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The Art Portfolio of Ariel Lyons

A painting of a woman on an abstracted orange backgroundSmooth as Silk, acrylic, oil, and collage

Ariel Lyons is an Ottawa-based artist and art educator who works specifically with GOLDEN brand acrylic paints. The artist’s portfolio encompasses works of portraiture, landscape painting, and abstraction, with varying degrees of detail and gestural mark-making.

An abstract painting made with pink and grey tonesPink Puddle


I like the way that Ariel experiments with a wide variety of media in her portfolio. The artist’s style is changeable and seems tailored to the particular medium and substrate that Ariel chooses to use at a given time. The artist’s Pouring and Layers series takes on a totally abstract aesthetic, focusing on the materiality of the paint and the substrate. This sense of awareness of the texture and layering of paint comes into play elsewhere in Ariel’s portfolio, like in some of the artist’s portraits, where layers of colour and distinct brush marks form the basis of facial features and volumes.

The front page of Ariel Lyons' art portfolio


The artist’s landscape and nature painting express a similar method of layering, with light beautifully rendered in visible, confident brush marks.

A painting of a section of forest with tall, thin treesForest School, Gatineau

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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