Live Interpretive Painting During Concert This Weekend

This Saturday night, at the Symphonic Watercolours performance by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, we will have two master watercolour artists painting, live, during the performance!  These two painters, Bonnie Steinberg and Andrew Sookrah, were both personally invited by the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC/SCPA) president Rayne Tunley, to demonstrate at this event.  They are both elected members of the CSPWC as well as other prominent societies, as you will see in their biographies below.

Artists’ Statements:

 

Bonnie Steinberg SCA, CSPWC, TWS

My watercolours encompass a variety of subject matter, with architectural detail, being my latest achievement. Ordinary “slices of life” are other choices for subject matter. My use of high-keyed colour and dramatic light are the trademarks of my work.
A recent exhibit of my work covered paintings ranging in a variety of subject matter, from Architecture, to landscape, to still life. The “passion” that I hope to convey through colour, design and light are the essence of my work. My objective could be summarized by the following passage:
“My visions encompass my views of the world and will aim to give the viewer a glimpse into this world. If this relationship occurs then the painting has been successful.”

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah CSPWC, OSA, SCA, PSC

All of my work is the result of an intense interview between my existence and that of my subject.
I would hope that the result be informed more by knowledge rather than mere belief.

Below are examples of Bonnie’s and Andrew’s recent work:

A Lawren Harris Mystery House. Watercolour by Bonnie Steinberg.
Clogher. Waves. Dingle. Watercolour by Andrew Sookrah.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew and Bonnie  very much for their unique contributions to this multimedia presentation, which will be the closing event of our month-long exhibition.  We are in for a treat!  This event takes place at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

If you would like more information about Andrew and Bonnie, they have graciously provided their bios below, or you can go to their websites (Andrew’s website ; Bonnie’s website):


ANDREW CHEDDIE SOOKRAH CSPWC, OSA, SCA, PSC

Andrew Sookrah

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a Canadian professional artist living and working in Toronto. He is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Society of Canadian Artists (Lifetime, Mentor), Ontario Society of Artists, Portrait Society Of Canada.

Sookrah is a raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. His strengths can be seen in his strong sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, and confident presentation of bold colours.
His is a masterful expression of the unity of nature.

RECENT PAINTING EXPEDITIONS
Sable Island, 2017
Algonquin, Ontario, 2017
Shanghai, Suzhou, China, 2016
Killarney, Ontario, 2016
Haida Gwaii, Canada, 2016, painting, kayaking, camping expedition
Georgian Bay, Ontario, 2015
Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada, 2015
Dingle, Ireland, 2014, 2015

He has shown his Artist Project 2017, 2018, presenting work from painting trips to Sable Island, Killarney, Algonquin, the Canadian Arctic.

His body of work includes landscape, portraiture, figurative paintings, ceramic sculpture as well as conceptual / multimedia including “Can Religious Beliefs be Identified From Examining DNA?” Nuit Blanche 2012.

Sookrah’s work is in Corporate and Private Collections in Canada, the US and China.

TEACHING:
Andrew teaches painting in watercolour, acrylic, oil and at The McMichael Art Gallery (Kleinberg), the Richmond Hill Art School (Markham), Loyalist College (Belleville), The Town Of Richmond Hill, Luc Sculpture Art School (Toronto) and ARTiculations, (Toronto)

WORKSHOPS:
Andrew conducts 1-day, 2-day and 4-day painting workshops periodically.

CURRENT AND RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

CSPWC / FWS, Avignon, France
Open Water, Aird Gallery, Toronto (Winsor Newton / Currys Award)
The Artist Project 2018, Aird Gallery, Toronto
The Artist Project 2017, Toronto
The 3Rd International Art Festival, Nanjing, China
Current Connections, Toronto, Buckhorn
Opening of Wang Jianhua Museum, Suzhou, China


BONNIE STEINBERG CSPWC, SCA, TWS

Bonnie Steinberg

THORNHILL, ONTARIO watercolours@rogers.com

ARTS EDUCATION

York University, Toronto, Ontario. (Hon Bachelor of Fine Arts.)
Selected courses at:
Seneca College:
Atkinson College (York University): Ontario College of Art and Design1972-82
Margaret Roseman, Jack Reid, Jane Champagne: Brent Heighton, Stephen Quiller,

