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Motorcycles and Machines: Art by Dave Wishart


A drawing of a famous antique carThe '32 Five Window Deuce Coupe from American Graffiti

Dave Wishart is an illustrator and photographer who creates detailed, photorealistic drawings of motorcycles and machines. Relying on traditional drawing media, Dave creates his images both as a personal passion and on a commissioned basis.


A drawing of a 1935 FordGrill -- 35 Ford Project

 

I really appreciate how Dave manages to convey a sense of dynamic movement in his works while still adhering to…

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Large Forms, Color and Contour: Art by Linda Lang


An oil painting of an arctic glacierBylot Island Glacier, oil on canvas

Painter Linda Lang maintains an art practice that’s informed by expeditions to the Arctic circle, as well as conversations with conservation scientists and members of the Inuit community. Linda’s painting style is one that celebrates large forms, color and contour.


A painting of fog drifting in front of a glacial rock formationViking Fairytale -- Greenland, oil on canvas

 

Linda’s style – smoothly blended brush marks, planes of color, and the occasional…

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Daydreams and Memories: Photography by Sarah Seené


A photograph of a boy wearing multiple pairs of swimming gogglesAlex, part of the series Fovea

Sarah Seené is a Montreal-based director and photographer. Working primarily in Polaroid and 35mm film photography, the artist creates images that speak to daydreams and memories.


A photograph of an actor portraying MoriartyStephan Zimmerli (Moriarty)

The aesthetic that the artist achieves through her use of analogue film and photography techniques is one that I find quite attractive. The images on Sarah’s portfolio website are hazy and often…

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Custom Tattoo Designs by Gas Pedals Tattoo


A custom tattoo by Jessie GrantTattoo by Jessie Grant

Gas Pedals Tattoo is a tattoo shop located in interior British Columbia. Tattoo artists Jessie Grant, Kerri Lynn and Kitty Pickles specialize in custom tattoo designs – each offering their own unique artistic style and preferred subject matter.


A tattoo of a tigerTattoo by Kerri Lynn

 

I like being able to view each artist’s portfolio on the Gas Pedals website, and to compare the different styles and aesthetics that are…

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Swirling, Undefined Forms: Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

 
A photo of an abstract sculpture with dramatic lightingTraveler

Jonathan Hertzel is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in the United States. Jonathan’s sculptures are half-abstract, half-figural, often built up out of masses of swirling, undefined forms. The artist’s works, many cast in bronze, are imbued with a sense of movement and emotional intensity.


A series of sculptures by Jonathan HertzelNehushatan, First Step, Falling Man, and Signs of Life

 

It’s interesting to look through the works on Jonathan’s portfolio…

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Characters and Memes: Art by Amber Petersen


A mash-up of super mario and little shop of horrorsPlant Love II, acrylic on canvas

Amber Petersen works as a mixed media artist as well as an actor, producer, and photographer. In her visual art practice, Amber utilizes neon-bright color schemes and thick, hard outlines to depict elements of pop culture, characters and memes in a recognizable yet unique format.


A painting of Cole Sprouse as JugheadJughead, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way that Amber combines detailed renderings of characters -- both live-action and…

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Views of Darkened Landscapes: Art by Dennis Ekstedt


A painting of city lights on a dark blue backgroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #10

Painter Dennis Ekstedt creates dreamy atmospheric paintings of city lights at night. In their many permutations, Dennis’ paintings produce aerial views of darkened landscapes both recognizable and alien.


A painting of a star field with dark shapes in the foregroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #3, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the works in Dennis’ gallery of works from 20178. These recent works seem to explore a new visual path, occasionally veering into landscapes more cosmic…

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Explorative and Experimental: Art by Linnie Aikens


An abstract painting based on an operaRing Cycle (Opera by Wagner), oil on canvas

Linnie Aikens is an artist and teacher whose work is in many media and ranges from pure abstraction to detailed figural images. Linnie’s mother is also an artist, so Linnie was exposed to creativity at a young age and has been honing her explorative and experimental skills since childhood.


A landscape painting with saturated purple and pink tonesSnowy Plover Sunset

 

I really enjoy the style that Linnie adopts in her figurative works. While the…

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Multiple Viewpoints: Photography by Ted Diamond


A black and white photo of fog over a fieldFog 2

Ted Diamond is a photographer originally from Long Island. Early in his career, Ted became interested in depictions of the American flag and the different ways that such images are presented, and how they resonate with different viewers. Ted’s photographs showcase America from multiple viewpoints.


A photograph of a shed barely visible through snowCropsy Shed White-Out

 

In our previous feature of Ted’s pop-culture Americana, we focused on the artist’s work with American…

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Rhythm and Energy: Art by BJ Keith


A painting with a plane of red and a darker shadowStatements 1, oil on canvas

Painter BJ Keith works intuitively, focusing on finding an inherent rhythm and energy in each individual artwork, and following it to a logical point of completion. The artist’s works are abstract and focused on composition, often utilizing bright, segregated planes of color.


A painting built up from a lot of small squaresPixels 5, oil on canvas

In her artist statement, Keith notes that she rarely plans a painting with sketches, instead allowing the…

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Movement and Atmosphere: Art by Cary Wyninger


A drawing of an owl featherInk Feather Owl Fluff

Wisconsin-based artist Cary Wyninger creates striking paintings that are full of movement and atmosphere. With a focus on plants, animals, and nature scenes, the artist seems to imbue each of her artworks with a sense of magic.


An oil painting of a barn owlSunset Barn Owl, oil on canvas

 

I’m enjoying looking through Cary’s collection of artworks based on feathers. The contrast between her Feather Love series, and the images of feathers in…

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Collage-Style Paintings: Art by Don Moore


A painting of a family in front of a partially-colored landscapeAll are Emigrants

Don Moore is an artist based in North Carolina who works in traditional media, creating collage-style paintings and sketches that have a double-exposed look. The artist is proficient in with rendering figures, and many of his works combine human, landscape, and still-life motifs.


A painting of elements referencing WWISommes is Lovely

 

I really enjoy the sort of “unfinished” aesthetic that Don achieves in his Of Time and Space series. While parts of…

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Interactions of Texture: Art by Ginger Thomas


An abstract painting combining copper and aqua colorsAqua Dream, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Self-taught artist Ginger Thomas creates mixed media artworks with a focus on interactions of texture and color. Ginger’s abstract works are built up over a layer of adhesive, creating a heavy, mottled look that encourages close examination.


A painting with deep blue figures on a golden backgroundCity Dwellers, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

Though Ginger’s works are abstract, I do enjoy the occasional moments where the artist plays with…

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Possibilities of Composition: Art by Elaine Lauzon


An oil painting with overlapping blue and red tonesFriday, oil on canvas

Elaine Lauzon works in a range of media both digital and traditional, creating artworks that explore the possibilities of composition and color. In her current practice, Elaine favours bright hues and heavy, confident brush strokes, creating artworks that are bursting with energy.


A painting composed of many large colorful brush strokesFloating, acrylic on canvas

Many of Elaine’s traditional abstractions remind me of work by David Tycho, or Bruce Meberg. The artist’s…

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