using lines, shapes and color. I capture moments of my life through keepsakes, heirlooms, travels or elements from regional history such as the unwritten but essential (and often forgotten) role played by women.  It’s this emotional resonance that I draw upon in my work. I am a woman and a painter and my work has always been about how I feel being in that space. 

I begin with charcoal or oil on canvas, I make marks; erasing, beginning again, until I am satisfied with the forms, lines and negative spaces. Once the composition is complete, I choose the colors that best reflect the mood I want to convey.  

My life experiences, passions and interests manifest in my artwork. My work is figurative, that is why it is very interesting for me to use traditional mediums and techniques while working on my subject matter.

Artwork Description

In 2018, I had the honor to be the artist chosen to create the label for the First New Brunswick Single Malt Whisky made by Fils du Roy of Petit-Paquetville, a limited and a collector’s édition. Four years later, I have depicted the bottle in a still life setting as a study of color harmony.

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Aloha by Katherine Polack

Aloha, 2021
Katherine Polack

Artist Profile

Katherine is a Canadian mixed media seascape artist who resides in Orono, Ontario surrounded by nature and infinite inspiration. The colour palette she uses varies between hues of deep blue and teal while always aiming to evoke a sense of calm and happiness through her art.

The inspiration for Katherine’s work comes from her upbringing along the Pacific Coast in Lima, Peru where she and her family would spend endless summers at the beach.

The unpredictable beauty of the sea is her main influence which helps her depict both the power and tranquility of the waves.

Katherine has spent the last two years researching the connection that we as humans have with water whether we are submerged in it or simply near it.

If not behind her easel, you will find Katherine in her wood shop creating ocean-inspired home decor made with resin and live edge wood.

Katherine’s work has been exhibited at Propeller Art Gallery, I Deal Coffee, Oronofest, and several Durham Region makers’ markets. Katherine will be exhibiting at several outdoor art shows this year including the Lake Scugog Studio Tour.

Artwork Description

Proving a sense of tranquility, Aloha was created with oil and acrylic on canvas. This artwork represents all that aloha embodies; love, affection, gratitude, peace, calm and a way of viewing life.

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Studio window with chart, Perdition Road by Dan Crawford

Studio window with chart, Perdition Road, 2021
Dan Crawford

Artist Profile

Dan Crawford lives and has a studio in Toronto. He is a visual arts graduate of Western and taught art at various schools in London and Toronto. He has exhibited in regional public and private galleries in Ontario. Collections include Museum London, Western University, McDonald’s Canada and private collections in Canada, USA, Great Britain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.

The still life is used as a visual metaphor to investigate ideas in paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture in various media. This series are paintings and mixed media works. Selecting everyday objects in carefully considered compositions allows explorations in media/technique and contrasts, light/dark, transparent/opaque, scale, colour and texture.

The narrative element can originate from an actual experience, sometimes through travel, history or imagination. A dialogue is created between the objects and the setting so a story is conveyed beyond the outward appearance of the objects. Contrasting the objects and setting with the window covering creates a juxtaposition with different meaning.

The basic composition is a window with a covering and objects to create images that have a visual presence with the first viewing but still allow for the opportunity for individual interpretation and understanding.

Fidelity to what is observed and experienced is one way to represent things in the world but this is only the beginning. After scratching away at the surface of representation the intent is to get below the surface where the power of the idea, the intellect and emotional response meet.

Artwork Description
The chart depicts the passing of time, the vastness of space or the world of microorganisms.

The masked figure is from the Great flu epidemic 100 years ago and represents the pandemic of today. The cycling youth is a symbol of hope in a landscape of ruin. The scene is a composite from the film, The Road to Perdition and derelict buildings.

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Senegals by Sandra Goodridge

Senegals, 2021
Sandra Goodridge

Artist Profile

Art befriended me as a child and I would spend hours drawing and coloring whatever I could get my hands on, especially my black and white story books. My favourite was Heidi by Johanna Spyri as I was also a voracious reader. I loved to draw horses and flowers.

Art stepped into deeper focus in my high school years and became the subject I excelled at and felt most passionate about.

But reality often grounds you and leaving school to step into a thirty long year sojourn in banking to only play hide and seek with my art as I casually dabbled and played in various art mediums.

After decades of playing around in other fields it finally dawned on me that Art was my best friend as it was always there to warmly greet me even after years of neglect. No matter how long I stayed a way when I returned abilities surfaced in surprising ways and filled me with hope and encouragement.

Finally, I can embrace my true friend and recognize the healing qualities of artistic expression to the point of pursuing training in Expressive Art Therapy. I share my love of art with many others and continue to develop myself as a professional artist and sharer of creative expression.

Artwork Description
Inspired by a photo of women in a Senegal marketplace. Loved the ‘attitude’ in this picture.

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Mitch by Stephanie Mclean

Mitch, 2021
Stephanie McLean

Artist Profile

Stephanie McLean is a contemporary portrait artist who lives and 
works in the Greater Toronto Area. A native of Montreal, Quebec, her portraiture work aims to capture the emotional energy of her subjects, with a focus on performers, through bold and abstract use of colour. As a new artist, Stephanie’s recent accomplishments have gained her local recognition.