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (partial list)

Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Unionville, Ontario
2007 Roselawn Theatre and Art Centre, Port Colbourne,Ontario
2007-04 Thornhill Visual Artists’ Studio Tour, Thornhill, Ontario
2002 Illuminary Gallery,Toronto, Ontario
2001, 1999, 97
Daruma Gallery,New York , New York
1993 Delta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery Beaux Arts, Toronto, Ontario

JURIED EXHIBITIONS (partial list)

2018 SCA 50th Juried International Open Juried Exhibition at the Papermill Gallery.
2018 IWS Canada /CSPWC (A Symphony in Watercolour) Exhibition

2018-1990 Toronto Watercolour Society – Aquavision Spring and Fall
2009, 01 Haliburton School Of Art, Faculty Show, Rails End Gallery
2007-01
2000 Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – Open Water – John B. Aird Gallery
2000 Fourth Annual Members Show / Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., Western New York Artists’ Group
1999
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – 75th Anniversary Exhibition at the Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Society of Canadian Artists – Fall Show – John B. Aird Gallery
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – 75th Anniversary Exhibition at The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto

AWARDS(partial list)
2016-platinum level of distinction for 50 juried shows for fall and spring TWS(Toronto Watercolour society)
2016-25 year membership award for the Toronto Watercolour Society
2015-spring watercolour show: Aquavision 2015 for Toronto Watercolour Society
2014-Award for excellence in transparent watercolour _the Bruce Snell Award for The Toronto Watercolour Society
2010-silver Medal for Toronto Watercolour Society
2010 Award of distinction for the Toronto Watercolour Society(Gold, silver and bronze)
2002 -1997 Toronto Watercolour Society-Award of Merit, Best Architectural, Best Still Life, Jururor’s choice and Artists’ choice awards.

COLLECTIONS(partial list)

Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles
Pettle Foods Canada
IBM Canada
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
M. Tan Associates, Toronto
Colm (Phantom of the Opera) Wilkinson
Mr. Justice Howard Wetston (Federal Court of Canada), Ottawa
Delta Gallery
Lotus Corporation
Permanent Collection – Heintzman House, Markham Ontario

GALLERIES(partial list)

Rails End Gallery, Halliburton, Ontario
Art Dialogue Gallery (Buffalo N.Y),
Nuance Gallery (Tampa, Florida),
Karger Gallery (Elora, Ontario).
Details Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS AND WORKSHOPS(partial list)

Italy: Painting tour of Venice, Tuscany, and Florence2011
Italy: Painting tour of Florence, and the Amlfi coast-2013
Sedona Arizona-September 2012
PEI School of the Arts, North Rustico, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Dundas Valley School of Art Dundas,Ontario
Loyalist College, Belleville,Ontario
St. Lawrence College: 100 Islands Summer School for the Arts, Kingston,Ontario
Cornell University, Ithica, New York
Halliburton school of the Arts, Haliburton,Ont.
Visual Arts Mississauga,Ontario
Thornhill Seniors Centre, Thornhill,Ontario
Sunbury Shores St. Andrews by the Sea,: New Brunswick
Burlington Centre for the Arts ,Burlington :Ontario
Southampton Art School: Southampton, Ontario
Wellington County Museum and Archives: Elora Ontario
Williamsburg Watercolour Society: Amherst New York
Pumphouse Gallery,: Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario
Mc Conoughy Seniors” Centre, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Seneca College,King Campus, King City, Ontario
Victoria, British Columbia

Featured Member – Renee Lippa

Renee is a Canadian mixed media landscape artist painting out of her studio in Sherwood Park, Alberta. At a very early age, Renee began to take a strong interest in sketching and drawing often sitting with her mother while she painted in oils. She initially started with drawing but after proving to have a natural talent and a sharp eye for detail, quickly advanced to paintings in watercolor and acrylic. In a short time, Renee started entering in competitions receiving various top awards.

