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John Alexander Day

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“Plain Air” painting has been the main source of inspiration for all of John’s artwork. Whether the subject matter has been in the streets or in the countryside, John has always sought to capture the atmosphere of each location. Whether he paints in North America or Europe, or closer to home, he always seeks to leave the viewer with a sense of place. Witnessing nature first hand, and working right there, gives him a certain freedom to paint without any pre-conceived notions. In this way he is not bound by the formulas that can easily creep into one’s work.

 

John is drawn to capturing a particular light or atmosphere. An overcast or sunny day, the changing light effects, the the sound of the ocean spray against rock or the quiet waters of a lake or river, keep him motivated. In his own way, John hopes to continue the tradition of making the viewer look again at what might be an ordinary scene, transformed through light and atmosphere. Often times, weather will dictate how John will pack for a trip outdoors, the winter, or on very windy conditions and so he prefers to work on a smaller scale.

Linda Bergeron Baril

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Linda, originally from the Mauricie Region of Quebec, now resides in the picturesque town of Pontiac in the Outaouais Valley.  With her studio located on the banks of the Ottawa River, Linda is constantly inspired and dedicates herself to her full time passion of painting.

A self-taught artist, Linda has taken several art courses and workshops to further her skills and knowledge. She is constantly developing her artistic journey by participating in various workshops, nationally: Gatineau, Baie-Saint-Paul, The Laurentians,Cape-Breton as well as internationally: The International ICSCIS Tuscany school in Italy and Slikamilina Painting Tours in Croatia.  Over the years, she has acquired a plethora of Plein Air painting experience by joining groups such as Plein Air Ensemble Ottawa.  She also travels yearly throughout Canada and the United States in her motor home always sketching along the way.

Her work has been displayed in prestigious galleries such as Koyman’s Gallery on St-Laurent blvd., the Gordon Harrison Gallery on Sussex Street in Ottawa, as well as galleries in Old Montreal and Quebec City.  Linda’s paintings are presently shown at beautiful and charming Rothwell Gallery on Montreal Road, Ottawa. Numerous pieces of her works hang in private collections all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

She works colourfully and diversely using a range of media, including oils, watercolours, felt pen, acrylics, and oil pastels.  She also uses many techniques, such as alla prima, impasto, sgraffito, scumbling; and various tools – palette knives, brushes and fingers.

Her textures are smooth and expressive, allowing her to assert a personal signature. Very recognizable, her distinctly unique style flows loosely with expressive spontaneity and grace through the lines and forms, creating still life, landscapes, and figures.  One can feel her Joie de vivre and Romantic penchant.

Linda was awarded the “Favorite of the jury” prize in 2003 in Gatineau, and in 2009  the “Public Choice Award” also in Gatineau which was highlighted in the following newspapers: Le Droit, The Citizen, The Equity and the Pontiac Journal.

Linda has travelled extensively and lived in many places, including Québec, Toronto, Dartmouth, St-Jean-sur-le Richelieu, Germany and France.

Latest news: Linda has been part of the Canadian Delegation of International Artists chose, to  show  her paintings at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris in December 2017.

Jim Leach

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Jim’s interest in art was inspired by his grandfather who was a landscape artist in Quebec. This, combined with Jim’s love of the countryside and nature, has created a passion for landscape painting that allows Jim to express the beauty of the natural world through his art work.

In Jim’s words, “Painting landscapes is a wonderful medium to allow one to appreciate the hidden colours that can be found in nature.”

Jim’s landscape paintings reflect a bold, impressionist style, using vibrant colours to express the rich beauty of the Canadian landscape. Jim is continually inspired by the works of Tom Thomson, The Group of Seven and Rene Richard.Jim and his wife Carol live in Ottawa and have a son, Gregory,  daughter, Andrea, two granddaughters Noelle and Amelia, and Mazy the dog. Jim’s landscape paintings are primarily scenes from the Eastern Townships region of Quebec and the Ottawa/Gatineau area. He is predominately a “plein air” painter and enjoys the solitude of painting in situ. Even if he is without his paints, Jim always travels with a sketch book: “I seem to be able to recollect where and when each sketch was done and what the weather conditions were at the time.”

