Artists


 

 

Bob Pejman

In his works, Pejman creates idyllic, tranquil worlds.  “There are no people in my paintings, so you can imagine yourself in the scenes”, explains the artist.  “The scenes are already romantic, but my idea is to make them even more so.”  In doing so, he pushes the colors to make them more intense and exaggerates the sunlight.  “I don’t simplify the shapes.  You get into the cracks and feel the structures and their stones,” he says, considering them to be marks of cultivated wisdom rather than declination.  There is romance in history, and Pejman reminds the viewer of classic beauty and emotions that transcend time, all inherent to such places as the Mediterranean.

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Charles Pabst

Charles likes to keep his paints clean by using two pallets. He will keep his paints on one, and mix on the other. He uses a combination of pallet knife and brush. Typically he’ll lay in the entire painting’s background and sky first. Then he has to let that dry before he lays in the foreground. It may be days or months later before he gets back to it. He finishes it off with highlights of light and shadow to bring out the drama in the picture.

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Mark Keathley

“I want my paintings to inspire people to be still, to listen to that quiet voice, and then rise up assured that they are a part of something bigger than their schedule.” Mark’s paintings do just that.  He is able to capture that perfect moment that you might experience on a hike through the mountains when a majestic elk might come out for an unforgettable experience; or even imortalize on canvas a moment in time when the light, the water, and the gentle involvement of a man and his horse all come together in a masterful composition.  Mark uses his gifts blending bold strokes, amazing color, soul stirring light, and even some fine detail to bring your focus to the "point" of the painting -- allowing you to experience the emotion of the moment.  This is where he wants you to stay - not admiring his ability, but rather inspired to live.

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Victor Ostrovsky

Victor Ostrovsky is the best selling author, and screenplay writer, of four books which were a worldwide phenomenon. His expertise on Judaism, Islam and security issues, made him a thought after speaker. Victor has appeared on Larry King Live, The ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News, Prime Time Live, and dozens of other media venues worldwide.

Today, Victor's insight and knowledge of the intelligence community facilitates his writing of fictional novels and screenplays, and serves as a basis for his enigmatic and cryptic paintings.

His canvases offer tantalizing images, evoking a mystical and otherworldly reaction from viewers. Hats, gloves, scarves and umbrellas hide the identities of his inscrutable figures, provoking and teasing our imaginations with visual portrayals of adventure and intrigue.

The activities of his figures and the titles of the work reflect the enterprise and language of the international intelligence community, bringing several layers of meaning to his paintings while creating stories for the viewer.

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Ed Copley

Working from his studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, Ed is a man of many visions. He is equally as comfortable painting a landscape of the Sonoran Desert with its majestic saguaro cacti piercing a storm tossed summer sky, a Tarahumara Indian woman with a weatherd face, set against the backdrop of the Barrancas del Cobre of northern Mexico or a classical image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No matter what the subject, he portrays it with realistic depth and brilliance, attempting only to bring it to life in a most exquisite manner. His representational style draws together many techniques dating back to the renaissance, masterful and painstaking skills that have nearly vanished in an art world that is often more consumed by commercialism.

Today he is well known nationwide for his authentic representations of Native American tribes, painstakingly researching their cultural complexities to insure that the detail in each of his compositions is totally accurate. In June 2007, he went on a photographic expedition to northeastern Wyoming to document the Cheyenne, Crow and Blackfeet culture, just one example of his ongoing quest to gather authentic material that ultimately becomes part of his painting repertoire.

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Ron Stewart

In the over-crowded field of contemporary western artists, Ron Stewart’s professional achievements have made his work familiar to a wide range of discriminating collectors. Ron is among those who is tied hard and fast to the quality of painting and the historical fidelity of the Old West Masters.

The refined artistic abilities, in watercolor, oil, and bronze, are truly distinguished, but Ron brings more to his work than just the technical competence of a western illustrator.
The Ron Stewart hallmark is the representation of the mood and the atmosphere appropriate to whatever he approaches. His paintings breathe life into the dusty pages of western history, be it the bawl of longhorn cattle, the war whoop of the red men, or the mountain man in his wilderness solitude.

