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Seascapes and Watercraft: Watercolour Painting by BLOUET

A watercolour painting of a large ship at harbourLiberty Ship, watercolour on paper

Sophie Blouet, also known as BLOUET, is a watercolour painter located in Santa Rosa, CA. Originally from France, Sophie took up watercolour painting as a teenager in Paris, where she was trained by Ciree, a French artist and mentor. Now living with her family in America, Sophie’s paintings often focus on maritime subjects like seascapes and watercraft.


A watercolour portrait of a young womanVW, watercolour on paper

I’m always amazed…

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Custom Comissioned Paintings by Carmen Estrada

An oil painting of a cross-section of a nautilus shellFlying Nautilus, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Carmen Estrada. Carmen is a sought-after painter in her hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico, and works with clients to create custom commissioned paintings to fit a variety of spaces and decorative schemes.


A painting of a couple walking along a riverside path in a parkParis Rive Droite, oil on canvas

A screen capture of Carmen Estrada's art on her website"Homage to Great Artists" gallery on

The nature of Carmen’s business means that her paintings are almost always a…

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Architectural Ephemera: Art by Sean Sweeney

An installation view of a sculpture made of ceiling panelsWarped Space, ceiling panels, wood and plexiglass

Sean Sweeney works with a lot of found objects – often building materials that he manipulates into sculptures that are at once removed from their original purpose, and entrenched in their material being.


Ceiling panels, wood, plexiglass and other industrial building materials are taken out of their traditional context and, once placed within the gallery in odd combinations, become…

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Nature and Travel Photography by William Kent

A photograph of vibrant flowers in a gardenBuchart Garden Flowers 1, photograph

William Kent, our featured artist for today, is a photographer from Vancouver, BC. William creates photographs out of pure enjoyment of the medium, and likes to photograph different scenery and landmarks when he travels. His webpage – – is packed with examples of his love for nature and travel photography.


A photo inside a canyon, sand falling off a ledgeSandfall, photograph

I love the amount of detail that Will is able to…

Dramatic, Polished Paintings by Ronald George Straight

An oil painting of a seagull sitting and looking out over the waterStumped, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Ronald George Straight! Ronald’s dramatic, polished paintings take nature and exaggerate it just enough to make it look like the cover of an epic comic book. I particularly enjoy the use of Ronald’s colour in his skies – sunsets become fireballs of red and orange tones that blend together, while colder, snowy skylines become washes of cool blues and purples.

An oil painting of an eagle soaring over a gnarled tree branchSearch, oil on canvas…

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Evocative Animal Portraits by Sarah Ronald

A drawing of two dolphins flying through the skyHigh Jumping, coloured pencil, graphite and conte on paper

Sarah Ronald grew up in the BC interior before moving to the west coast to pursue her artistic career. In her current practice she is interested in creating art that is more than an aesthetic object, but rather images that prompt thought and reflection on the subjects.


A drawn illustration of an octopusIllustrious Octopus, coloured pencil and conte on paper

Working in traditional drawing media such as coloured…

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Incredible Photorealism: Drawings by Jeffrey M. Green

A pastel drawing of an ocean landscapeOcean Blue, pastel

Today’s featured artist is Jeffrey M. Green – take a look at the incredible photorealism that Jeffrey achieves with his chosen medium of coloured pencils.


A realistic drawing of some vegetables on a cutting boardPeppers, Onions, Garlic, coloured pencil

Jeffrey’s artwork has great personal meaning for the artist and has been a way for him to work through his own anxieties. I find a lot of the work in his portfolio to be rather calm and pastoral, more like a quiet…

Website profile: 'Floral Forms' Paintings by Jane Crosby

A simple watercolour painting of a pitcher plant on a plain paper backgroundPitcher Plant, Newfoundland, watercolour

Our featured artist today, Jane Crosby, is a master gardener and watercolour painter with an affinity for floral forms.  Jane’s works show a talent for gentle brushwork and smooth, clean lines showing off the curving petals of her favourite subjects.


Flora gallery on the watercolour website of Jane CrosbyJane's gallery of floral paintings on her portfolio page

I really enjoy the way that Jane uses the inherent bleeding qualities of watercolour…

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Quiet Elegance: Ceramic Art by Taryn Porter

An installation view of a ceramic sculpture made of unfired clay vesselsDegradation, ceramic work, installation view

Our featured artist for today is Taryn Porter! A ceramic artist, Taryn is currently completing her studies at Vancouver’s Emily Carr University. Taryn’s ceramic work has a quiet elegance to it, from the pale beauty of the glazes on her functional pieces, to the sculpture work in her online portfolio called Degradation. In the work, it appears that unfired clay is left for the viewer to…

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Majestic Animal Sculptures by Jason Shanaman

A hydrostone sculpture of a frilled dragon in a bronze finishFrilled Dragon Sculpture, hydrostone with bronze coating and patina

These majestic animal sculptures are the work of Jason Shanaman, our featured artist for today. Jason’s love of animals really shines through in his works, where he replicates the forms of reptiles like bearded dragons, and great apes, with incredible detail and structure. These incredibly realistic sculptures seem to function as small tributes to the beauty of the…

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Masterful Woodwork Designs by Peter Borkowicz

A large, handmade wardrobe with wood detailingBeidermeier Style Armoir, Mahogany Crotch veneers, Sapeli solids and Veneers, Ebonized Tulip Wood and Aromatic Tennessee Cedar interior.

Craftsman Peter Borkowicz creates masterful woodwork designs ranging from simple spice-racks, to tables, to entire kitchen cabinet sets, all in his own unique yet variable style.


A photo of a round, custom-made dining tableLarge Table

I like looking at the range of different projects that are on display in Peter’s online portfolio. He…

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Personal Exploration through Drawing: Valentina Vale

An abstracted, colourful drawing of treesTransitions, pencil

Valentina Valé is our featured artist for today! Born in Venezuela in 1962, Valentina traveled to the United States to study as a teenager. She holds an MFA from RISD and has been perfecting her drawing practice in which she uses drawing as a medium for cognitive problem-solving and exploration.


An abstracted black and white drawingUntitled

There is something in Valentina’s work that harkens back to the early days of surrealism, when automatic…

Scrapbook Sensibility: Artworks by Char Derouin

An abstract painting with pink and teal coloursReflections, acrylic, ink, pen

Northern Californian artist Char DeRouin creates her works using an intuitive process of layering and focusing on formal qualities of the art. Char produces paintings, jewelry, and also delves into bookmaking and fabric art, all with a definitive scrapbook sensibility.


Char’s lush beaded necklaces seem almost improvisational – clusters of shiny beads hang down like ripe fruit, in widely varied shapes…

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Romantic Murals by Robert Milling

A mural of the sky opening up out of a ceilingUntitled mural

Robert Milling is a classical mural painter from Los Angeles, California. His trompe l’oeil painting style is reminiscent of the works of great renaissance painters. Working as a professional artist for over 30 years, Robert has had plenty of time to perfect his skill, working as a freelance mural painter for companies and private clients all over the world.


Mural paintings on the art website of Robert MillingRobert Milling's gallery of murals on his website

An oil painting of a crowd of people on a beachUnkown…

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Highlight and Shadow: Paintings by Lully Schwartz

A colourful painting of a wooded clearingHow Long is Forever?, oil on linen

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Lully Schwartz is a painter who specializes in landscapes and still-life, while occasionally exploring portraiture and figure painting. Her painting style is loose yet controlled, resulting in paintings that emphasize the highlight and shadow of their subject matter.


Lully’s works are beautiful to look at, and the scenes she paints are quite diverse. I particularly…

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