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Between the Natural and the Supernatural: Art by Frederica Hall

A painting of a mountain lion on a red backgroundEastern Mountain Lion, oil

Frederica Hall works in a variety of media, from performance, to painting, and in-between. The artist often draws inspiration from the intersection between the natural and the supernatural, with her works addressing subjects from both ends of the spectrum.


A painting of a bee on a background emulating an insect's visionBEE 2

 

I really enjoy Frederica’s recent series of paintings The Red List, Endangered & Extinct. In this series, Frederica takes recently extinct or…

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Set Pieces and Props: Art by Andrea Buckle

A photo of a painted bluejay carvingUntitled

Andrea Buckle has combined her own distinct visual art practice with a career in film and television, using her artistic skills to build set pieces and props for a range of productions. Andrea’s portfolio also extends into decor, renovations, and photography.


A photo of a public artwork in the form of a carved eagle in a treeUntitled

 

I like how the artist is able to maintain a distinct style through such a varied and far-reaching portfolio. In our previous feature of Andrea’s assemblages…

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An Art Portfolio of Colour and Texture by Boudewijn Korsmit


A mixed media artwork with collaged and painted elementsUntitled

Boudewijn Korsmit produces artworks using watercolour and mixed media with an emphasis on layered colour and texture. Working with a variety of subjects, the artist explores both the immediacy of his medium, and more conceptual, introspective ideas.


A heavily abstracted portrait made with a gradient of dripped paintS 4

 

I really like how Boudewijn is able to combine a splattered application of pigment with a rather smooth gradient over the entirety of the substrate. In many works, the artist…

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Studio Sunday: Idris Kahn

A photo of Idris Kahn working in his studio in 2017

 

Today’ studio feature is London-based artist Idris Kahn. Kahn is known for abstracted artworks that exist between media, blending techniques of photography, sculpture, and painting to form art objects that are both technical fascinating and emotionally captivating.

 

The artist often works with elements of found imagery and text, scanning, photographing, and otherwise manipulating well-known paintings, sheet music, and texts and…

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Motifs From Nature: The Art Portfolio of Claudia Stewart

A mixed media artwork depicting a tree on fireFire Tree, acrylic, technical pen, and cheesecloth on cradled board

Claudia Stewart is an artist who works in a realistic yet slightly whimsical style, using primarily acrylic paints. The artist often utilizes motifs from nature, including crows, trees, and insects.


A painting of a butterfly transforming into a leafbutterfly leaf, acrylic on linen

 

I enjoy the bright colour palette that Claudia uses -- the subject matter of the artist’s works lends itself well to a kind of dreamy,…

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The Art Portfolio of Amie T. Rangel

A triptych depicting an apparatus at the top of a large buildingCROSSING, charcoal, chalk pastel, and gesso on linen

Amie T. Rangel’s artistic practice investigates architectural spaces and constructions, and the intersection between built systems and organic bodies. The artist is based in Visalia, California, where she also works as an adjunct professor and gallery director at the College of the Sequoia.


A diptych depicting an empty room where livestock would be housedNARTHEX, charcoal, chalk pastel, gesso, and gel medium on linen

 

I really enjoy the drawing…

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Spatial Interventions: Art by Olivier Ratsi


An installation view of a light-based artwork with deep red tonesFRAME PERSPECTIVE (Echolyse project), wood, LED, computer, software (installation view at Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist who lives and works in Paris. In his artistic practice, Ratsi uses a combination of sound, video projection, painting, and other media to create installations that play off of the physical space of their location while creating new spatial interventions.


An installation view of a geometric light work projected onto a screenPELE-MELE (Echolyse…

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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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