Mahasti Radmanesh

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Mahasti (Mary) Radmanesh started painting when she was 17 years old. Her artwork started with drawings and sketching. Very soon, she became fascinated with colours. She found the power of healing in art! For her, fluid art with acrylic paint and abstract with oil paint are special genres of her artwork. She pushes boundaries with innovative techniques, unique materials and mixed media. She recreates or reassembles the exciting and inspiring images she sees around her. Her audience is free to experience the artwork through the colour combination, brush strokes and other extraordinary techniques. Radmanesh’s artwork is intended to emotionally transport the viewer to another place—is unique for each person. She has been teaching painting to both kids and adults for more than three years. She also participated in Kanata Art Club show of May 2018, and sold a number of her works there.

“To me, art is a spiritual journey that offers insight into all that we are. It enables us to communicate our thoughts, ideas, and raw emotions. Through art, one can simply reach out and touch another’s soul without even having to say a word.”

Roger Sutcliffe

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"Responding to my environment and immersion in the material process of making objects, leads to an intense focus concentrating on using one, or a combination of processes throughout a series, and with one line of inquiry leading to another. I have a conscious, or subconscious compulsion, to continually explore. My painting and printmaking practices allow reaction to the developing image using intuitive and multi-layered processes and adjustments as the image develops. My work has been described as being rooted in abstract expressionism and colour-field painting. Influences in my practice include abstract artists Harold Town, Ben Nicholson, Lyubov Popova, Jack Bush, Paul Huxley, and Terry Winters. My painting and printmaking reflect my interest in the interactions of bold colours, lines, and hard edged geometric shapes, inviting viewers to pause, reflect, and have their own visual and emotional response."

Theresa Eisenbarth

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Theresa Eisenbarth is a unique visual storyteller. She uses her unusual acrylic visual art to tell the elusive stories of Canadian neighbourhoods and old communities. These outdoor urbanscapes and prairie spaces have diverse histories and often go unnoticed. Her artwork incorporates the sights, sounds and aromas of today, mixed with a re-imaging of those impressions from the past. Her use of vibrant colours, and of non-traditional materials, brings an arresting quality to her paintings.
Theresa is a full time artist based in Medicine Hat, AB. She grew up in
the historic River Flats neighbourhood, and has spent her artistic career capturing the places she remembers as a child. Theresa studied visual arts at the Medicine Hat College and received a B.F.A. from the University of Calgary.
Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections across Alberta. They have been featured in the Federation of Canadian Artists Group Exhibits, are sold locally in Medicine Hat and now, Ottawa.

"Vivid, bold colours inspire me and allow me to re-imagine these spaces. I entice my viewers to take a second
look by embedding stories into stories, adding household objects like tinfoil, string, and door hardware to create substance and texture on the paint surface”

Karen Wynne Mackay

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Karen Wynne Mackay’s abstract, whimsical, intuitive and nature inspired art has influences of poetry, songs, jazz/blues music, lines and mark making. This year her art has been focused on Abstract, Intuitive, Gestural painting in the acrylic medium as well as ink, charcoal, oil and wax. Mackay uses handmade tools, brushes, knives, mark making and calligraphic tools to create her abstract art.
Mackay has participated in many juried shows in Ontario. She lives and works in Ottawa, Canada.

"Making art is my passion.
One of my favourite quotes is:
“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” - Vincent Willem van Gogh"

John Alexander Day

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Plein air painting has been the main source of inspiration for all of John Alexander Day’s artwork. Whether a cityscape or the countryside, Day has always sought to capture the atmosphere of each location he paints. Whether he paints in North America, Europe, or closer to home, he always seeks to leave the viewer with a sense of being in the place. Witnessing nature first hand, and working right there, gives Day a certain freedom to paint without any preconceived notions. In this way, he is not bound by the formulas that can easily creep into one’s work. Day is especially drawn to the effects of light and atmosphere. An overcast or sunny day, the changing light, the sound of the ocean spray against rock, or the quiet waters of a lake keep him motivated and infuse his practice. In his own way, Day hopes to continue the tradition of making the viewer look again at what might be an ordinary scene, transformed through light and atmosphere.

Linda Bergeron Baril

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Linda Bergeron Baril is from the Mauricie Region of Quebec. Bergeron Baril is largely a self-taught artist. She dedicates herself full-time to her passion—painting. She is constantly progressing on her artistic journey by participating in various workshops, including at the ICSCIS school in Tuscany, 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. Bergeron Baril has travelled extensively and lived in many places, including Québec, Toronto, Dartmouth, St-Jean-sur-le Richelieu, Germany and France. She now resides in the picturesque town of Pontiac in the Outaouais Valley. With her studio located on the banks of the Ottawa River, she is constantly inspired by her surroundings.
Throughout her practice, Bergeron Baril employs numerous techniques, including alla prima, impasto, sgraffito, and scumbling. She works in a range of media, including oils, watercolours, felt pen, acrylics, and oil pastels. And throughout this diverse practice, Bergeron Baril has developed a unique style, in which her lines flow loosely with expressive spontaneity and grace. Through Bergeron Baril’s vibrant and intricate layering of colours, one can feel her joie de vivre and romantic penchant.
Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries in Ottawa, Montréal, and Québec City. Numerous pieces of her work hang in private collections all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Notably, in December 2017, Bergeron Baril was part of the Canadian Delegation of International Artists that exhibited at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. She has been awarded the 2003 "Favourite of the Jury" prize in Gatineau, and the 2009 "Public Choice Award," also in Gatineau, which was highlighted in the following newspapers: Le Droit, The Citizen, The Equity and the Pontiac Journal.

Jim Leach

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Jim Leach's interest in art was inspired by his grandfather, who was a landscape artist in Québec. This, combined with his love of the countryside and nature, has created a passion for landscape painting that allows Leach to express the beauty of the natural world through his art work. Leach's landscape paintings employ a bold, impressionistic style. He uses vibrant colours to express the rich beauty of the Canadian landscape. Leach is continually inspired by the works of Tom Thomson, The Group of Seven and René Richard. His landscape paintings are primarily scenes from the Eastern Townships region of Québec 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."
Jim Leach and his wife Carol live in Ottawa and have a son, Gregory, daughter, Andrea, two granddaughters Noelle and Amelia, and a dog named Mazy.

"Painting landscapes is a wonderful medium to allow one to appreciate the hidden colours that can be found in nature."

Johanna Jansen

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The balance between tension, stillness, movement, expansion, and volume as natural forces continue to feed Johanna Jansen'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 be seemingly 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.
Jansen's ceramic works involve methods to investigate of these forces on a smaller scale. Jansen engages 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 colourful valleys all serve as inspiration for her paintings. She considers the Group of Seven artists to be another central influence, and she shares their commitment to exploring the unique character of the Canadian landscape. Kucheravy’s 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.”