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Moody Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Clayton R. Jones


A painting of a stone monolithMonolith

Painter and mixed-media artist Clayton R. Jones creates dark, moody compositions that pack in an impressive amount of detail. Combining a variety of figurative subjects, Clayton creates images that are surreal and moody.


A dark painting of a seated figureHarlequin

 

In recent works, Clayton has been playing with abstraction, paring down his use of figurative elements to create paintings that capture a deep, dark mood. I like the wide, uneven planes of colour…

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The Art Portfolio of Watercolour Painter Linda Hanna


A watercolour painting of a cityscapeCity Shadows

Linda Hanna is a California-based watercolour painter with a background in interior design. In her paintings, the artist embraces a gestural, loose style that seems to work perfectly with the ethereal aspects of her chosen medium.


A watercolour painting of trees reflected on the waterReflections

I really appreciate the amount of colour that Linda is able to pack into each of her works -- even when painting subjects that don’t necessarily evoke a rainbow in the mind. Linda’s…

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Studio Sunday: Anna Maria Maiolino


A photograph of Anna Maria Maiolino in her studio

 

Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Southern Italy and later moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her artistic practice, Maiolino is known for works in a variety of media, including clay, cement, printmaking, film and performance.

 

In her early career, Maiolino was involved in several important Brazilian art movements including the New Brazilian Objectivity Movement in the late 1960s, which sought to re-categorize Brazilian art and…

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Futuristic and Fantastic: The Art Portfolio of Andy Hoyos


A digital painting of a tattooed person with a lizard on their headSYLVIA and SASHA, digital painting, archival quality printing to high-gloss aluminum, acrylic painted birch wood panel and resin

Andy Hoyos was born in Los Angeles and is now based just outside of Seattle. As an artist, Andy favours a combination of digital and traditional media, creating intricate figurative paintings that blend futuristic and fantastic imagery.


A painting of a skeletal figure in a prayer positionFERAL ANGEL, acrylic paint on birch wood panel

 

I’m really impressed by…

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Rural Countryside: The Art Portfolio of Gary Nowlin

A painting of a back road through red treesBack Road to Lake Sam, Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas

Growing up in Texas, Gary Nowlin was often inspired by the rural landscapes he encountered on long drives. This sense of affinity for the rural countryside is clear in the artist’s current portfolio, where expansive landscape paintings abound.

 

A painting of still water reflecting tree rootsReflections on the San Gabriel, San Gabriel Trail, Georgetown, Texas

 

The texture of Gary’s paintings is oddly satisfying. The works are…

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The Environmental Art Portfolio of Mary Jane Jessen


A mixed media painting of spawning salmonUpstream III, collage and oil paint on canvas

Mary Jane Jessen is an environmental artist based in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Jessen addresses environmental concerns by painting and drawing the wildlife and plants in her surrounding environment, as well as in other locales.


A painting of an underwater coral formationSailfin Sculpin, oil paint on canvas

I enjoy the way that Jessen practices realism in her artworks. The artist’s paintings…

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The Contemporary Painting Portfolio of Dennis Noble


A stylized painting of a robinAmerican Robin

Dennis Noble was born in England during World War II, and moved to Ontario as a teenager. Dennis passed away in 2014, leaving behind a legacy of unique contemporary paintings, and a full portfolio of skillful original works.


A painting of a loon on the waterLoon (version 2)

 

The works in Dennis’ portfolio exemplify a painting style that grew out of a talent for realistic depictions, with the artist adopting an original style that draws on realism, as…

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Balance and Harmony: The Art Portfolio of Matt Kantor


An oil painting of an orange tulipDutch Tulip Abstract, oil and acrylic

Matt Kantor was born in Key West, Florida, and grew up in Texas. In his practice, Matt seeks to capture a sense of balance and harmony. He works in a range of media including graphite, charcoal, and oil paint, and often used flowers as a motif.


An oil painting of a pink flowerUntitled, oil painting

With Matt’s consistent use of floral subject matter, it’s easy to observe the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which his style…

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The Art Portfolio of Luis Romero


A painting of an abstract collageUntitled, acrylic on paper

Luis Romero is Mexican-born artist who currently lives and works in Chicago. Romero’s recent works consist of wildly colourful, kaleidoscopic abstractions that form cohesive, alien shapes atop planes of white negative space.


A painting made on torn paper and cardboardGreen Monkey Waiting For You, acrylic on paper and cardboard

 

It’s really interesting to look at Romero’s work as a series, and then to zoom in on each individual piece to observe…

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Inspired by Her Travels: The Art Portfolio of Maryam Vancouver


A painting of a vase of bright flowersSpring Flowers, acrylic on canvas

Maryam Vancouver is a Persian artist who lived in Germany before moving to Canada. The artist’s works are largely inspired by her travels around the world, and her experimentation with a wide range of different media and regional art practices.


A painting of a woman in bright, saturated colourOcean Side Monalisa, acrylic on canvas

 

Maryam has a gestural, colourful painting style that hearkens to art movements of the past, as well as imagery by her…

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Studio Sunday: Bart Hess


A photo of the studio of Bart Hess

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Bart Hess. Hess is a Dutch artist and designer known for dressing Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” music video. The artist’s works often weave together elements of fashion, fine art, industrial design, and other tactile and material experiments. Recently, Hess has also been creating works with digital elements.

 

Hess’ studio looks sleek and clean, like a model of a modern designer or…

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A Portfolio of Stained Glass Windows by John Boyd


A stained glass window in the style of a Celtic weaveCeltic Weave Window, clear glass with textures

John Boyd is a glass artist based in Burlington, Vermont. In his artistic practice, John creates stained glass windows and wall-hanging art pieces that utilize abstract texture and colour, as well as depicting a wide range of figurative subjects.


A small stained glass hanging depicting a sailboatWhite Racer

 

I really enjoy John’s figurative stained glass works -- throughout his portfolio, the artist tends to focus on a strong central…

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The Abstract and Figurative Sculpture Portfolio of Felix Laguna


A sculpture consisting of wood ringsUntitled

Felix Laguna is a sculptor originally from Habana Vieja, Cuba. In his artistic practice, Felix creates works of abstract and figurative sculpture, using wood and stone as a medium.


A sculpture of a female torso in woodSHE IS, mahogany wood

 

Looking through Felix’s online art portfolio, I find it interesting to see how consistent the artist’s style remains across these two different mediums. Felix tends to favour the female figure in his representational…

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The Acrylic Alchemist: The Art Portfolio of Michael Carini

An acrylic painting with numerous strands of coloured paintThe Day Pandora Set Me Free (Misteriora), acrylic on canvas

Michael Carini is an artist based in San Diego, California. In his practice, Carini is known as the Acrylic Alchemist, creating works in his titular medium that utilize geometric abstraction and saturated colours to achieve an effect that’s almost digital in appearance.


An acrylic painting with blue tones and elongated brush marksJust Floating On The Tears (Flears), acrylic on canvas

 

In his recent series The Boy in the Box,…

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Rocky Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Bob Spille


A painting of a landscape near Sedona, ArizonaEveryone's Sedona, oil on gesso board

 

Bob Spille is a plein air painter who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Colorado. The artists works are often inspired by the rocky landscapes in which Bob spends most of his time, and celebrate the beauty of dramatic natural formations.


A painting depicting a Grand Canyon vistaEvening at the Canyon, oil on canvas

I love the way Bob captures the hard planes and angles of cliffs, canyons, and other rock formations in his paintings.…

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