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A Poetry Portfolio by Mary K. O'Melveny

A sample from a poem about a cherry treeThirteen Ways of Looking at a Cherry Tree (excerpt)

Mary K. O’Melveny is a poet based between Washington, D.C., and Woodstock, New York. Mary’s background is as a labour rights lawyer, and her poetry often concerns current events and discussions pertinent to the social, economical, and political climate.


An excerpt from a poem about the colour greenGreen is a Primary Color (excerpt)

I enjoy the way that Mary’s poems shift from an easy, conversational tone into one of…

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A Portfolio of Dragon Pottery by Susan Smith James

An earthenware vessel sculpted to look like a dragonThe Smoke Dragon, earthenware

Susan Smith James is an artist who works in clay (among other media) producing pots, vessels, and other works of pottery inspired by dragons. Each of Susan’s dragon pottery pieces is unique and packed with personality.


A half-moon vessel in the shape of a dragonQuarter Moon Dragon, earthenware, silver leaf, rose quartz

 

It’s lovely to be able to see so many examples of Susan’s dragon pottery together in a single portfolio. Each pot seems to…

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Illustrative Styles: The Art Portfolio of Jordan Woodard

A piece of concept art for a war storyThe Rejects -- Squad

Jordan Woodard is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist based in Texas. Jordan’s current portfolio features examples of a wide variety of illustrative styles, including comic pages and panels, storyboards, and character sketches.


An image of a science-fiction figure in an interior settingTenkaichi's Lair

I like the amount of energy that Jordan packs into each of his drawings -- the artist cites his interest in science fiction, martial arts, and war stories as a…

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The Art Portfolio of Marc Brisson

A stone painted to look like a bust of a manLe gars

Marc Brisson grew up in Ontario and made a career as a teacher, imparting theatre and visual art knowledge to the next generation. In 2014, Marc set up his own private art studio, where he continues to produce artwork in a range of media.


An image with faces digitally imposed on a rocky outcroppingProfile

 

I really enjoy Mark’s work with rocks -- in one series, the artist paints directly on rocks, turning small, rounded stones into almost sculptural busts with faces that take their…

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The Painting Portfolio of Kyle Heinly


A painting made primarily with yellow hues and sketch-style figures...all the chaos beautiful

Kyle Heinly is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, producing images that explore the limits of figurative painting while expressing a unique abstracted style. The artist’s paintings explore a wide range of subjects in a style that remains impressively cohesive in its wildness.


A painting of several geometric marks that could form a faceUntitled

 

Kyle’s gallery of originals contains numerous examples of the artist’s style. Browsing through these images,…

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A Portfolio of Pen and Ink Drawings by Isis Fisher

A detailed pen and ink drawing of a mythical goddessEternal Goddess (detail)

Isis Fisher creates intricate pen and ink drawings that explore repeating patterns, while resolving those patterns into figures both recognizable and alien. Many of the artist’s works incorporate spiritual or mythological imagery, lending a sense of meditative reverence to the dizzying patterns.


An abstracted drawing of a figure emerging from a celestial doorwayShadow Walking, ink on paper

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail in each of Isis’ works. The artist…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Artworks by Adam Thomas


A painting of a landscape made with oil and a palette knifePeace and Quiet, oil and wax on panel

Adam Thomas is an Chicago-based artist who creates abstract artworks inspired by landscapes. The artist paints in oils, often mixed with wax medium and applied using a palette knife, to build up dense, fields of geometric marks that speak to the colour and tone of a particular sky in a particular place.


A painting made using blue and orange huesAqua

 

I’m really enjoying Adam’s abstract paintings -- the way the artist applies the paint,…

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Cape Cod Ornamentals: An Art Portfolio by Randi Evans


A painting of a horse with a wide borderWonder

Randi Evans splits her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Spokane, Washington. In her studio practice, Cape Cod Ornamentals, Randi produces works of painting and jewelry that take an exploratory, experimental approach to colour, form, and composition.


