Featured Member – Gord Jones

Gord Jones has always been an artist. After experiencing many different mediums such as oils, pastels, acrylics, even egg tempera he returned to his greatest love, transparent watercolour.

Gord has sought direction throughout his artistic career from many of Canada’s most loved watercolourists. He has always found visual communication speaks clearest, even though his interpretations leave room for the viewer to explore and most importantly, participate in the conversation.

He focuses on taking familiar life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of nature and how light describes its many forms. Gord seeks to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotional reaction and transferring that sense of space.

Gord is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, The Society of Canadian Artists, the Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society, The Haliburton Arts Council, the Rails End Gallery, and is Ontario”s representative of the International Watercolour Society. He is represented by various galleries in Ontario and participates in selected exhibitions throughout the year.
After cottaging in the area for over 30 years, Gord and family have recently made Haliburton their home.

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

Featured Member – Shahram Sinaei

Our next featured member of IWS Canada, Shahram Sinaei, is an international artist from Iran.  He is the holder of a M.Sc Degree in the field of Civil Engineering – Concentration from Islamic Azad University Najafabad Branch/2000.

Shahram’s painting techniques include Niello, Watercolor, and Pastel, his professional art activity starting in 2001 with the late master Poursafa, Mr. Aslani and Mr. Yaghini who is one of the late Yervand’s pupils.
In fact, he learned composition and color class in the presence of Mr.Yaghini and the drawing class in the presence of Master Emadi, one of Pardis Art University professors.

Eight exhibitions, counting the most recent one at the Golestan palace Museum, have featured Mr. Sinaei as an established artist.  The paintings’ themes are jobs, sights, buildings, flowers, nomads and migration.  They are in the style of Esfahan and refer to the Qajar period until the present.  It is worth noting that the founder of Esfahan style was Master Reza Abbasi:  it mainly refers to him and has related to people’s daily life and jobs more.  Also, the details in this period are more remarkable than before.

Below is an example of Shahram Sinaei’s watercolor work.  To view more, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Zan Barrage

Colors flow into each other creating shapes and volume. A burst of light here, a touch of deep shadows there. Zan Barrage paints not just what he sees, but also the mood and what he calls the taste of the moment. Zan’s artwork is an exploration of light on the Canadian Landscape. He explains it this way: “There is a certain temperature to the light up here, a crispness that is uniquely Canadian. It speaks to me in a harmony of colours. Delicate but savage. Rich but not overwhelming – elegant. I hope it comes through in my work”.

Zan’s journey in art began in war-torn Beirut where he grow up in the 1970’s. Music, poetry and painting were his escapes from the reality around him. He was seven when he got his first watercolour box. A tin box with tons of chalky colours and a horrible brush to go with it. He would sit for hours blending colours, attempting to paint the world around him as it fell apart. Today his box is filled with artist quality paints and his brushes are sable and squirrel. “My tools have changed” He explains, “but the journey is still the same: A love for colours and light, and an epic struggles to put these faithfully on paper.”

Classically trained in his youth at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts 1969-1975, Zan is the recipient of several art awards. He is also the founder and past president of Ontario Plein Air Society, a group of Ontario painters dedicated to painting the Canadian landscape from life. Zan is also a Master Artist member of the International Watercolor Society. When asked which artists influence his work he is quick to name them: “Homer, Whistler and of course Sargent”.

Zan Teaches watercolours at three visual art schools in Ontario Canada. He also leads travel workshops to Europe and the Caribbean Islands.

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

Featured Member – Tiina Price

Our third featured member is Tiina Price, an award-winning watercolour and ink artist in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Her work has featured in

Tiina is the secretary of  IWS Canada. She is an active member of many art organizations including the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (associate member), Central Ontario Art AssociationKitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Diversity Artists, and Studio 30.

Tiina attends and hosts workshops given by noted artists such as David McEown, Karlyn Holman, Linda Kemp, Doug Mays, Gordon MacKenzie, Ken McFarlane, and the late Jack Reid, to refine her skills and challenge her perceptions.

Travels to northern Ontario and Europe inspire her work, which is characterized by use of colour, mood creation and representational style.

“Painting watercolours allows the nuances of nature to unfold. I am continually intrigued by the play of light on water, the shadows in foliage, the changeability of skies and the vibrancy or subtlety of colour. As a medium, watercolour permits me to experiment capturing transparency and form. My paintings celebrate not only the energy and vitality of life, but its serenity and harmony.”