Stephanie McLean’s career as a painter officially began in 2020, following a 25-year career in the corporate world. Earlier, her need for expression led her to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Music (1994), followed by a five-year commitment to performing as a jazz vocalist and musical theatre performer. Hence her love of painting performers.

Despite Stephanie’s career being in its early stages, her artwork has already been shown in three juried group shows and one of her paintings (“Mitch”) was selected by jury to be part of the Society of Canadian Artists’ 53rd Open Annual Juried Exhibition.

Artwork Description

I art directed the “Mitch” photoshoot, ensuring the image was captured from the point of view of someone looking up at Mitch playing his bass, so as to emphasize the size of this wonderful instrument. I also wanted to show the energy of his performance through a blurred hand, implying his enthusiastic pulling at the bass string. The size of his right hand further emphasizes the distortion of this particular point of view.

In the painting, I isolated the bass by using different hues of blue, and selected the other colours in my palette according to this. The bright yellow in the background, the blue bass and the blurred hand all contribute to the energy this painting exudes.

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Le Mirador by Caroline Gaudreault

Le Mirador, 2021
Caroline Gaudreault

Artist Profile

Originally from Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Caroline Gaudreault was raised in a creative environment that became a way of life from a young age. She studied Visual Arts at Collèged’Alma. Then, she studied Literature, History, Spanish, and Programming at University.

For several years, she held various jobs in these fields of study, practicing art sporadically. But it was when she moved to Mexico to live there for a few years that she discovered Mexican art and returned to painting and drawing. Fascinated by these skeletons with eyes festooned by flowers that are represented in normal situations of everyday life, she paints a few works
that feature living characters half-skeletal, half-human, or animal.

In 2018, she began to focus on art full time and is refining her style, drawing inspiration from both Mexican folklore and classical portraits that depict serious subjects with a certain dignity, using flowers as a mirror on the inner lives of her characters.

In January 2020, Caroline launched a Kickstarter campaign featuring watercolor pet portraits with the blooming orbits of her signature style. The campaign was such a success that Caroline spent the year doing pet portraits and eventually had to decline commissions that were overwhelming.

In 2021, she refocused on fine art with her creations. Over the next few years, Caroline plans to continue building her world where her blossoming creatures live, bringing out the contrasts of her subjects in an increasingly diverse range of situations.

Artwork Description
The Mirador is an acrylic painting that illustrates that moment when one enters in communication/symbiosis with an animal (a pet) and that one understands each other perfectly without even knowing the language of the other.

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Voices Within by Dina Belaia

Voices Within, 2020
Dina Belaia

Artist Profile

Dina started her visual art training at an early age while living in Russia. As a teenager she joined the Analytical Art Studio, and still follows this school and artistic method for 30 years. In Canada, she continued her studies and graduated in Visual Arts from York University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer and even a face/body painter, as well as a fine artist. Dina prefers drawing with pencil to any other media, although occasionally opting for painting and collage.

Artwork Description

“Voices Within” is an analytical composition which deals with the human condition, specifically inner fears and pains of decision-making, and of human mind in general.

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Reflections by Robin Patterson

Reflections, 2020
Robin Patterson

Artist Profile

Robin Patterson, a lifelong artist, works in multiple mediums. She has exhibited and sold her work across Canada and the United States.

There has never been a time in my life that didn’t involve art, whether it be putting word to the page, paint to the canvas, or simply gathering ideas through creative exploration. Everything I see inspires me. Every bird, every face, every crack in the sidewalk; everything is subject. I take it all in, synthesize the experience, and then release it, choosing medium and substrate according to subject, mood, and desired result. I love the immediacy of charcoal and the spontaneity of watercolour. I love that first mark on an empty surface. Before I begin, I watch the white space, never quite sure which of my ideas will manifest itself there. I start. I place my trust in the surface, in the medium. I am not easily frustrated by the process and don’t give up if the work isn’t going my way. I recognize that art has a life of its own and there is often an ugly duckling stage that must be acknowledged. If I try too hard or try and force it, it won’t progress. I must let the piece happen on its own, trust that it will, and recognize it when it does.

It feels like magic.

Artwork Description
This painting was made without any preconceived ideas. It’s subject eventually appeared.

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Esprit Vagabonde by Danielle Hudon

Esprit Vagabonde, 2021
Danielle Hudon

Artist Profile

Born in Saguenay in 1966, Danielle Hudon is a self-taught visual artist who, at a very young age, demonstrated a real facility in reproducing the paper sculptures of Claude Lafortune. However, despite her obvious artistic abilities and the kind words of her teachers, she decided to direct her college studies towards the sciences. It was around the age of fifty, however, that art became a necessary therapy, an expression of emotions that were too heavy to bear. It is in a dark context of violence and physical ailments that have become torturous that this creative flame is rekindled through drawing and watercolor. The need to slow down her pace of life may clash with her urgency to live, but nothing prevents her from reaching recovery; barely a year later, she participates in a group exhibition as a living force. Since then, as a motivated self-taught artist, always in search of her own style, of what will finally make her stand out, she creates every day while experimenting with various mediums. Her thirst to learn and to improve herself necessarily led her to enroll in drawing and painting techniques courses while her will to succeed and to find her place in the art world led her to follow career development courses.

