Category Archives: Watercolours

Works on paper using watercolour paints

2018 Show

“Momentum” is the title of the 2018 annual exhibition and sale by the Octarine Artists.  The show takes place from May 1 – 31 at the Cafe Creperie, Elora, Ontario.

Participating artists: Judy French, Carol Hughes, Kim Johnston, Jean Loney, Leslie Miles, Gail Root, Anne Smith, Susan Strachan Johnson.


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Kim Johnston is a visual artist who lives and works at Belwood Lake and in Kitchener. She enjoys working in oils, pastels, watercolours, coloured pencils, graphite and occasionally acrylics or other media. She has studied since an early age winning awards and commissions all through public and secondary school. She began formal oil painting instructions at the age of 16 under the guidance of Tom Caley of the Doon School of Fine Arts and her first watercolour instructor was Jack Reid also at the Doon School of Fine Arts the following year.  She returned to the Homer Watson House many times for further watercolour instruction by many different artists and eventually taught a piñata making workshop herself. She studied acrylics and photography at Conestoga College, partook in years of life drawing classes at the Stratford Art Gallery and had five years of in depth oil painting instruction from Roger Witmer of St. Jacobs.

In her 30’s she was accepted at the University of Waterloo for the fine arts program, one of 110 people who were taught by Tony Urquart. There have been many other artists/teachers along the way and most recently she has attended workshops taught by Doug Purdon, Vicky Brophy, Laura Urquart, Bonnie Steinburg and Barry McCarthy to name a few. Kim has been teaching classes and workshops herself for over twenty years. Many of her students have gone on to study art at the Ontario College of Art, Sheridan University, the University of Waterloo and Guelph. They have also won numerous awards most recently the 2008 and 2009 Robert Bateman “Friends of the Environment Calendar” contest.

In the year 1999/2000 Kim had a successful one woman show at the Belvedere Gallery in Castle Kilbride in Baden Ont. She has participated in numerous art shows and fairs throughout Ontario. In 2005 she was one of many artists to offer free lessons in graphite and watercolour to hundreds of students at an “Open Ayr” art symposium in Ayr Ont. to foster and encourage the love of art.  She has exhibited locally and has accepted commissions from both international and local sources. In 2010 she was privileged to receive a commission to paint the light house at Peggy’s Cove. The commission was for 225 prints to be given as gifts to delegates attending a convention in Halifax that spring.

For the past 5 years Kim has been exhibiting at the Wellington Artists Gallery, had a few pieces accepted in the Shirley Dilworth Jaychuck Competition and other juried shows.    She continues to grow as an artist by attending workshops and teaching art from a variety of perspectives. Kim’s art can be found from coast to coast in Canada, the US and Holland. She draws inspiration from her love of nature, gardening and gourmet cooking.

Artist 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.

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Party TimeCarol Hughes

Carol Hughes did basic studies in fine art and theatre at University of Guelph, before completing a B.A. in English Literature.   She also obtained certificates in French Language and Civilisation from the University of Stockholm in Aix-en-Provence, and Environmental Horticulture from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

After a varied career in communications and public relations, she returned to her rural roots and pursued interests in ecology and the arts, working as a landscape designer, arts administrator, and flower show organiser.  She began painting in watercolour in 2003, continuing to develop her skills through courses at Haliburton School of the Arts and workshops with area art associations.

She has been exhibiting her vibrant, nature-inspired works since 2006.  Her work has been shown at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Gallery, the Holcim Gallery in Milton, the Dam Gallery in Alton, the Guelph Civic Museum, the Barber Gallery in Guelph, the Eden Mills Arts Festival, the Button Factory in Waterloo, and the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend.

Artist 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.   

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