Educated at Queen’s University, the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Tiina is a former educator.

More of Tiina’s work can be found at her website.

Ice Goblets by Tiina Price

Featured Member – Esmie Gayo McLaren

As mentioned in our previous post, in the coming months we will be featuring the new full members of IWS Canada. The order in which they are featured is a simple reflection of their promptness in responding to our suggestion that they allow us to do so.

Vancouver-based artist Esmie Gayo McLaren , our second featured member, approaches art as an extension of her experiences. Her love for gardens, dance, people, and travel provides infinite inspiration, translating to paintings filled with sensitivity and movement. Each painting is a combination of instinctive and calculated interaction between her and the image.
McLaren is based in Vancouver, Canada, a metropolis of varied cultures. The lines are often blurred between her art and community work as she enjoys bridging cultures through her art.

Below is an example of Esmie’s work.  You may view more at her website.

Watercolour on Paper

Featured Member – Roy Tibbits

In the coming months we will be featuring the new full members of IWS Canada.  The order in which they will be featured is a simple reflection of their promptness in responding to our suggestion that they allow us to do so.

Our first featured member is Roy Tibbits.

Self-taught watercolour artist Roy Tibbits began painting in 1990 and is an active Member of the “Federation of Canadian Artists”.  Roy’s art has been selected in a number of juried shows at their gallery in Vancouver B.C.

Roy’s paintings were featured in the March/April 2004 and March /April 2007 Issues of “Art Avenue” a Federation Of Canadian Artists publication.

Roy has had his work selected into the Thompson Nicola Shuswap juried show for 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017.

Roy’s work has been frequently selected  as a finalist in the “Art of the Automobile ” competition, sponsored by the “Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, with works traveling to various cities.

Roy is an associate member of the “Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.  In 2006, three of his paintings were submitted to the “Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Atlantic associates” juried show where one received “Best Building Category” and the other two received “Honourable Mention”.  In 2015 Roy’s work was selected to the 90th “Open Water” international juried show.  In 2016 Roy’s work was selected to the 91st “Open Water” international juried show, with “Old Comrades” winning the S J Sloan Award .

In 2015 two of Roy’s works were accepted into the “Society of Canadian Artists” 47th national juried show at the “Gainesborough Gallery” in Calgary Alberta.

In 2016 Roy was elected in to the “Society Of Canadian Artists “.

In 2017 one of Roy’s paintings was accepted in the “Society of Canadian Artists”  juried show “Oh Canada-Our Home and Native Land” at “Gallery 78” in Frederiction New Brunswick.

Here is an example of his work.  More can be found at his website.

Featured: International Youth Winner

Old Town

The International Youth Winner of our ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ online watercolour contest is Mrinal Banik, of Bangladesh.  At the age of 24, he is a graduate of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, having studied Drawing and Painting.  He is currently doing post-graduate studies in Painting at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.
We are sure to see more of Mrinal’s work in the future!

Featured: National Youth Winner

Blossoming Dreams

The National Youth Winner of our online watercolour contest ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ is Canadian Iris Lee.  Born in 1999,  Iris possesses an ardent passion for fine art and has aspired to become a professional artist since she was in kindergarten.  With support from her family, she began to learn pencil sketching, watercolor, and calligraphy at the age of eight.  Later on, she also practiced other fine art mediums such as oil, acrylic, soft pastel, and traditional Chinese painting.  In addition, she started to learn digital painting when she was fourteen, granting her another perspective of art.

Gifted with mesmerizing scenery, British Columbia’s environment played a pivotal role in Iris’ paintings.  Interestingly, she often sought inspiration at a local town in Richmond- Steveston.  She prefers to delineate the beauty of nature; however, the subject of her paintings varies.  To elucidate, she has the propensity to challenge herself with different themes and experiment with different executions of the overall atmosphere.  Through the variations of colors and compositions, Iris hopes to lead the viewers to see the world through her eyes.

Although she had applied and been accepted to three universities in Canada – Emily Carr University of Art + Design,  Alberta College of Art and Design, and OCAD University, Iris decided to study abroad in Taiwan.  Pursuing her dream of becoming a professional artist and enriching her skills, she is now a first year fine art student at one of the best universities in Taiwan-National Taiwan Normal University, majoring in western painting.

