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The Art of Self-Taught Painter Richard Ficker

A painting with a combination of surreal figures and imageryThe Compassionate Indifference

Richard Ficker is a self-taught painter whose work features imagery of beaches, oceans, and surreal figures blending into such landscapes. The artist’s works are detailed celebrations of colour and form, each one dreamlike in a way that invites the viewer in for a closer look. 


A painting of a heron standing on a pier at sunsetRiver Sunset, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I really appreciate the amount of colour and fine detail that goes into each of…

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An Optimistic View: The Art of Claire Cepukas

A painting of a deep and misty forestSmoky Woods, oil on canvas

Claire Cepukas is a Canadian painter whose works are inspired by the nation’s remote landscapes and the artist’s time spent living and working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta and BC. Claire’s works are saturated with brighter-than-life colours and present an optimistic view of the wilderness. 


A pink-hued painting of a snowy sceneSnow Ghosts, acrylic and paper on canvas

I really appreciate Claire’s graphic style and the unique…

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Inside the Art Studio of Cressida Campbell

A photo of painter Cressida Campbell in her studio

 

Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist known for artworks that combine techniques from and printmaking and that use a meticulous and rigorous process. Currently based in Bronte, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Campbell draws artistic inspiration from her environment -- both outdoor, and the studio environment that she has developed for herself.

 

The artist's studio looks dreamy, even romantic in a way, with all the cut flowers…

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A Portfolio of Pop-Culture Figures by Greg Stone

A painting of the GhostbustersWho you gonna call?

Greg Stone is a painter and illustrator who works with pop-culture figures and characters from fiction. The artist, based in Eastern Iowa, specializes in portraits of comic book heroes, musical legends, and film icons. 


A painting of a frame from Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans

 

I like the dramatic, bold style that Greg uses in his portraiture. The artist’s works seem to draw stylistic inspiration from their pop-culture contexts, with portraits of…

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The Oil Paint Portfolio of Angelo Mariano

A vibrant oil painting of a zebraZebra, oil on panel

Angelo Mariano is a New York-based artist who works primarily in oil paint. The artist’s paintings feature bombastic, saturated hues that are perfectly suited to subjects like tropical birds and fanciful architecture. 


A painting of a duck on the waterKing of Central Park, oil on panel

 

I enjoy the mosaic-like, planar style in which Angelo renders many of his subjects. The artist showcases the bright pigments of his chosen medium by isolating…

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Inside the Art Studio of KAWS

A photo of artist KAWS in his studio

 

American artist and designer Brian Donnelly works under the studio name KAWS, producing colourful sculptures, screen prints, paintings, and other artworks that draw on cartoon and graffiti aesthetics. KAWS is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

KAWS' studio looks very organized -- I'm especially drawn to the rows and rows of small lots of pigment on the table in front of the artist. They're so uniform and nicely placed that…

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Indoor and Outdoor: Painting by Melissa Kenyon McIntyre

A stylized painting of a chair and a tableChair and Table

Melissa Kenyon McIntyre is an artist based in New Mexico. In her practice, Melissa works in a range of mixed media, from traditional acrylic paint to more inventive applications of household construction materials. The artist’s works are often inspired by her surrounding environment, indoor and outdoor


A painting of a house under a flowering treeGrafton, acrylic on masonite

 

Melissa’s landscape paintings do a beautiful job of capturing the scale of outdoor…

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Delicately Monumental: The Art Portfolio of Jayne Crawford

A painting of a landscape with leafless treesTrinity Cormorants, oil on canvas

Jayne Crawford is an artist who draws inspiration from nature and spirituality. In her practice, the artist creates delicately monumental landscape paintings, often focusing on a single plant or other natural focal point. 


A pastel drawing of lush flowersFLOWERS, oil pastel on archival paper

 

It’s interesting to browse through Jayne’s portfolio and see the differences in the artist’s landscape paintings and drawings versus her…

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The Art Portfolio of Catherine Howard

A painting of a farmhouse at sunsetEvening Stroll, acrylic on stretched canvas

Catherine Howard is a Canadian painter who favours acrylic pigment for producing her paintings of the Canadian landscape. Catherine’s paintings encompass a range of subjects including wildlife, domesticity, and sweeping, epic outdoor scenes. 


A painting of a duck sitting on a floating logDuck "Lacha", acrylic on cradled board

 

I like the slightly soft quality of Catherine’s painting style -- the artist does a beautiful job of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Mark Flood

A photo of Mark Flood at work in his art studio

 

Mark Flood is an American artist, originally from Texas. In his practice, Flood is known for artworks that combine painting and printmaking techniques, often using mixed media and elements of text to produce abstract images that are dense with meaning, subtext, and humour.

 

Flood's studio looks delightfully chaotic in this photograph. The artist himself is pictured holding a rolled-up artwork, wearing a shirt that almost seems to…

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A Portfolio of Painting by Howard Fonda

A painting made from coloured pencil and paintUntitled, acrylic and coloured pencil on raw canvas

Howard Fonda is a painter who works in a wide colour palette, building canvases that often seem more like drawings in the way that the pigment is applied and the way negative space is emphasized. The artist’s style is sketched and almost childlike in places, but Fonda’s expert eye for balanced composition lends the works an undeniable sense of intention. 


A painting that resolves into a cat's face made from many coloured marksUntitled, acrylic and…

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The Acrylic and Watercolour Portfolio of Donna Howard

A painting of an owl-like figure on an abstract geometric backgroundThe Owl Dreams of Mondrian, acrylic on canvas

Donna Howard is a painter who works in acrylic and watercolour, creating artworks that combine abstract and figurative elements with a poppy, cartoonish aesthetic. Though Donna’s artworks capitalize on contemporary pop aesthetics, many carry hints of deeper (and sometimes darker) conceptual intent. 


A painting of yellow bird figures on a geometric backgroundMy Plummet, acrylic on canvas

 

I like how Donna creates paintings with layered aesthetics…

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Lush Abstract Images: The Art of Donna Bruni

A painting composed of cool blue and grey coloursWalking on Water Series, #2, oil on canvas

Donna Bruni is a painter who works primarily in oil, building lush abstract images with a focus on a single base hue. In her paintings, Donna layers shades and tints to create volume and the suggestion of vast seascapes or cloudy expanses of sky. 


An abstract image suggesting a dock floating on still waterFloating Dock, oil on canvas

The artist often paints on a large scale, with planes of a single colour sometimes taking up a space several feet wide…

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The Art Portfolio of Zara Spence

A drawing of a character from a fantasy seriesNight King Slayer

Zara Spence is an artist who creates portraits and other custom artwork on a commission basis. The artist’s style is cartoonish, allowing the artist to capture and exaggerate recognizable characteristics of her subjects to great effect. 


A drawing of a couple with two golden retrieversGift

 

I really enjoy the way Zara composes her images. Some recent works of the artists take on a kind of emblematic aesthetic, with a central figure and a text banner positioned…

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Pet and Person Portraits by John Langeveld

A black and white portrait of a girlUntitled

John Langeveld is a Calgary-based artist who specializes in portraiture. The artist’s current portfolio features both pet and person portraits, both black and white sketches and polished, full-colour paintings. 


A portrait of a dog in the back seat of a convertibleUntitled

 

I like the consistency of style in which John renders his subjects. The artist specializes in portraits of young children, and the slightly softened, rough-edged approach that he takes seems fitting to…

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