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The Painting Portfolio of Laura Spring

A painting with pale negative space and a green hueGone with the Fog, acrylic

Laura Spring is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylic, occasionally incorporating mixed media to build up texture and colour. The artist’s works are firmly situated in a contemporary moment, and explore extremes of pigment-minimal, textural painting as well as saturated monochromatic works. 


An abstract painting with cool tones of blue and whiteMoving Through the Winter II, oil

 

I really enjoy the way the artist groups her paintings by hue and…

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Unexpected Aesthetic: The Art of Michael David Kozlowski

A painting made using bleach on raw canvasStill Think About You, bleached raw canvas (unwashed)

Michael David Kozlowski works in a painterly style using nontraditional painted materials such as bleach and plaster. The artist’s works have an unexpected aesthetic that is at times ghostly, and at times laden with heavy texture and suggested figure. 


A painting made using white plasterSomething Else

 

I find Michael’s bleach paintings to be a fascinating reimagining of the traditional paint-on-canvas mode of…

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Fantastic Favourites: Ronnie Spiewak, Douglas Moulden, Jim Holbrook

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Though these three artists work in very different media and styles, they share in their well-defined sense of aesthetics and contemporary approach to their subject matter. 

 

Ronnie Spiewak 

 

Ronnie is a Maryland-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. Using an exacto knife and various colourful two-dimensional materials, the artist…

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Painting, Illustration, and Sculpture by Carolina Seth

A painting of a female figure with a flower in her mouthBloom, acrylic on wood panel

Carolina Seth is an artist working in painting, illustration, and sculpture. The artist’s style capitalizes on illustrative techniques, often with a focus on feminine and mythological figures and cool colours. 


A surreal painting of a catNekoland, acrylic on wood panel

 

A lot of Carolina’s work reminds me of the likes of Megan Majewski, Rebecca Chaperon, or even Clementine de Chabaneix. The artist’s portfolio is a nice balance…

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Inside the Art Studio of Inka Essenhigh

A photo of artist Inka Essenhigh in her studio

 

This week’s studio feature is Inka Essenhigh, an American painter currently based in New York. The artist is known for surrealist paintings that blend rich, voluminous abstraction with pop-art-esque suggestions of figures. 

 

I like the way that Essenhigh’s studio mimics a gallery space -- the white walls jut into the space, holding one painting each, the works hung with geometric expertise. I wonder if these paintings are…

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A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume

A painting of Wonder Woman emerging from a loaf of Wonder BreadGreatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, acrylic on illustration board

Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands. 


A painting of Supergirl coming out of a can of soupSOUPERGIRL, acrylic on illustration board

 

I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary…

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Avian, Botanical, and Equine Subjects: The Art of Debbie Hart

A painting of a blue grapes on a vineOld Vine Zin

Debbie Hart is an artist originally from southern Wisconsin. The artist’s practice has been informed by the natural landscape of the midwestern United States, as well as her background and training in scientific illustration. Debbie’s art portfolio showcases the artist’s skill with all manner of avian, botanical, and equine subjects


A painting of a jumping horseBuckskin gallop

 

I really appreciate the attention to detail that Debbie devotes…

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A Portfolio of Deep Blue-Hued Images by Casey Roberts

A cyanotype print of a treelarge bush, cyanotype on paper

Casey Roberts is an artist and printmaker currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The artist uses a combination of cyanotype printing and gouache to build deep blue-hued images that rely on sharp, simplified forms in stark compositions to build up a sense of narrative intrigue. 


A painting of a table with a drawing of a bird on itdrawing birds at breakfast (dining room table), cyanotype on paper with gouache

 

I really love the consistency of the cyan…

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The Portfolio of Oil Painter Patty Yehle

A painting of a white cloud against a blue backgroundFirst Cloud

Patty Yehle is an oil painter currently based in Boston. The artist’s works straddle the line between straightforward realism and surreal, symbolic painting, often combining elements of both to great effect. 


A painting of a yellow magnolias on a blue sky backgroundRose's Yellow Magnolias 1

 

In some ways, the works Patty’s portfolio remind me of pieces by Kevin Sloan or Armando Sebastian. The artist’s use of lattice patterns recalls the painted-porcelain textures in some…

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Spiritual Wonder: The Art of Ginger Garrett Arthur

A painting of a vast sky and still water landscapePresence of God, oil on canvas

Ginger Garrett Arthur is a Philadelphia-based painter who works frequently with landscape subject matter, creating images that showcase sweeping vistas while imparting an infectious sense of spiritual wonder


A painting of folding beach chairs under the shadow of palm treesPalm Shadows

 

Ginger tends to work in a loose style, working large, confident brush marks over flat planes of colour to build up textural illusions of skies, clouds, and flat fields. In some works,…

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Colours and Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Kathie Selinger

A mixed media artwork depicting green and purple cabbagesCabbage, mixed media on paper

Kathie Selinger is an artist currently based in Chilliwack, BC. In her practice, Kathie is inspired by the colours and landscapes of her travels abroad, as well as local subject matter The artist’s unique style is informed partly by Kathie’s previous work in printmaking media. 


A painting of bright flowers in a vaseFrom a Friend's Garden, acrylic

I really like the texture of Kathie’s artworks -- the artist tends toward a bold colour…

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Energy in All Its Forms: Art by Hooshang Khorasani

A painting of a bouquet of flowers in a blue vaseBouquet in a Blue Vase, acrylic on canvas

Hooshang Khorasani is a primarily Louisiana-based artist who works in acrylic and mixed media, producing artworks that express energy in all its forms. The artist’s subjects range from abstraction, to floral, to equines, to landscape.


A painting of a running horseRoan Runner, acrylic on canvas

 

I love the way that Hooshang employs lighting in his pieces, using gesturally applied strokes of colour to build up volume,…

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Oil, Encaustic, and Watercolour art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An abstracted painting of a deerIn Motion, encaustic

Catherine Radix Mansell is an artist based in Rhode Island. The artist paints in a variety of media, including oil, encaustic, and watercolour, with the latter works employing a style influenced by traditional Asian painting techniques. 


An abstract artwork made in oil and cold wax mediumSail Away, oil and cold wax

 

Even organized into galleries according to very different media and techniques, there’s still a sense of cohesion in Catherine’s portfolio that I…

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A Portfolio of Painting and Photography by Kathleen Gross

A plein air painting of an olive groveOlive Grove 02, oil on canvas paper

Kathleen Gross is an artist who has worked in both painting and photography, moving between the two mediums throughout her decades-long artistic career. In her current practice, the artist focuses mostly on painting, creating plein-air landscape works in oil paint as well as pastels. 


A pastel drawing of a valley in IrelandSally Gap, Ireland, pastels on paper

 

I like the way that Kathleen can vary her style to suit different subjects and…

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From Pets to Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Squires

A painting of a baby manatee underwaterBaby Manatee

Artist Pamela Squires has been painting everything from pets to landscapes to still life subjects for the past 40 years. Much of the artist’s current portfolio is based around sealife and marine landscapes, with deep shades of blue and green dominating the artist’s colour palette. 


A painting of a wave crashing over a white sandy beachUntitled

 

I like the delicately blended, gestural style of mark-making that Pamela tends to use in her artworks. The artist’s painted…

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