BEACH  GUILD  OF  FINE  ART

Beach Guild of Fine Art Member Biographies (scroll down to see all members)

Elizabeth Bacon

Elizabeth paints mostly from imagination and memory. Her images tend to be playful in mood, and often vibrant in color. She works in watercolour, acrylic, and oil…but mixed media is her favourite. Formal studies were at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD). Elizabeth can be contacted at : elgbacon@icloud.com

You may enjoy more of Elizabeth's work on her new 'artwhims' blog:elizabethbacon.tumblr.com 

 

Carole Baldwin

Carole specializes in oil paintings of buildings, landscape, and people.  She is also a  member of Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, and has exhibited her art work at various venues.  Carole can be contacted at : baldwincarolemax@gmail.com

Joanne Braganza - Supporting Member

Joanne was born and educated in Ireland.  She continued independent studies in London, including additional courses in drawing and painting, specializing in portraits in oil.  Joanne immigrated to Canada in 1975 and lived in Montreal for 10 years, taking many art courses in different mediums including a three year art course at the Gerry Van Dykhoff school of art in the West Island and at John Abbot College with John Walsh.  In recent years Joanne spends most of her time painting Irish scenes and portaits in oil.  Joannes has participated in many exhibits and many of her commissioned paintings hang in private collections.

Marena Brito

Barbara Brown - Supporting Member

Barbara specializes in botanical and floral watercolours. She started painting by studying with local artists working at first on still life and landscapes. After she took several classes in botanical illustration, she realized she wanted to focus on painting flowers and plants, detailing them in some ways like an illustrator, but also adding imaginative aspects. As a result of this approach her paintings are bold in color and shape and often full of movement. Recently, she has been experimenting with black gouache backgrounds. For several years, she taught art in a secondary school. She has shown her work in local galleries, and shows.

Beverly Campbell

Bev Campbell was born and raised in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood.  She specializes in pen and ink architecture, historical homes and Toronto collections.  She specifically likes to capture  Beach scenes of shops and landmarks that are gone or under threat. Beverly has also recently written and self published a book about a boy called THAKKERY TWIKKINGHAM'S DAYTRIPS. Beverly has studied at the  Ontario College of Art and  at Sheridan College, as a animated film and background layout artist.
Bev has recently embraced the art of acrylic painting as well as being a die-hard oil and watercolour painter. She is hoping to start new business called 'SHOPFRONTS' featuring pen and ink illustrations, specifically, of present day shops as well as stores that have closed in Toronto. She has had 16 stories published and is currently sending manuscripts to publishers she finished many years ago.

Janice Canniff

Janice has been interested in watercolour painting since she was a teen.  Retirement provided her with the time to pursue this hobby.  A variety of art classes have enhanced her skills and given her the opportunity to form new friendships.  She loves to capture the beauty of nature in her work and particularly enjoys painting florals.  Recently she has been experimenting with botanical art.  Watercolour has given Janice a new passion and she hopes you enjoy seeing her paintings as much as she enjoyed creating them.

Asoke Chakravarty - Supporting Member

Asoke is a poet, painter, writer, musician and a humanist. He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA and has two diplomas in fine arts. Asoke has had 21 solo Art Exhibitions in America, Europe and Asian cities and numerous group exhibitions. His paintings include Canadian native themes and also very abstract forms and shapes. His paintings adorn many homes in Denmark, Switzerland, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Mumbai and Kolkata.  Asoke can be contacted at: asokechakra@hotmail.com or www.asokecreations.blogspot.com

Shelley Cinnamon - President

Shelley has been a professional artist since her mid-twenties. Her work has included that of a graphic designer, illustrator and art director. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Painting has always been her first love. Light and colour are the two predominant elements that she brings to her paintings. Her work has ranged from portraiture and figurative through charcoal and pencil rendering. Although having a tendency towards realism her love of impressionism has a bold impact on her artistic style. Shelley hopes never to be coralled into just one look or technique. You can see more of Shelley's paintings on her website: shelleycinnamon.com.

