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Lush and Layered Textures: Art by Edward Bock

A mixed media artwork depicting an abstracted jukeboxJukebox, acrylic and charcoal on wood panel

Edward Bock works in mixed media, creating colourful works in two dimensions that express thick, lush, and layered textures. Edward uses a bright and saturated colour palette in the majority of his works, blending cool green tones with warm reds and oranges for a geological, planetary effect.

A painting with blue and green coloursCapricornus II, acrylic on canvas


In his abstract paintings, Edward takes a particularly wild and…

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Fantastic Favourites: Joel Yatscoff, Kenn Raaf, Robert Milling

Today we’re taking a look at the art portfolios of three artists working in varied media and disciplines, from industrial design to sculpture restoration. Today's features artists are Joel Yatscoff, Kenn Raaf, and Robert Milling.


Joel Yatscoff

A packaging design for a medicinal marijuana welcome kitVan der Pop/ Weed MD Welcome Kit (Design for Hiku Brands Inc.)


Joel Yatscoff is an industrial designer. The artist’s body of work encompasses original designs for a variety of products,…

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Colour and Scale: The Art Portfolio of Ronald George Straight

A painting with a surreal composition made up of paper airplanes and wood pillarsThe Greys, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight is an artist originally from Winnipeg, who has lived in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and BC. In his paintings, Ronald captures the colour and scale of the prairie landscape, including wildlife and slice-of-life details. 

A painting of a bird flying over a wetland landscapeWetlands, oil on canvas


I really enjoy the way Ronald employs colour in his oil on canvas works. Looking at the artist’s portfolio as a whole, it seems that orange and…

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The Acrylic on Canvas Portfolio of Jennifer Sparacino

A painting of a coyote in bright coloursCoyote Sunset, acrylic on canvas

Jennifer Sparacino works primarily in acrylic on canvas. Jennifer’s current practice is quite prolific, with the artist often taking a single subject as the inspiration for multiple successive works, producing multiple series of paintings that showcase that subject from a variety of viewpoints. 

A painting of an owl against a forest backgroundPerch of One's Own, acrylic on canvas


The artist’s recent Wildlife 2020 paintings take bears, wolves,…

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Strking Figures: The Art Portfolio of Allyson Malek

A painting of circles on a grey backgroundMellow Moments, acrylic on canvas

Allyson Malek works primarily in acrylic paint, creating abstracted works that emphasize bright and energetic colour schemes. The artist’s works tend to focus on simple, striking figures painted on heavily textured grounds. 

A painting with bars of bright, saturated colourSerape, acrylic on canvas


Bright dots and coloured spheres are a common motif in Allyson’s artworks, as are stacked geometric compositions that could be likened to the work…

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Airy Palettes: The Painting Portfolio of Lully Schwartz

An oil painting of a pink flowerUntitled Pink, oil on linen

Lully Schwartz is an American-born painter whose work is inspired by her rural upbringing and the experiences and settings therein. The artist’s work is largely figurative, painted with light, airy palettes, gestural marks and an impressionist eye. 

A painting of blue sky over an earth-toned landscapeUntitled 207, oil on linen


I really like the balance between detail and immediacy in Lully’s paintings. In some recent works, the artist has focused on…

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Energy and Ideas: The Art Portfolio of Allen Wittert

A painting with abstract forms on a crimson backgroundBlue Fish on red

Allen Wittert is a UK-based painter who works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. The artist’s paintings blend figurative and abstract painting in a way that emphasizes energy and ideas, with an expressionist aesthetic. 

A painting of multiple figures at a partyThe wine party


I love how much detail and colour Allen packs into each one of his paintings. The artist tends to spread form and figure across the width of the canvas plane, creating images that…

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The Art Portfolio of Sarah Trundle

An abstract painting with blue and green huesThe Bright Side, mixed media on canvas

Sarah Trundle is an artist working in painting and mixed media, producing energetic abstractions that combine bold planes of colour with textured elements and moments of line art. 

A painting of a mug on a table with a bold red backgroundBig Mug on Red, acrylic and graphite on canvas


I like the pastel colour palette that features in many of Sarah’s artworks. The artist often creates a cohesive, analogous colour scheme for her works, layering shapes…

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Spirituality and Mortality: An Art Portfolio by Sarah James

An inkjet print with blocks of colour and patternMordaith, inkjet and relief print

Sarah James is an artist who works in painting, printmaking, and photography, emphasizing large blocks of bold colour and repeating geometric patterns in her works. The artist is inspired by ideas of spirituality and mortality, and the aesthetics of historic quilting and tile-making. 

An art print with a geometric coloured patternAlhambra 2, etching


I like the sense of quiet complexity in Sarah’s prints -- though each work by itself tends…

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A Brief History of Black Pigment

Black pigment is so ubiquitous in art that artists often don’t give it a second thought. We write with it, sketch with it, and use it to create shadow, volume, and atmosphere in paintings and drawings both realistic and abstract -- but rarely do we examine the symbolic or historic concepts that we might be reinforcing or defying with our use of it.


A photograph of black pigment in cave paintings dating back tens of thousands of yearsA detail of charcoal paintings in a cave in southwest France, estimated to be around…

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The Oil, Acrylic, and Graphite Portfolio of Darren Hurst

A painting with a tree captured in an orbEros, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

Darren Hurst is an artist based in Fresno, California. In his practice, Darren works in traditional media including oil, acrylic, and graphite, producing figurative and abstract original works, as well as fan art of various pop culture figures.

An abstract painting with a sketched, chaotic moment at its centreTumultuous Sky, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas


There’s an intriguing amount of variation to be seen among the works in Darren’s art portfolio. The…

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Abstract Geometric Forms: Art by Catherine Bourassa-Hébert

An abstract painting with circular and rectangular formsCSS IV Untitled 9, acrylic on canvas

Catherine Bourassa-Hébert is a Canadian artist working in both Montreal and Boston. In her practice, the artist is primarily a painter, working with abstract geometric forms and splashes of bright, varied colour. 

An artwork with circular forms and chevron shapesCSS II Untitled 12 (1 of 1), screen print on paper

Throughout her portfolio, Catherine demonstrates a great sense of visual balance in her artworks, and an eye for compositions that focus…

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Open to Interpretation: Art by Scott Ross

A painting of muscle tissue in blue tonesUntitled, oil on canvas

Scott Ross is a self-taught artist currently based in rural Connecticut. In his current practice, Scott explores processes of cognition, and the link between perception and emotion. Visually, the artist’s works are often abstracted, at least partially, while maintaining some link to recognizable forms and figures, hinting at subjects that are open to interpretation

A painting of muscle sinew in a range of bright colourUntitled, oil on canvas


In our previous…

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The Oil on Canvas Portfolio of Brent Ciccone

A painting of a row of yellow trees in front of a blue mountain rangePocaterra Sentinals, oil on canvas

Brent Ciccone is a Canadian painter working primarily in oil on canvas. In his practice, Brent captures the vastness and detail of the Canadian landscape in strikingly colourful paintings, as well as exploring a variety of other scenes and subjects. 

A pastel drawing of a buffaloGrazing, pastel on paper


I like the texture of Brent’s paintings -- in oil painting he takes advantage of the medium with soft, barely-visible…

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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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