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The Art Portfolio of Kate Scoones

A mixed media artwork with intersecting floral patternsFlorage, oil, gouache, and fabric on birch panel

Kate Scoones is an artist based in Victoria, British Columbia. In her practice, the artist works as a painter, as well as a writer and art educator. Kate’s paintings often combine compositional aesthetics from abstraction and collage with traditional media like oil, gouache, ink, and acrylic.


A painting of a dense bunch of blackberriesBlackberry, oil, gouache, and ink on birch panel

 

I really enjoy the way Kate combines…

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Studio Sunday: Ann Wood

A photo of the artist Ann Wood in her home studio

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Brooklyn-based textile artist Ann Wood. The artist is currently based in a home studio space, where she produces works that are as much fine art as they are craft. The artist’s practice encompasses small patchwork textile pieces -- dolls, sewn and stuffed animals, and botanical specimens -- and Wood also teachers others the techniques for producing similar works.

 

Wood’s studio is based in…

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The Art Portfolio of Georgette (Gette) Jones

A painting of a young woman on a brightly patterned backgroundFREQUENT DREAMER, acrylic on canvas

Georgette (Gette) Jones has been creating art since childhood, in the form of both visual art and writing. The artist’s current practice is centered on painting, with Gette using bright colours and patterns, and experimenting with abstract forms.


An abstract image made with overlapping coloured shapesCARNIVAL, acrylic on canvas board

I’m enjoying browsing through Gette’s recent series of abstracted artworks. The artist’s gallery of abstract and…

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The Art Portfolio of Lynne Stewart

An oil painting of a rushing riverRushing Water, oil on canvas

Lynne Stewart is an artist based in Riverside, California. Throughout her decades-spanning artistic practice, Lynne has used artwork as a way of working through struggles with mental health, and connecting not only with herself but with others.


A pastel drawing of an elderly figureDisappearing Wise Woman, pastel on paper

 

There’s a wonderful sense of play and experimentation throughout the works in Lynne’s portfolio. It’s interesting to…

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The Art Portfolio of Eloise Shelton-Mayo

An artwork featuring paper-collaged elementsArches & Angles IV

U.K.-born artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo creates works with a focus on layering paper and encaustic media, borrowing aesthetics from both traditional oil painting and collage to create a fascinatingly diverse array of abstract compositions. The artist’s works range from heavily textural and geometric, to soft, quiet, and delicate.


An artwork made from oil paint and cold wax mediumWinding 1, oil and cold wax on paper

I’m quite taken by the works in Eloise’s Paper…

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The Art Portfolio of Michele Ridgeway

A photo of a dying leaf with white thread sewn into itattachments, digital image

Michele Ridgeway is an artist based in Hancock, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Michele works in a wide range of innovative media including animation, performance, video, and even edible items.


A digital photograph of light reflecting off flowing watermirror studies, digital image

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Michele’s work, the artist often uses her artwork to explore themes of identity and self-image. In particular, the artist’s work lingers…

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The Art Portfolio of M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart

A painting of a hazy, mountainous landscapeGreen River (by Lavetta Rhinehart)

M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart are husband-and-wife artists based in Missouri. The pair are both skilled at painting in lavish realism, depicting scenes and landscapes that could be taken straight from the pages of a fantasy or science fiction novel.


A painting of a forested field under an orange skyBellem Fields, oil on board (by M. Charles Rhinehart)

 

I’m really intrigued by the similarities between each of the artist’s styles. While M.…

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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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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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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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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 Art Portfolio of Lynda Benglis

A sculpture made from lead dripped into a corner and allowed to setQuartered Meteor, lead

Lynda Benglis is an American sculptor best known for her large abstract forms, often made from dripped wax, latex, foam, and other materials, that explore texture and material presence by referencing bodily, organic forms.


A sculpture made from bronze poured and allowed to setEAT MEAT, bronze

The artist’s earlier works, produced in the 1960s and 70s, have a distinctly viscous, liquid-like feeling and aesthetic. The artist produced many of these works by pouring…

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