Arts Society King Artist Members
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Dinah Artman was born in Romania and always had been fascinated with photography and digital art. Her work is a composition of pictures taken around the world and the recapturing of their extension using acrylic paint onto the frame, to create an original piece. imaginreality.wix.com/imagin
Amanda Brittin loves to introduce a creative element into the objects that are part of daily life. Whether it is a floor cloth underfoot, a piece of jewellery being worn, or a glass mosaic bowl on the dinner table, Amanda infuses humour and whimsy to her colourful pieces of functional art. www.amandabrittin.com
Petra Burgmann's medium is transparent watercolour, her favorite subjects florals and landscapes. She belongs to the Bayview Watercolour Society, has been exhibiting her paintings in juried shows for almost ten years, and has paintings in numerous private collections around the world. She also creates gem stone jewelry and beadwork. www.petrarts.com
Aloel Cristal has loved pottery her whole life, since a child she always dreamt of learning to beautiful pots and mugs and all sorts of dishes. Her first tastes were influenced by Latvian traditional pottery, and her deepest appreciation and love still remain there. Later on she discovered Japanese traditional pottery, and that also struck a very deep chord. It felt very real, very connected to some essence of being, of nature and of the elements. In 2009, her passion for pottery finally brought her to an opportunity to take classes, and thus began her own journey in clay. Now she is exploring the process of becoming a part-time potter, while remaining a holistic practitioner and an organic hobby farmer.
Giovannina Colalillo is an visual artist, Illustrator and art instructor with the Ontario Arts Council, King Museum and King Parks and Recreation. Her award winning dynamic, vivid and fluid water soluble wax pastels and whimsical black and white ink illustrations have been produced for editorial, advertising, publishing, corporate, icons, design, conceptual, people, portraits, food/beverage, nature, products, children and animals. Her illustrations and artwork have ventured world wide appearing in various magazines, publications, books, corporate promotions, exhibits and private collections. http://www.aareps.com/ http://www.giovannina.com
Alexandra K. Conrad is a professional fine art artist with over three decades of art creation experience; graduate with honours from Ontario College of Art and Design. Alexandra paints various subjects: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, nature and abstracts. Her mediums are mainly oil and acrylic in vibrant colours and thick paint applied with brush or palette knife. She enjoys other media as well. Limited Editions Fine Art Reproductions of some of Alexandra’s paintings are available. www.akconradart.com
Erin Corcoran is an amateur photographer. She has been interested in photography for many years and has found that her interest has led her in a profound way. As a landscape and nature lover, she has used her love to transform photographs into pieces of art that her clients treasure in their homes and offices. Erin's knowledge of photography has all been self-taught, but her understanding of angles, shadow and proper lighting would compare to professionals, as she seems to have a talent for knowing just when the moment is perfect. www.corcoranphotographycanada.blogspot.com
SANTINO CURRO was born in the small beautiful seaside town of Scilla, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Here he attended his early schooling. Being part of a large family, the first son of six children was not easy for a poor family therefore during the early 1960’s the parents looked to immigrate to America in order to provide a better life. During the early years, held various jobs, gaining experience in various fields finally settling in a career in the shipping industry. For over 25 years he has dedicated his life to the shipping trade and today being in charge of a large shipping company in the city of Toronto Canada. His love for art started during the early, like every other student started doodling on scrap papers, in exercise books, pen & pencil drawing in classroom book pages. In High School, Charcoal drawings became an easy transition. Today his preferred media is oil, painting landscape sceneries, nature and symmetrical structures, with a love of trees. Through the years Santino, developed a love for food and he is an acclaimed chef in his own right. Has taken up hobbies in growing plants, trees, grapevines ect. His interest in collecting old artifacts, has been able to accumulate a fine collection of antiques. Today along with his family still lives in and calls Toronto Canada his home www.santinothepainter.com
Inge Dam has been weaving for 34 years and in 1992 completed an in-depth study for Ontario Handweavers and Spinners to become a Master Weaver. The subject of the study was Iron Age Textiles from Northern Europe (the Iron Age was from 500 B.C. – A.D. 800). In the course of my study, she became interested in tablet (card) weaving. In excavations of Iron Age sites in Northern Europe (particularly in peat bogs and burial grounds), ancient textiles have been found with tablet woven borders. Through inspirations of these textiles, Inge now incorporates tablet weaving into fabrics by weaving the tablet borders and bands simultaneously with the fabric on the loom. From fabrics, scarves, shawls, jackets, and coats are created. She also makes unique bags from my leftover handwoven fabrics. In 2013, Inge published a book Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques.
