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Flying Cow Creations: Art by Valerie Johnson


A felted image of two sheep in a fieldblack sheep in the family, wet felting and needle felting

Valerie Johnson creates work under her studio name, Flying Cow Creations. The artist works in felt, building pieces in both sculptural and two-dimensional formats, and capitalizing on the soft texture of her fiber medium to produce truly unique works. 


A hand-felted stool with a blue bubble patternHand felted stool

I really enjoy the amount of variation in the artist’s portfolio. Though she tends to stick to a single…

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The Art Portfolio of Bruno Hernani

A photo of a sky over a traffic light in ReginaRegina, Canada, photograph

Bruno Hernani is an artist and engineer who currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatechewan. In his artistic practice, Bruno works with a variety of media including paint, photography, and sculpture, occasionally drawing inspiration from engineering practices as well as from music. 


A work of art using a deconstructed violinExtended Violin

 

I really like the works in which Bruno combines multiple disciplines -- like in his artworks that utilize…

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Expressionist Aesthetics: Art by Trevor Pye

A mixed media artwork with still life objects in front of a mountainStill Life With Small Mountain, acrylic and graphite on Arches paper

Trevor Pye is an artist who works in mixed media, building images that draw on cubist and expressionist aesthetics while maintaining a contemporary atmosphere. The artist is currently based in New Zealand, where he works with acrylic, graphite, and other traditional art materials. 


A still life painting with a layered, transparent lookStill Life With Modernist Leanings 1, acrylic and graphite on paper

 

I really enjoy…

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A Geometric Edge: The Art of Robert Porazinski

A painting with stripes of colour overlapping and moving off the canvasLuna #2, acrylic on panel

Artist Robert Porazinski produces abstract paintings and artworks, often with a geometric edge, but sometimes veering into more experimental, materially-concerned structures. The artist has a background in commercial art and design, disciplines which inform many of his personal artworks. 


A sculptural painting with geometric shapes and monochromatic coloursTerrain #5, acrylic and spray paint on wood

 

It’s interesting to see just how much variation Robert is able to coax out…

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Inside the Art Studio of Marisa Merz

A photo of Marisa Merz' art studio

 

Marisa Merz was an Italian artist, born in Turin. Merz had a long and prolific career, beginning in the 1950s and 60s during which time she was the only female member of the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera (translated to English as “poor art”) was a radical artistic movement that stood in opposition to the hierarchical, capitalist nature of the art industry of the era.

 

Throughout her career, Merz worked in a variety of…

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Urban Spaces: The Art of Lori Sokoluk

An abstracted mixed media artwork made with architectural elementsMany Arrive Destination Unknown, mixed media and collage on wood panel

Lori Sokoluk is a Vancouver-based artist who uses a range of mixed media to build artworks examining the atmosphere and physical elements of urban spaces. Lori’s works are dense with detail and often quite abstracted, though the artist’s strategic use of recognizable figures draws the viewer in for a closer look. 


A collaged image with visuals of buildingsCity Grid Power Grid, mixed media and collage on…

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The Art Portfolio of Svetlana Barker

A painting of a crow on a striking red backgroundBlue Crow, oil on canvas

Svetlana Barker lives in Colorado, where she produces works of painting. The artist’s background in fashion shines through in her well-composed and colour-coordinated pieces that often evoke a specific mood or atmosphere through carefully-chosen hues. 


A painting of flowers with bright colours and small brush marksExpression, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Svetlana’s floral paintings -- the way that she differentiates between different blooms, and utilizes a deeply…

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The Art Portfolio of Deborah Gorman

An abstract painting with a curved horizon lineNature Nurture Series 7, acrylic on stretched canvas

Deborah Gorman is a painter who produces heavily textured, deeply coloured artworks. The artist’s subjects are often abstract, though she occasionally works with figures as well, approaching familiar subjects with a style all her own. 


A painting with a golden fishKrishna's Fish

 

I really like the weight of Deborah’s paintings -- though many of the works are acrylic, there’s a thickness and presence to…

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Abstract Sensibilities: The Art Portfolio of Alan Disparte

An abstract painting made using brightly coloured spray paintRoan, acrylic and spray paint on canvas

Alan Disparte combines abstract sensibilities in his artwork, merging flowing, dynamic paint splashes with calculated geometric forms. The resulting paintings are enticingly dynamic, imbued with a sense of life and movement.


A painting with abstract forms in a sort of patternSapphire Brew, acrylic and spray paint on wood panel

I’m really drawn to the works in Alan’s Nature Culture series – we looked at some of these paintings in our previous…

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Spirituality and Awe: The Art of David G. Taylor

A painting of foliage surrounding waterNaiades

David G. Taylor was an artist and art writer who spent most of his career working in Montreal and Toronto. In his painting practice, David produced dense, textural images evoking an esoteric sense of spirituality and awe


A painting of a dense grassy fieldWe are Alive, We are Growing

 

I really enjoy the colour palettes that David used throughout his decades-long artistic career. These deep, decisive collections of hue, combined with the artist’s unique…

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Speculative Tech: The Art of Daniil Alikov

A painting with panels and concentric circles of rainbow colourspectral hub

Daniil Alikov is an abstract artist who uses aesthetics straight out of science fiction and speculative tech to create two and three-dimensional artworks. The pieces are highly structured and textural, and there’s an interesting tension between the artist’s use of traditional media, and the unconventional appearance of his finished pieces.


A painting with the appearance of mechanical or robotic partsIG224+spectral

 

I really love the combination of bright rainbow hues and cold,…

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Pickledog Studio: The Art Portfolio of Sally Adams

A painting of a striped catTiger cat, acrylic on canvas with texture, sealed with gloss varnish

Sally Adams is an artist who works in both Shelby Township, Michigan, and Saratoga Florida. In her Pickledog Studio practice, the artist produces small, pared-down paintings featuring dogs, flowers, landscapes, and other subject matter. 


A painting of red poppies on a grey backgroundPoppy Dance, acrylic on canvas with texture

 

I really enjoy the clean yet warm compositions that Sally produces. The artist is…

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The Art Portfolio of John McAlpine

A digital artwork with bright colours and a repeating patternUntitled, digital

John McAlpine is an artist based in Everett, Washington. In his artistic practice, John works in a variety of media including photography, digital art, and pastel and other traditional media.


A photo of a polished horn in a paradeReflection 2 Pilchuck

 

I like the unique style that John maintains throughout his portfolio, whether he’s producing drawings of landscapes, still-life subject matter, or playful, cartoonish renderings of animals. The artist has…

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Esoteric and Immediate: The Art Portfolio of Marie Surprenant

An abstract ink drawing with tones of pale redEncre 28, ink on wallpaper

Artist Marie Surprenant creates abstract artworks in a variety of traditional media that meditate on subjects both esoteric and immediate. The works are often subdued at first glance, presented in dense series that facilitate a deeper understanding of the artist’s thought process.


An abstract ink drawing with blue and black tonesencre 03

 

I really enjoy Marie’s recent artworks, such as those in her gallery of Encres sur papier de vie. These quiet…

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