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Nature's Hues: An Art Portfolio by Laurie Flaherty


A painting of a close-up view of a bromeliad plantCurve, oil on panel

Laurie Flaherty is a Connecticut-based artist who uses her artistic practice to capture and immortalize the stunning patterns and colours found in nature. Laurie’s artworks usually take plants and animals as their subjects, showcasing the beauty and variety in nature’s hues.

 

A simplified painting of a bromeliad plantCedar Green Radiant, oil on canvas

I really adore Laurie’s painting series of bromeliads. The plants in this family have thick leaves…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Psychedelic Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Mark Jungmeyer

A painting of a sweeping seascape with cliffsGrand Seascape

Mark Jungmeyer is based in Springfield, Illinois, where he creates works of art spanning a variety of subjects and styles, including landscape, abstraction, and portraiture. The artist’s style moves easily between detailed realism and wild, psychedelic abstraction.


An abstract painting in deep red huesBlack #2 Nebula

 

I really enjoy the works in Mark’s gallery of abstract works. The pieces in this series are all packed with such intensely saturated hues…

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The Art Portfolio of Leah Biggs

A charcoal drawing of a person with a nose ring answering the phoneNose Ring, charcoal on paper

Leah Biggs is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in the aesthetics and moods of noir films from the 1940s and 50s. In her artistic practice, Leah emulates and explores these aesthetics, putting her own unique spin on motifs of deep shadows, old-fashioned telephones, and beautiful women.


A charcoal drawing of a person sitting on a suitcaseSuitcase, charcoal on paper

 

I really enjoy the overall mood that’s infused into Leah’s portfolio. Looking…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Sophie Blouet


A watercolour portrait of a young manJT, watercolour on paper

Sophie Blouet, also known as BLOUET, is a watercolour painter currently based in California. In her portfolio, Sophie demonstrates great skill and precision with a medium that lends itself to a gestural, impressionistic approach.


A watercolour painting of a man on a horseAux courses, Beaver 1, watercolour on paper

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Sophie’s detailed, gestural watercolours, the artist’s practice spans decades and a wide range of…

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Cultural Meanings: The Art Portfolio of Morgan Wedderspoon

An image from a scanned and printed book of found objectsSurface Reader 5, woodcut, digital print

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist who works in installation, assemblage, printmaking, and other media. In her practice, Morgan explores the nature of, and connections between, various found objects, applying these objects and their cultural meanings to the greater sphere of human existence.


A print of found objects on a black backgroundGIVE UP AND PARTY, inkjet print, screenprint

 

I like the way that Morgan combines various disciplines in her…

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Processes and Materials: Art by Jacqueline Bell Johnson

A sculpture made up of found materials and hardwareBeauty in the Beast, wood, paint, merino and camel wool, dye, paint, hardware

Jacqueline Bell Johnson is a sculptor and installation artist currently based in the Los Angeles area of California. Jacqueline’s practice explores the processes and materials of art-making, often drawing inspiration from arts and crafts, and utilizing unexpected or “lowbrow” materials.


A sculpture hung within a metal fencing frameA Solution for a Wall, found gate, safety pins, wire, jack chain,…

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The Art Portfolio of Photographer G.W. Jones

A photo of nighttime constructionNight Work 1

 

Photographer G.W. Jones uses the photographic medium as a method of seeing the world through a variety of different lenses and viewpoints. From series that are divided both by style and subject, G.W. has created a portfolio that has something for every viewer.


A photo of a neon motel sign at nightMagic Beach Motel

 

I really enjoy the way that G.W. tailors the style of each photograph to suit the subject matter, time of day, angle, and other variables in…

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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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The Art Portfolio of Maria Z. Madacky

A still image of a 2012 art performanceThe SEERious Sideshow (with M.E.D.I.U.M.) (still image), performance at EMEDIA Performative Arts Society, Calgary, 2012

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and multimedia installation. Maria’s works are sometimes self-contained explorations of material tactility, and other times more collaborative endeavors.


An installation view of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at…

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A Portfolio of Logos and Poster Designs by Edward Lum

A logo design for a farm based in CaliforniaLogo design

Edward Lum is a designer and illustrator who specializes in logos and poster designs. The artist’s current portfolio merges modern brands with a classic “Americana” aesthetic and bright, simplified graphics.


A poster design for a brewing companyPoster design

Edward’s gallery of posters has a very cohesive aesthetic -- it’s interesting to browse through this series and see the wide variety of different clients and industries that these works have been…

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The Art Portfolio of Mike Steinhauer

A photo of a blank museum wallTemporarily Removed (Eastern Wall of Room C204), photograph taken at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Mike Steinhauer is a photographer and conceptual artist based in Ottawa. The artist is also involved in arts administration and has works as a museum director -- experiences which have shaped the focus of his practice on both a visual and ideological level.


A photo of an artwork by Jeff Koons installed in the palace at VersaillesUntitled, photograph of Large vase of flowers (detail) by Jeff Koons (taken…

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A Portfolio of Meditative and Energizing Art by Kate Barton

A painting of a brightly coloured elephantUntitled

Artist Kate Barton paints figures with a blend of abstract pattern and psychedelic colour, creating images that are equal parts meditative and energizing. The artist’s portfolio is packed with images of animals, human subjects, and cityscapes.


A painting of an elephant with brightly coloured line artUntitled

 

I like seeing Kate’s works grouped into different series on her website. The artist often tackles a singular figurative subject in multiple paintings, producing works that…

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A Sense of Play: The Art Portfolio of Kathryn Howard

An illustration of children playing pirate ship on bunk bedsBunk Pirates

Kathryn Howard produces bright, kid-friendly illustrations that often utilize a simple, impactful colour palette in combination with sketchy line art. Each work seems to embody a sense of play and experimentation.


An illustration of two children hunting bugsBug Hunt

 

I really appreciate the use of colour in Kathryn’s artworks. As I mentioned above, each image seems to focus on, if not a single hue, then a dominant hue over the entire composition. The colours that…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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