NEW ARTIST: Daniella Campirano

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For Daniella Campirano, art is an experimental representation, a roller coaster where nothing is static and everything can change from one moment to the next. She uses several mediums and techniques, allowing herself to explore a diverse range of artistic movements which include realism, magical realism, expressionism and abstraction. Born in in Mexico, now living in France, Campirano is deeply influenced by her experience as an immigrant and has since started the brand Maix-Art (Mex-Art) in order to uplift the voices of her other artist peers. Originally focused on Mexican art, Maix-Art has since expanded to be a brand promoting artists from all over Latin America and France.

Her work has been exhibited in 5 solo exhibitions and 53 group exhibitions in Mexico, France, Costa Rica, Panama and Canada.

NEW ARTIST: Roanne Thomas

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Hailing from the Maritimes, now living in Ottawa, Roanne Thomas is an artist, health researcher and professor who employs creative practices in all outlets of her life. With a specialty in mixed media collages, she sees beauty in the mundane and utilizes found objects to create pieces rich in both texture and visual storytelling.

"The things I create are all about memory, nostalgia, and reflection. They are reminders of everyday moments that we tend to take for granted. I am drawn to things that have been discarded or that are not typically considered beautiful ~ reclaimed wood, rusty objects, recycled papers...I also love the contrast between ephemera and more delicate Japanese papers. It's all about playing with texture and layers!"

NEW ARTIST: Doreen Dyet

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Doreen Dyet is an established artist based in Ottawa, Canada, with a rich history of artistic expression dating back to the 1990s. Following her retirement from the Federal Public Service, Doreen immersed herself fully in her passion for art, devoting her time to painting and contributing actively to the local arts community. With a robust background in formal art education and continuous practice, Doreen 's artistic journey has been marked by a dedication to honing her craft. Her involvement in various art organizations, including volunteering on executive boards, underscores her commitment to fostering artistic growth and collaboration within her community.

"I love to paint nature but painting is in my nature. The viewer can connect with nature and travel the world through my art."

Laura Leah Linderman

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Laura Leah Lindeman has always been an artist. She was directed by her parents at a young age, her father was a high school teacher that dabbled in art, music, science, theater and more. To find my path as an artist, she attended Sheridan college, Ottawa School of Art and Bishops University. After University she ventured on her own way with the style she developed during drawing, painting and sculpture in college and university. Her passion is abstract art combined with realism and illustration. Presently, she works mainly in escapism abstract landscapes, drip work and finding forms.

"During Covid, the world changed around me and so did my style of painting. In the series "unaccompanied nature" the paintings were mainly all created during 2019-2022 while people were isolated. [...] You could enjoy these paintings while listening to yo-yo ma or calming nature sounds. Then they would become "accompanies nature" rather than "unaccompanied nature." I hope that these paintings would relax the viewer in times of stress, as these paintings have brought me some comfort and furthered my search for the truth.

Kim Ratcliffe-Doe

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This Ottawa-based Mixed Media artist is best known for her industrial, rustic style. She incorporates metal, burlap, random found objects and retro images from old magazines into her work using pastes and compounds. Her interest in art started with, yes, Bob Ross. Then, she took her first painting class with Jo-Anne Cote, not knowing the hobby would become a huge part of her life. The ancient architecture she found on a tour of Europe spurred her passion for decaying walls and integrates as much of that ambience into many of her pieces. She will embed almost anything, maybe just a phrase, hoping to bring a pleasant surprise to the viewer. She has worked under mentors, Christina Lovisa and Amanda Pearce and also gets inspiration from Carola Kastman and Gerardo Labarca. Most of her work has been in acrylics but has done some oils and Encaustic and she is eager to create more of them.

Rashmi Rekha

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"I am an Indo-Canadian artist whose internationally-renowned work explores the vast landscape of the human experience. Based in Ottawa, Canada, I create imaginative paintings characterized by emotional coloration and dynamic forms. Each tells a compelling story about what it means to be alive in the world today. I am inspired by the splendor of nature and more of its changing appearance. My process of painting is expressive and visceral. I am always on the lookout for new ideas and inspirations. Tulips and the Queen of Night flowers are my favourite flowers. They take me to that wonderful space where I can be with my instincts and inner self. My paintings of the trees in Vancouver Island are from my recent trip in that area. I love to paint emotions on the canvas rather than painting a picture. And I enjoy narrating a story on my canvas using bright colors and multiple layers of paint. I aim to paint colorful compositions that speak to diverse audiences on a personal level."

Susan Reiter

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Susan Reiter is a native of Moncton, New Brunswick and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BA and B.Ed. She moved to Ottawa over 40 years ago and now lives with her family in Kanata, Ontario. She has been painting for over 30 years and has taught art from her home studio to adults and children for the past 20 years. Susan paints with acrylics, oils, watercolour, and mixed media. Growing up in Atlantic Canada, she has a love for water scenes but her real passion is painting birds and scenes from nature. Her style is detailed and realistic with regards to subjects from nature but despite that she does enjoy abstract compositions.

Kate Maura

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“My work begins with immersive experiences within the natural world, and the motion of the butterfly is part of my visual language. The creatures are metaphors for transformation and crossing other worlds. When I am fully immersed in nature, using all my senses, I feel a part of some mysterious, beautiful world, grounded, fulfilled, and transformed. The work is an expression of that experience. Plein air drawing, biology, philosophy, and poetry all play an integral part in the creation of my work. As I learn new things, I am changed.”

Clifford George

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Clifford is from Whiteway and was educated here in Newfoundland. His interest in painting started while growing up in rural Newfoundland and travelling daily exploring our rivers and valleys and studying nature’s many moods. His love for nature is the original inspiration behind his desire to paint. Clifford works in watercolours, acrylics and print making. Clifford travels across his Newfoundland studying the old homesteads of a departed time. His show “Presence of Absence”, in 2012 was a metaphor for keeping faith with a departed time for which there are no known contemporary witnesses. The sketches lead to coloured studies which lead to larger paintings until his soul reaches the end result. He looks at his sketches as composing his thoughts from within.

Julie Poulin

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“I am an impressionistic oil and pastel landscape artist who paints ‘en plein air’ and in my studio from reference photos of places I have been and from my imagination. I am the founder of the Ottawa Plein Air Painters (OPAP) where I lead a group of artists through the experience of plein air painting during our 4 seasons. My goal is to share with you what I feel through pastel and through oil paint when I look at the chaotic organization of Nature. My challenge is to use the right combination of colours: the push, pull and vibration of competing colours, the harmony of others and the balance between warm and cool colours. I paint ‘the feeling’ of the scene to spark a memory, a desire or a sense of peace.”

Congratulations to Julie! Two of her pieces have been selected for the 11th Annual Members Only Online Exhibition of the Pastel Artists of Canada (PAC). These two works—”Lavender Fields Provence” and “French Villa By The Lavender Field”—are on display / for sale at Rothwell Gallery. The winners will be announced on December 1st! We wish Julie great luck in this very prestigious exhibition.

To find out more, you can go the the official PAC website.