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Mythology and Tradition: Art by Daniel T. Lopez and Dano Lopez

An abstract artwork with curving linesMusic of the Universe

Daniel T. Lopez and Dano Lopez are a pair of artists. Daniel is primarily a muralist. In his practice, the artist works with various communities and people to create striking, brightly-coloured murals that often address modern relationships to mythology and tradition


A photo of a custom mural painted at Mendocino College in CaliforniaMendocino College mural

 

Looking at photos of Daniel’s mural work, it’s clear to see how the artist takes a collaborative approach, involving…

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Rich, Gestural Paintings: The Art Portfolio of Ginny Paternite

A painting of a still lake in springSpring Reflections, oil on board

Ginny Paternite was raised in upstate New York and is now based in South Carolina. In her artistic practice, Ginny creates rich, gestural paintings of her local landscape, animals, and other still-life subjects.


A painting of some horses in a meadowIn The Meadow, oil

 

I love the way Ginny uses colour in her paintings. The artist’s works feel luxurious in their use of heavy, confident brush marks and saturated hues. In landscapes, the…

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Essential Details: The Art Portfolio of Jacquie Manning

A painting of a pair of eagles in a treeCan You See Lunch Enid?, oil on canvas

Jacquie Manning is a painter and art educator based in western Canada. In her practice, the artist captures landscapes, still-life, and various everyday scenes in a variety of painted media. Jacquie’s style is quick and gestural, capturing the essential details of a scene while leaving some to the imagination. 


A painting of two gutted boats on a shoreUntitled

 

I love how varied Jacquie’s portfolio is in terms of subject matter. The…

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Fantastic Favourites: Mo Davis, Susan McKenzie, Micky Renders

Today we’re taking a look at the artistic practices of Mo Davis, Susan McKenzie, and Micky Renders. These three artists all take a performative approach to art, putting their own unique spin on the idea of “performance,” and drawing on different disciplines and skill sets. Each artist’s portfolio is representative of their dedication to the craft, whether that’s acting, dance, or multidisciplinary artwork and community…

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Inspiration from Nature: The Art of Janet Pancho Gupta

A painting with symbolism of eyes and a butterflyHunger, watercolour

Janet Pancho Gupta is a painter and photographer based in Hong Kong. In her artistic practice, Janet draws inspiration from nature, balancing strict realism with abstract geometric patterns, and using flying creatures -- birds and butterflies, among others -- as a motif. 

 

A painting of a figure with overlapping planes of colourUniversal Affection, watercolour and pen

 

I like the sense of thematic balance in Janet’s artworks. The artist’s Symphony of Life series…

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A Portfolio of Pared-Down Landscape Paintings by Drew Noel Marin

An abstracted landscape painting with bright teal huesPresent Moment, acrylic on textured canvas

Drew Noel Marin is a Michigan-based artist who works primarily in acrylic on canvas. In her current artistic practice, Drew creates soft, pared-down landscape paintings with an emphasis on cool colour palettes and sparing details that suggest scenes rather than filling in every detail. 


A painting of a hazy forest with a silhouetted deerForest Haze, acrylic on textured canvas

I really like the way Drew emphasizes the atmosphere in her artworks.…

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Fantastical Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Jane Zednik

A painting of a personified imagining of springSpring Surge, oil paint on heavy archival paper

Jane Zednik uses her artistic practice to explore different techniques, forms, and applications of oil paint, building fantastical compositions that use a variety of textures and colour palettes. Many of the artist’s works feature animals, sometimes in everyday settings and sometimes in more dreamlike, mythological applications.


A painting of a surreal scene with dogs and palm treesWinter Chat Room, oil paint on heavy archival paper

 

I…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Monotype Prints by Amy Kaufman

A hand-painted monotype print with ripples of mixed colourRipples, unique handpainted monotype print

Amy Kaufmann produces monotype prints and paintings with an eye toward streamlined, colourful aesthetics and striking compositions. Based in New England, the artist’s current portfolio showcases floral and abstract monotype prints, along with oil paintings of seascapes and other subjects. 


