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Sweet Siren: The Tattoo Portfolio of Erin Burge

A tattoo of a steam train

Erin Burge is a tattoo artist based in Kelowna, BC. Working out of Sweet Siren tattoo studio, the artist produces works primarily in a black and grey, realistic style. Erin has been tattooing for over a decade, working first as a guest in Australia before opening her own studio. 


A floral tattoo with an Om symbol

It’s really interesting to take an up-close work at Erin’s tattoos to see the kinds of techniques that the artist uses. In full figurative sleeves,…

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Colourful, Stylized Artworks: The Portfolio of Cécile Blanche

A watercolour painting of stylized eyesViews 5, watercolour and gold paint on 240mg watercolour paper

Artist Cécile Blanche was born in Cameroon and is now based in Canada. The artist draws on her varied background and experiences with many different cultures in creating her colourful, stylized artworks


A watercolour painting of stylized eyesViews 2, watercolour and gold paint on 240mg watercolour paper

 

The artist’s works cover a wide range of themes and subjects, but the common denominator is a joyful…

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Nature, Flowers, and Portraiture: The Art of Liba Labik

A painting of blossoms against a blue backgroundEverything Changes I, oil, mixed media on canvas

Liba Labik is a Czech-born artist who currently works between the Czech Republic, Alberta, and British Columbia. The artist’s current portfolio is packed with deeply saturated, partially abstracted paintings that use nature, flowers, and portraiture as motifs. 


An encaustic painting with berries and plantsTime of Berries I, oil, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that’s created by Liba’s artworks.…

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Inside the Art Studio of Conrad Shawcross

A photo of Conrad Shawcross' art studio

 

Conrad Shawcross is a British sculptor whose current practice sees him constructing large-scale, kinetic and mechanical objects inspired by science and philosophy. The artist’s works tend to have a geometric, mathematical quality about them, using sharp edges and finely tuned angles to express concepts from physics, mathematics, and architecture. Despite the cool, detached rationality of the works at first glance, each piece seems…

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An Experimental Eye: The Art Portfolio of Kristin Leigh Calhoun

An artwork with printed rectangles and abstracted colourMakhana, collographic monoprint

Kristin Leigh Calhoun is an artist currently based in Austin, Texas. In her portfolio, Kristin deals with abstract patterns, geometry, and text, using a wide range of media and an experimental eye


A handmade artist book with abstract imagery on the pagesBequest, handmade artist book of wax monotypes

 

I really like the kind of scientific edge that permeates most of the works in Kristin’s portfolio. Through colour, composition, materials, and titling, the…

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Intricate Geometric Designs: Painting by Howard Hastie

A painting with geometric patterns and figuresUnknown Star Chasers, oil on canvas

Howard Hastie is an oil painter. In his current artistic practice, Howard uses compositions that reflect tapestries, textiles, and intricate geometric designs to produce multidimensional, abstractly narrative artworks. 


A painting inspired by geometric rug designs and tapestriesThe Alchemist's Swan Song, oil on canvas

 

The artist’s influences range from traditional Persian geometric designs to paintings by Mark Rothko, and looking through Howard’s…

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Creativity and Social Change: The Art of Pamela Schuller

A handmade mask painted in bright red with patterningShadow Mask -- Shaman 2

Pamela Schuller is an Ontario-based artist who works in a range of creative media, using her artistic skill and experience to connect with others and teach art in a way that fosters both creativity and social change. The artist’s portfolio includes works of papier-maché, sculpture, and mural art. 


A paper-mache doorway made as part of an art workshopDoorway Workshop 2

 

The artworks in Pamela’s current portfolio represent a blend of technical skill and wild…

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A Portfolio of Photography and Collage by Bill Armstrong

A layered photocollage with a hazy image of a person's face#904

Bill Armstrong is a New York-based photographer who experiments with photography and collage techniques, building composite images that blur the line between photography, painting, and collage. The artist has been working on his Infinity series since the mid 1990’s, producing a wide body of work that continues to push the envelope of traditional photography. 