At the age of 17, Picture This Framing and Gallery sponsored her to take a class with renowned artist Sue-Ellen Ross. Almost immediately, Renee fell in love with Sue-Ellen’s mixed media style and decided to implement some of the same technique into her own work.

Since then, Renee has been recognized in various art competitions across North America receiving multiple awards for her work. In 2009, she was chosen by a unanimous panel of judges to commission a painting for the University of Alberta’s Graduate Engineering Department. The piece called “Unity” can be viewed in the ETLC building at the University of Alberta. After this point, Renee took a short break to pursue dancing competitively as a ballroom dancer winning a Canadian Championship and placing in the top 25 at the world championships in Belgium. She retired in 2015.

Currently, Renee is a full time artist creating original paintings and commissions. Being a self taught artist, she brings a unique style and technique to her work. Her love of vibrancy, texture and detail influences her paintings to have a living and breathing feel. Renee’s goal as an artist is to not only stimulate the mind with lucid imagery but to encourage the viewer to use their other senses. They say a picture can tell a thousand words but a painting can transport you to another place. Whether it is a memory of trees swaying in the wind on a warm summer day or a precious moment gazing over a field of flowers with a loved one, she aspires to draw the viewer in to create their own story.

Below is an example of Renee’s watercolour work.  For more about Renee, please visit her website.

Nothing But Blue Skies – Renee Lippa

Featured Member – Sun Jiangang

Sun Jiangang, (孙建刚) male, was born in 1972 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. He graduated from Shanxi Normal University, with skills in painting, watercolor, and pen. He is now a member of the Chinese Artists Association, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Literary and Art Circles Artists Association, a chairman of the Hong Kong International Artists Association pen painting committee and vice chairman of the oil painting art committee.  He is a Taiwan World Watercolor Alliance member, an IWS Canada Member, and a director of Chinese pen Painting Association.

Below is an example of his work in transparent watercolour.

 

“Home” by Sun Jiangang. Watercolour. 41×56 cm. 2017

 

Our apologies for the gap in post publishing due to health problems and travel.  Please look forward to regular posts in the future!

Featured Member – Jan Fraser

Our featured member this week is Jan Fraser, of Alberta.  Says Jan:

“Art has been part of my life since childhood, with lessons at the Edmonton Art Gallery and encouragement from my Grand-Uncle, Murray MacDonald who was a former member of the Edmonton Art Club and a well known watercolourist. When Murray retired from the University of Alberta, he began teaching me every Sunday afternoon and eventually we had a three generation show with Murray, my Aunt and myself. There have been many shows since. My first job in education was teaching and writing Art courses for the Alberta Correspondence School. From there I moved on to Edmonton Public Schools with a varied career in which Art was always involved. I recently retired as Assistant Principal of an elementary school with a Fine Arts Focus. I have always preferred the spontaneity and experimentation possible with watercolor but in the past year I have been playing with carving modeling paste for a textured foreground with acrylic and watercolour paint. This allows me to play with texture and rock formations in the foreground.”

“The weather, landforms and atmosphere of Alberta have always been my inspiration. One maxim that I have is that painting material is all around us. We do not have to travel far to see and feel. Another is to approach art with a sense of play and experimentation in order to continue learning. I enjoy my three grandchildren (one of whom is autistic), travel with my husband Jud, gardening and golf. I am an active member of the Edmonton Art Club.”

Below is an example of Jan’s work.  For more, please visit her website.

“Meditation”

Featured Member – Tony Cook

Meet Tony Cook!

