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A Portfolio of Art and Community Projects by Katrina Alexy

A mixed media collage with imagery of an eggWomen's Work

Katrina Alexy is a mixed media artist who produces everything from small-scale collage works to public art. Based in Los Angeles, the artist focuses her practice on community projects and the utilization of found and discarded materials. 


A collage of Franciscan tiles procured for a mosaic artworkFranciscan tiles, unused salvaged tiles diverted from landfill

I’m enjoying the works in Katrina’s gallery of mixed media and collage work. The pieces here are varied in terms of…

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Ideas and Emotions: The Art of Judy Southerland

A dark painting with earth tones and elements of textRed Dirt, Fast Cars, acrylic on canvas

Judy Southerland is an artist who works across disciplines, creating figurative and abstract works in two and three dimensions, expressing ideas and emotions from everyday life and translating them into higher experiences. The artist’s recent works combine saturated, monochromatic colour palettes with half-obscured text. 


A mixed media artwork combining portraiture with abstractionChorus (Pre-Translation)

 

I really enjoy the way Judy uses colour to…

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The Art of Self-Taught Painter Richard Ficker

A painting with a combination of surreal figures and imageryThe Compassionate Indifference

Richard Ficker is a self-taught painter whose work features imagery of beaches, oceans, and surreal figures blending into such landscapes. The artist’s works are detailed celebrations of colour and form, each one dreamlike in a way that invites the viewer in for a closer look. 


A painting of a heron standing on a pier at sunsetRiver Sunset, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I really appreciate the amount of colour and fine detail that goes into each of…

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An Optimistic View: The Art of Claire Cepukas

A painting of a deep and misty forestSmoky Woods, oil on canvas

Claire Cepukas is a Canadian painter whose works are inspired by the nation’s remote landscapes and the artist’s time spent living and working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta and BC. Claire’s works are saturated with brighter-than-life colours and present an optimistic view of the wilderness. 


A pink-hued painting of a snowy sceneSnow Ghosts, acrylic and paper on canvas

I really appreciate Claire’s graphic style and the unique…

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The Art Portfolio of Glass Artist Dan Cummings

A work of art made with thick layers of coloured glass547

 

Dan Cummings is an artist who produces delicately beautiful pieces in glass by sculpting, sand-blasting, staining, etching, and otherwise leaving his own mark on the material. The artist’s portfolio is packed with examples of everything from smooth realism to abstract mosaics. 


A piece of glass art with translucent neon colours109

 

I really like the way that Dan experiments with the glass medium. Many of his works seem to sit between disciplines, combining techniques of…

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A Portfolio of Pop-Culture Figures by Greg Stone

A painting of the GhostbustersWho you gonna call?

Greg Stone is a painter and illustrator who works with pop-culture figures and characters from fiction. The artist, based in Eastern Iowa, specializes in portraits of comic book heroes, musical legends, and film icons. 


A painting of a frame from Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans

 

I like the dramatic, bold style that Greg uses in his portraiture. The artist’s works seem to draw stylistic inspiration from their pop-culture contexts, with portraits of…

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The Portfolio of Sculptor and Designer Shoko César

A sculpture of a live model made in raw claylive model from clay

Kanyamashokoro (Shoko) César is a sculptor and designer. In his sculpture, Shoko takes a constructive, gestural approach, creating forms that suggest figuration and pose through large, confident movements and and cuts made through the clay.


A sculpture after Rodin's BalzacRodin's Balzac interpretation

I enjoy the way that Shoko leaves his figures partially unfinished, combining a capable expression of form with an apparent appreciation for the raw…

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The Pen and Ink Portfolio of Lawrie Dignan

An abstract artwork made using many coloured dotsDotting Between the Dots, pen and ink on paper

Lawrie Dignan is a Victoria, BC-based illustrator who works primarily in pen and ink. In his current artistic practice, Lawrie specializes in a finely detailed style of pointillism, creating complex and colourful images that take on a different appearance depending on how closely one is looking at them. 


