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The Art Portfolio of Mike Salcido

An abstract mixed media painting with bright blue tonesMidnight Dreams, mixed media on panel with high-gloss finish

Mike Salcido was born in New Mexico, and has spent time travelling all over the world. The artist’s painting practice began as a method of relaxation. In his current practice, Mike produces works of wild abstraction in a range of mixed media, often drawing out strong moods and emotions with his use of saturated colour.


An abstract painting made with splashes of paintCosmic Dance, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works…

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The Art Portfolio of Tania Willard

A diptych image of two faces wearing 3-D glassesUntitled (from series Disparity)

Tania Willard is an artist from the Secwepemc Nation of south central British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Tania probes the ways in which Aboriginal and other cultures are interconnected, often utilizing public and outdoor spaces, as well as human participants in her works.


A photo of a fast food meal sculpted using traditional Secwepemc basket weaving techniquesThe Combo (from series Disparity), cedar root, birchbark, coloured transparency, plastic tray

 

I like the physical presence…

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The Art Portfolio of Kelly Leichert

A painting with bright colours and heavy outlinesThe Return

Kelly Leichert is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, including acrylic, pencil, ink, charcoal, and even some digital media. The artist has a background in the architectural field, having worked as a draftsman.


A painting of a chokecherry plant seen up closeChokecherry Mosaic, oil on canvas

 

I appreciate the mosaic, stained-glass aesthetic of many of Kelly’s paintings. Plant life seems to be a subject that the artist is drawn toward, and…

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Pueblo Pottery: The Portfolio of Madeline E. Naranjo

A fired clay pot carved with imagery of people and objectsUntitled

Madeline E. Naranjo is a ceramic artist based in Santa Clara, New Mexico. In her practice, Madeline creates works in the Pueblo pottery style, building up a variety of vessels by hand-shaping and carving clay, before firing and painting.


A hand-carved ceramic vessel with curved lines and a polished black surfaceMelonball

 

The artist’s finished pottery works are beautifully smooth and shiny. Each vessel has a strong presence, and the artist’s hand-carved detailing and monochromatic paints and…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Rovner

An abstracted painting with a ghostly figureCourage To, pumice, oil, oil stick, paper, wax medium

Karen Rovner currently works in a studio in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her artwork represents an intuitive style of painting, with the artist often beginning her works without a plan, and using her aesthetic instincts to produce each composition.


An abstract painting made with blocks in dark neutral tonesAfter the Election, oil, cold wax

I find the mixture of abstraction and figuration in Karen’s portfolio quite interesting. The artist…

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Fujiwara Art Inc.: The Art Portfolio of Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a family of Native American people in the American old westPainting Faces, oil

Kim Fujiwara has been honing his painting and illustration skills for decades at his personal studio, Fujiwara Art Inc. In his practice, Kim creates beautifully realistic, painterly images of human figures and landscapes.


A painting of a woman in a corset standing in front of a mirrorBianca's Saloon, oil

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Kim’s work, we looked at the artist’s penchant for smooth, skillful portraiture. The conventions that the artist employs in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Ceramic Sculptor Leanne Schnepp

A bust sculpture of a figure with flowers growing from their headRenewal, stoneware clay, glazed and stained, with stucco and steel

Leanne Schnepp is a ceramic sculptor currently based in Michigan. In her practice, Leanne produces figurative artworks, often centering around the human body, animals, myths, and legends.


A stoneware clay bust of Frida KahloFrida Kahlo, stoneware clay, glazed and stained

 

I really enjoy looking through Leanne’s portfolio and observing the coherent, unique style that she’s developed. Though the…

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Human Experience: The Art Portfolio of Shawn Olin Jordan

A still from a conceptual art video exploring an alien caveCaves of Detritus (video still)

Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.


A digital photo close-up of painted, crumpled paperSubterranean Circus V, digital photograph

 

I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeff Grassie


An artwork made with carved found wood and other materialsTempest, mixed media

Jeff Grassie is an artist based in Haverhill, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist, Jeff utilizes a range of highly tactile materials including wood and metal in his artworks, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging pieces that are as much about their subjects as they are about the materiality of the artist’s media.


A sculpture of a fish made from salvaged wood and metalSomething Fishy, salvaged wood and metal

 

I really like the look and feel of Jeff’s…

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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.


A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Susan Horn

A gestural painting of a bridge over a riverPrescott Bridge II, oil on canvas

Painter Susan Horn captures abstract, landscape, and still-life subjects in a confident, impressionistic style. The artist’s current portfolio represents a prolific artistic career and is packed with paintings that consistently display the artist’s style.


An impressionistic painting of a barn surrounded by greeneryIvan's Barn, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Susan’s delightfully impressionistic works, we looked at the way the artist utilizes…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Muntean

A mixed media artwork made in a quilt-like pattern with distinct square sectionsDia de los Muertos/War is $$, mixed media on canvas

Karen Muntean is an artist currently based in Victoria, BC. In her practice, Karen works primarily in abstraction, creating works in a variety of experimental styles that combine bright colour and organic form to produce an otherworldly aesthetic.


A mixed media artwork with pastel tones made in a quilted patternsWashi Quilt for Ella, mixed media on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Karen’s recent series of Washi Quilts. These works combine a variety…

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The Photography Portfolio of Wayne Mazorow

A photo of a dense field of sumac and astersSumac & Asters

Wayne Mazorow is an Ohio-based photographer whose practice centres on capturing the natural landscape and environment of the area. The artist’s photographs immortalize land untouched by human development, with crisp detail that lends an almost dreamlike quality to each image.


A photograph of the branches of a grey birch tree in winterGray Birch, Winter

In our previous feature of Wayne’s work, we noted that the artist’s subject matter is sometimes protected parkland, and…

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Sweeping Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Cecilia Lea

A painting of a mountain range with a snowy tree in the foregroundHungabee After the Storm -- Lake O'Hara -- Yoho National Park, oil on canvas

Cecilia Lea is an artist based in Radium Hot Springs, BC. In her creative practice, Cecilia captures the sweeping landscapes of the local region in oil and acrylic paint.


A painting of a mountain range with green grass in the foregroundSpring Comes to Mount Nelson, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s gallery of recent paintings showcases a series of plein-air landscape paintings that render alpine and forest views in…

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The Art Portfolio of Ariel Lyons

A painting of a woman on an abstracted orange backgroundSmooth as Silk, acrylic, oil, and collage

Ariel Lyons is an Ottawa-based artist and art educator who works specifically with GOLDEN brand acrylic paints. The artist’s portfolio encompasses works of portraiture, landscape painting, and abstraction, with varying degrees of detail and gestural mark-making.


An abstract painting made with pink and grey tonesPink Puddle

 

I like the way that Ariel experiments with a wide variety of media in her portfolio. The artist’s style is changeable…

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