As co-founder and first president of the Passionate Painters Art Group, Louise  can't remember a time when she wasn't intrigued with the creation of art. In 1993 she began to paint in watercolour but later exchanged that medium for the bold, unapolagetic tools of acrylic, mixed media and collage.


She is drawn to a wide variety of subject matter including abstract, landscape and florals. Her passion for gardening and quilting inform her art which includes both organic and geometric shapes.


"Creating art gives me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings and fills my days with the joy of creating, a sense if acconplishment, and gives me something to strive for- to improve as a painter."


Louise is the owner of Leading Edge Art Workshops which has afforded her the opportunity to study with many internationally known artists. She is also an avid photographer, and uses her own photographs as inspriration for her paintings.



Louise says,"I am an experimental artist...I am the most excited and engaged in my work when I don't know what the outcome will be. I love to play...and let the painting tell me what to do next."

Sylvie's artistic development was nurtured and encouraged by her family as she grew up in Montreal. Although she considered a career as a race car driver or a dancer, she instead went the academic route, earning a Ph D in geology. In case that sounds boring to you, you should know it opened the door to great adventure, travel and exploration which has profoundly influenced her art.

"These environments allowed me to reconnect with nature and observe beauty though colour harmonies, textures and shapes which stimulated the development of my artistic styles and ideals."

She doesn't feel that art should have to be explained. She believes it is more interesting and honest to allow the viewer to bring thier personal interpretation to the experience.


"Creating art brings me into a space that feels harmonious. it is probably while I am painting that I feel the most connected with myself and my surroundings. It is a different and wonderful way to learn about life and the world that complements my science background. It also opens a door to become a better human being."


By Donna Carter

When Mel wants to master something, he doesn't wait around for someone to teach him. As a 14 year old he taught himself to drive his father's 1936 Plymouth in the pasture while his dad was at work. His approach to learning to paint was similar. With no television or internet to entertain him, he spent many a childhood hour drawing at the kitchen table figuring it out for himself, often on an old grocery bag with a stub of a pencil.

The first formal instruction Mel recieved was in high school where he quiclky excelled. But the practicality of his career in civil engineering provided little time for his more artistic pursuits. Only in retirement has painting recieved the attention his passion deserves.

Mel has experimented with oils water colours but in recent years, acrylic paint has becom his media of choice. As for subject matter, Mel says:


"My main interests lie in landscape painting conveyng an active environment with strong contrasts in lighting and colour."


We were happy to see returning clients annd new buyers alike at our recent show. Although we didn't see as many people as we would have liked due to COVID 19 concerns, one things was clear. People still love art! Many are hungry for new colour and texture to  enhance the confines of their cocoon.



Not surprisingly, our guests gravitated towards the outdoors, landscape and especially, wild animals, like moose, wolf and bear. Sounds like we're looking for ways to bring the outdoors in!



If you visited us, thank you! And if you didn't see a piece that was exactly right, keep in miind we do commission works. If you weren't able to come by, feel free to shop our collections on this website and watch for our shows in the spring of 2021!


Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you soon!


The Creatives of The Passionate Painters

We are having a socially distanced show at the Country Hills Golf Club on Saturday, Sept 26 from 10 to 4


One could hardly avoid an attraction to art growing up in tthe Ontario mining community of Cobalt. Every summer artist colonies would come to town to paint the iconic head frames and twisted streets. A delightful, eccentric local lady who became Jeanne's first teacher had her painting worn out miner's boots among other unusual things and Jeanne loved it.

Although she never lost the attraction to painting and took many classes over the years, it was not until retirement that she could truly dedicate herself to art. Jeanne loves to paint en Plein Air (outdoors) and  most naturally gravitates to landscapes. She says, "Our magnificent country offers far too much beauty not the paint the world around me."

Another love of Jeanne's is painting portraits of pets and children. She uses vibrant oils and interesting texture.


"Creating art is never easy fo rme", says Jeanne. "It's work and I have to have just the right mind set to be able to create... the world isn't perfect, but painting, it seems, is. It makes me happy once I overcome the intial inertia and I am consciously practicing in order ot be ale to create more spontaneously."