A painting of a textured, deep blue oceanscapeOcean, mixed media on canvas

 

Though Amy’s works are largely figurative, there’s a sense of…

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Rural Landscapes and Architecture: Painting by Carol Ross

An acrylic painting of houses in the snowInternet Connections, acrylic on board

Carol Ross is a Washington-based painter who works primarily in acrylic, creating stylized, neutral-hued paintings of rural landscapes and architecture. The artist’s style sees large objects like hills, trees, and houses reduced to rounded shapes and planes of rich colour, abstracted yet comfortably familiar. 


A painting of yellow rolling hills with housesRainbow Pipeline, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Carol’s recent Social…

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Conceptions of Home: The Art Portfolio of Sharon Hunter

A painting of abstracted figures raising a barnBarn Raising, oil and spray paint

Sharon Hunter is an Ontario-based artist with Métis roots. In her artistic practice, Sharon seeks to explore and understand conceptions of “home” and personal heritage, both from the perspective of a settler on First Nations land, and through her own Ojibwa ancestry. The artist’s portfolio encompasses large-scale murals as well as landscape and site-specific works. 


A painting of antlers incorporating marks made by oxidized copperCopper #3, oil paint, canvas,…

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Everyday City Life: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ivey

A painting of a cityscape across a body of waterharbor view, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, charcoal, and other traditional media, producing works that capture scenes of everyday city life. The artist’s images are designed to capture the aesthetic of aged, sepia-toned photographs, with Scott tending to work in an additive fashion, starting with a dark-coloured canvas and adding light. 


An ink wash painting of buildings at nightnight study, inkwash

 

The…

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The Painting Portfolio of Edie Marshall

A painting of flowering plants in tall grassBuffalo Beans, oil on birch panel

Edie Marshall is a painter from Saskatchewan. In her practice, Edie is inspired by nature and environmentalism, and works in a gestural painting style to build colourful images, dense with details and figures. 


A painting of a delapidated house in an overgrown fieldTattered Leavings, oil on stretched canvas

 

I like the way that Edie’s artistic style tends to reflect the nature of her subject matter. Recent series like Wildflowers showcase images that…

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Cool Colour Palettes: The Art Potfolio of Marion Krahn

A print of an original painting of a misty blue seascapeSalish Sea Nocturne (print)

Marion Krahn was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Kelowna. In her practice, the artist takes inspiration from her local environment, capturing a hint of the Pacific Northwest landscape in large-scale paintings that are abstracted in composition and use subdued, cool colour palettes


A layered painting of a new moon over a creekMill Creek New Moon, acrylic on canvas

 

Water, or the suggestion of water, seems to be a common motif in Marion’s…

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A Portfolio of Colourful Paintings by Arquimedes Mejia

A potrait of a woman with long brown hairretrato 2

Arquimedes Mejia is a painter and artist born in Seíbo, Dominican Republic. In his art practice, Arquimedes produces colourful paintings of faces, landscapes, and still-life subject matter. The artist’s style is easily adapted to both smooth, soft blending techniques and more textural brush marks. 


A painting of a half-peeled mandarin orangeUntitled

 

The artist’s most recent paintings showcase Arquimedes’ skill with facial features -- many of the works in his

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Life Without Lines: The Art Portfolio of Matthew Haynes

A painting of a faceless human figure and a lightbulbStagnation, acrylic on wood

Matthew Haynes is a painter who works in a brightly colourful, graphic style. The artist’s illustrative paintings seek to present scenes of life without lines -- whether those are outlines or dividing lines. The artist’s portfolio addresses the psychological and philosophical through a dreamlike, fantastical lens. 


A painting of a woman in a boat with birdsCast Away, acrylic on wood

 

I really enjoy the way that Matthew emphasizes the…

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