Anna Clarey - Supporting Member

 

Anna specializes in large acrylic rural landscapes as well as the occasional urban landscape and floral.   “Acrylics allow for an uninhibited, bold use of colour and more freedom of expression”.  Anna finds lots of inspiration for her paintings from her home city of Toronto, her travels and her neighbour’s gardens. Since she works from photographs, you will often find her “on the hunt” with her digital camera on hand. Anna sells  her work in local shows, the Beach Studio Tour, various galleries or through commissions.   More of Anna's paintings can be seen on her website: www.annaclarey.com and she can be contacted via email:  anna@annaclarey.com.  You can also follow Anna on facebook: http://facebook.com/AnnaClareyFineArtist

Jennifer Cline - In Memoriam

 

Jennifer Cline has worked for years as a graphic artist and returned to her first love watercolours, 13 years ago. She studied with Chinkok Tan at the Ontario College of Art and Design and is self-taught since then, expanding her technique and style.  She has painted extensively in The Beach area, Ward’s Island and Cabbagetown. She has also traveled to Greece, England, Colombia and the South of France always painting on-site. Her paintings have culminated in nine successful shows at The Beacher Café.  More of Jennifer's paintings can be seen on her website: www.jennifercline.com

Babs Collier - Honorary Member

Joan Creelman

Liz Creswick

Born in Toronto Elizabeth worked in the prepress industry for many years.  She studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design, graduating in 2000 in Illustration & Design.  Painting now in oils, she has developed her own style of painting, influenced and inspired by James Morrice, David Milne and Tiepolo.
Her paintings can be seen at Arts on Queen (Tor.), Spectrum Gallery (Tor.), Ganaraska Arts, (Port Hope). and include streetscapes and farm subjects.  More of Elizabeth's paintings can be seen on her website:
http://www3.sympatico.ca/mecdoodle/

Katherine Crichton

Katherine Crichton is a fine artist, who works mainly in watercolour and acrylics. She has studied at the Toronto College of Art, King’s College England, Haliburton School of Art and has taken numerous workshops and courses from a variety of teachers. She has exhibited with the Scarborough Art Guild, the Toronto Watercolour Society, the Toronto City Hall show, and with the Beach Studio Tour. Katherine’s work has gone to Australia, Canada, England, France and the USA. At all times she strives for interesting and unique paintings.

Mary Cserepy - Supporting Member

Mary graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design.  She enjoyed a career in book design and illustration and eventually became an art director for children's books.  The later part of her career included freelancing, a move to fine art and part time teaching.  Mary describes her work in this way: "I identify strongly with the Impressionist movement and their concept of realism as a response to the real world.  They painted directly from nature and no theme was considered insignificant.  My work is a direct response to the subject in both painting and design.  I am motivated by new challenges and difficult tasks and have done landscapes and figures in oil, acrylic, pastels and pen and ink.  I have found portraits in watercolour particularly challenging.

Trish Cummings

 

Award winning painter Trish Cummings works in acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and print.    She is particularly drawn to the Canadian landscape.    She also enjoys painting cityscapes in abstract form as well as other images.  Trish has participated in classes and workshops at the Toronto School of Art; OCAD; Open Studio; Creativity Art Retreat; Studio Six; The Toronto Watercolour Society; and Haliburton School of the Arts.   She has exhibited in group shows at Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Festival; the Here and Now Gallery; Nielson Park; North York Civic Centre; The Lions Club; St. Barnabas; The John B. Aird Gallery; Sunnybrook Hospital; The Gardener’s Cottage; and AWOL Gallery.  Trish has had several solo shows at the Peartree Restaurant; Yorkville Gallery; the Skylight Gallery and neighborhood coffee shops.  Her works are in collections across Canada, the United States, England, France, Cuba, and Australia.  Trish is a member of several Art Groups in the City of Toronto. 