This lady is truly a cultural creative. In addition to creating as a painter, her artistic soul finds expression in pottery poetry and interior design. But her creativity doesn’t stop there. She has been known to use credit cards and toothbrushes as artistic tools and leaves and sand as media to create texture in her paintings. She is always experimenting and learning new techniques.



Her study of art and design is evident in her process which includes many layers of paint and glazes creating beautiful luminosity. Her analytic eye enables her to paint realism while her artistic soul expresses itself in impressionism. Rarely are artists skilled at both.


Emily immigrated to Canada as a child from war-torn Poland and grew up surrounded by the lakes and trees of Manitoba. Today she is still inspired by patterns she sees in nature here in Canada and wherever she travels. Reflecting on what creating and surrounding herself with art means to her, she states:

“Enjoying meaningful art carries us out of our time to a state of mind of the largeness of time and space. In moments of crisis art is there to keep us alive.”



It was after I was evacuated out of the chaos of the earthquake that shattered Haiti in 2010 that I learned how therapeutic beauty is. As I picked up my paint brush, my anxious thoughts disappeared into the colours on the canvas and calm washed over me.


Art invites us to let our brains rest and pay attention to our hearts. As we navigate anxiety producing circumstances, beauty calls us to pause and savour.

I didn’t know the science behind it at the time of the earthquake, but I now know whether our artistic expression comes through creative writing, music, movement or visual media, the arts are able to change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health.


The American Art Therapy Association states that art therapy can be an effective mental health treatment for individuals who have experienced depressiontraumamedical illness, and social problems.


There is also an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person's outlook and the way they experience the world.


How can engaging with art and beauty help us better navigate the crisis we find ourselves navigating now?


  • Art helps us validate and recognize our emotion.

Whether it’s a memory or a feeling, art can evoke powerful emotions. Art can cheer us up after a bad day or evoke rich memories of a moment of beauty in our life. It provides a reflection back to us that enables us to process our own reactions, emotions, and thoughts. It can provide the comfort from knowing we aren’t the only ones feeling this way.

 Contemporary Artist John Demarco said, “Art is a language meant to speak the things that can’t be said.” 

Without needing words, art can be the perfect way to express who you are to both yourself and others. This seems obvious when you are one who creates art, but it’s also true when you are the one who appreciates art.

Why?  Because art tells a story.


When you love a piece of art enough to buy it and hang it on your wall, that tells a story about you. Whether it’s your personality or what you value in life, art can be the perfect translator. It lets you forge deeper connections with those who come into your home.


  • Art reminds us of what is possible.

Seeing other people do what they love is inspiring. Passion is contagious. It awakens the creative impetus in us. Writer and Publisher Michael Hyatt said, “I’ve found that nothing brings me more joy and better inspires my own creativity than good art.”


You may be thinking, “Well, that’s great for you artistic types, but what about the rest of us?”


Here are some practical ideas we can all use to add some art therapy to our lives.


  • Cultivate a taste for beauty. As with so much in life, making room for art starts with intention. Take time to notice beauty. When you hear or see something that moves you, comment on it to someone close to you. Talking about it will deepen the effect on you.


  • Shop for art. What a great time to add a piece that expresses your heart and makes you happy. The Passionate Painters are currently hosting an online art show and sale. Log onto and view a large collection of paintings catering to every artistic palate.


  •  Revisit the Creativity of Your Youth. If you have no artistic interests now, go back to those things that you dabbled in as a child. You might even rediscover a part of you that got shut down by practical parents or a critical teacher. Did you used to draw, write, paint, or play an instrument? Even if you don’t go that direction now, it may open up doors for other kinds of art that work for you today. Maybe today you’d rather cook, garden, sew, or build things.

Go wherever your creativity takes you but by all means, if you want to really find solace in the chaos, make space in your life to enjoy and create things of beauty.


~Donna Carter

Artist, Speaker, Author