Artwork Description
Looking to the upper l’est for a right-handed person means that he or she is visualizing an event from the past. By recalling this event, this person could even associate a specific color to it. I’ll give you an example…remember the magnetic letters we used to put on the fridge? Admit that when you read my sentence you immediately thought of à specific color? This phenomenon is called synesthesia. This is what I wanted to represent with this work and the bubbles of color.

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Mountain Lion Gaze by Diane Brazeau

Mountain Lion Gaze, 2021
Diane Brazeau

Artist Profile

Diane Brazeau is a self-taught artist from Ottawa, Canada, and a mother of two.  She started painting in Spring 2019 after a 15-year pause.  She paints in acrylics, oils, and modeling paste focusing on wildlife art.  Her style includes the fine details of realism with bold textures.  She also has a background in jewelry design and silversmithing. 

 

Artwork Description
The mountain lion’s powerful gaze captured behind trees on an early Spring day. Acrylic paint and modelling paste for added texture on gallery canvas.

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Reflection by Cheryl Tenn

Reflection, 2021
Cheryl Tenn

Artist Profile

Cheryl Tenn is a graphic designer by trade and a realism illustrator who draws and paints simply for the love of art. Her goal has been to create striking art packed with detail. Subject matter could be anything from portraits, still life, landscapes to wild life. Her speciality is pencil, however, choosing the medium which best suits the subject matter. Coloured pencil, acrylic, oil, chalk pastel and often a combination of two or more media to achieve a desired effect.

Born in British Columbia, Cheryl was raised in Toronto. Being fortunate to attend Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, where she had extensive training at a professional level. This environment inspired her life-long learning and a desire for personal excellence. Graduating at the top of the class from George Brown College, Graphic Design course, choosing a graphics career before the age of computers. Self taught computer skills, she grew with the ever changing industry while continuing to illustrate commissioned projects for over 30 years.

Cheryl’s biggest commission came from winning an illustration competition at the Toronto Zoo. Applicants supplied samples in various media to be judged. By winning, she completed pencil illustrations for the 10 foot signs displayed at each animal enclosure in the African Savanna section. The signs will remain for many years to come.

Loving and appreciating history, culture and all styles of art, among her favorite artists are Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Group of Seven.

Artwork Description

Pencil illustration. Matted and framed to 22 x26″

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Sojourner by Kari Visscher

Sojourner, 2019
Kari Visscher

Artist Profile

Kari Visscher was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario.  She enjoyed both arts and sciences completing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Communications and a Medical degree from the University of Toronto.  Kari became a Radiologist and is currently an Adjunct professor at McMaster University. Inspired by patient’s healthcare experiences and medical culture, her artistic focus is on recognizing and bridging gaps in knowledge and communication not only between physicians and patients, but also between patients, between medical colleagues, and within one’s own development of professional identity.

Artwork Description

Kari Visscher was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario.  She enjoyed both arts and sciences completing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Communications and a Medical degree from the University of Toronto.  Kari became a Radiologist and is currently an Adjunct professor at McMaster University. Inspired by patient’s healthcare experiences and medical culture, her artistic focus is on recognizing and bridging gaps in knowledge and communication not only between physicians and patients, but also between patients, between medical colleagues, and within one’s own development of professional identity.

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The Snow Queen by Elena Chatokhina

The Snow Queen, 2021
Elena Chatokhina

Artist Profile

Alexandrea Nicholas-Jennings won the Gold Medal at The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery(2019). She received the Bronze Medal from The Society of Canadian Artists at The Paper Mill Gallery in Toronto(2019). She was a Finalist in the 13th International ARC Salon Competition(2017), and was a double finalist in December 2017 in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition. Her drawing was published in “Strokes of Genius 8” and a half-page advertisement in Southwest Art Magazine. She has exhibited in countless shows at the Richeson Gallery and has won an Award of Merit there. She has appeared in American Artist Magazine(2012) and her self-portrait is featured on the package cover for Nitram Charcoal Batons. Speaking professionally is a passion of hers and she gave a lecture entitled “From Academic to Imaginative Realism” at The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery(2020). Her work was accepted by The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Most recently, she was featured on the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and BB Art Prize 2021 website. Alexandrea shows and sells her work internationally. She is a classically trained artist and has studied and trained at ateliers both in NYC and Toronto. Her passion is producing her “Alex in Wonderland” series – an autobiographical account of plunging down the rabbit hole and painting her way out one chapter at a time based on the Lewis Carroll novel.

Artwork Description

Our concept of time has been dramatically altered by the COVID crisis. We weren’t accustomed to this time for stillness – and anxiety and depression overwhelmed as the very survival of humanity and earth was threatened. Perhaps, with luck and grace, we have enough time for greater wisdom and a gentler humanity to emerge.