Rosemarie Dickob

Born in Germany, Rosemarie immigrated to Canada in 1965, falling in love with the freedom and beauty of her adopted homeland.  The responsibility of having a family put art on hold for many years until she became too ill in 1997 to work and during that time art became a refuge and new beginning.  The illness finally gave her the time to begin studying art seriously.  She has taken many workshops and art lessons in oil, acrylic and watercolour.  Today she is an active member in several art associations including: The Scarborough Arts Council, Willowdale Group of Artists and the Toronto Watercolour Scoiety.  She has participated in many juried shows and exhibitions.  Today her work is in private collections in Canada, the US and Germany.  You can see more of Rosemarie's work on her website: www.rosemariedickob.com

Cynthia Dudley

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Cynthia Scott Dudley, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, now lives in Toronto. She has studied oil painting since 2004 under the tutelage of Russian Academy Artist Vladimir Ribatchok.  Before oil painting, Cynthia's art journey began in wood and stone carving. http://www.cddesign.ca/

Artist’s Statement – “Painting is my way to share nature at its finest and people at their most interesting. I work in oils because I find it rich in the colour and the texture that I desire on the canvas. Each image tells a story of happening upon an intriguing face or place.”

Sandra Duggan

Sandra Duggan is retired and has been painting for about 15 years. Over the years she has been taking watercolour classes from the ROM - painting in the galleries - Cedar Ridge, Elizabeth Berry, Bernice Tindall, Marjorie Hodgson, Jennifer Cline and Barb Philip (Peterboro). She has been part of some exhibitions with the North of Seven art group in Havelock, On. Sandra loves all forms of art but especially the special effects of watercolour.

Gerda Eckert

Sylvia Fenech

Jennifer Fraser

Lynda Freeman

Freeman received her art training and education at the Pratt Institute in New York and took a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.  After retiring as a teacher, Freeman has turned her creative energies toward her art, and she also teaches acrylic painting to adults here in the Beach.  “I enjoy a variety of uplifting subjects, but really enjoy figurative work,” she says.

Sheila Frost

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Sheila is an artist from England who has lived in the Beach since 2003. Art has always been a part of her life. She painted on anything she could since she was little. Her children are inspired by her work and gain from Sheila's teachings.

She had worked as a Project Manager in Marketing & Technology until Dec. 2015 when she decided to seriously pursue her passion by dedicating her time to her artwork. She works both in watercolours for the enjoyment of flexibility and smoothness and in mixed media incorporating unique designs and compositions. She also likes to do occasional sketching and working in pastels and is currently undertaking classes with local artists in oils and acrylics.

The strongest aspect of her art is how she uses her creativity as a form of openness and is very flexible in her Artwork by adapting to people's tastes and preferences. She feels that art is something that comes from the heart and soul and provides harmony to everyone who looks at or feels the art.

She enjoys promoting art to children and seniors as a way to connect both skillful and therapeutic results.

"I am delighted to be a part of the Beach Guild where I can use my Project Planning and marketing skills to support a group of wonderful and experienced artists."

You can reach Sheila on Instagram @Sheila.Frost.Artist.

Caren Gagne

Winona Gallop - Honorary Member

 Don George - In Memoriam

Don works in a variety of mediums, though his preference is for oils.  His inspiration comes from nature: the beach, with it's ever changing weather and the seasonal variety in the landscape, and also his studio in the country near Mono Cliffs Park.  Don's work is represented in many private collections in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium and the West Indies.  He recently won the Peoples Choice Award in the exhibition: Disapearing Landscapes, in Alton, Ontario, for his painting "Redwing Blackbirds in Wetlands".

Donna Gordon

Donna Gordon graduated the O.C.A. fine art course and had a career as an illustrator and designer for 25 years.  Starting with pen & ink her media of choice became watercolour applied with an airbrush.  Sailing for almost twenty years resulted in a natural interest in marine art and many commissions of boat portraits.  Inspired by light and colour that occur in abstract and unexpected ways, her subjects are often realistic with an abstract aspect.  Contrasting the hard edge effect of the airbrush, She now paints primarily in acrylics which allows for a more spontaneous approach to her art.  Donna can be contacted at donnagordon@live.ca and Facebook.com/Donna Gordon Fine Artist.