Ron is a friendly, low keyed personality whose art speaks of an obvious talent, of technical competence and of a genuine love for the Old West.

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Leo Arcand

Leo Arcand is a Woodland Cree sculptor from the Alexander First Nations reserve in Northern Alberta. Leo has sketched since he was a young boy, but in 1991 he was introduced to stone carving and this became his medium of choice.

Arcand works mainly in soapstone, drawing his inspiration from his deep spirituality and keen belief that there must be a balance in all things.
“I do not produce art, nor do I create it. I discover the spirit of each stone and together we decide its’ message.”

Leo’s deep spirituality draws him into close contact with the Elders and the traditions they maintain. The drums, songs, ceremonies and the Aboriginal people’s natural affinity with Mother Earth are some of the themes reflected in his work.

When he speaks of his ambition he says, “I have a holistic outlook on life.   I want to learn something everyday, to be better today than yesterday, not just as an artist, but as a person.  Some day I want the young people of my community to say Leo Arcand is a good person.  If I work at learning my culture, the teachings of the Elders and the spirit within me I know I will succeed.”

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Lori McPhee

Art is a way of life for Canadian Artist Lori McPhee. She feels it engages the intellect, softens the heart and frees the spirit.Originally from Montreal, Lori in 1991 travelled across Canada to British Columbia and attended Emily Carr University of art and design, concentrating mainly on ceramics and painting.

Always working with her Passion and the use of different acrylic based mediums, Lori tackles each canvas individually using brushes, palette knives and whatever else is necessary to create her masterpieces. Each work of hers attributes intensity, purity, strength in color, and is a synthesis of the various influences she has experienced which are conveyed in a message to the viewer.Her work is best discribed as contemporary with a graphic element.

McPhee’s paintings truly need to be seen in the flesh to appreciate the light reflection and heavy bodied texture.

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Trisha Romance

“I think of art as a kind of birth, a constant birth of ideas. For me it comes from observing the best of life, no matter where I may be. At home in my studio, I am surrounded by bookshelves filled with volumes of works by the masters. Influences from every direction are possible. But when I sit down to paint, I must return to one place, the place inside myself where the heart and mind are one, while God moves my hand across the white space.”

An excerpt from "The World of Trisha Romance" 

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Chantal Poulin

Chantal Poulin's paintings that depict the innocence and openness of young children in serene settings is currently limited to about four oil paintings a year, some of which may require up to six months work. Fortunately, her fine art can be enjoyed by the general public and collectors through limited edition reproductions on paper, canvas and on Limoges porcelain. These editions are distributed in Canada, United States, Europe and other countries around the world.

Because of her tendencies to take care of everyone and everything, part of the royalties on every painting Chantal Poulin does goes to various children’s charities.

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Brent Townsend

Brent Townsend is a Canadian nature artist who designed, in 1996, the portrait of a Polar Bear in early summer on an ice floe that appears on the current Canadian 2 dollar coin.

Moreover, Brent Townsend is an artist who lets his paintings speak for him. He would rather be out exploring, studying, sketching, photographing, and painting than discussing art history or technique. He was born in 1962 and grew up in a suburban Toronto home with a yard bordered by a ravine and a creek. That location fostered a fascination for the wealth of nature that exists just outside the back door. As a child, Towsend studied the rocks, water, and plant life along the creek. As he grew older, his area of interest widened, and he now specialized in landscapes and studies of North American wildlife.

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Antonio Caruso

Caruso is originally from southern Italy and was trained in classical and baroque art at the prestigious Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan. His first break in Canada came in 1981, with shows in Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Calgary. He made trips back and forth from Italy until settling near Toronto in 1994. His work now hangs in churches in and around the city.

Caruso’s artistic specialties are fresco, frescografia, and wood sculpture.  He is privileged to be the first artist to have brought to Canada the technique of fresco and frescografia.  His works of art are featured in museums, cathedrals, and churches both in North America and in Europe.  Most recently, his work has been featured on Canada Post’s Christmas collection for three consecutive years.

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