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Overthinking Relationships by Milda Titford

Overthinking Relationships, 2020
Milda Titford

Artist Profile

My work always touched those who saw it, as it’s always been rooted in human condition-common to all.

If you recognize familiar landscape in my work-you have been there too. If you see something of yourself in it-remember you are in it. There is nothing “out of bounds” for you in my work-I do tend to paint your inner landscape and inner characters. We are all way less individual than what we perceive ourselves to be, hence your world is my world too.

 

I have drawn, sculpted and painted all my life. After I completed BA (Hons) in Fine arts with a 1st class degree and commendation, I have extensively painted and exhibited in UK (Pump house in Cheltenham, Guildhall Arts Center-Gloucester, Pump house, Mafuji, Arcola and Century and other galleries in London).

 

In my late 20’s I arrived at a point of “stuck”. Blank canvas seemed like nothing I should be improving on and for following years, although still painting, I engaged in something equally creative and interactive: my own restaurant. Through culinary arts I have partially satisfied my artistic cravings for a while. I have been running successful little business after immigrating to Canada as well as continuing with my artwork. 5-6 years ago the “stuck” point have melted away. Painting intensified with Covid. It certainly is fertile ground if one knows what to look for.

Artwork Description

“Overthinking relationships” This painting is addressing issue of miscommunication due to lack of social interactions currently replaced by anti-social media

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The Insomniac by Jessica MacIver

The Insomniac 2021
Jessica MacIver

Artist Profile

My name is Jessica MacIver and I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember, although less as life became busy with school and work. My creativity was stifled by frustration brought on by a hyper-focus on the flaws and my inability which created a sort of ‘writer’s block’.

With the pandemic and I’ve found myself with a lot of time on my hands, those now occupied with pens, pencils, pastels, and pencil crayons. I’ll paint on the rarest of occasion but I like to draw because I largely don’t know what I am doing.

I’ve stopped focusing and started creating. Without focus, my mind wanders and although there is influence in the images I don’t know the meaning. I am just enjoying the experience.

Artwork Description
That time where sleep is near but the sun is rising.

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The Adjudicator by Bonnie Sheckter

The Adjudicator, 2021
Bonnie Sheckter

Artist Profile

Bonnie Sheckter is an award-winning Canadian artist who has been working in colored pencil for the last 20 years. She began drawing on Drafting Film in 2015 and was enthralled with its capability for capturing delicate detail and achieving smooth, lush, luminous color. Plagued by the loss of vision in one of her eyes two years ago, Bonnie re-examined her priorities and has since devoted herself full time to drawing, remaining undeterred in her conviction of the life-giving power of art to uplift. Her artistic interest lies in isolating candid and complex moments, which invite the viewer to engage with the subject and contemplate their stories. In a world that pushes toward efficiency, she sees the value in slowing down, marveling at details and taking time to consider the inner lives of people. She often uses juxtaposition – the sublime and the mundane, the tactile and internal- to find the place where an image becomes resonant. Bonnie’s drawings, commissioned work and listing of shows and awards can be seen on her website at www.bonniesheckter.com  She is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Sharpened Artist (Podcast 294 -Interview with John Middick).

Artwork Description

I had recently juried the awards for an art show and wanted to depict the intensity of that experience in a drawing; the concentrated scrutiny, the nail biting feelings of indecision, the sense of isolation in being the sole voice of power.

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Catching Snowflakes by Cher Pruys

Reflections, 2020
Cher Pruys

Artist Profile

Cher Pruys, ASAA SCA, IGOR, AAPL, CSAA, AMS, LMS, OSA, MAA, CFA, NOAPS, AWA..

“To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer …. That is the ultimate in self expression.” 

Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.

Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 167 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 188 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits. 

Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 28 magazines, the latest being The Best Of Acrylic Fall 2021, and has-been featured in over 112 international publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.

Artwork Description
The bright umbrellas reflected in this glass of wine, make for a wonderful sight in these bleak pandemic times.

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On The Beach by Shirley Dickie

On The Beach, 2021
Shirley Dickie

Artist Profile

I was born in Penticton BC and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. I am essentially self-taught, though as a young artist I attended various workshops and classed at the Vancouver School of Art. I sought expression in all types of media practicing such styles as: realism, abstraction, symbolism, and inner intuitive expression. Going beyond the learning curve of my early work gave me the groundwork for the art I practice today. I create from my inner experience and depend largely on dreams and imagination for ideas and vision.

Now, my painting has become like an abstract thought. It allows me to enter another world. It is like the Gaia is speaking to me out of that universal connectedness. It calls me to use identifiable images to hook and link people to that same place.

Through my painting I am drawn to enter points of view and places in my imagination that are mostly intuitive. My paintings examine things like groups and flocks, movement, feelings, and mystery. I am as much the medium of expression as the brush, the paint, and the canvas.

Artwork Description
While standing on the beach on the East coast of Vancouver Island I found the muse for this piece. The sun, the sand, the chaotic water and wide variety of shells made up this concophone of images.