Brett Davis was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1957. He works in all aspects of ferrous and non-ferrous metals which include welding, fabrication, fountain design and patina. He has created public and commission based cast bronze sculpture for the private and public sector, for more than 25 years. www.ageofbronze.ca
Jacqueline England was born in Nottingham, England, and was educated both in the U.K. and Canada. Jackie has been actively interested in the fine arts, and under the tutelage of Michael Spillane of the Spillaine Studio of Fine Arts. She has a special interest in producing photorealistic paintings of horses and wildlife, working in various media. As a young teen, while finishing her education in England, she spent many a long hour with her first love, horses. Upon returning to Canada, time was also spent raising, training and showing horses. Jackie worked for many years as a computer analyst and resides in the Streetsville/Mississauga area. Before making painting her primary interest, she was an established bear artist. Her unique hand-designed bears have appeared in numerous shows and gift shops throughout Ontario and have been featured in bear magazines throughout Canada, the United States and Britain.
Denise Flys is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and. She previously owned a children's costume shop and now makes an artistic connection between those costumes art her art. Denise's art reflects love of environment and looks to Vuillard and Matisse for inspiration. www.deniseflys.ca
Eva Folks has been creating surreal worlds full-time from her home studio in Aurora, Ontario since 2011. Words and phrases that capture her attention are the creative inspiration for her illustratively styled paintings. Vibrant hues never cease to delight Eva. Her medium is acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and wood panel. www.evafolks.com
Louise Garin paints in oil and acrylics. She travels extensively and takes many photographs and tries to capture the play of light and shadows in her landscapes, and sensivity and emotion in her portraits. Louise is fascinated by the people, places and things that she encounters daily and hopes all can enjoy that feeling when viewing her paintings. www.louisegarin.com
Debra Gibbs started on the Potters Wheel at age 16 learning with students and went on to graduate from Seneca College with a Visual Arts Instructor’s Diploma in 1981. After successfully completing a four-year apprenticeship with a Master Potter of FINE Porcelain, she continued to teach pottery in her studio and showroom. Debra's Wheel Thrown FINE Porcelain dinnerware and gifts show in many galleries and stores including The McMichael Gallery Canadian Art Collection and The Art Gallery of Ontario. While participating in Trade and Contemporary Craft shows she has won several awards of excellence for Master Quality Craftsmanship / Booth Design & Display. www.facebook/dgpottery
Brigitte Granton is an award winning artist who paints landscapes in oil and acrylic paint. She is drawn to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine as well as the rugged landscapes of the Parry Sound/Muskoka area. Her works hang on banners throughout King and in private collections. www.brigittegranton.com
Donna Greenstein is a realistic artist focusing mainly on farm animal and bird images. Her oil paintings harken back to an earlier time when everyone knew how to ride a horse, milk a cow and name of all the species of birds flying around them. She hopes that the viewer is touched by the emotion in her paintings. Donna constantly looks at the world through artist’s eyes and thinks about her next painting. www.donnagreenstein.com
Helen Hermanns paints naturally, with intent, strict ideals and a thirst for constantly keeping depth and feel through the use of light in her paintings. She enjoys capturing the feel and beauty of horses in their natural surroundings or in work. Helen’s medium is oil on canvas or board. www.helenhermanns.com
Deborah Jolly is a self-taught abstract artist who uses her fingers, palette knives, and the occasional brush to create high-energy oil and acrylic works from her Caledon studio. Two years, 350 works later, she has had success at five solo and 20 juried shows. Prolific by nature; JOLLY paints relentlessly; selling what she produces, rarely accepting commissions. Works are held in Private and Commercial Collections in North America and Europe. www.harob.com
Kingcrafts Studio is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1950 by Lady Muriel L. Flavelle. Kingcrafts is a place where people are brought together by their common interest and enthusiasm for artistic creation. New members, from beginners to professionals, are welcome to join and participate in their choice of 11 studio groups: decorative arts, enameling, fibre arts, fine art, jewellery, needlework, pottery, stained & fused glass, traditional rug hooking, weaving and wire sculpture. www.kingcrafts.ca
Ona Kingdon TWSA, CSPWC, is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She was selected as ‘one to watch’ by the popular Watercolor Artist Magazine in 2012 and has since won major awards both Nationally and Internationally and has had her work published in several art magazines and books.
