Jamie is a patient and creative teacher; he demonstrates different ways of learning and delves deeper into a concept when Jane is ready. While critiquing Jane’s work, Jamie focuses on being encouraging by concentrating the conversation on the good parts of the work, while also making suggestions.
Jamie supports Jane’s independence as a painter by encouraging her to discover what she is passionate about. Although many of Jamie’s lessons are structured around the process of working with oils and how he completes a landscape painting, he urges Jane to maintain individualism instead of directly replicating his process.
“Every day - I see the beauty and wonder of the changing skies all around!”
“She could speak vehemently about an injustice and render a translation from a German poem that she wanted to share, into a soulful, humane English. She was an image maker, very poetic, and, at times dark. In her art exhibitions, there could be pieces that made biting statements, lyrical landscapes, beautiful still-lifes, strongly individual figurative paintings, images of sophisticated humour and satire, and warm, sensitive portraits for which she was highly attuned.
Sigrid had the art spirit and kindled it in others - this is what a mentor in any field does for a young person who is untapped and feeling full of potential and longing. Her artistic range inspired; she excelled in many media: batik, cast jewelry, sculpture, drawing, pastels, as well as printmaking and painting.
Sigrid and l were alike in many ways, harmonious. l appreciated that she often strived to stress the soulful aspect and could animate the world of objects and nature.” – Kim Harrison
A Web of Influence: Craig Marucci’s Experience with Ray Robinson, Kim Harrison and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas
“I recall this meeting so as to emphasize one point; previous to this day I was
enjoying my artistic training and completing all projects easily. The next day it was as if I had no clue how I could or should proceed. I believe that current terminology would designate this as “disruption.” What was this disruption, I could ask, and what should be done about it?”
Ray’s way of working was immediate: drawing on his experience and training while creating in the moment. After this first meeting, Tim went on to take drawing classes under Ray’s instruction and had many good conversations with him including memorable visits to his studio.
Ray is often known as a sculptor, though what he taught could apply to all artistic practice. Ray wanted his students to be independent and original. He was therefore hesitant to become a formal mentor, though his impact on his students is evident.
From Tim’s perspective, Ray’s drawings were more influential than his finished sculptures. Ray often used pastels and charcoal to draw, which has influenced Tim’s paintings through means of developing a paint-pastel hybrid that is firm enough to draw with but can also be manipulated with heat and traditional painting tools. Tim often reflects on what came to be his most insightful recommendations from Ray: drawing, perception and paradox.
In September, 18 professional artists from across Canada were selected to compete in the television production of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada. The series will debut on Blue Ant’s Makeful on February 16th and on CBC in the fall.
We are very excited to announce that TWO incredible artists we work are competing: Denise Antaya and Andrew Sookrah. Congratulations to both on this exciting achievement! We look forward to sharing more details as they are announced.
You can read the official show announcement from Blue Ant Media here and find channels to watch the program below.
Hendriks translates her love of flowers into a beautifully abstracted rendition of her subject. Her approach includes a multi layered application of acrylic paints and mediums, where she employs a wide array of brushstrokes, washes, and mark-making techniques. She is currently focusing on brightly coloured abstracted still life paintings from her studio in Cambridge, Ontario.
Hendriks completed studies at Fanshawe College (London, ON) and Bealart (London, ON), and has worked independently as a professional artist since 2005. Hendriks currently exhibits with a number of fine galleries across Canada, and is an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
After graduating college, Sam spent 2 years as a resident artist at The Arts Project gallery in her hometown of London, where she was fortunate to complete several commissions, hold exhibitions and earn grants.
In 2012, having never traveled, seen the ocean or been on a plane, Sam moved her life and studio to the Dominican Republic. While exploring the island she discovered kitesurfing and took lessons in Cabarete, a small town on the north coast. Sam was a slow learner but after a few months of practice, tricks started coming naturally to her as a result of her snowboarding background. Within 2 years of kiting in Cabarete, she was offered her first sponsorship by Star Kiteboarding and started traveling to exotic locations for competitions.
"I would go out every morning and collect wild flowers to paint and live with-- a presence that would observably deteriorate. In this process of painting and living with the season/wildflowers, my practice explored ideas of honouring, offering, holding and ultimately loss. Through this process, I engaged with ideas of vanitas and natures mortes. This very classical idea of a still life has a new relevance in a digital world where most images and 'reality' are googleable--the series, records of loss, deals with the immediacy of engaging with what is at hand, of the transitory."
Angie Quick (b.1989) is a self-taught artist working in London, ON. She is known for her large oil paintings which explore flesh in a historical and contemporaneous manner. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation within both a visual and performative context. She has received several grants and has shown throughout Southern Ontario.
This exhibition will showcase a series of Angie's more recent florals.