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The Warning by Brandy Masch

The Warning, 2016
Brandy Masch

Artist Profile

Brandy Masch was born in Kitimat, British Columbia. She received her BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2001) in Vancouver. Brandy paints primarily in acrylic gouache, ink, and watercolor. A large part of her inspiration comes from our ecosystems, issues on biodiversity, urban development, and its impact on the environment. Her pieces combine flora, fauna, and mechanics in a style that is intricate, charming, and slightly sinister.

Brandy’s paintings are represented in galleries across Canada.

She now resides and paints full-time in her studio at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

Artwork Description

A small urban ecosystem hangs precariously in balance on the back of a larger-scale Pacific octopus. Octopus Garden is about why we should take an interest in safeguarding the fragile eco-systems that we share with so many amazing organisms from the massive to microscopic.

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215-They Found Us by Shelley Ewing

215- They Found Us, 2020
Shelley Ewing

Artist Profile

Shelley Ewing is a Southern Alberta artist, living in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She spent 33 years working as a scientific illustrator for DRDC Canada, a world-class research Centre that supports the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canadian public security. Over this rewarding career, she moved from using tradition illustration in the mid-1980s (watercolour and acrylic), to creating science stories in 2D digital and 3D animation, in the later years.

After retiring in 2015, Shelley pursued a client-based creative business. In 2020, the pandemic made it necessary to close that business. This door opened a return to the past, filling hours with creative process and art in traditional methods of watercolour, acrylic and pastels.

Shelley’s interest is driven by many different areas of subject matter. From people, pets to landscapes and multimedia projects.  Unique lighting, a small nuance or gesture can be the catalyst for an art direction.  She spends many hours biking and hiking in nature and is inspired by many of those scenes. Sometimes the challenge might be a realistic representation or trying to create a more abstract impression of those views. She also is intrigued by people, faces, capturing the expression of moment in time.

Shelley has a diploma in Visual Communications. She sells originals and prints of her artwork through her Facebook page, Envisionart.

Artwork Description

A cathartic process depicting the discovery of the first 215 children in a mass grave at Kamloops, who attended residential schools. The storyboard moves from the left, representing the beautiful culture and spirit of Indigenous people. The centre shows a young Cree Indian, Thomas Moore who entered Regina residential school in 1910. His image is shown 3 times, one is faded out, representing the attempt to obliterate his Indigenous Identity. They other two images of him show a before and after picture. These comparisons were used by residential schools to show evidence of this intention. The far right, depict the tears and ongoing trauma, of the families that experienced this. Along the bottom there are 215 small white spirit dots, smaller spatters represent those that still will be found.

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Marilyn Koi Fish by Joanne Berger

Marilyn Koi Fish, 2020
Joanne Berger

Artist Profile

Joanne Berger is basically self taught painter. Working in advertising as a talented commercial artist for a number of years provided the impetus for a need to discover more about herself as a serious artist experimenting with different art mediums. She was trained to do what was asked for and now as a painter she is enjoying experimenting and painting what motivates and moves her.

Artwork Description
Detailed painting of koi fish on canvas. Acrylic paint with silver painting.

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Plastic Sea by Charlotte Boiral

Plastic Sea, 2019
Charlotte Boiral

Artist Profile

An artist, a traveler, a diver, and a practitioner of magical things, Luna inspires herself by the many facets of what exactly it means to be alive. She has travelled to 33 countries, submerging herself into the culture of every place she sets foot, learning languages, participating in different spiritual practices, and experiencing the world from as many doors of perception as humanly possible.

Her mission as an artist shifts and changes as she does, as she grows, and as the people and places she surrounds herself with leave imprints on her way of perceiving the world.

Luna Charlotte is well known for her attention to detail and the dream-like realms she creates with paint. Her love for the ocean and it’s inhabitants could not be made more obvious through her work.

Luna was raised in Canada, born to French parents. She felt a calling towards the world of art from a very young age – 5 to be exact – and pursued it despite the challenging road it proved to be.

When she took a leap of faith and began her full time career as an artist, she lived in her car, living penny to penny and jumping on every occasion to live paint and showcase her work – even if it meant spending every penny to her name to get there. Luna always believed if she followed where her art took her, she would always be exactly where she was meant to be.

Artwork Description

As an avid diver, this piece is about the plastic crisis in the ocean. The frame is made from plastic collected off of beaches.

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End of the line by Nadia Savard

End of the line, 2021
Nadia Savard

Artist Profile

Nadia Savard is a Canadian realist artist based in Airdrie, Alberta. She first picked up a paint brush in 2013 shortly after the loss of an important person in her life, painting felt like a form of therapy and relaxation. She decided to join a local art class where she learned how to paint from a talented teacher. She quickly realized that painting was an actual extension of her own creative journey. She works solely with acrylic, and she enjoys painting wildlife and rustic images.

Artwork Description

After seeing this image over 2 years ago, I knew one day I would paint it. I love locomotive and train, probably because I lived near a train track as a child and we would see them constantly. I loved the challenge this photo brought with all the intricate details and all the colors. Its the end of the line for this beautiful locomotive.

