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Coloured Textiles: The Art Portfolio of Sharon Blake

An artwork made with layers of coloured textiles1048 - Sonoma, September, organza, silk, linen

Sharon Blake has lived all over the United States, and much of her artwork draws inspiration from the various settings and scenes that she’s been exposed to via these travels. Sharon’s artistic portfolio includes abstracted landscapes created in coloured textiles, as well as sharp studio photography.


A textile-based image with a ghostly image of a house0964 - Grey House, organza, silk, linen

 

I really love Sharon’s series of textile…

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Black and White and Duotone Photographs by Stuart Diekmeyer

A photograph of a landscape at Mount EtnaMount Etna

Stuart Diekmeyer is a lifelong photographer currently based in Maryland. The artist’s photography portfolio emphasizes black and white and duotone photographs, focusing on close-up detail, texture, and composition. 


A photo of twigs strewn across a snowy landscapeTwig Pattern

 

I really like Stuart’s duotone images, the majority of which feature close-up images of plants and flowers. As we saw in our previous feature of Stuart’s abstracted viewpoints, the artist…

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Visually Complex: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Pitt

A layered collage based on a city street viewWe are in the Twilight Zone

Pamela Pitt is a collage artist and photographer based in San Francisco. The artist’s work is visually complex and addresses issues from the aesthetic to the overtly political. In recent works Pamela has applied her talent for collage to current issues including the pandemic and political unrest in the United States. 


A collage with a variety of disparate elementsGorilla Girl, mixed media collage with acrylic and collage elements

 

I’m impressed by…

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A Portfolio of Encaustic Media by Michele Barnes

A collage with large shapes of flat colourCollage of WCU Creek

Michele Barnes was born in California, studied art in New York, and currently lives and works in Virginia. The artist is fascinated with nature and biology, and uses encaustic media to explore the aesthetics and forms of the natural world. 


An encaustic painting depciting an autumnal treeFall, encaustic

 

I like the way that Michele uses encaustics to her advantage in portraying not only the forms of her subjects, but also their unique textures. Encaustic -- a…

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Deep Introspection: The Art Portfolio of Kyla Slobodin

An abstract painting with deep, saturated coloursUntitled

Kyla Slobodin is an artist currently based in Victoria, BC, who works in a diverse range of traditional media including ink, paint, photography, and writing. Kyla’s current body of work is both abstract and figurative, sometimes drawing on slice-of-life subject matter and other times evoking moments of deep introspection


A drawing of several humanoid figures with abstracted detailsUntitled

 

I really like Kyla’s painting series “traces” -- the works in this gallery are…

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Inspiration from Nature: The Art of Janet Pancho Gupta

A painting with symbolism of eyes and a butterflyHunger, watercolour

Janet Pancho Gupta is a painter and photographer based in Hong Kong. In her artistic practice, Janet draws inspiration from nature, balancing strict realism with abstract geometric patterns, and using flying creatures -- birds and butterflies, among others -- as a motif. 

 

A painting of a figure with overlapping planes of colourUniversal Affection, watercolour and pen

 

I like the sense of thematic balance in Janet’s artworks. The artist’s Symphony of Life series…

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Warm, Cohesive Artworks by Jeanie Coy Auseon

A mixed media artwork with shiny pigments on mylarPlay and Wonder 1, pencil and acrylic on mylar

Jeanie Coy Auseon is an artist working primarily in two-dimensional mixed media. Drawing on a history of both personal practice and work as an art educator, the artist creates works featuring a range of subject matter, combining figuration and abstraction to create pleasantly warm, cohesive artworks.  


A mixed media artwork depicting a planet with textured matterPlanetary Play 2, acrylic and metallic paints, moulding compounds, and ink on cradled…

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A Portfolio of Pared-Down Landscape Paintings by Drew Noel Marin

An abstracted landscape painting with bright teal huesPresent Moment, acrylic on textured canvas

Drew Noel Marin is a Michigan-based artist who works primarily in acrylic on canvas. In her current artistic practice, Drew creates soft, pared-down landscape paintings with an emphasis on cool colour palettes and sparing details that suggest scenes rather than filling in every detail. 


