Alice’s Featured Artist
Graham Mastersmith – Curator
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.
Featured Artist: March to April 2019
The culture, passion, importance, and richness of Mexican traditions make it easy to get inspired and creative, and to portray strong ideas.
The ingenuity and authenticity of Mexico was one of the most important things to consider when I was thinking of creating this body of work. The respect and admiration for Mexican culture and the importance to acknowledge it as the unity of strong beliefs are the inspirations for representing my roots.
The many ways to represent my favourite themes, colours, careful design, creativity, and our culture are some of the best tools that I work with when it comes to delivering my ideas and point of view on a white canvas.
Dulce Tapp was born in Mexico City and moved to Canada in 1991.
She got a degree in Architecture from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Dulce now works from her studio in Ottawa.
Mixed media and collage pieces best represent her art, displaying the images with a particular spice for design and colour.
Her unique pieces have very vibrant backgrounds consisting of multiple layers of paper and paint.
Representing urban living is a common trend in her art.
She has followed her heart and her creativity with the right attitude and persistence.
36 Sirocco Cres. Stittsville, ON K2S 1Z7
Featured Artist: January to February 2019
“All of the amazing colours in nature whether dark or light, bright or subdued, make me smile. Bright colours are often very present in my work.
My goal is to spread that smile to everyone who views my paintings. My paintings are often described as happy. I like that”.
Joanne Coughlin is a Calabogie based contemporary and abstract artist who has been creating art for over forty years. She grew up in Quebec City where she began painting landscapes in oil.
After completing a degree in Commerce from the University of New Brunswick, she moved to Ottawa and started a career and family. She continued to create art in many forms. She owned and operated a home-based business called JC Designs which focused on creating hand painted clothing sold at local art fairs. She also co-owned a women’s tennis apparel business called Racquet Rags in the early 1990’s.
After a thirty-one-year career in Government and the Aviation Industry, she retired in 2008 and moved to a lake outside of Ottawa with her husband and Golden Doodle and renewed her love of art. She has been painting full time ever since.
Although mostly self-taught Joanne has completed numerous art classes and workshops in Canada and the USA. She is a member of The Ottawa Art Association and the West Carleton Art Society.
Her work can be found at the Gallery Gift Shop in Arnprior Ontario, The Art House Café and CARBEN restaurant in Ottawa Ontario.
Featured Artist: December – January 2019
Catherine Gutsche is an Ottawa abstract / mixed media artist and graphic designer with paintings in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. She studied Fine Art at York University in Toronto, Canada, earning an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a major in graphic design. She worked for several years as a graphic designer in the vibrant downtown Toronto arts market.
Since moving to Ottawa Catherine has returned to her beloved roots in painting, enjoying again an intimate relationship with colour, texture and pattern. Non representational abstract art is Catherine’s passion.
Travel has always played an important role in Catherine’s life, starting at the age of 16 with a trip to China during the period of Mao Tse-tung. China showed Catherine the importance of pattern. She was inspired by the Chinese ability to manipulate designs and colors to form intricate repetitions that are flipped or rotated to create masterpieces often seen on walls, floors, ceilings and household objects. Exposure to the capitals of Europe gave her an appreciation for the masters in all their glory – size, colour and textures – none of which translate in flat books that fit on coffee tables. But it was in Australia that she gained a feel for the impact of colour where Uluru (Ayers Rock) changed from earthy reds to silvery-greys, with streaks of charcoal black algae. Nowhere else in the world are there colours that extend as far as the eye can see.
Catherine brings all these experiences into her paintings, combining textiles, found items and paint, and finally allowing her joy of colour to spill onto every canvas she works on. To see examples of Catherine’s artwork please visit: http://www.catherinegutsche.com/
Art for September and October, 2018.
Deborah Guthrie has an artful life. Ideas and inspiration are her constant companions. As a graduate in Visual and Creative Arts from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus along with the daily learning curve Deborah is comfortable with her ideas and inspiration and how they allow for the exploration that she loves. A member of five art groups, she enjoys all the opportunities they provide through both juried and non-juried shows and has received a number of awards over the years.
Deborah paints; works in many areas of mixed media and has recently returned to her love of fabric. She has been creating painterly garments taking the paint off the canvas and into the street as wearable art. She looks forward to where all this will lead her both in her painting and her other artistic endeavours. As always it is a positive journey with a destination unknown and that suits Deborah just fine.
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3773 Carp Road, ON, Canada
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