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The Portrait Painting Portfolio of Stuart Sampson

A painting of a Native American man wearing sunglassesOn the Horizon #3, acrylic on wood

Stuart Sampson is a painter based in Oklahoma. In his practice, Stuart specializes in portrait painting, creating colourful, expressive portraits of various subjects. The faces of Native American people, as well as athletes and actors, factor prominently in Stuart’s portfolio.


A painting of a Native American person on a coloured backgroundHairy Moccasin, acrylic on wood

Browsing through Stuart’s portfolio, I’m reminded of work by Clayton Samuel King and

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Jonas


A photo of Joan Jonas' loft studio in SoHo, New York

 

This Sunday, let’s take a step into the studio space of Joan Jonas! The artist was born in 1936 in New York, NY, and studied art history, sculpture, drawing, and choreography. Throughout her career, Jonas has been combining these disciplines and more, producing works of performance, film, installation, and large-scale sculpture.

 

Jonas’ studio space is also her home -- a loft space in SoHo, New York. The space overall looks…

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The Art Portfolio of Rachel Wilson

A textile artwork hanging from the ceiling of a space1. The Thought of Bloom

Rachel Wilson is a painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist currently based in Flagstaff, Arizona. In her practice, Rachel creates large and colourful artworks that juxtapose traditional painting and printmaking methods with innovative surfaces and locations.


An outdoor installation with sheets of coloured fabricBlue Iris

 

I love the large, drapey forms of Rachel’s installation artworks. These hanging fabric works remind me a little of certain works by Eva…

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Flowers, Nature, and Still-Life: The Art of Linda Clark

An oil painting of winter birch treesWinter Sunrise, oil on canvas

Linda Clark is a painter whose subject matter includes flowers, nature, and still-life. Through her varied subject matter, Linda tends to imbue each of her works with a personal, intimate tone.


A painting of an orange pumpkin on a black backgroundFall Colors, oil on canvas board

I like the elements of texture that Linda chooses to include in her works -- while the artist’s style is detailed and realistic, she doesn’t shy away from using heavy, confident…

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Surreal Iterations: Art by Emil Alzamora


A metal sculpture of a human formGullfoss, bronze

Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru; lived in the United States and Spain growing up; and is now based in New York. The artist’s current practice is largely focused on the human figure, with Alzamora creating abstracted, surreal iterations of recognizable forms in two and three-dimensional media.


A sculpted bust with abstracted elementsOn the Royal Road 15, ceramic, gold overglaze

 

The artist’s approach to sculpture is fascinating. Some of the works…

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Biblical Scenes: Spiritual Art by Denise Gracias

A painting of a shephard walking in the desertSeek the Lord While he May be Found, acrylic

Denise Gracias is a visual artist from Toronto. In her practice, Denise paints and draws biblical scenes, expressing her Catholic faith through serene landscapes, figurative paintings, and occasional forays into abstracted or metaphorical imagery.


A painting of a curving body of water next to grassHe Leads Me to Still Waters, acrylic

 

I really enjoy the works in Denise’s Spiritual Landscapes gallery. The works in this gallery offer both…

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The Painting Portfolio of Connie Scherr

A painting of waves crashing on a beachLaguna

Connie Scherr is a painter whose works are primarily inspired by nature. Working frequently from outdoor observation, Connie produces artworks that capture the beauty and expanse of the local landscape.


A painting of water flowing under an overpassBefore the Bypass

 

I love the smooth, sweeping brush marks that Connie uses to produce many of her landscape works. Though the subject matter varies, there’s a great sense of cohesion in the artist’s portfolio that stems from…

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Vibrant Urban Scenes: Art by Isaac Lewis


A painting of a piece of driftwood on a beachDrift Wood, acrylic on canvas

Isaac Lewis was born in Havana, Cuba, and is now mostly based in Canada. The artist’s paintings range from expansive, relatively pared-down landscapes to vibrant urban scenes with multiple figures.


A painting of a cityscape filled with jazz elementsJazzscape, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s clear even from a quick glance at Isaac’s portfolio that the artist has a great appreciation for jazz music. Like fellow artist Melvin Clark, Isaac  frequently takes…

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Fabric Constructions: Art by Gonny Mackaay


A creative dress made from hanging strips of fabrictrouwjurk

 

Gonny Mackaay is an artist who works in textiles and fabrics, creating art in the form of clothing designs and fabric constructions. The artist’s works frequently edge into the territory of fashion, but tend to avoid strict categorization as such.


A fabric artwork taking the form of a maskJodokus

 

Gonny’s series The Unwearable Dresses showcases the artist’s appreciation for the more experimental aspects of fashion. These garments, seemingly made from…

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Inside the Textile Art Studio of Diedrick Brackens


A photo of textile artist Diedrick Brackens working on his loom

 

This Sunday, we’re looking at the art studio of Diedrick Brackens. Brackens is a textile artist who draws on traditional methods of weaving and fabric-making to comment on issues of sociopolitics, black history, and cultural identity. Through his work with the traditionally “feminine” craft of textile weaving, Brackens addresses ideas of masculinity through the lens of his identity as a queer man, as well as challenging notions…

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The Vibrant Watercolour Portfolio of Judy H. Fowler

A watercolour painting of a red barnAlong the Way

Judy H. Fowler is an artist based in Durham, North Carolina, who produces bright and vibrant watercolour paintings of the surrounding environment, as well as human figures and other contemporary subjects.


A watercolour painting of hot air balloonsUp Up and Away

I’m impressed with the level of detail and deliberate lighting that Judy is able to draw out of each of her watercolour paintings. The artist combines the naturally impressionist, ethereal qualities of the…

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Western Imagery: Art by Gary Cheatham

A painting of a cow skull mounted on a wallA Ghost from the Past, oil on canvas

Gary Cheatham is a painter who specializes in Western imagery. The artist’s portfolio demonstrates Gary’s love for the Wild West, with still-life imagery of cowboy artefacts featuring prominently.


A painting of a holster, cowboy hat, and other parapheneliaOne of The Good Guys, oil on canvas

 

I love the amount of fine detail that Gary packs into each of his works. Whether he’s painting a detailed scene with multiple figures, or a focused still-life,…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Works by Cynthia Nockold

A still-life sketch of items on a tableUntitled

Cynthia Nockold is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In her practice, Cynthia creates paintings and other mixed media works that celebrate the artist’s hand with large, painterly brush marks and colour palettes that range from subdued and earthy to bright neons.


An abstract drawing with bright colours on a dark groundMountain King

 

I really love the works in Cynthia’s current Abstracts gallery. These pieces are primarily made using soft pastels on Colourfix paper. On a…

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The Art Portfolio of Dominique Cheng


An abstract ink drawing with intersecting black linesIsland II, sumi ink on paper

Dominique Cheng is an illustrator and installation artist with a background in architecture. The artist’s current portfolio features quiet, dense artworks made with minimal colour and small, fine marks that intersect and interact to create a larger whole.


An ink drawing featuring numerous fine details of an abstracted landscapeArk, ink on trace

 

I really enjoy the overall monochromatic, black-and-white aesthetic of Cheng’s portfolio. The focus on line art and white space…

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The Art Portfolio of Mixed-Media Artist John Clinock

A mixed media artwork using toys and doll partsthe Future, mixed media relief in cradled panel

John Clinock is a mixed-media artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, John works in a wide variety of both found materials and traditional art media, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging works that are equal parts creepy, whimsical, and explorative.


A sculpture made using mixed media and found objectsTree Warrior, fired and stained clay and mixed media

 

John’s online portfolio is organized according to year, and…

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