A painting of a hazy forest with a silhouetted deerForest Haze, acrylic on textured canvas

I really like the way Drew emphasizes the atmosphere in her artworks.…

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Fantastical Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Jane Zednik

A painting of a personified imagining of springSpring Surge, oil paint on heavy archival paper

Jane Zednik uses her artistic practice to explore different techniques, forms, and applications of oil paint, building fantastical compositions that use a variety of textures and colour palettes. Many of the artist’s works feature animals, sometimes in everyday settings and sometimes in more dreamlike, mythological applications.


A painting of a surreal scene with dogs and palm treesWinter Chat Room, oil paint on heavy archival paper

 

I…

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Blue Jewel Tones: The Art Portfolio of Ellen Kappes

A watercolour painting of boats in a harbourcarefree, watercolour

Ellen Kappes is an artist who works primarily in watercolour, and has a background in silkscreen prints. The artist’s works often feature bright, deep blue jewel tones and focus on landscapes and seascapes from around her home of Northeast Harbor, Maine.


A silkscreen print of a heronheron place, seriagraph print

 

When creating her watercolour paintings, Ellen often starts a painting en plein air, working from direct observation to capture…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Monotype Prints by Amy Kaufman

A hand-painted monotype print with ripples of mixed colourRipples, unique handpainted monotype print

Amy Kaufmann produces monotype prints and paintings with an eye toward streamlined, colourful aesthetics and striking compositions. Based in New England, the artist’s current portfolio showcases floral and abstract monotype prints, along with oil paintings of seascapes and other subjects. 


A painting of a textured, deep blue oceanscapeOcean, mixed media on canvas

 

Though Amy’s works are largely figurative, there’s a sense of…

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Rural Landscapes and Architecture: Painting by Carol Ross

An acrylic painting of houses in the snowInternet Connections, acrylic on board

Carol Ross is a Washington-based painter who works primarily in acrylic, creating stylized, neutral-hued paintings of rural landscapes and architecture. The artist’s style sees large objects like hills, trees, and houses reduced to rounded shapes and planes of rich colour, abstracted yet comfortably familiar. 


A painting of yellow rolling hills with housesRainbow Pipeline, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Carol’s recent Social…

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A Portfolio of Community Art Projects by Sara Kaltwasser

A painting of a message spread across sheets of lined paperRe/Write, acrylic paint, ink, and graphite on wood

Sara Kaltwasser grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. In her artistic practice, Sara is both an artist and an educator, producing work on a personal level as well as collaborating with various public and organizational groups to create community art projects and individual works. 


A black and white photograph of water bottles with text overlayDay 26

I’m really enjoying Sara’s artworks made in 2020. The artist’s…

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Conceptions of Home: The Art Portfolio of Sharon Hunter

A painting of abstracted figures raising a barnBarn Raising, oil and spray paint

Sharon Hunter is an Ontario-based artist with Métis roots. In her artistic practice, Sharon seeks to explore and understand conceptions of “home” and personal heritage, both from the perspective of a settler on First Nations land, and through her own Ojibwa ancestry. The artist’s portfolio encompasses large-scale murals as well as landscape and site-specific works. 


A painting of antlers incorporating marks made by oxidized copperCopper #3, oil paint, canvas,…

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Everyday City Life: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ivey

A painting of a cityscape across a body of waterharbor view, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, charcoal, and other traditional media, producing works that capture scenes of everyday city life. The artist’s images are designed to capture the aesthetic of aged, sepia-toned photographs, with Scott tending to work in an additive fashion, starting with a dark-coloured canvas and adding light. 


An ink wash painting of buildings at nightnight study, inkwash

 

The…

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