Jess Bell

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Award winning Canadian photographer Jess Bell from Toronto, Ontario.

“I have always had a flair for the dynamic and artistic. This, coupled with an innate love of animals, has resulted in pursuing animal photography with a passion. 

I am a dog owner myself, and I’ve spent years training my dog to perform in various forms of commercial work. I have a great deal of patience and am well-acquainted with animals' quirks. I know how to bide my time to capture the perfect shot. My goal for every photography session is to ensure that all parties involved, both animals and their people, thoroughly enjoy themselves.

I grew up in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now, I live in Scarborough and travel throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Niagara, Barrie, Burlington, Belleville and beyond to work with clients.”

https://www.jessbellphotography.com

Lucy Kite

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Ceramic sculptor artist from Derby, England, UK. Lucy Kite.

“I studied art & design at college and instantly knew I wanted to do something with my new found love. I'm never happier than with a piece of wet clay in my hands waiting to turn it into some quirky character!”

“Rain is hitting the roof of our narrowboat, the stove fire is burning in the corner. My labradoodle muse, is laying by my feet under the table.

There is a ball of clay on the table waiting to be imagined... 

As far as my characters go they create themselves. Starting with a pair of eyes they tell me what they'd like to become, it's a partnership! Hand sculpted from ceramic stoneware clay and then fired to temperatures that will melt your face, they are all hand painted to finish with a wide variety of acrylics, glazes, oxides and stains.

I love my job - there's not many people that spend their days sculpting wizards and dragons, I consider myself very lucky.” Lucy Kite

https://www.bluefishstudios.co.uk

Motohiko Odani

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“Born in 1972 in Kyoto, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. Motohiko Odani is an artist who executes magnificent, mysterious and often grotesque artworks across a myriad of mediums. Known primarily for his sculpture, Odani will utilize other art forms in imaginative ways including photography, video and video projections in order to capture “things that can’t be seen with the human eye, like phenomena and perceptions.”

A recurring theme throughout his oeuvre is exemplified by his Phantom Limb series (2013 and 1997), which is a sequence of large, flawlessly executed photographic laser prints of a young girl in a white dress. Her hands appear to be missing—a reference to the sensation felt by amputees who still “feel” their missing body parts. On closer inspection, her hands are simply coloured red with raspberry stains, thereby reproducing an equivalent sensation in the viewer: to experience something that did not exist. Odani’s work often induces these types of uneasy feelings, while continually enticing the viewer in ways that cannot be described simply a morbid curiosity.”

http://www.phantom-limb.com/index_e.html

Keith Andrew

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“Keith Andrews is a visual artist living in Calgary, Alberta. His inspiration is the majestic scenery of the Canadian Rockies, teeming with wildlife year-round.

His spark of creativity was kindled by his parents, who gave Keith “The Art of Robert Bateman” in the mid-80’s. 

"I must have spent hundreds of hours combing through that book. I knew it was my true calling."

Keith spent most of his early years imitating the work but never finding his own voice.

"I felt like I was copying someone else's style.  I knew what I wanted to say, but not how to say it".

In 2006, Keith met renowned artist Terry Isaac (himself a former Bateman apprentice) and found a guide who encouraged him to strike out down a more personal path to find his own unique style. 

Keith discovered the beauty and simplicity of Black and White. The minimalist feel and the mood it created compelled him, and he poured himself into further learning and practice in this new direction.

Having found that voice, in 2014 he turned to painting professionally.

Terry Isaac has stated of Keith's work "His detail is breathtaking, up close and personal."

Through his study and work, Keith developed a passion for wildlife conservation and donates a minimum of 10% of all sales to the charity of the purchaser’s choice.

He hopes that by widening the circle of compassion for wildlife and their habitat he can make a small, yet significant contribution of his own in the years ahead.” Keith Andrew

https://www.keithandrews.art
 

Natasha Miller

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Canadian artist Natasha Miller.

“Natasha Miller is a self taught artist who was born and raised on Vancouver Island but now lives on a tiny i creates monochrome silhouette seascapes and landscapes using a homemade maple charcoal\ash\soot compound from her mobile Italian wood fired pizza oven (Eco pizza art!) and acrylic paint used for the splashes of colour and fine details. She has always drawn inspiration from the silhouettes all around- sunsets foreshadowed by trees and Canada’s rugged coastlines, the sea and it's boats, birds and beaches and her current work reflects this. Natasha's work is represented in over a dozen commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S., Europe and online.” Natasha Miller’s bio

https://www.nrmiller.com

Jillaine Jurchuck

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Calgary, Alberta artist/photographer Jillaine Jurchuk.