Johanna Jansen

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The balance between tension, stillness, movement, expansion, volume as natural forces continue to feed Johanna’s inspiration. This balance is under continual stress as humans relentlessly assert and exert their power to manipulate the physical and cultural forces which shape our world. As research continues to show, the effects may seemingly be innocent and of little consequence; however, slowly the earth and its many cultures are being forced to change and establish new boundaries.  Environmental climate change and the #MeToo movement are recent examples of nature and cultures responding to these abuses of power.

Johanna’s ceramic works involve methods to investigate contemplation and reflection of these forces on a smaller scale. These methods reflect and connect the four elements of life: earth, wind, fire and water with an awareness of the limitations and control she has over the process. The immediacy of unforeseen outside influences when firing ceramic works is somewhat related to the natural world reacting to the unknown effects of extreme uses of technology and carbon.

The markings created during these firing are sometimes delicate, fleeting and may suggest the impermanence of a state of being or a frame of mind. However, the tactile surfaces of these works attest that a transformation is occurring – this time caused by the very elements previously subjected and controlled by others.

Tracey Kucheravy

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Tracey Kucheravy’s acrylic landscapes are scenes in motion, inviting viewers to experience moments in time. Landscapes depicting summer storms, fields of wheat, or waves breaking on the shore are all rife with explorative possibility.
Born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Kucheravy currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is deeply influenced by her surroundings: vast prairies, lush forests, and colorful valleys all serve as inspiration for her paintings. She considers the landscape artists the Group of Seven to be another central influence, and she shares their commitment to exploring the unique character of the Canadian Landscape. Tracey Kucheravy artworks are held in private collections in Canada and the United States. Her work has been featured in New York, Riding Mountain National Park, in galleries locally in Winnipeg, Federation of Canadian Artists Group Exhibits, and Ottawa.

Lauren Mercer-Smail

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As a romantic, I am inspired by opulent architecture, dilapidated structures, and bucolic scenery. My work regards the ingenuity and fragility of human labour against the background forces of nature. I revel in using oil paints to describe the textures of snow, rock, wood, brick, chipped paint, rust, water, and moss onto canvas. I present vignettes that captured my eye and imagination, with the desire to express the sentiment of the moment – it is usually something between heartwarming and melancholy.

Jocelyne Moreau

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Jocelyne Moreau began painting as a young girl in her hometown of Temiscaming, Quebec.

Today, she lives and works in Ottawa, Canada. She has been paining professionally since the late 1980’s and currently paints alongside renowned Canadian artist, Gordon Harrison.

Jocelyne has participated in many juried shows across Ontario and Quebec.

Her works can be found in many private collections in Canada, United States and several countries around the world.

“Lines have always been a significant element in my art and through my journey as an artist. My relationship to lines however, has evolved immensely over the years.

As a child, the lines and limits of colouring books felt restrictive and imposing.

In my adolescence, I taught myself to paint by copying the works of great artists like Van Gogh and Monet.

Adulthood took me to the Netherlands, where I was dazzled by the chiaroscuro of the Dutch Masters. Later a stay in the Middle East, where the softness of the light and the vastness of the desert inspired me to create a collection of water colour paintings.

To this day, I feel most connected to the light on the subjects, landscapes, rural scenes and still life.

And still, the most thrilling moment in painting, is when lines and contours reveal themselves, shaping a new vision; a new story that I share through my work..

The difference is that I now shape my own lines.”

B. Jane Magee

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Growing up in Montreal, Quebec, Jane has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl.

She spent her summers at her family’s cottage in Quebec, taking in the sights and sounds of the serene mountains and the busy little towns in the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships.