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Home and Native Land by Sandra MacGillivray

Home and Native Land, 2017
Sandra MacGillivray

Artist Profile

Sandra MacGillivray is an accredited member of Federation of Canadian Artists – FCA the Portrait Society of Canada and a graduate of Sheridan College Institute of Design and Technology. Her paintings are collected nationally and internationally. Sandra has been published in Arabella Art Magazine, has been awarded 1st place winner of the American Art Awards multiple times, she is also winner of the Emily Carr Legacy award. Sandra paints in a realistic style capturing the emotion and mood of her subject. Through colour, texture and detail, her paintings capture the subject’s story and a moment in time, compelling the viewer to stop and be inspired. The paintings allow her audience to enter into a journey and share for just a little while the reason the piece of art was created. “My goal is always to engage with the viewer. Otherwise it is merely paint on canvas”

Artwork Description
Shows the beauty of our northern snow covered countryside, the pride on the mans face as he takes in this beauty and our flag flying in the mountain air. In the man’s glasses you will see the red and white reflection of our flag. True North Strong

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Resurgence by Tania Hillion

Resurgence, 2021
Tania Hillion

Profil de l'artiste

Tania Hillion est une artiste française basée au Québec (Canada) qui utilise la peinture à l’huile comme médium prédominant pour adresser la notion de mémoire perceptive. Peintre figurative portraitiste, elle est autodidacte.

Entre la Pologne de son enfance et de nombreux voyages immersifs autour du monde, Tania est baignée très jeune dans une diversité culturelle dont elle ne comprend pas les langues. Cette barrière de la langue va considérablement affecter la façon dont elle perçoit le non verbal. Elle développe dès le plus jeune âge une fascination pour le visage et ses multiples expressions.

Son travail en tant que peintre est grandement influencé par ses expériences les plus personnelles: retranscrire la mémoire sensorielle fait écho à une approche viscérale et intuitive qui guide l’artiste au quotidien. C’est ce dialogue universel qu’elle aspire à matérialiser dans son travail.

Autodidacte, elle développe seule son approche et la maîtrise de sa technique depuis 2019.

Habitée par une conscience omniprésente de la fragilité de notre existence, Tania s’intéresse au paradoxe du temps sur la mémoire. Comment la furtivité d’un moment marque autant sa place dans nos souvenirs.

Attirée depuis toujours par la création artistique, elle expérimente la photographie et le modelage en couture dont elle est diplômée en 2016 (école de la Chambre syndicale de la Couture Parisienne).

Quel que soit le médium, l’humain pris sur le vif ou mis en scène est au cœur de son travail. La forme, le corps, le visage et les émotions sont les constantes de sa pratique.

Description de l'oeuvre

FR
série “Réminiscences du désir”.
Deux corps qui s’attirent et se dissolvent dans un paysage abstrait. Le paradoxe de la furtivité d’un souvenir et la place qu’il occupe dans la mémoire est ici abordé.

EN
series “Reminiscences of desire”.
Two bodies that attract and dissolve in an abstract landscape. The paradox of the stealth of a remembrance and the place it occupies in memory is discussed here.

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Harlequin Tea Time Reflections by Danielle Beaulieu

Harlequin Tea Time Reflections, 2021
Danielle Beaulieu

Artist Profile

Danielle Beaulieu began experimenting with watercolours about nine years ago and is a self-taught visual artist. Her technique consists of several thin layers of transparent paint, each gently modulating the colours below. Some of her paintings can take a couple of weeks in the making.

Since her retirement, she dedicates about 8 hours per day to her art. 

Recently, a common theme of her watercolours has been antiques items and the surface of water. Antiques hold mysterious knowledge waiting patiently to be revealed through her paintings. These common items are often overlooked by many people. She enjoys giving renewed life to antiques.

You can find her art works at Da Artisti Gallery in Ottawa, ON and Herringbone Gallery in Nova Scotia. She has won awards from Canadian and International organizations and has exhibited in Canada and the United States.

She is the author of two blogs. The first is for watercolorists while the second aims to share the trials and tribulations of his personal journey with watercolour. She is also a regular instructor with Da Artisti Gallery in Ottawa.  Since the pandemic, she transitioned to online classes and has students from various provinces in Canada and the United States.

Artwork Description

Did I mention how much I enjoy painting silver objects? I loved combining this teapot and the beautiful harlequin fabric and observing all of the reflections.

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Library and Archives by Maurice Dionne

Library and Archives, 2021
Maurice Dionne

Artist Profile

Maurice Dionne is a full-time artist in Ottawa, working in various media, however his go to is watercolour. He is inspired by the energy of cityscapes, as well as the beauty of nature. These influences are part of his continued explorations. Like many over the past two years, he has stayed closer to home and explored the many hidden gems in Ottawa. His Series “Interpretations of Ottawa” showcases some of this work.

His technical training is evident in the precision with which he renders architectural shapes. His creativity nevertheless shines through in his delicate handling of details, and especially in his selection of colours, adding a pleasant liveliness to familiar landscapes.