A photocollage of a circle with hazy colours#4008

 

Armstrong’s Infinity photographs are a fascinating…

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The Portfolio of Printmaking Artist and Painter Mary Crockett

A monoprint of an abstract colour fieldSouthern Evening, monoprint

Mary Crockett is a printmaking artist and painter based in the UK. In her practice, Mary creates works on paper that use well-defined colour schemes, abstract geometric forms, and dynamic compositions to tell a variety of stories. 


An etching of a pattern of circles in a dark wine colourCircle Grid #1, etching (edition of 5)

 

The majority of Mary’s artworks are produced on paper, and it’s interesting to see how various mediums behave on the same substrate.…

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Sculptural Mixed Media Constructions by John Turner

A painting with bright prink stripes over a textured white ground#5, Radiant Pink, acrylic paint, Radiant Animation paint, canvas, string, polyester ribbon on canvas

John Turner is an artist originally from Montreal, who now lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his practice, John expresses an affinity for bright colours, large, confident marks, and sculptural mixed media constructions


A painting with colourful canvas scraps layered over a textured white backgroundUntitled, acrylic paint, rocks, sand, canvas on canvas

 

I really like the energy that’s expressed…

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Inside the Art Studio of Beverly Pepper

A photo of artist Beverly Pepper in her studio

 

Beverly Pepper was an American sculptor and land artist who created monumental, site-specific artworks and installation. The artist was born in New York City but moved to Italy in the 1950s, where she spent the rest of her career. Pepper reportedly studied painting before being so inspired by temples in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, that she decided to pursue sculpture.

 

Though this image looks very deliberately staged, it still offers an…

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The Art Portfolio of Brónagh Corr

A photo of a rope pulled across a red landscape1 GAIL BorderLINE (with CAAKE Collaborative Artists Group)

Brónagh Corr is an artist currently based in Derry, Northern Ireland. The artist works in a variety of media, including photography, and multimedia collaborations. Brónagh’s photographic works often centre on candid shots of people and places. 


A photo of an indoor photo installation on a wallBringing Nature Inside

 

I really enjoy the works in Brónagh’s recent series of photographs, both black and white and colour.…

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Sugar Alkymi: The Art of Sahar Masarati

A realistic poppy made from sugarPersian Poppy

Sahar Masarati is an artist based out of Santa Monica, California. Sahar’s medium of choice is sugar -- the artist works at a confectionery shop called Sugar Alkymi, producing cakes and other sweets adorned with delicate, stunningly realistic flowers and abstract artistic forms. 


An artisan cake topped with realistic sugar flowersTulipina inspired Sugar flowers

 

Looking at Masarati’s works, I can’t help but be reminded of Scott Hove, another artist who uses cake…

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The Art Portfolio of Oil Painter Greg MacNair

An oil paint portrait of a young girlUntitled

Greg MacNair is an oil painter who works in a photo-realistic style, producing portraits and landscapes with equal care and attention to detail. The artist’s use of colour and expert blending techniques produces images that hearken to classical and romantic artworks. 


A landscape painting of a green meadow with a creek running through itUntitled

 

I really like the way that Greg uses classical art techniques to paint modern subjects -- the contrast is particularly visible in his works of…

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The Portfolio of Mosaic Artist Linda Biggers

A mosaic artwork of three female figures dancing in moonlightBy the Light of the Moon, eggshell mosaic

Linda Biggers is a mosaic artist who uses coloured eggshells to build beautifully textured images. The artist is currently based in Upstate New York, and regularly participates in exhibitions in the surrounding region. 


An eggshell mosaic depicting a murder of crows in a treeMurder, eggshell mosaic

 

I’m impressed by the level of detail in these works, especially when considered in contrast to the amount of detail one might expect from a more…

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