Mary Ann Slater

Artist Statement: Mary Ann Slater is an acrylic realism artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Mary is a self-taught artist, and over the past three years she has developed her love of art into a career, focusing on realism painting with acrylics. Her take on contemporary still life brings ordinary items to the canvas in a…

Gary Augustynek

Artist Statement: “Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential.” Ai Weiwei Viewing life along a spectrum makes more sense than trying to make it fit into arbitrary categories. This viewpoint carries over into my art. I enjoy working with simple materials and found objects.…

Cori Lee Marvin

Artist Statement: The juxtapositions in my work begin with my non-traditional approach to watercolour, where a flowing and loose medium combines with a precise and detailed style. When realistic still-life emerges in unusual surroundings, intriguing visual stories are created. If nature and wildlife are transplanted indoors into cozy still-life settings, the results are both startling…

Shannon Taylor

Artist Statement: I feel a deep connection to nature, and seek out quiet spots in fields and forests and rural settings for inspiration, often sketching trees and plants. I am also interested in decorative surface design and paint large scale murals as well as do installation and performance work and experiment with various printmaking techniques.…

Juliet Promnitz

Artist Statement: I think of my work as expressions of joy. Of gratitude. And of hope. When I am creating, it is either effortless or the most painful process imaginable. Rarely is it anything in between. I use bright, vibrant colour in my work, which I think can be traced directly to my childhood in…

Sarah Hart

Artist Statement: Sarah Hart is a watercolour and mixed media artist local to Elora, Ontario. Growing up on the St. Lawrence River, this rugged terrain nurtured Sarah’s love of the water, animal life and trees that she paints today. Landscapes and images of the natural world are her focus and she is inspired by the…

John-Paul Rautio

Artist Statement: John-Paul Rautio creates abstract work in chalk and charcoal. The images recall scientific photography: microscopic, rapatronic and astronomical. Rautio’s work is informed by Japanese enso paintings, although he trained his hand by studying the Western traditions of figure drawing. His use of charcoal references the cave paintings of prehistory. The forms emerge as…