“I was born in England and worked as a newspaper reporter before serving in the Royal Artillery for my national service. I wanted to go to Korea with my unit – I mean, free travel and all – but wiser heads prevailed and I was given a War Office job testing new recruits. I emigrated to Canada in 1956 and entered the photographic business, intending to make a career out of my hobby. Surprisingly, I spent the following 40 years in the photographic and audiovisual industry in various senior marketing positions. Eventually tiring of the corporate environment, and foolishly forgoing the satisfaction of a regular paycheque, I started my own digital imaging and creative production house in Toronto, where I still live. I am married with three lovely daughters and three grandchildren.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working in various art forms, in addition to photography and computer graphics. In the late 1970s, I expanded a childhood love of scratching initials on school desks and assorted trees, and began wood carving. I joined the Ontario Wood Carvers Association (OWCA), studied with famed carving teachers Joe Dampf, Benoit Deschenes and Wayne Barton, and somehow developed my own style of interpretive carving. I probably wasn’t paying attention. I was President of the OWCA during the 1980s, and edited their newsletter and website for several years. I showed my carvings in OWCA competitions and at the Canadian National Exhibition, and was completely ignored by the jurors.

I studied drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2004 and subsequently took up watercolour painting. Being a Brit, I figured this was the proper medium for me. I credit teacher Ruth Hayes with giving me assurance that I could handle this medium and Barry Coombs for introducing me to the finer points of brush handling, design and simplification. I have tried to pay attention. I have enjoyed workshops with Art Cunanan, Hi-Sook Barker, Doug Mays and Marc Gagnon, each of whom has been very patient.

More recently, I have begun to work with Acrylics, studying with Lila Lewis Irving and DiDi Gadjanski.

I am very fortunate to have discovered a friendly and supportive environment within the art clubs that have accepted me as a member.”

Below is an example of Tony’s work – “A Winter Walk”.  For more about Tony Cook, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Doris Daigle

Colours are Doris Daigle’s first love. In painting, she aims to depict often near-euphoric observations of the everyday – singular moments – little things that make the world a magical place. She wishes for time to stop so that we can all feel the peace that is possible in all things. She hopes to steer others towards witnessing this enchantment through her eyes. Watercolours are her medium of choice.

Below is an example of Doris’ work.  She welcomes you to visit her website for more.

‘Wind Dance’. 22×30″

Featured Member – Hilary Slater

Watercolour is one of Hilary Slater’s many activities, as she says here:

“I am a creative artist and I work in a number of fields. I paint in oils and watercolours, and I produce original pottery, photography, and Landscape Architecture designs. I am a licensed yoga and pilates teacher, and I have also written 23 Novels to date (2 of which are published) as of 2013. I run a variety of retreats at my Georgian Bay Lakeview Retreat Centre, covering everything from Yoga to Art to Writing to Weekend Escapes.”

Below is an example of Hilary’s work.  For more, please visit her website.

Featured Member – Alain Godbout

Alain Godbout is one of the founders of IWS Canada, and served as a Co-Representative from 2014 to early 2017.  He specializes in landscapes and scenes from everyday life.

Alain J. Godbout est un aquarelliste spécialisé dans le paysage et les scènes de la vie quotidienne.  A l’occasion il propose des dessins à l’encre de chine et des toiles d’encaustique.

Originaire du Bas-St-Laurent et éduqué à Montréal, il habite Gatineau depuis 1976. Après une carrière comme conseiller en management, il est maintenant à la retraite. Alain possède une formation générale en arts obtenue au moment de ses études collégiales, mais demeure un aquarelliste fondamentalement autodidacte. Il a eu l’occasion de parfaire ses connaissances et techniques au cours d’ateliers avec des aquarellistes reconnus dont David Kearns, Terry Madden, Jean Pederson, Roland Palmaerts, Jacques Hébert et Pierre Tougas. Ses tableaux ont été acquis par des collections privées au Québec, au Canada, aux USA , en GB et en Afrique.

Démarche

« En ce qui me concerne, l’aquarelle est le plus beau medium pour communiquer efficacement l’émotion et les sentiments. Il a l’avantage d’être flexible, rapide d’exécution, mais surtout capable de toutes les teintes, effets et textures imaginables . En tant qu’aquarelliste, mon style est représentatif et reflète une technique dérivée de la peinture à l’huile que j’ai pratiquée au cours des années 1960-70.  Je favorise la création fondée sur le dessin et le jeu des masses dans la composition. Mes aquarelles sont marquées par une souplesse du coup de pinceau qui prend des distances face à la minutie de l’illustration hyper-réaliste. J’ attache une importance cardinale à la composition et je cherche à faire une place centrale à l’émotion dans la représentation des personnes et des objets.  Mes tableaux doivent se caractériser par une recherche constante de la lumière et le recours à une palette de couleurs vives ».