“After graduating, Jillaine followed the call of the west, settling in Calgary, where she continues to flourish and evolve as a working artist. After 18 years of building a remarkable portfolio of projects significantly shaped by her gifted approach to interior design, 2011 was the seminal year in which Jillaine’s expanding talent could no longer be contained in and defined exclusively by this creative career path, and she emerged on the art scene, where she is blossoming as an artist in her own right, with a unique style that continues to develop a strong following. The magic of her gift is discovered in her ability to create works of striking beauty through the fusion of photography and painting. Each piece has its genesis in an original photograph in which Jillaine has captured a rare moment in which mother nature shares a spontaneous revelation of exquisite beauty, for those with eyes that see and hearts that feel. This visual image of transcendent is then placed in the nurturing oyster of Jillaine’s creative genius, where the application of multiple painting techniques and photographic layers results in the emergence of an artistic pearl of great price, in which the viewer can experience enhanced perspectives range and depth, nuanced tones, and evocative textures found within each piece. The confluence of nature and technology provides the artist with an open palette, delivering endless possibilities and influences that combine to making each piece a unique work of art that will continue to be treasured and revisited, like an old friend with whom we experience constant renewal, comfort and joy” Jillaine Jurchuk’s bio.

http://jillainejurchuk.com

Katrina Da Silva

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Abstract artist from Dewinton, Alberta, Katrina Da Silva.

“Art must communicate’. These are the words that Katrina lives by. A born and raised Albertan, Katrina possesses a passion for art stemming from her earliest childhood days. To formalize her appetite to create and to communicate through art, Katrina obtained an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Abstract art is her preeminent painting style. Katrina utilizes various elements mastered over time to invoke feeling and emotion through balance in colour, line, shape, and texture. The essence of each piece is infused with Katrina’s own feelings at the time of painting, ranging from joy, peace, wistfulness, and pain. Her work always tells a story. The experience is an individual journey that the beholder interprets and feels similar to that of a symphony. Katrina has sold numerous works at shows, exhibitions, and galleries. She adores the personal connection made with each individual through the mutual enjoyment of art.” https://www.dasilvadesignstudio.com

Natasha Miller

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Canadian artist Natasha Miller.

“Natasha Miller is a self taught artist who was born and raised on Vancouver Island but now lives on a tiny island in the Bay of Fundy. Natasha has pioneered and specializes in a unique painting technique where she creates monochrome silhouette seascapes and landscapes using a homemade maple charcoal\ash\soot compound from her mobile Italian wood fired pizza oven (Eco pizza art!) and acrylic paint used for the splashes of colour and fine details. She has always drawn inspiration from the silhouettes all around- sunsets foreshadowed by trees and Canada’s rugged coastlines, the sea and it's boats, birds and beaches and her current work reflects this. Natasha's work is represented in over a dozen commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S., Europe and online.” https://www.nrmiller.com

John Kroetch

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Canadian photographer John Kroetch from Millet, Alberta.

“I am an energetic photographer blessed with a large amount of appreciation for the world and it's many wonders. Although always artistic, my interest in photography developed in my early thirties and I have cultivated my skill since. I combine my photographic knowledge with my digital skills to enhance many of my images.

 When hired for a photo shoot, I approach the task with a focus and a creative drive to produce a combination of unique and familiar shots for the widest range of photos possible.”

https://www.johnkroetchphotography.com

Amy Schissel

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Canadian artist currently living in Pittburgh, PA. Amy Schissel works primarily in abstract painting, drawing and installation work.

“As the 19th century gave us radical new ways to experience and move through space with the plane, train, and automobile, my work addresses our present, even more radically different, experience of space driven by the multifaceted virtual worlds of the internet’s network spaces. My drawings, paintings, and installations are infused with information friction and subscribe to modes of representation of new virtual spaces and special effects to build architectures of fictional space. Notational devices drawn from digital architecture, interaction design, and digital mapping schemata clash with exploding vectors, imploding pathways, and webs of connectivity. A walk through of my exhibitions intend to bring a spacial and bodily awareness of the many interfaces/gateways to the ‘CLOUD’s invisible networks, intersections and connectivity infusing the everydayness of our environments connecting us across physical boundaries. I aim for the viewer to experience layered cartographies melding disparate worlds, whose multifaceted surfaces echo one’s intuitive movement and interaction in an ultra dynamic hyper-world.”

http://www.amyschisselart.com