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Moments of Beauty: The Art Portfolio of Bill Sharp

A painting of a mill in gestural oilCentennial Mills as it Was, oil on panel

Bill Sharp is a Portland-based artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, and gouache. The artist’s works capture landscapes of Oregon and western North America, with a lens toward exploring the seemingly mundane moments of beauty that make life worthwhile. 


A painting of a small tree in an urban landscapeUrban Tree, oil on linen

 

I really enjoy the artist’s style of working with oil paint. In his landscapes and paintings of…

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The Oil Paint and Watercolour Portfolio of Yvonne Shaffer

A painting of people in canoes in a riverPerfect Day, oil on canvas

Yvonne Shaffer is a painter who creates works in traditional two-dimensional canvas format, as well as on theatrical sets. The artist works primarily in oil paint and watercolour, playing to the advantages of each medium. 


An abstract oil painting with elongated forms in blue and whiteFanfare, oil on canvas

 

I really like the texture and atmosphere of Yvonne’s paintings -- in landscapes, the artist captures just the right amount of detail -- though the scenes are…

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Undercut with Emotion: The Painting Portfolio of Bonnie Laird

A painting of a bright blue cloudscape over waterWhen The Day Is Done, oil on board

Bonnie Laird is an oil painter who creates soft, blended images of landscapes, florals, and human figures. The artist’s works are undercut with emotion and tend to feature lone central figures on neutral or relatively unadorned backgrounds. 


A painting of a woman dressed in dark clothing on a pale green backgroundWoman with green background, oil on board

I really enjoy the mix of soft blending and fine detail that Bonnie achieves in her works. In many cases the artist…

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The Painting Portfolio of Michelle Marcotte

A triptych of paintings of eggsThree egg paintings of three eggs

Michelle Marcotte is a painter with a background in food science and styling. In her current artistic practice, Michelle uses oil paint to capture lush, sumptuous images of food, evoking the memories and emotions that food is so often tied to. 


A painting of a bowl of lemons surrounded by candlesBe the one who lights candles against the darkness, oil on canvas

 

It’s really fantastic to be able to see all of Michelle’s artworks in series on her…

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Slice-of-Life Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Susan Kathryn Peck

A portrait of a young man in 20th century dressRemembering Tom, oil on linen mounted to masonite

Susan Kathryn Peck is a self-taught artist who works primarily in oil paint, rendering landscapes, portraits, and idyllic slice-of-life scenes with equal skill and attention to detail. Based in Ontario, many of Susan’s works incorporate distinctive landscape elements that give the viewer a firsthand look at the artist’s environment. 


A painting of a falcon sitting on a forest branchWoodland Herald

 

I really enjoy the works in…

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A Portfolio of Uniquely Contemporary Artworks by Amber Petersen

A painting primarily made up of pink hues with floral detailsHello Darkness, mixed acrylic medium on stretched canvas

Amber Petersen is a Canadian artist who lives and works between Toronto, New York, and BC’s Sunshine Coast. In her artistic practice, Amber is primarily a painter, utilizing a wild array of bright colours and illustrative stylistic choices to create uniquely contemporary artworks


A pink-hued abstract painting with birdsBirds of a Feather, mixed acrylic medium on stretched canvas

 

I really love Amber’s recent…

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Diffuse Points of Light: The Art Portfolio of Dennis Ekstedt

A painting of lights on strings in an undefined, dark spaceLuna Park, 1903, oil on canvas

Dennis Ekstedt is a painter based in Montreal, Quebec. In his long-standing painting practice, Dennis works with light and shadow, capturing city sprawl as seen from far above, layering diffuse points of light over planes of dark, deeply saturated colour. 


