Edmond Léger

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"Music has been an emotion that I have nurtured all my life. There has always been a duality in my music. First, there is the mathematical grammar that allows me to join notes together to achieve a logical sequence. Second, there is the unexplainable connection that comes when the grammar evolves into a discussion of thoughts, a sense of being.
Being mostly self-taught as far as my music and painting are concerned, I
continue to discuss these thoughts with my abstracts. There is always a rhythm that occurs while I paint. Musical notes appear as if I am writing a score, playing, painting the grammar on my canvas. Improvisation allows the logical to become liberated.
Music is a bridge that we have been exploring for thousands of years. This
bridge between knowing and understanding is what I try to achieve with color. It is
not the need to do that I wish to explore but more the need to feel this connection, share my music in a most intimate way. My paintings are a reflection of my improvisation, my connection with the unexplainable and the grammar. This place that I understand without being able to explain it but rather having no need to..."

Arlette Francière

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"I have always been passionate about poetry and art. My career as a translator fulfills my literary interest. Art became even more central to my life when I studied Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. One course dealt with a variety of techniques, and students had to copy a work of art in each medium. That hands-on experience was a turning point, and I have been painting ever since. I have studied with Alfred Pinsky, Leonard Gerbrandt and Andrea Mossop, among others.
I am attracted to landscape painting, especially to the work of the Expressionists. Inspired by memories of dramatic landscapes, I let strong colours, bold shapes and intriguing rhythms guide me. In the process, my paintings become inner landscapes that express states of mind, or emotions, instead of reproducing an external landscape.
I enjoy working in oil, acrylic and charcoal, but I have a strong affinity for watercolour and the ‘wet in wet’ technique. It harks back to my fascination as a child creating soap bubbles between my fingers and marvelling at the patterns of swirling colours. That same wonder is there for me when I paint in watercolour.
My predominant and most characteristic theme is abstracted landscape, but my work also includes portraits, flowers and pure abstract art. I am a colourist who always tries to embody the mystery behind the façade.
I have had numerous solo and group shows and my work is in private collections in Canada and abroad. My paintings have been used on the cover of eighteen books, most of them collections of poetry."

Renée Butler

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Renée Butler was born and raised in Trenton, Nova Scotia, and now reside between Québec and Newfoundland, moving seasonally. She is largely a self-taught artist, but has, over the years, studied with several other artists.
Butler's art resides in many private collections in Canada, including the NL Government’s private collection, as well as in Europe. Notably, her work was featured on CBC’s television program Land & Sea!

“I love light and the effects it has on the most mundane objects. You can take the most ordinary thing, and with the correct light you can make it mesmerizing. I try to absorb as much detail as possible when looking at everyday objects and I especially love painting still-life's. I enjoy bringing them to life on my canvas and hope to capture the beauty that I witness for everyone else to experience as well.”

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.

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."

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.”

Jocelyne Moreau

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

“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."