Memories from Jane’s childhood are often what dictates the direction of her art. Quaint Quebec scenes, the magical colours of the Canadian seasons, les Cabanes à Sucre, nature.

Her love of colour is one of the strengths of her art. Jane has worked extensively in pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic and oils.

To Jane, art is a form of expression that can be more powerful than words in any language. It is her belief that art can and should be a part of everyone’s life.

Jane graduated from the University of Western Ontario with her degree in Visual Arts and French. Her work can be found in collections across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. She has studied with several well-known Canadian artists, including Gordon Harrison, Brian Atyeo and Linda Kemp.

Jane has lived across Canada in Toronto, London, Edmonton and Ottawa.

She now resides in Manotick, Ontario with her husband, cats and dog.

Her hope is that you will feel a part of that magic, that smile, when you see her work.

Kirk Larson

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Two words best describe the art of Kirk Larson – COLOR
and FORM. Kirk’s work is a study of colour, contrasts
and shapes, and the connection between them. Often
experimenting with contrasting forms and vibrant
colours, Kirk’s work is a feast for the eyes. “I need a
‘pop’ in my work, either through shape or colour –
something to capture attention.”

Having put the brushes and canvases away a number
of years ago to pursue a professional career, and to
raise three children, Kirk recently picked up the brushes
and dusted off the canvasses, to embark on a journey of
experimentation with form, subject matter, and colour.
“I transitioned into the ‘empty nester’ phase of my life,
once my three children were away at university. It was
time to do something just for me, as well as escape the
stress of a busy all-consuming career. It has been a
couple years of experimentation and growth, perfecting
my style, and discovering what I am best at.

Kirk was raised in a mid-century modern environment.
His father, an architect heavily influenced by the work
of Frank Lloyd Wright; his mother, a hobby interior
designer, influenced by the the likes of Eames and
Jacobsen. These early influences are noted in his work.
“I grew up with green shag carpeting, teak wood
furniture, and an odd ‘egg shaped’ chair in the living
room. At the time, I didn’t appreciate the design beauty that surrounded me. With the resurgence of mid-
century and Scandinavian design, I have discovered my love for the colours, form and abstract nature of that
era.

Kirk’s art presents us with a culmination of influences –
The “pop” of hot pink juxtaposed with a subtle pallet,
the lime green found commonly in his “whimsical
houses” pieces, and the deep orange so popular in
1960’s mid-century modern décor. Kirk has created an
array of pieces with vibrant colours, interesting forms,
and intriguing diversity. “I start with subject matter and
shape, then I move to colour, and finally I end with
technique. It is not unusual that my sleep is restless,
ideas forming in my head, and prompting me to start a
project in the middle of the night.”

Marleen Campbell

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Art and creativity have always been very important elements of Marleen Campbell’s life.  After retiring as a teacher and vice-principal, Marleen decided to embrace her passion for oil painting, taking her inspiration from the exceptional beauty of the Canadian landscape, and from her second love, tulips.

Marleen currently resides in Ottawa, but has lived and traveled throughout much of Canada, constantly in awe of Canada’s vast and natural beauty.   Enjoying time up at the cottage in the Haliburton highlands, Marleen has found great inspiration from the stunning colours of the surrounding landscapes that nature has to offer.  The changing seasons and the vibrancy of the layers of colours inspire Marleen to create oil paintings which celebrate their richness, with many oil paintings portraying the magnificent fall colours

Marleen’s second greatest inspiration is a result of her Dutch heritage and living in the Ottawa area: a great fondness for tulips.  Their strong colours and bold shapes inspire her to celebrate their vibrancy.

Using photos taken herself or from friends, Marleen will use broad, relaxed strokes of intense colour to create impressionistic-realistic style oil paintings.

Marleen’s paintings have been featured at the Gordon Harrison Gallery in Ottawa, Manotick Gallery and Framing, Plumes et Glisse in Tremblant, and Haliburton. Her work and commissioned pieces can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.