Gail Gregory

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Gail was born in Chicago and received her honours BFA in Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1969 she immigrated to Canada and made her home in Toronto. She was just in time to join the OPEN STUDIO Printmakers Co-operative and showed her work in their first public show in 1970.

Gail was employed at the Toronto Board of Education, but in 1987 was fortunate to be promoted to the position of Curator of their Museum and Archives. She earned her Museum Certificate from the Museum Association. There were busy years with research and records, displays and exhibitions, organizing and presenting programming and dealing with acquisitions. With the help of her volunteer group Friends of the Sesquicentennial Museum many things were possible. In her spare time Gail continued to show her artwork in public exhibitions and through two private galleries: Gallery Gabor in Toronto and The Paperworks Gallery in Calgary.

Following the amalgamation of school boards she had the opportunity to receive early retirement and pursue her artwork on a full time basis. Gail turned to painting rather than print making. In 2010 she formalized her position by becoming sole proprietor of Gregory Artworks. Gail continues to work in watercolour, acrylics and drawing.

Gail takes part in a number of annual art shows in Toronto. 'I know the pleasure of belonging to art groups - Central Connection and Beach Guild of Fine Art.'

Jordana Heney

Jordana is an illustrator originally from Ottawa, but now works and lives in Toronto. She works in acrylics and ink to incorporating subtle designs and flowing figures in her compositions. The strongest component in her pieces is the decorative line work, which creates a solid frame for the colours beneath it. Dreamlike scenes or surreal moments are the ideas she prefers to bring to life in her work. She is a graduate of Sheridan College's Bachelor of Illustration.
 For more of Jordana's work please visit her website at http://jordanaheney.com or connect with her on twitter @JordanaHeney

Nina Hod

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Nina Hod was born in Lithuania and grew up in Israel. Although Canada is not her birthplace, Nina loves painting Canadian landscapes as their magnificent forms and colours speak to her heart.  Nina's artistic style is influenced by The Group of Seven and Inuit art.  She prides herself in being a self-taught artist.  Her professional training includes workshops with well-known Canadian artists, such as David McEown, Bilha Morgan, Margaret Rosman, and others. Watercolour and Acrylic are Nina's favourite mediums.  Nina and her husband live in Toronto, Canada. They have two wonderful daughters, who are her best critics, and two beautiful grandchildren. You can see more of Nina's work on her website: https://www.facebook.com/ninahodart

Heidi Holmes

After a career in health care, Heidi began attending art courses and painting to share her love of nature. She has attended courses at University of Toronto Continuing Studies, Haliburton School of Arts and St Lawrence College, Brockville. Andrea Mossop of Brockville and Ian McAndrew of "A Place To Paint", Toronto have been major influences in her art journey. She has shown her work in two solo shows, with the Toronto Field Naturalists and the Art Guild of Scarborough.

Robbie Innes - Supporting Member

Robbie's first major introduction to art was when she took private art lessons in high school in oil painting and learned how to mix colours.  This fueled her innate interest in drawing and painting in all media, acrylics, oils and watercolour.  She has also studied privately with various teachers (who in turn had studied with Diego Rivera; and one had also studied at the Arts Student's League in N.Y.)  She has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and English from the University of Guelph.  She originally planned on going into medical art, but subsequently paints in her spare time.

