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The Encaustic Media Art Portfolio of Lisa Printz

An abstract composition made with wax and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on cradle board

Artist Lisa Printz works in painting, pastel, and encaustic media, creating works ranging from impressionistic landscapes to animal portraits to textured abstractions. Lisa has a background in art education, and made the transition to being a full-time artist in 2015.


An artwork made with encaustic and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on board

 

I’m really enjoying Lisa’s recent works in encaustic. Combining the wax medium with…

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The Portfolio of Artist, Poet, and Animateur Allison Rennie

A photo of an art piece made with various collaged elementsPigeon Eye View (detail)

Allison Rennie is an artist, poet, and animateur who works with people in her practice, helping individuals and groups of all ages discover new ways of navigating through their own experiences.


A photo of a milkweed pod in close upMilkweed Pod

 

I appreciate the way that Allison’s artistic practice is intertwined with her workshops and teaching materials. There’s a thread of spiritual and personal awareness that runs deeply through each section…

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The Art Portfolio of Pierre-Luc Deziel

A detail of a sculptural painting made with black projectionsLes Dividus (detail), mixed media

Pierre-Luc Deziel is an artist who explores the boundary between painting and sculpture, often using methods and philosophies native to both approaches in an individual work. Pierre’s current oeuvre uses the notion of social constructions as a jumping-off point.


A photo of a sculptural painting taken from the side to show volumeThe Saberwings (perspective), mixed media

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Pierre-Luc’s exploration of social constructions, the…

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Print Techniques: The Art Portfolio of Tim Van Ginkel

An abstract print with subdued shades of greyIWF-10, serial monoprint, lithography

Tim Van Ginkel is an artist currently based in Rhode Island. In his practice, Tim specializes in printmaking, using various print techniques to build images that focus on layered, abstracted figures, subdued earth tones, and negative space.


An artwork with small abstract marks on a pale backgroundUntitled

 

I really enjoy the sense of cohesion in Tim’s art portfolio. Though each work is distinct, and the artist has produced several series, each focusing…

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The Art Portfolio of Paul de Guzman


An abstract artwork made with a newspaper page painted overWhen Fiction Follows Fact -- Skeletons in the Closet, newspaper, ink, stickers, reflectors, Kromekote silver foil paper

Paul de Guzman is a conceptual artist based between Manila, in the Philippines, and Vancouver, Canada. In his artistic practice, Paul uses various materials and aesthetics to explore social and cultural constructs including language, architecture, and media.


An artwork made with a newspaper partly obscured by mixed mediaWhen Fiction Follows Fact -- Home is where the art is,

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Sacred Places: The Art Portfolio of Jon Harris


A painting of a crystalline architectural structureThe Emerald Palace of Dreams, acrylic on canvas

Jon Harris is a San Francisco-based painter who specializes in geometric landscapes, depicting dreamlike, spiritually-infused spaces. Through the use of clean, straight lines, impeccable perspective and a bright colour palette, the artist imagines sacred places.


An acrylic painting of a pink crystal in a lotus shapeCrystal Lotus, acrylic on canvas

I adore the sense of three-dimensional space that Jon creates in each of his works. Even seeing…

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The Art Portfolio of Thea Yabut


A wall sculpture in pink with a natural horn shapepalmate snag, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, chalk pastel, clay, glue, joint compound, pins

Thea Yabut works in a variety of media, creating layered images that often emulate textiles in their construction. Thea’s portfolio features complex, patterned abstract drawings that layer coloured lines like thread, and wall-based mixed media sculptures.


An art installation with a grey shape made from mixed sculptural mediaspicule, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, pigment, glue, joint compound, pins, clay…

 

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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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