Alice’s Featured Artist
Graham Mastersmith – Curator
Featured artist: March and April 2020
Born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in 1985, three consistent aspects of Evan’s life have been his passion for art, competition in athletics and desire to incorporate both ideals as a teacher through education. As a teacher, Evan’s passion to balance both artistic endeavours and encourage an active lifestyle through sports has been a prevalent theme.
Evan received a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a focus in painting and a minor in Physical Education from Castleton University, Vermont. Evan was recruited to play hockey at Castleton in the competitive ECAC Division, NCAA III. Having played hockey for 4 years, he graduated Cum Lauda and was awarded the Academic Achievement Award by the Visual Arts Department, their highest award granted.
Upon graduating, Evan continued his hockey career in semi-professional leagues throughout the United States. Injuries have taken their toll, Evan retired from competitive hockey and immediately was accepted into Queen’s University’s Teacher Certification program in Art and Physical Education programs in 2012. Since graduating, Evan has become a teacher in Ottawa and most recently received his Honours Specialist in Visual Arts through Western University. Evan is now focusing his energy on teaching and further developing his passion for the creation of art.
Evan has been drawn to graphic designs, colourful imagery and surrealistic storylines from a young age, making comic books a perfect vehicle for a creative imagination as a child. Many of Evan’s paintings draw inspiration from these early childhood memories. Much of his work communicates ambiguity and wonder to audiences, combining multiple painting techniques to express colourful and whimsical scenes.
A sequence in Evan’s painting process dictates much of the outcome of the art. Fostering play by mixing media such as spray paint and oil paints, reveals visions and sparks inspiration, continuing the painting journey. Evan’s final artworks look to give audiences creative licence to say what is happening, allowing personal narratives with each painting. So while viewing Evan’s art, let your imagination run wild and have fantasy take you to another domain while creating your own storylines.
Evan Romeo’s Art website: https://evanromeoart.wixsite.com/romeo
“I try to communicate the spirit of a place in my work. Colour, mood and atmosphere are very important to me.”
I was born in Bermuda, later moving to the scenic landscapes of Moncton, New Brunswick.
As a young child, I was motivated to sketch, which later blossomed into an artistic career.
Upon graduating in 1988 from the Graphic Design program at Algonquin College in Ottawa I worked in the Art department of a Design firm, creating logos and doing graphics.
Then, the painting of commissioned portraits further helped to develop my career.
I was represented by Koyman’s Gallery in Ottawa where 25 of my paintings were sold.
One painting entitled “Market flowers” was published in the International Artists publication “One hundred ways to paints flowers and gardens”
Venues: Art in the Park, International Tulip Festival, (Ottawa). Art Square Gallery (Toronto), Skylark Gallery & D-Fine Arts (Bolton), Heron Bay Gallery ( New Brunswick), Kleinburg Art Walk.
I have taken courses with Douglas Purdon and
Aili Kurtis in Ottawa, and Greg Hindle in Toronto.
Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Texas, New Brunswick & England
Featured artist: September and October 2019
J. Morin 1 Hemlo Cres., Kanata, ON K2T 1C7 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lynnemorin.com
Throughout my career I have been motivated by a variety of subject matters triggered by emotion, travel, life in its entirety of discovery.
My current focus embraces familiar hideaways, safe, reflective, cool, warm in thought and visit. I venture into current and past happy places that stabilize the emotion imbalance brought on by existing. These sanctuaries have been found through accident, travel and global exploration. I find myself frequently wandering the paths of my youth in the Gatineau Park.
While visiting these places, I absorb the healing flow of my personal treasure. I note and interpret the karma around me. With sketches and notes I document my vision in preparation for the studio.
My artistic vocabulary continually under review, serves as my tool for expression. I simplify the scene and change the realistic colours to a palette that is intuitive and speaks to me.
With anticipation I work, rework my art work until I find the expression of the emotions first experienced. Once complete, with reluctance I offer to share my experience to see if others see what I see.
Featured artist: July and August 2019
Maureen is an award-winning contemporary artist, photographer and former elite athlete, from Ottawa, Canada.
Maureen’s journey of intrinsic personal exploration has led her to become an abstractionist with international reach. Employing unconventional colours, compositions and tonal schema, her paintings are an authentic expression of ‘revelations of self’; and by virtue, capture the transient nature of life and the essence of the human condition. An anthropologist, her paintings reflect her connection to the world around her, where one can discern reoccurring themes of truth, unity of nature, healing, reinvention, resilience, and the power of “I am”.
Maureen holds a degree in Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario; and, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University. During her studies, Maureen competed on both the Varsity Basketball and Track and Field teams, is a multiple Academic All-Canadian and a 2018 UWO Sports Hall of Honour Inductee. Throughout the course of her esteemed athletics career, including many provincial and national honours, Maureen was heralded as one of Canada’s elite long jumpers.
Maureen conjointly conceived and started one of Canada’s most prestigious and fully digital wedding/portrait studios. Her award-winning work has had international reach and has been featured in national wedding publications.
A cancer diagnosis in 2017 ‘awakened’ the artist to pursue her passion for painting.
Maureen’s early influence in painting stems from her east coast heritage, namely her late father, the renowned Newfoundland ceramicist William Doody. Under his guidance and mentorship Maureen developed and honed her skills as a painter in both oil and acrylic mediums. In addition, she learned the craft of various ceramic techniques, such as glazing, staining, acrylic paint application and kiln firing.
Maureen also had the privilege of further developing her skills and artistry in oil painting and relief/sculpture technique, in the mediums of wood and clay, from family friend and local/international artist, author and teacher, Fr. Herman Falke, O.C.A. (Life member of the Sculptors Society of Canada; painter and sculptor of the “human landscape”).
In 2018, Maureen was selected as one of 17 “New” artists from across Canada for the ‘Get Noticed’ Art Exhibit at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. This is a bi-annual exhibition of visual artists selected by Toronto gallerists noted for actively raising the bar for Canada’s commercial art world. In addition, she was one of 35 artists selected by the Ontario Society of Artists for their biannual Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition.
Her work, selected for numerous juried art exhibits, can be found in private collections throughout Canada and the United States.
My paintings are a reflection of personal discovery and essential truths towards an authentic
self (living). I sincerely hope my art inspires others towards their ‘awakening’ – to let go of who
we think we’re supposed to be and embrace who we’re intended to be.
Featured artist: May to June 2019
When you grow up and live in a beautiful place, how can you not try to capture it and present it to others?
After father and husband, I see myself as a photographer. It’s far more than a profession or a hobby or even a craft. To me it’s a way of seeing the world every single day. I’m compelled by some lifelong urge to create images of the natural world that is all around us.
We all love the beauty of nature, and here in and around the Valley we are blessed with such lovely places. The greatest joy I get from my work is showing what all of us that brave the hours around dawn already know. Our own backyard and neighbourhood are truly beautiful.
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