A pen and ink drawing and print of summer treesSummer, pen and ink remarque on screen print

 

I really like the smooth, almost…

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The Oil Paint Portfolio of Angelo Mariano

A vibrant oil painting of a zebraZebra, oil on panel

Angelo Mariano is a New York-based artist who works primarily in oil paint. The artist’s paintings feature bombastic, saturated hues that are perfectly suited to subjects like tropical birds and fanciful architecture. 


A painting of a duck on the waterKing of Central Park, oil on panel

 

I enjoy the mosaic-like, planar style in which Angelo renders many of his subjects. The artist showcases the bright pigments of his chosen medium by isolating…

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Emotional and Exuberant: The Art Portfolio of Susan Harmon

An abstract image with a pinkish hueglows gently pink-ish

 

Susan Harmon is an abstract expressionist painter who works with with accounts of trauma and hope, forming colourful, gestural compositions -- often on raw, unstretched canvas. The artist’s works are both emotional and exuberant, introspective and extroverted. 


An abstract artwork with bright blue huesshe felt daughterless

 

Throughout her practice, Susan takes an artistic approach that’s informed and inspired by both her own experiences and the…

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A Portfolio of Reduction Woodcut Printmaking by Cathie Crawford

A woodcut print with faint outlines of mountainsHomage to Hokusai, colour reduction woodcut print on Kitakata handmade Japanese paper

Cathie Crawford is an artist who works in various modes of printmaking, specializing in reduction woodcut printmaking. Through a painstaking process of applying pigment, printing, cutting away wood, and repeating, the artist uncovers images that take an abstracted, ethereal approach to the everyday. 


A woodcut print with a gradient of yellow and teal huesNoumena, reduction woodcut on Nastume 4007 handmade…

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Indoor and Outdoor: Painting by Melissa Kenyon McIntyre

A stylized painting of a chair and a tableChair and Table

Melissa Kenyon McIntyre is an artist based in New Mexico. In her practice, Melissa works in a range of mixed media, from traditional acrylic paint to more inventive applications of household construction materials. The artist’s works are often inspired by her surrounding environment, indoor and outdoor


A painting of a house under a flowering treeGrafton, acrylic on masonite

 

Melissa’s landscape paintings do a beautiful job of capturing the scale of outdoor…

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Delicately Monumental: The Art Portfolio of Jayne Crawford

A painting of a landscape with leafless treesTrinity Cormorants, oil on canvas

Jayne Crawford is an artist who draws inspiration from nature and spirituality. In her practice, the artist creates delicately monumental landscape paintings, often focusing on a single plant or other natural focal point. 


A pastel drawing of lush flowersFLOWERS, oil pastel on archival paper

 

It’s interesting to browse through Jayne’s portfolio and see the differences in the artist’s landscape paintings and drawings versus her…

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The Oil and Soft Pastel Portfolio of Kev Harris

A painting of a woman playing the standing bassDon't sweat the technique, oil on canvas

Kev Harris is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his practice, Kev works primarily in oil and soft pastels, creating packed figurative and still-life scenes, based on contemporary life and the artist’s surroundings.


A portrait of a woman holding a lit matchPlaying with fire - I, oil on canvas

I love the texture that Kev injects into most of his works -- though oil and pastel are two media that lend themselves well to soft…

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The Art Portfolio of Catherine Howard

A painting of a farmhouse at sunsetEvening Stroll, acrylic on stretched canvas

Catherine Howard is a Canadian painter who favours acrylic pigment for producing her paintings of the Canadian landscape. Catherine’s paintings encompass a range of subjects including wildlife, domesticity, and sweeping, epic outdoor scenes. 


A painting of a duck sitting on a floating logDuck "Lacha", acrylic on cradled board

 

I like the slightly soft quality of Catherine’s painting style -- the artist does a beautiful job of…

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