A solid wood bracelet decorated with Henna designsHenna Bracelet 105, solid wood bangle hand decorated with henna and gotlone, Swarovski crystals

 

I’m really enjoying browsing through Randi’s jewelry gallery. The artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Gaetane Cummings

A painting of a face forming from overlapping abstract brush marksGMO no 8, acrylic

Gaetane Cummings has been an avid painter since 1998, creating figurative abstract images inspired by Chinese calligraphy techniques. The artist’s paintings use a fascinating combination of abstract brush marks and detailed elements to build human figures out of raw paint and texture.


A painting with two figures composed from abstract brush strokesAllez, Viens!, acrylic

There’s something very striking about the imagery in Gaetane’s portfolio. The artist’s works are imbued…

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Urban Sprawl: The Painting Portfolio of Alex Selkowitz


A painting of two lawn chairs in an empty yardAfternoon Conversation, oil on canvas

Alex Selkowitz is an oil painter based in Los Angeles. Alex’s paintings address themes and imagery of urban sprawl and suburban living, taking furniture, detached homes, streets, and first-world detritus as motifs.


A painting of two chairs casting shadows on a blue wallA Distance Between, oil on canvas

 

I’m fascinated by the way that Alex’s paintings capture an atmosphere that’s distinctly “Los Angeles,” while still evading any real…

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Abstract Elements: The Art Portfolio of Patrick Harris

A sculpted wall in a gardenThe Wall

Patrick Harris is a painter and sculptor who creates work for his personal practice as well as for private commissions. Patrick’s sculptural works are highly textural and tactile, and often combine both figurative and abstract elements.


A relief sculpture of a sun worshipperUntitled

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Patrick’s series of Walls and Light Box Reliefs. The artist’s sculptural dividing walls make beautiful additions to gardens and yards, and…

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Compositional Flow: The Art Portfolio of Ruby Lindner

An abstract painting incorporating elements of textBack to Basics: 123-ABC, acrylic on canvas

Ruby Lindner grew up in Colorado, and lived in Paris and Berlin before moving back to Seattle, where she began painting in the early 2000s. Ruby’s works are abstract, with a focus on colour and compositional flow.


An abstract oil painting with planes of warm coloursHowling Goat, oil on canvas

 

I really like the colour palettes that Ruby utilizes in her paintings. Each work contains a multitude of colourful, textural planes. The variety of…

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The Photography Portfolio of Polly Borland

An image of a person wearing a strange nylon maskUntitled

Polly Borland is an Australian photographer who has worked in both editorial photography and fine art photography. In her portfolio, Borland favours imagery of the human form, but often distorts this form using clothing, nylon fabric, and bizarre or fanciful makeup.


A photo of a human figure in a strange, distorted costumeUntitled

 

I find the artist’s work with nylon stockings quite interesting. The focal points of many of Borland’s photographs are bizarre, vaguely flesh-like…

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The Bunka Embroidery Portfolio of Mary Lee Chisholm

An embroidered image of a floral sceneFloral Rainbow

Mary Lee Chisholm-Morgan works in Bunka embroidery, a style of embroidery that originated in Japan, and became popular in the United States in the 1970s. In her art portfolio, Mary Lee uses the technique to create images of a wide range of subjects.


A bunka embroidered image of a dragonTurquiose Dragon

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail that Mary Lee is able to capture in each of her works. Seeing photographs of finished and framed pieces, I…

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The Art Portfolio of Kipwani Kawanga

A photo of an art installation consisting of a hallway lit in bright pink and blue tonesA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

Kapwani Kiwanga is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, and is now based in Paris. The artist’s practice is multi-faceted, with Kiwanga often utilizing multiple media and formats in a single work, reflecting a diverse perspective on her socially and culturally charged subject matter.


An installation of an artwork with a projection of a plantA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

 

Much of the…

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