“When sketching and painting something, I’m searching for that spark of energy that attracted me to the subject. How can I capture the mood, the energy and movement that I see? When I lose track of time, I know I must be on the right track.”

Artwork Description
The Library and Archives Canada building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. This is where many historical articles are carefully stored and preserved. It remains an iconic building in the nation’s capital, beautiful as viewed from the Park of the Provinces. This piece is part of the “Interpretations of Ottawa” series.

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Au Naturel by Mary Perkins

Au Naturel, 2021
Mary Perkins

Artist Profile

I am a self-taught emerging artist born and raised in North Toronto. My love for the outdoors is exhibited in my oil painting nature landscapes, inspired by my recurring time in Toronto, Ottawa, Huntsville and Brampton. Being a self-taught artist, I don’t ascribe to formal rules, ergo I don’t implement any in my works. My approach is simply that of capturing what I feel when I get in front of my canvas. My belief that we, as individuals, are consistently evolving is reflected in my evolving styles, landscapes and mediums. Much like the landscapes that inspire me, my style conveys power, emotions and beauty with elegance and realism.

Artwork Description

A naturescape captured using only titanium white and charcoal grey. Atmospheric, foreboding.

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Anywhere But Here (Gygax Take Me Away) by Jen Kershaw

Anywhere But Here (Gygax Take Me Away), 2021
Jen Kershaw

Artist Profile

Jennifer Kershaw was born in Scarborough, Ontario and lived in Milton after her father’s untimely passing in the ’90s. In 2004, she earned her B.A. Honours degree from the University of Guelph, majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Art History. It was there in the paint spattered studios of Zavitz Hall, that she began to specialize in painting under Monica Tap, and had her revelatory collision with the work of Mary Pratt.

Soon after graduating, Jennifer and her husband fled the GTA for Ottawa in a battered U-haul with her beloved ’93 Pontiac Sunbird in tow and pet goldfish sloshing all the way. She has lived and painted in Ottawa ever since, where she happily does not get routinely stuck in 401 traffic.

“I have always been inspired by the transformative power of light; how it can lift up the everyday into something jewel-like and extraordinary, while its transience inspires me to never take things for granted, to enjoy, savour, and celebrate what we have while it lasts, because as a wise man once said, ‘tomorrow never knows.’ My latest body of work is more specifically about memory – certain smells, flavours, songs, and physical items that remind me of people, places, or times in my life. In painting the personal, I hope I can touch upon the universal.”

Artwork Description

This painting is dedicated to my Beloved and the years of fun we’ve had playing D&D with our friends. Points of interest include cherished Fighting Fantasy books, Lord of the Rings box set, a dice bag that has seen many campaigns, and hand drawn maps.

The emphasis on rich reds and gem tones is a call-back to the 1970’s/early 1980’s advertising campaigns and fantasy illustration, the kind you’d see on the packaging of games and books, and the feeling of excitement they engendered.

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Regard sans filtre by Magali Gilbert

Regard sans filtre, 2020
Magali Gilbert

Profil de l'artiste

Magali est née dans un village de campagne en 1976 dans la région de Charlevoix, au Québec, elle est la troisième d’une famille de cinq enfants dont les parents sont hôteliers. Une enfance heureuse où le partage, l’ouverture aux autres et la vie en collectivité fait grandir en elle l’intérêt de connaître toujours plus en profondeur l’être humain.  Ce qui l’amène plus tard, à partir à la découverte du monde, pack sac sur le dos.

À sa seizième année, cherchant un sens à sa vie, elle s’intéresse profondément à l’évolution de l’âme sociale et spirituelle. Sachant déjà le bonheur que lui procure la créativité, cette grâce particulière dont la vie lui a fait cadeau, elle parcourt depuis des voies diversifiées, touchant à l’art et au développement de la personne : ateliers d’approfondissement de la connaissance de soi, d’élévation du savoir et de la conscience, formations d’art dramatique, d’art plastique et de design d’intérieur. Elle se découvre un attrait particulier pour la peinture acrylique, au début d’un long tournant de sa vie en 2015.  Elle approche quarante ans, et n’a jamais voulu rien d’autre qu’être artiste.

En 2017, elle participe à quelques expositions, dans des bibliothèques, cafés et fêtes foraines de sa région.  C’est en 2020, qu’elle s’engage corps et âme à concrétiser ses rêves de création, et quitte son emploi consacrer à la peinture et la massothérapie.

Démarche artistique

Mon artiste intérieure est la source de cet élan qui m’incite à puiser continuellement dans le monde merveilleux de mon imagination et dans le vaste domaine de l’extraordinaire pour chercher des moyens d’insuffler à la vie ordinaire la magie que me montre ma vision intérieure.   J’ai le sentiment de peindre ma propre histoire, mes états d’âme, mes passages, mes rites, mes émotions ou mes aspirations.