She loves to focus on the feeling or emotion when creating art and enjoys painting or drawing any subject matter that has an emotive element to it. www.onak.ca
Chris Kingdon has always been fascinated by the intricate yet fragile natural world that can be found just a step outside one's doorstep. To the largest of ecosystems to the smallest of insects, his photographs put a spotlight on this often overlooked beauty, and demonstrates just what we risk to loose if humankind doesn't soon start better protecting and preserving the world around us.
Chris has exhibited in multiple juried art shows and won art and photography awards locally and internationally. www.chriskingdon1.wix.com/photography
Chris has exhibited in multiple juried art shows and won art and photography awards locally and internationally. www.chriskingdon1.wix.com/photography
Sharon Kirsh is a North Toronto artist, who reconnected with her artistic roots, after pursuing careers in Interior Design and Corporate Training. Always pulled towards the creative life, Sharon offered workplace creativity seminars within the financial services industry, and then shifting further towards creativity when she became an interior designer. Now she works as a fine artist. Sharon paints with thick transparent layers in cold wax on birch panels or paper. The rich textural surface of the work is enhanced by digging lines and scraping back to reveal what lies beneath. This creates a history, which adds to the depth and meaning of the work. Sharon also teaches fine art at various institutions across York Region, and her works can be found in various private and commercial collections throughout North America. www.sharonkirsh.com
Janna Kozoub (painting under the pseudonym Joanna Ross) was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to Canada in the 90-ies. Moving to Canada gave her a unique vision that allows her to see the world from multi-cultural and multidimensional perspectives. Janna has three passions: nature, animals and art. All her impressions are reflected in her art. Her oil paintings cover a variety of subject matters: nature, human and animal portraits and, most importantly, human relationships.
Ann Murray Livingstone is a graduated of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College with Honours and has her B. A., in Art and Art History. Ann's medium is oil and she specializes in landscapes, horses and animals. She quilts saddlepads and considers herself a 'horsewoman'. Ann is also the Art Director at Cantercall Farms Riding Art Summer Camp in King City.
Lucy Mazzone was born and raised in Toronto, Ont. and now practices out of her studio in Vaughan, Ont. As a self-taught artist, Lucy paints from nature, travel, beloved landscapes, and also produces portraitures. The main medium she uses for her compositions is acrylic, but she also experiments with oils, charcoal, graphite and ink. www.luciart.ca
Mary Morganelli immigrated from Italy where her love for art developed at an early age. Her artwork was put aside to start a family, but recently she revived her passion by taking private lessons. She adores painting whatever inspires her, including portraits, landscapes, flowers, animals, automobiles, and more. Using an array of mediums, her therapeutic creations tell stories, express emotions, and some are just for fun. For Mary, variety is the spice of life. www.mariellart.com
Quincy Morrison St Kitts creates original realistic/traditional oil paintings starting with photo-shoots as reference. Quincy especially enjoys oils and doing commissioned pieces – colourful, descriptive portraits, super heroes captured on canvas in detail that will last for centuries. “If you have an idea – I would like to bring it to life on canvas for you!” www.quincmsk.deviantart.com/gallery/
Michele Mele is an acclaimed singer/songwriter now with six albums under her belt. Mele is carrying on the family business, as she grew up in a family of talented professional musicians. Her ability as a composer, songwriter and arranger became evident early in her career. In 1991, she composed,arranged and conducted an orchestral work for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Choral Works. Michele also became active leading a band on the club circuit as well as writing and arranging for other artists. Her debut album was released in 2002 and she continued on with several other well-received releases and acclaimed performances. www.michelemele.com
Roger Murray studied fine art under Michael John Angel and graduated from the Academy of Realist Art. He paints portraits, still lifes and landscapes. He is a member of Arts Society King, York Region Arts Council, the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America. Roger currently teaches weekly oil painting classes and seasonal workshops in his Caledon studio. www.rogermurray.ca
Liina Peacock was born and raised in Toronto and currently resides in King City, Ontario. She is a respected, self-taught contemporary , mixed media artist, who primarily works on canvas. In recent years she has participated in many juried art shows and group exhibitions in and around Toronto. Her works are found in both private and corporate collections, and she continues to create one of a kind original works of art for shows, galleries and, online auctions. www.liinapeacock.ca
Silvia Phillips has been creating in various forms throughout her professional and personal life. Thanks to the encouragement of local artists and friends, this mostly self-taught artist only recently started to exhibit in art shows. Her favourite medium is oil, and her paintings are her response to what she sees and feels around her, repeated in form and colour. Silvia was born in Germany and now makes her home in Schomberg, ON.
