Judy French (oils) Artist’s Statement: I have always been an outdoor person so most of my paintings start in the landscape. There, time stands still as I try to paint the colour of the wind, the feel of the hot sun and the scent of the grass, soil and leaves. These small plein air studies are then carried like treasure to my studio where they are finished if necessary and some are worked up into larger paintings.
Carol Hughes (watercolour) Artist’s Statement: In my art, I try to capture the wonder and beauty I see in the natural world. The changing light and seasons, the marks of time and weathering, wild and garden flowers and fruit, and the powerful landscapes of the Niagara Escarpment are my inspirations.
Kim Johnston (oils, watercolours, pastels, graphite and other media) Artist’s Statement: The play of light and shadow can make an ordinary thing unexpectedly extraordinary. I strive to capture those ethereal moments of beauty in my art, so that it will grace my life and the lives of others.
Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden (woven tapestry) Artist’s Statement: As an artist I have chosen the art of weaving or rather, it chose me. In 1970 I went to study pottery at Sheridan College. Curiosity sent me to the weaving studio and it was love at first sight. The wool, the looms and all the gorgeous colours and textures, ended up becoming my life’s work and vehicle for my artistic expression.
Jean Loney(glass mosaics) Artist’s Statement: Intangible elements from my life are expressed in my mosaics. My work, like many contemporary mosaics, incorporates a variety of materials other than glass, including stone, tile, pottery shards, beads, and found objects. The choice of material is suggested by the image and the image is then shaped by my vision of its essence. My current series of bird studies provides an entry to the magic of a natural world which for me is best expressed in glass mosaics.
Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel) Artist’s Statement: My artistic journey is deeply motivated by my excitement of the visual world around me, – especially those subjects that have meaning and are a source of joy in the realm of my daily experiences. Such subjects for me are found in the human countenance, and in the various venues offered by my recent travelling experiences. Closer to home, my inspiration comes from the peaceful rural environment in which we reside.
Anne Smith (textile art) Artist’s Statement: Anne enjoys exploring new techniques, tools and materials in her work as a textile and fibre artist. Her work is at times experimental as she works with recycled fabrics and embellishments which have evolved to become major influences in the development of her floral and abstract pieces.
Heather Wood (Kiln Fired Glass Drawings) Artist’s Statement: Much of Heather’s work revolves around the use of plant, tree and animal imagery. Her exploration of vegetation and animal life as cultural symbols, references man’s need for contact with the natural world. Using images representing the environment both literally and metaphorically, Heather’s work explores the connection between our spiritual and physical worlds and emphasizes our need for nature.