Yvonne Jamieson

Yvonne’s style of oil painting demonstrates a strong colour sense and confidence. Her landscapes captivate the play of light, shadow and texture, powerful images of sunlight peeking through wooded areas of Muskoka. Many of her winter scenes reflect the solitude and peaceful mood of the boardwalk in the Beach. Yvonne’s fruit series demand viewer’s attention by her use of strong colour and bold backgrounds and exaggerated size.  Yvonne's work has been sold privately and she has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto.  Yvonne can be contacted at:
nyjamie@rogers.com

Shirley Jones (Founding Member)

Shirley is, for the most part, a self taught painter, spending more and more time on her art over the past 15 years.  She is a founding member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art, a member of the Scarborough Arts Council, the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Members Gallery and the Masterpiece Gallery Cooperative until its closure.  "My paintings express my personal sense of life.   People, animals, places and moments in time that seem special to me in some way inspire my oils, watercolours, ink sketches and acrylics." 

Dagmar Klopf
 
 
 
Jackie Kinnear
 
De Anne Lamirande
 
De Anne fell in love with art at a very young age her first oil painting was at age 7, she has made her childhood dream to be an artist come true, and has never looked back.  De Anne has been a commercial artist and sign painter since 1989. She attended George Brown College of Applied Arts from 1989 -1992 to study Sign Design and Production, Commercial Art and Airbrush Illustration. Taking additional courses in airbrushing and art metal work, then expanded her work to include mural painting in 1996. Owning her own company since 1990 and hired by clients including the Rolling Stones for Keith Richards, Mariah Carey, Warner Brothers and countless others. She has worked in film and commercials, painting props and wardrobe as well as at special events for companies like Converse 100 year anniversary and Teletoon. Her art has been seen and sold at ‘Canadian Music Week’ ,‘Molson Indy’ Toronto & Vancouver and 'Collage'. She has been a featured guest at numerous trade shows and was a member of ‘The Masterpiece Gallery’ 2003. The Distillery District Art Festival July 2013 and is the designer and lead painter of Warden Street Underpass at Warden and Danforth.  De Anne is thrilled to be a member of The Beach Guild of Fine Art, she enjoys painting commissions and making that one of a kind personal art for her clients. In in her spare time she paints for upcoming shows.

Donene Lashbrook

For over 40 years, Donene has documented her extensive travels and everyday life through photography.  Many of the photographs compelled her to say "one day I'll paint this".  After years running a Toronto advertising agency and graphic design studio, a career change has feed up time to explore and develop her artistic talents.  Now she delights in using her photography as inspiration for her watercolour paintings.

Verena Leaver

Rosemary Leckie

Sandra Lemieux

Thong Ling

Thong was born and grew up in Sarawak, Malaysia.  He learned to paint with watercolour when he was very small.  Throughout his school years two art teachers were his motivation and mentors.  That motivation grew into a lifelong passion for watercolour.  In 1979 Thong immigrated to Canada to futher his studies at York University.  Since then Canada's seasonal colour changes, rolling hills, countless lakes and great wilderness convinced him to stay for good.  Thong has had many of his graphics and artworks published.  He has also participated in several exhibits and shows.

Toresa Looui

Toresa considers herself to be mostly an impressionist painter with a note of abstractism .  Her work is characterized by heavy paint and free bold brush strokes or knife marks.  Simple compositions and sculptured surface are also her signatures.   To Toresa painting is a form of  meditation to connect with the people, the world and  the universe.

Janet Lummiss

Anne MacDonald

Heather MacFarlane

 

Heather has loved nature from an early age. In her travels at home and abroad she explores nature’s vibrant colours, wildness, and many moods, reflecting them back into her art. Both painting and photography are constant in her life and evolve as she does. Heather has exhibited and sold her paintings in various venues. She has been both Vice- President and Treasurer twice for the Beach Guild of Fine Art, as well as Membership Coordinator.