Judy Sherman is known for “Classical Paintings with a Twist”. She is fascinated with the reality and emotions that cartoons evoke and at the same time and admires the quality and aesthetics of the old masters. Her paintings incorporate these two ideas resulting in a juxtaposition of the traditional style along side of pop culture. Judy's paintings must tell a story, evoke a spirit of nostalgia and elevate the soul. www.shermanj.com
Holly Speers' passion for clay started 30 years ago when she joined The Richmond Hill Potters Guild. Since then, she has taken many workshops as well as attended George Brown College and The Koffler Centre for the Arts. Holly taught pottery to seniors for the North York Board of Education for eight years and at CACY (Caledon Art Camp) for five years. She now creates wheel thrown functional pieces and teaches classes in her studio, inspired by her garden, pets and wild, unruly property. firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Ross is a fine artist and photographer. She has an arts degree from McMaster University (B.A Hons. 1993), completed a teaching degree at OISE (B.Ed 1998), and studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston (dip. Graphic Design 2005). She has taught for Adult and Teen Literacy programs, tutored and advocated for people with learning disabilities, taught at high-schools for students with special needs, and worked as a graphic designer in London, England and Toronto. Through all this she has raised her family and lives in King City. She has done photographic projects in Spain, Ireland and various areas of Canada and has work permanently hanging in the Sun Life Building in Toronto. She is a juried Member of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). www.clareross.ca
Karola Steinbrecher is a Canadian fine art painter based in Toronto. Her award winning pieces are lively and expressive, delivered in very intense colors, on exciting, rich backgrounds. Karola’s work achieves a fresh new approach on traditional abstract and floral depictions. She exhibits frequently and her art has been purchased to private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A and Europe.
Cheryl Uhrig is an accomplished artist and like her cartoons and children's book illustrations, Cheryl's vibrant oil and acrylic paintings each tell a story. Her paintings invite you in for another look. Each slice is designed to invoke an emotion, a memory -or just make you smile. Life is full of slice.
Phyllis Vernon paints in a variety of media and styles – her art is an exciting and constantly changing event as she explores and experiments with her love of colour, texture, light, form, media, and a wide variety of subjects. Originally a watercolour artist, she has broadened her scope to include acrylics, inks, graphite, collage and hand-pulled prints, blending realism and abstraction. Phyllis travels extensively and often paints from her photographs and sketches. She has participated in workshops with professional artists in Canada, United States, France and Spain, as well as extensive reading and research on her own. She accepts commissions and delights clients by capturing in paint a favourite location, often an ancestral home in Europe. www.phyllisvernon.com
Lynn Wilson lives and paints in King City. She displays in many shows and works in acrylics painting large, colorful floral images, abstracts and raw silk on gallery profile canvas.
Darlene J. Winfield has traveled the world extensively and while living abroad spent time drawing and studying art and art history. Her passion to travel allowed her to visit some of the most important galleries and museums around the world. The experience of living abroad in Mexico and Indonesia has brought her to a new understanding of the world and our place in it. The main focus of her art is the Canadian landscape done through representational painting. Landscape to her, represents our world, our responsibility. www.darlenejwinfieldart.com
Tom Wray's medium is photography and his inspiration comes from outdoors. He captures images of landscapes, waterscapes and flowers, turning them into compelling pictures that have an almost painterly quality about them - hence the name Images Photo Art. When Tom takes a photograph, he thinks about composition, angle, light and atmosphere. The finished picture might be soft and dreamy, or bright and cheerful. His intention is to evoke an emotion; it might be calming, exciting or mysterious. Maybe it conjures the memory of a previous experience. And sometimes his images will pose the question "What is that?" provoking a sense of curiosity. http://www.imagesphotoart.com/
Michelle Zikovitz has been weaving functional baskets for over 20 years and teaching for the past 15 years, throughout southern Ontario. Her early weaving years were spent at her 2 floor looms focusing on woven tapestries, rugs, placemats and runners. A basketry workshop taught by a fellow guild member, a love of baskets and the ability to weave baskets almost anywhere all led to a new found passion of basket weaving. Reed is her personal material of choice for teaching, incorporating her own hand dyed reed whenever possible. Michelle enjoys experimenting with random dyed or “space dyed” skeins of reed, creating many unique colour combinations and resulting in truly one of a kind baskets. When not basket weaving or working, Michelle dabbles in photography, sewing, fibre arts and various painting mediums. She loves to explore and find local basket weavers, artists, shops and galleries on her travels.