An abstracted painting with geometric elements and blue shadesLuna Park, 1903 #4, oil on canvas

 

The basis for Dennis’ paintings are deep, saturated shades of blue, purple, and grey. The artist then uses points…

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Between Organic and Technological: Art by Angela Britzman

A sculpture of a spiked ball with blue and yellow coloursPopeye, wood, aluminum, vinyl paint

Angela Britzman is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. The artist’s works, particularly her sculptures, toe the aesthetic line between organic and technological, taking a single base form as a starting point and exploring a vast range of media and materials. 


A sculpture made from wooden ballsJack-in-the-Box, wood, bamboo

 

It’s really interesting to browse through Angela’s…

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Fantastic Favourites: Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, Colby Brewer

Today, let’s look inside the art practices of Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, and Colby Brewer. Working in paint, mixed media, and installation, these artists take very different approaches to their media and subjects, but all arrive at polished works that are equally evocative and visually engaging. 

 

Linda Lang
A painting of a body of water on Baffin Island

Colours of South Baffin, oil on canvas

 

Linda Lang is a painter and muralist who creates works of art depicting settings in…

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Tranquility and Warmth: Landscape Painting by Roger Asselin

A painting of a Florida sunsetGulf Cove Sunset, acrylic on canvas

Roger Asselin is a Florida-based artist who paints the local landscape in detailed, smoothly blended acrylics. The artist’s seascapes and landscape scenes capture the tranquility and warmth of the Florida coastline, as well as other locales. 


A painting of palm trees on a beachGandy Beach Triplet Palms, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist paints in the studio from photographs, doing a great job of capturing the feeling of a plein air…

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Momentary Images: The Oil Painting of Elizabeth Regan

A painting of a hill seen from across waterThe Holy Isle, Scotland, oil on board

Elizabeth Regan paints in oil on wood panels, often using her artwork to express views of her surroundings and the landscapes in which she finds herself. The artist’s style is impressionistic, using large, highly visible brush marks to create fleeting, momentary images of realistic spaces and places. 


A painting of a house in a rural areaView from the Window, oil on panel

I really enjoy Elizabeth’s use of colour throughout her art…

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Expressive Poses: A Painting Portfolio by Hazel Harris

A painting of a woman surrounded with tomatoesHot House Tomatoes

Hazel Harris is a painter who works through an intuitive, explorative process, often thinking up the titles for her works before embarking on the process of creating them. The artist has an affinity for the human figure, and the majority of her works feature exuberant, rounded female figures in expressive poses and settings. 


An abstract painting incorporating elements of brick textureCountry Mouse Comes to the Big City

 

I like the sense of joy that’s present and palpable…

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The Portfolio of Traditional Artist Jan Marie

A watercolour painting of a trainKettle Moraine Train, watercolour on watercolour paper

Jan Marie is a traditional artist who works in a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic paint, and felt-tip marker. The artist is currently based in Arizona. 


A painting of a purple flower on a round canvasPurple Paradise, metallic acrylic on round stretched canvas

It’s interesting to browse through Jan’s portfolio and see the wide variety of media that the artist experiments with. In Jan’s gallery of acrylic…

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Inside the Art Studio of Wolf Kahn

A photo of the studio of late painter Wolf Kahn

 

Wolf Kahn was a German-born painter who moved to the United States in 1940, at the age of 13. During his early years Kahn studied under painter Hans Hofmann, briefly becoming a studio assistant for the artist. As a painter in his own right, Kahn became known for wildly colourful paintings that fused abstraction with figuration, driven by a sense of spontaneity and experimentation. 

 

Kahn’s studio looks almost staged in the above…

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Simple but Striking: The Painting Portfolio of Debbie Hutson

A painting of an orange sunset over waterSunset Reflections, acrylic on mixed media paper

Debbie Hutson is a Mississippi-based artist who works primarily in acrylic, painting landscapes and colourful abstracts with smooth, softly blended gradient hues and an eye for simple but striking compositions. 


An abstract painting with gold forms hidden below a plane of blueJust Beneath, acrylic, mixed media, texture, gold leaf on canvas

 

I love how the artist’s figurative works sit in contrast to, and complement, her abstracts. Viewing the…

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