 

Joan McDonald

Laraine McMahon-Nelson

Laraine McMahon-Nelson is a Toronto based artist who grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her art is in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Laraine studied visual art at the Toronto School of the Arts and The Haliburton School of the Arts. Her paintings and drawings include life drawing, mixed media, figurative abstract and portrait painting. She is currently working on a series of abstract paintings.  She volunteers at the Creative Works  Studio in Toronto.  To purchase a painting or commission Laraine to do an installation piece,  contact her through larainemn.wordpress.com

Maria Modopoulos

Pat Morrow

Joyce Nelson

Joyce Nelson turned to visual arts in her mid fifties, after a lengthy career as a professional writer.  She graduated from the Adult Art Program at Central Tech in 2002 and has taken courses at Toronto School of Art and the Haliburton School of the Arts.  Nelson's work has been shown in two solo studio shows and in many group shows.  She became a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Arts in November, 2007.   She can also be contacted via email at: nelsonbeach9@yahoo.ca

Debbie Parrott

Pam Reeves

 

For Pam it's all about great shapes and paintings  that evoke some emotional response. She loves to work semi-abstract in a "loose,somewhat messy, unfinished manner" and dislikes overworked art. She prefers creams, whites, taupes, greys and muted tones. Hamilton born with her home and studio in The Beach, she has been drawing and painting since childhood.  She works mostly in acrylic and pen and ink.

Gail Rous

Barbara Simpson

Barbara enjoys painting a variety of things -whatever stirs her interest at any given time.  She has been painting for about twenty years now and there is never a dull moment!  Barbara highly recommends taking up painting to anyone, as it has opened her eyes to the beauty of her surroundings.  She works mainly in acrylic and watercolours and has taken many classes at Cedar Ridge and other workshops.  Barbara has been a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art since its inception. 

Marcella Spinace

Born in Argentina from northern Italian blood, she immigrated to Canada in 1972.  At an early age she was exposed to art by her father, a fine cabinet maker and a self taught artist.  Her love of nature and animals and her sensitivity for art drew her to explore her capabilities of painting. She began with oil painting. For the last 7 years she has been involved in acrylic painting classes with a local artist. She loves to work with vivid colours creating a variety of expressions, usually on larger canvases.

Susie Styrsky

Susie began drawing for her father at an early age. She studied art throughout her life starting with high school. Her father was a tailor, so she decided to attend George Brown College to study fashion design. After college , Susie worked for her husband's business "Flora Florist", which was established established in 1952. During this time, she became a member of Parkdale Village Art Collective ( PVAC ) and was involved in the creation of Gallery 1313. She also joined Georgian Bay Arts and Craft Association ( GBACA ). For over 10 Years Susie taught Art programs for children. She completed four murals for the city of Toronto in recreation centres ( Masaryk-Cowan CRC and St. Lawrence CRC). Private collectors have optained her work. She completed a three year Adult Art program at Central  Technical School in 2014. Susie considers herself a multiple disciplinary Artist who works with oil,acrylic, mixed media, sculpture and photography.  Susie can be contacted at gromitfirst@ gmail.com

Marilyn Walsh

 
Art has always been a part of my life.Before I could talk I drew on walls in my home so often that my parents painted one wall in my bedroom with chalkboard paint so I could draw without restraint.
I was born in Quebec, the sixth generation of my family in Canada. I feel a deep connection to this land.
Since 2008 I have exhibited throughout Southern Ontario. For a complete list of my exhibitions go to http://www.marilynwalsh.com
My beginning point is the human form, displaying strength and wholeness. I seize moments that may never exist again. I wish to show the wondrous ability of the body to bend, stretch, flex and move.
In other pieces I look to the myths and legends of people around the world to represent more than our physical reality. I aim to provide an uplifting connection between humans and nature and to evoke both spirit and reality.Marilyn can be contacted at: Marilyn-walsh@rogers.com.  Her website is: http://www.marilynwalsh.com
 
Peggy Wu

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Peggy has taken a few years of Interior Design at University of Manitoba and Ryerson University in Toronto. She has painted in acrylics and watercolour. Although she painted with eastern watercolours she has recently taken an interest in western watercolour. She is inspired by her love of flowers which are the subject of many of her paintings.Peggy looks forward to meeting more friends who have the same love of art at the Beach Guild of Fine Art.