There are many things one needs in order to have the inspiration, commitment and fortitude to become a career artist: the knowledge of how the art world works in all of its intricacies, the ability to understand how to market and sell something that society has deemed a luxury as opposed to a necessity and, most of all, the passion to continue to create regardless of the challenges that may arise in business and in life. One Vaughan artist who clearly has the drive and enthusiasm to sell her work is Brooke Opatowski. More
There's an old adage, everyone has a sack of rocks they're carrying around, meaning each of us bears troubles, but for lapidary artist Vivian Wallace, the saying holds a literal connotation. Combing the banks of remote Northern Ontario lakes, Wallace is regularly spotted lugging weighty bags of tumbled beach rocks as she collects prized bryozoans and bone fossils for her functional stone lamp sculptures. Anything with unique colour or a quartz crystal catches my eye, says Wallace. I say, okay, that's the last one! And then I see another. More
In addition to his role as media relations and label acquisitions at Entertainment One, proud York Region resident Eric Alper is a radio talk show host, music correspondent for Bell Media and social media guru. Read More..
We talk toys with Kathryn Gallagher Morton, president of Maplelea Girls Read More..
When you come from a place of passion, you will naturally excel. So thinks photographer Sandra Scarpelli. It's something she finds herself constantly telling her kids, that you have to follow your heart and do what you love. Read More..
As a kid, Bob Kain was almost sent to the principal's office for drawing cartoon characters. Read More..
Having laced up his first pair of skates at the age of five, Roman Sadovsky has come a long way in the 10 years since. Today, the 15-year-old Vaughan figure skater is one of Canada's brightest prospects in his sport. Read More..
Christine Alexiou is turning the very notion of quilting on its head. The Markham resident creates intricate nuanced pieces of textile art that draw from a number of different art forms. In fact, a single work easily reveals more than a dozen techniques, each of which is a craft in its own right. Read More..
To Maureen Joyce, the sky isn't merely blue. It's cerulean, or one of the other shades of blue in her art kit. It's like learning a second language, Joyce says when you start dreaming in a second language you know you've captured it and that's sort of how I feel. Once I start looking at things differently I think I've got it. Read More..
Jim Paget likes to take risks in his art. He will spend months painting a perfect picture, carefully adding detail to trees, modifying colours to find the right tone, and placing each stroke with care. Then Paget will smear paint on top of the picture in round shapes and sweeping lines, capturing sunlight, gestures of shapes and images. In the end, fine detail peeks through the shapes for a painting that shows more the longer it is admired. Read More..
The wire sculpture artist uses wire with recycled or recuperated materials to create stunning pieces of artwork. Read More..
Every Thanksgiving local studios and artists throw open their doors to showcase masterpieces as part of the Images Studio Tour. Read More..
An Innisfil woman fulfilling a promise to herself is making up for lost time as an artist. Read More..
Tiny Township artist Linda Bennett enjoys experimenting with materials and techniques Read More..
For Irina Gretchanaia it's all about colour. The Barrie artist paints real-life items and scenes, but makes them more stunning and bright by experimenting with colour. Read More..
Jane Horan is a big dreamer and no stranger to hard work. That's why, with a successful business and the responsibilities of being a mother and wife, she is getting back in touch with her passion for jewelry design. Creating has always been a part of Horan's life and she's drawn to many different arts. She's worked with wood, is a certified stager, has done floral design, and decorated friends' homes and for weddings Read More..
Barbara Chittick looks out the window of her studio and sees inspiration everywhere. For the past 23 years, Chittick has been living and painting in Midhurst. It's where I can view majestic pines from my loft studio. I also enjoy painting the hidden gems of scenery in the Georgian Bay area that I can access with my kayak, she said. There is an enticing feeling of solitude drifting along past rock faces and wind-blown islands that reminds you of the elemental spirit of the earth. Read More..