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The Ceramic Media Portfolio of Vicky Smith

A ceramic sculpture of birds on a branchBirds on a Branch, ceramic, stoneware

Vicky Smith is a sculptor and ceramic artist from North Carolina. In her artistic practice, Vicky uses ceramic media including stoneware and porcelain, to produce sculptures that use birds and a rustic aesthetic as motifs. 

A ceramic bowl with sculpted edges in the shape of a birdBird Bowl


I really love the works in Vicky’s gallery from 2019. The pieces here feel like a great progression from the works we looked at in our previous feature of…

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The Oil on Canvas Portfolio of Brent Ciccone

A painting of a row of yellow trees in front of a blue mountain rangePocaterra Sentinals, oil on canvas

Brent Ciccone is a Canadian painter working primarily in oil on canvas. In his practice, Brent captures the vastness and detail of the Canadian landscape in strikingly colourful paintings, as well as exploring a variety of other scenes and subjects. 

A pastel drawing of a buffaloGrazing, pastel on paper


I like the texture of Brent’s paintings -- in oil painting he takes advantage of the medium with soft, barely-visible…

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Wire and Fibreglass Art by Steven J. Simmons

A hanging sculpture of a blue and white heartBluebonic Plague Heart

Steven J. Simmons’ art portfolio serves as a personal love letter to surfing, surf culture, and the ocean as a whole. In his practice, Steven works with various sculptural materials including wire and fibreglass, creating translucent, three-dimensional works that have a unique tactility and interact beautifully with natural light. 

A handmade lampshade with translucent, coloured material and wireLampshade Redux #3 (with light 2)


Steven’s COVID 19 Creations series…

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Pastel, Charcoal, and Carbon Pencil Art by Ellen Cornett

A drawing of human figures and birds with moments of bright orangeWhat a Beautiful Bird am I, carbon pencil and coloured pencil

Ellen Cornett is an artist who works in pastel, charcoal, and carbon pencil. Based in Maryland, the artist’s current body of work is largely focused on personal interpretations of stories and fairytales.

A graphite drawing of highly detailed animalsThe Elephant's Child, carbon pencil


I really enjoy the way that Ellen combines photo-realistic detail with compositions that lean into the absurd. In series like Just So…

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Mythology and Tradition: Art by Daniel T. Lopez and Dano Lopez

An abstract artwork with curving linesMusic of the Universe

Daniel T. Lopez and Dano Lopez are a pair of artists. Daniel is primarily a muralist. In his practice, the artist works with various communities and people to create striking, brightly-coloured murals that often address modern relationships to mythology and tradition

A photo of a custom mural painted at Mendocino College in CaliforniaMendocino College mural


Looking at photos of Daniel’s mural work, it’s clear to see how the artist takes a collaborative approach, involving…

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Rich, Gestural Paintings: The Art Portfolio of Ginny Paternite

A painting of a still lake in springSpring Reflections, oil on board

Ginny Paternite was raised in upstate New York and is now based in South Carolina. In her artistic practice, Ginny creates rich, gestural paintings of her local landscape, animals, and other still-life subjects.

A painting of some horses in a meadowIn The Meadow, oil


I love the way Ginny uses colour in her paintings. The artist’s works feel luxurious in their use of heavy, confident brush marks and saturated hues. In landscapes, the…

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Essential Details: The Art Portfolio of Jacquie Manning

A painting of a pair of eagles in a treeCan You See Lunch Enid?, oil on canvas

Jacquie Manning is a painter and art educator based in western Canada. In her practice, the artist captures landscapes, still-life, and various everyday scenes in a variety of painted media. Jacquie’s style is quick and gestural, capturing the essential details of a scene while leaving some to the imagination. 

A painting of two gutted boats on a shoreUntitled


I love how varied Jacquie’s portfolio is in terms of subject matter. The…

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Fantastic Favourites: Mo Davis, Susan McKenzie, Micky Renders

Today we’re taking a look at the artistic practices of Mo Davis, Susan McKenzie, and Micky Renders. These three artists all take a performative approach to art, putting their own unique spin on the idea of “performance,” and drawing on different disciplines and skill sets. Each artist’s portfolio is representative of their dedication to the craft, whether that’s acting, dance, or multidisciplinary artwork and community…

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London's Happiest Milliner: The Portfolio of Fifilabelle

A handmade hat with black feathersNavy feathered side sweeper

Fifilabelle is the millinery of Fiona Menzies. Billing herself as London’s happiest milliner, the artist produces fanciful hats and other decorative headwear using fine materials and drawing on traditional techniques and practiced technical skill. 

A handmade grey felt trilby hatGrey felt trilby


Fifilabelle’s designs range from understated to larger-than-life, and the artist demonstrates a great eye for sculptural composition and…

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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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