Jacqueline is relatively new member of the Passionate Painters. Primarily a self-taught artist, she is known affectionately by her family as the Pyjama Painter since she is often drawn into her home studio even before getting dressed for the day. She credits her youngest of 3 sons, for her inspiration and desire to paint, which came after watching him create a large mural in downtown Calgary.



Partnering with wildlife photographers in recent months has afforded her the  challenge of capturing on canvas, the emotion, spirit and soul of her subjects through her interpretation of these images.

 


 

Jacqueline says, "Creativity has been with me since I was a young person. Whether I was sewing, gardening, or cooking ... I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t creating. I have been painting for nearly seven years now, and have truly found my “Joie de Vivre”!


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.”