Affiliations :

  • Membre fellow de la Société d’Aquarelle d’Ottawa
  • Membre International Watercolor Society (Canada)
  • Membre du Conseil des Arts d’Aylmer
  • Membre de la Ottawa Arts Association
  • Membre de  Art-East Ottawa

Below is an example of Alain’s work.  For more about Alain, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Anthony Saldutto

Anthony Saldutto is a Canadian artist who paints landscapes as well as scenery.
Experienced in watercolours and oils for over 30 years, Anthony’s attention to detail is what draws emotion from each piece. His work creates a sense of familiarity and incites a sentimental moment that resonates on a personal level to each viewer.
Although born in Toronto, Anthony, moved to Italy as an infant and then returned at the age of fifteen. It was early in life when he knew that art was very much a part of his ambition. He pursued his talent by studying Graphic Design.
Law enforcement also attracted his attention influencing his decision to join the Toronto Police Services.
After 30 years of service Anthony is retired and focuses much of his free time on his passion for painting.  Anthony’s paintings have been reproduced as limited editions and sold throughout Canada and the United States as well as for various charitable organizations. They have been featured in magazines and newspapers and are proudly displayed in private homes, police and government buildings throughout North America and Europe.  Anthony continues to produce original pieces that represent new experiences as well as portray the inherent beauty of nature in the way he knows best, with his paintbrush.
  1. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
  • Toronto Watercolour Society (Member)
  • York Region Arts (Member)
  • Toronto Police Service (Member)
  • CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour) (Associate member)
  • Artists in Canada (Member)
  • TWAC (Toronto West Arts Collaborative) (Member)
  • International Watercolour Society
  • American Watercolour Society

AWARDS- NOMINATION

    • Bayview Watercolour Society  |  May 2015  |  First Place, Best Landscape
    • Bayview Watercolour Society  |  May 2015  |  People’s Choice Award
    • Richmond Hill Group of Artists  |  Nov 2015  |  People’s Choice Award
    • TWAC ART SPACE @ the CNE Juried Art Show 2016  |  Sep 2016  |  Winner watercolour category
    • Ken Bromley International Cover Page Art Contest | March 2017 | International Finalist
    • TWAC ART SPACE  CNE Toronto | Aug 2017 | Top five Finalist Watercolour
    • International Watercolour Society Art Contest | Oct 2017 | International Finalist
    • Toronto Watercolour Society ( Aquavision Art Show) | October 2017 | Peoples Choice Award

COMMISSIONED WORK:

  • City of Etobicoke
  • Toronto Police Board
  • International Association of Women Police
  • Steven Sloan (Writer/Publisher)
  • Toronto Police Widows and Orphans
  • Canada Custom Services

Below is an example of Anthony’s work.  For more about Anthony Saldutto, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Art Cunanan

Now that entries for our exhibition this fall are closed, we can breathe a little easier and get back to featuring those artists who have joined IWS Canada as full members.  We are so grateful for all the entries – over 300 from 32 different countries!

Born and educated in the Philippines, Art Cunanan immigrated to Canada in 1976. Excited at the prospect of pursuing his passion for painting, he enrolled in workshops to gain knowledge of the business of Art in Canada. Today he lives in Southern Ontario with his wife where the surroundings abound with beautiful subject matter. “If only we would stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.” It has served him well as most of his paintings depict rural Ontario.

From oil to watercolor and acrylics, Art has proven that he can handle all three mediums very well. Being more at ease with watercolors, Art conducts workshops all across Canada, United States and Europe using the medium with expertise.

“I love nature; it inspires me all the time. Light dominates my paintings, it makes them alive. Being able to paint is a gift, sharing this talent is God given.”

Art is represented by galleries in Canada. Most of his work is in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Philippines and Europe. Art B. Cunanan is also an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in WaterColour.

Below is an example of Art’s work.  For more about Art, please visit his website.