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A Sense of Play: The Art Portfolio of Kathryn Howard

An illustration of children playing pirate ship on bunk bedsBunk Pirates

Kathryn Howard produces bright, kid-friendly illustrations that often utilize a simple, impactful colour palette in combination with sketchy line art. Each work seems to embody a sense of play and experimentation.


An illustration of two children hunting bugsBug Hunt

 

I really appreciate the use of colour in Kathryn’s artworks. As I mentioned above, each image seems to focus on, if not a single hue, then a dominant hue over the entire composition. The colours that…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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A Poetry Portfolio by Mary K. O'Melveny

A sample from a poem about a cherry treeThirteen Ways of Looking at a Cherry Tree (excerpt)

Mary K. O’Melveny is a poet based between Washington, D.C., and Woodstock, New York. Mary’s background is as a labour rights lawyer, and her poetry often concerns current events and discussions pertinent to the social, economical, and political climate.


An excerpt from a poem about the colour greenGreen is a Primary Color (excerpt)

I enjoy the way that Mary’s poems shift from an easy, conversational tone into one of…

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A Portfolio of Dragon Pottery by Susan Smith James

An earthenware vessel sculpted to look like a dragonThe Smoke Dragon, earthenware

Susan Smith James is an artist who works in clay (among other media) producing pots, vessels, and other works of pottery inspired by dragons. Each of Susan’s dragon pottery pieces is unique and packed with personality.


A half-moon vessel in the shape of a dragonQuarter Moon Dragon, earthenware, silver leaf, rose quartz

 

It’s lovely to be able to see so many examples of Susan’s dragon pottery together in a single portfolio. Each pot seems to…

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The Art Portfolio of Ashley Longshore


A painting of Audrey Hepburn with a Ringpop on her headAudrey With Ring Pop, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

Ashley Longshore is a painter and mixed media artist inspired by contemporary pop culture. The artist’s works take a playful, sometimes vulgar, often feminine-oriented approach to the concerns of young people navigating today’s culture.


A painting of three champagne bottles on a floral backgroundBottle Fed with Lavender Floral Background, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

I like the way that Longshore’s…

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Illustrative Styles: The Art Portfolio of Jordan Woodard

A piece of concept art for a war storyThe Rejects -- Squad

Jordan Woodard is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist based in Texas. Jordan’s current portfolio features examples of a wide variety of illustrative styles, including comic pages and panels, storyboards, and character sketches.


An image of a science-fiction figure in an interior settingTenkaichi's Lair

I like the amount of energy that Jordan packs into each of his drawings -- the artist cites his interest in science fiction, martial arts, and war stories as a…

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Studio Sunday: Phillipe Parreno

A photo of Philippe Parreno in his studio

 

Philippe Parreno is a conceptual and multimedia artist currently based in Paris. The artist was originally born in Oran, Algeria. Parreno’s practice often revolves around the creation of narratives and complete exhibitions, rather than objects in an of themselves. As such, the artist’s studio space is frequently used for writing, drawing, and planning -- not exclusively creating artworks.

 

Parreno’s studio looks very busy in…

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The Art Portfolio of Marc Brisson

A stone painted to look like a bust of a manLe gars

Marc Brisson grew up in Ontario and made a career as a teacher, imparting theatre and visual art knowledge to the next generation. In 2014, Marc set up his own private art studio, where he continues to produce artwork in a range of media.


An image with faces digitally imposed on a rocky outcroppingProfile

 

I really enjoy Mark’s work with rocks -- in one series, the artist paints directly on rocks, turning small, rounded stones into almost sculptural busts with faces that take their…

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The Art Portfolio of Illustrator Rick Guidice

An illustration of a space-faring probeUntitled

Illustrator Rick Guidice specializes in creating visual artwork of landscapes and plein air subject matter, as well as designs for materials released by NASA. The artist’s illustrations, spanning several decades, are created using watercolours and oil paints.


An illustration of craters on a distant planetUntitled

 

I adore Guidice’s NASA illustrations -- created mostly in the 1960s through 1980s, these images hail from a time when space exploration had an almost…

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The Painting Portfolio of Kyle Heinly


A painting made primarily with yellow hues and sketch-style figures...all the chaos beautiful

Kyle Heinly is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, producing images that explore the limits of figurative painting while expressing a unique abstracted style. The artist’s paintings explore a wide range of subjects in a style that remains impressively cohesive in its wildness.


A painting of several geometric marks that could form a faceUntitled

 

Kyle’s gallery of originals contains numerous examples of the artist’s style. Browsing through these images,…

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A Portfolio of Pen and Ink Drawings by Isis Fisher

A detailed pen and ink drawing of a mythical goddessEternal Goddess (detail)

Isis Fisher creates intricate pen and ink drawings that explore repeating patterns, while resolving those patterns into figures both recognizable and alien. Many of the artist’s works incorporate spiritual or mythological imagery, lending a sense of meditative reverence to the dizzying patterns.


An abstracted drawing of a figure emerging from a celestial doorwayShadow Walking, ink on paper

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail in each of Isis’ works. The artist…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Artworks by Adam Thomas


A painting of a landscape made with oil and a palette knifePeace and Quiet, oil and wax on panel

Adam Thomas is an Chicago-based artist who creates abstract artworks inspired by landscapes. The artist paints in oils, often mixed with wax medium and applied using a palette knife, to build up dense, fields of geometric marks that speak to the colour and tone of a particular sky in a particular place.


A painting made using blue and orange huesAqua

 

I’m really enjoying Adam’s abstract paintings -- the way the artist applies the paint,…

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Cape Cod Ornamentals: An Art Portfolio by Randi Evans


A painting of a horse with a wide borderWonder

Randi Evans splits her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Spokane, Washington. In her studio practice, Cape Cod Ornamentals, Randi produces works of painting and jewelry that take an exploratory, experimental approach to colour, form, and composition.


A solid wood bracelet decorated with Henna designsHenna Bracelet 105, solid wood bangle hand decorated with henna and gotlone, Swarovski crystals

 

I’m really enjoying browsing through Randi’s jewelry gallery. The artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Gaetane Cummings

A painting of a face forming from overlapping abstract brush marksGMO no 8, acrylic

Gaetane Cummings has been an avid painter since 1998, creating figurative abstract images inspired by Chinese calligraphy techniques. The artist’s paintings use a fascinating combination of abstract brush marks and detailed elements to build human figures out of raw paint and texture.


A painting with two figures composed from abstract brush strokesAllez, Viens!, acrylic

There’s something very striking about the imagery in Gaetane’s portfolio. The artist’s works are imbued…

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Studio Sunday: Arshile Gorky


A photo of Arshile Gorky at work in his studio

 

Arshile Gorky was an Armenian-American painter, born in what is now the town of Dilkaya, Turkey. Gorky is noted for his post-impressionist, and later, abstract expressionist painting style. The artist was based in America for the duration of his career.

 

Gorky looks like the classic image of an artist in this photo. His studio looks relatively small and sparse -- I see just one easel, and a wooden table that seems to hold almost…

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