J’aime donner forme aux messages de mon âme.  Des formes apparaissent et prennent l’aspect de personnages ou d’animaux, je ne peux faire autrement que de les laisser être. Elles font partie du message.  Mon inspiration prend vie dans la beauté de la nature, dans la pureté de l’être humain et de tout ce qui fait partie du vivant.

Je construis mes tableaux en posant plusieurs couches de peinture sur la toile en guise de mise en place de traits et de formes issus de mon inconscient.  Une fois cette première étape fait, je m’amuse numériquement avec celle-ci en y superposant d’autres photographies.

 

Magali was born in a country village in 1976 in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. She is the third of five children whose parents are hoteliers. A happy childhood where sharing, openness to others and living in a community made her grow in her interest to know more and more about the human being.  This later led her to discover the world, pack on her back.

In her sixteenth year, looking for a meaning to her life, she became deeply interested in the evolution of the social and spiritual soul. Knowing already the happiness that creativity brings her, this particular grace that life has given her, she has been following various paths, touching on art and personal development: workshops to deepen self-knowledge, to elevate knowledge and consciousness, training in dramatic art, plastic art and interior design. She discovered a particular attraction for acrylic painting, at the beginning of a long turning point in her life in 2015.  She is approaching forty, and has never wanted anything more than to be an artist.

In 2017, she participated in a few exhibitions, in libraries, cafes and fairs in her area.  In 2020, she commits herself body and soul to make her creative dreams come true, and leaves her job to devote herself to painting and massage therapy.

Artistic approach

My inner artist is the source of the impetus that drives me to continually tap into the wonderful world of my imagination and the vast realm of the extraordinary to seek ways to infuse ordinary life with the magic that my inner vision shows me.   I feel that I am painting my own story, my moods, my passages, my rituals, my emotions or my aspirations.

I like to give form to the messages of my soul.  Forms appear and take the aspect of characters or animals, I can’t help but let them be. They are part of the message.  My inspiration comes to life in the beauty of nature, in the purity of the human being and of all that is part of the living.

I build my paintings by putting several layers of paint on the canvas as a way of setting up lines and shapes from my unconscious.  Once this first step is done, I play digitally with it by superimposing other photographs.

Description de l'oeuvre
Il existe de ces moments où il est bon de se regarder dans le blanc des yeux et toucher à sa propre vérité intérieure.

There are those moments when it is good to look into the whites of our eyes and touch our own inner truth.

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J.C. Leyendecker by Angela Julian

J.C. Leyendecker, 2019
Angela Julian

Artist Profile

Angela is a Canadian Artist, based out of Toronto. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has gone on to participate in a number of group shows and solo exhibitions in Toronto since graduating. Angela is a multi-disciplinary artist, she specialized in drawing and painting while in university, but she has branched out into other mediums of sculpture and installation. She was born in Canada and is proud to contribute her work to the institutions and cultural fabric that make up a wonderful and diverse country. With her use of traditional mediums, she renders images from observation and with an illustrative approach. She creates highly detailed imagery that is distinctly stylized. Her drawings focus mainly on portraiture and anatomy, and the many ways the human face and body fit into more complex systems. Her inspiration comes from a wide array of subjects including historical paintings, nature, architecture, and graphically charged work. Her sculptures and installations are combined from multiple mediums in order to produce heavily treated surfaces of art. She makes wall-works that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Artwork Description

Large scale drawing of New York illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.

Watercolour, ink, coloured pencil on paper, work comes framed.

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Tank by Denise Fitzgerald

Tank, 2021
Denise Fitzgerald

Artist Profile

Denise is a self-taught graphite artist residing in Alberta Canada, she is a mother, wife and lover of nature. Drawing has been her passion since she was a child, especially capturing the beauty, power resilience, emotion and magic of horses.  As a Christian artist, Denise uses her time drawing to draw closer to God and utilizes her artwork as often as possible to support people who are in need, often donating her work to community fundraisers.  

Artwork Description
This horse is named Tank, he is an Australian supreme champion. Despite being bridled his resilience has brought him to the top.

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The Gapesienne by Philippe Giroux

The Gaspesienne 51, 2021
Philippe Giroux

Artist Profile

Philippe Giroux is originally from Beloeil, Quebec. He lived there until the age of 13. In 1972, the family moved to Matane, in the Gaspé. Rather interested in sport as a teenager, his interest in the arts did not appear until college, around 1977. He took a few courses there before continuing on his own. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he produced a series of pointillist drawings. He left for Montreal where his work was noticed a few times. He spent 3 years there before returning to the Gaspé.

His initiation to painting was self-taught during the 80s and he produced his first murals in the early 90s. He was introduced to decorative painting techniques, textures, patinas and imitations of material. He will be self-employed for nearly 25 years. Drawing, graphics, copy art, painting on furniture, specialized painting, decoration and muralism will have quietly led him to acrylic painting on canvas. In 2014, Philippe Giroux turned definitively towards a professional career as an artist-painter.

Since then, he has been noticed on the internet in North America and Europe. Paintings have found buyers in the United States, Holland, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas and Canada. Winner of 7 international prizes in the last two years, he was the happy winner of the first competition “The Marketer Art Competition 2020”.