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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.”

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.

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.”

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.

Tina Petrovicz

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Tina Petrovicz was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is now settled in Alfred, Ontario after living in Edmonton, Banff, and Toronto. She studied Theatre Production at Grant MacEwan College (1984-86), followed by a Scenic Art internship at The Banff Centre (1987). She worked for 17yrs. in the field, with her last position as Assistant Head Scenic Artist at The National Ballet of Canada. She worked as an art instructor at The EOETC (alternative high school). In recent years she has been focusing primarily on fine art, working in her private studio and at the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective Studio.  She works in different mediums painting, photography, and drawing, but primarily focuses on printmaking. The experience in each medium affects the others, allowing for interchanges between each.

Tina Petrovicz has exhibited in group and solo art shows that were juried and non-juried from 2012 to present in Ontario and Quebec. Her artwork is in private collections in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and BC.

“I am intrigued by the mechanisms of perception and I like to use everyday familiar subjects to draw people in.  My starting point is to ask specific questions. I use my photos for the basis for my inquiry, layering them or splicing different parts together. I often add drawn elements like birds or man-made structures to lead and focus these constructed scenes. This draft is then used as a guide to create the plate. Once I have created the plate, I can make the decision to do an edition, but I often do varied editions which allows me to explore different inking techniques and colour pallets leaving each print with a unique impression.”

Lauren Mercer-Smail

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Lauren Mercer-Smail is an artist living on land commonly known as Canada. In 1997, at the age of nine years old, she won first prize (one free VHS rental) in a colouring contest at West Coast Video (defunct). When she did not win on her second submission, she had the revelation that the winner was determined by draw. Undeterred, she continued in art, graduating from Canterbury High School and Concordia University.

Denise Levesque

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Born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Denise Levesque studied visual arts at Ottawa University. She is a painter and has exhibited since 1977 in Canada and France: The Imbert gallery in Aix-en-Provence, the galleries Jean-Claude Bergeron, Rodrigue Lemay and Eugene Racette in Ottawa, L’Imagier and galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, McGill University, Montreal QC, La Galeruche in Timmins ON, Sudbury’s GNO, Toronto’s North Pavillion … She taught art at the secondary and primary levels and art education at Ottawa University, also she worked at the education services of the National Gallery of Canada. She ran a gallery inside a secondary for 4 years: Galerie educative Thériault, Timmins.

She participated in many arts committees and was happy to be on the executive committee of Bravo-Est, when the CA and BRAVO created the first Nuit Blanche Ottawa!

For many years the Ontario Arts Council subsidized her.

Presently the artist works full time in her studio.

L’artiste est diplômée en arts visuels de l’Université d’Ottawa, Elle est peintre et elle expose depuis 1977 au Canada et en France: La galerie Imbert à Aix-en-Provence, les galeries Jean-Claude Bergeron, Rodrigue Lemay et Eugène Racette à Ottawa, l’Imagier et la galerie Montcalm de Gatineau, l’université McGill, La Galeruche de Timmins, la Galerie du Nouvel Ontario de Sudbury, Le Pavillon du Nord à Toronto…

Elle a enseigné au niveau primaire, secondaire et universitaire. Elle a géré une galerie en milieu scolaire à Timmins pendant 4 ans. (Pro-Arts)

Elle participe à plusieurs comités et CA, en particulier BRAVO-Est lors du premier lancement de la Nuit blanche Ottawa. Son travail a été appuyé à maintes reprises par le Conseil des Arts de l’Ontario.

Gilda Pontbriand

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“My art is a constant search, which encompass a spiritual dimension. Images travel between the mundane and a magical world, without making the illusion of reality its main objective. Each painting is a cathartical experience which delineates longing and unveils an attempt to remain in touch with my inner world. My work invites viewers to decipher the emotions that brought me to paint it.

My work is divided into series, which feature my environment, my dreams and my inner world.”

 

Susan Jephcott

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“Portrait of Susan” by Barbara Ferron

“I am originally from Hudson and of Scots ancestry. I have been painting and drawing all my life. I got my first set of oils at age 12. My work has gone from highly textured figurative portrait studies to hard edged symbolism, re-absorbing and personalizing classical techniques and redirecting them into stark story telling. For me what connects my work is an ongoing battle between primitive human impulses and an unmovable destiny of myth and spirituality that forces the untamed or unwilling to do it’ s bidding. In my world the spirit always wins and woe to those who choose folly or greed, conflict and arrogance. Sometimes my directness will make the viewer feel uncomfortable with the sometimes political, sometimes grotesque or sexual images. I am summoning my own fears, dreams and anger to formulate a commentary on contemporary issues. The act of painting is an incantation to cause something to happen

Living now out in the country, in Vankleek Hill where Scots first settled I feel very much at home and surrounded by the Celtic myths as I did when as a child in Hudson. Kanehsatake (Oka) was just across the river and as we searched the shores looking for arrowheads and pottery shards, my game warden Father would tell me stories of the Mohawks and the Iroquois nation. Later living in Jamaica from my friends I would hear West Indian stories, history and legends. I am intrigued with the universality of myth and legend.

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.