Featured: 3rd Place International Winner

‘Happy Nuns’

Moe Win, from Myanmar (Burma), lists artist Sai Myoe Myat as his art master, and his favourite medium as watercolour.

His other awards include the 1996 Visit Myanmar Year Logo Design award, and Second Prize in oil painting portrait at the Myanmar Traditional Arts Contest.

Moe’s activities include work as a secretary in Shan State Art Association, and he is a member of the New Treasure Art Gallery in Myanmar.


  •  -2017 -Peace and Love : East and West Art Exchange Exhibition.
  •  -2017 -Cherry Space  Art Exhibition. Myanmar Artist Organization.
  •  -2016 -Eleventh Anniversary of Artist U Thu Kha Exhibition.
  •  -2015 -Eighteenth Transparent Watercolor Movement Society 
  •  -2015 -Colour of the height Summit Art Gallery Exhibition.
  •  -2014 -New Treasure Art Gallery Monthly Exhibition.
  •  From  1987 and now on many local art exhibitions.

Featured: 3rd Place National Winner


Gail Sutherland

“Expressing myself visually has always come naturally and my preferred medium is watercolour. This medium requires me to respond as much to it, as to my subject and best reflects my artistic pursuits and nature. I am an avid hiker and the rugged beauty of the Maritimes and the people who reside here have been an endless source of inspiration for my work. Art and the act of its creation have provided me with numerous gifts, insights and enrich my life immeasurably. My hope is that by sharing my work and passion, it will somehow do the same for others.”

Gail Sutherland is originally from Montreal and moved to Nova Scotia in the spring of 1990. She obtained her Fine Arts degree at John Abbott College then completed her BFA at Concordia University, with a specialization in graphic design. While working as a graphic designer Gail pursued her love for painting in watercolour, studying with various artists including Helmut Gerth, Judy Garfin, Alvaro Castagnet and Brian Atyeo. In 2011, Gail became an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.

“ To simplify, to focus, to balance the seen with the unseen,
to capture the spirit, heart & soul the painting’s reason for being. ”

Bedford Eye Care, Bedford, NS Crouchers Pt. Gallery Glen Haven, NS Dunes Studio Gallery Brackley Beach, PE Lyghtesome Art Gallery, Antigonish, NS Teichert Gallery, Halifax, NS

Watercolour workshops; Brian Atyeo, Alvaro Castagnet, Judy Garfin and Helmut Gerth NSCAD University Halifax, NS – Certificate in Computer Graphics Concordia University Montreal, QC – BFA, Specialization in Graphic Design Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal – classes in life drawing and watercolour
John Abbott College Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC – DEC, Fine Arts Degree


Lunenburg Art Gallery / A Brush of Autumn Colour  / Plein Air / Lunenburg, NS / Sept 30th 2017
Paint Peggy’s Cove / Peggy’s Cove, NS / July 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Lunenburg Art Gallery / Coastal Impressions: Works by Three Nova Scotian Artists / May 30th – June 25th, 2017
​Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival / Parrsboro, NS / June 15th – June 18th, 2017
Plein Air Painters, Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area / Group Show / Keshen Goodman Library, Halifax, NS / June 3 -30th, 2017 ​
Fabriano in Acquarello 2017 / Watercolour International Convention / Group Show/ Fabriano, Italy / April 20th – 23rd, 2017
​Teichert Gallery / Group Show / Halifax, NS / October 2016
IWS Canada / 1st International Watercolor Biennale / Juried Group Show / Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC / July 5 – 30, 2016
Crouchers Pt. Gallery /  “A Celebration of Art in Bedford” / Group Show / July 25-31, 2016
Lunenburg Art Gallery / Paint the Sea on Site / Group Show / Lunenburg, NS / July 16 & 17, 2016
SWOON at Novel Tea / Group Show / Truro, NS / February 2016
SWOON at Embassy Towers / Group Show / Halifax, NS / January 2016
Teichert Gallery / Group Show / Halifax, NS / October 2015
Crouchers Pt. Gallery / Group Show / Scott Manor House, Bedford, NS / August 24-29, 2015
SWOON Mini / Group Show / Halifax, NS / June – July 2015
Halifax Art Map / Group Show / Teichert Gallery , Halifax, NS / April 2014
SWOON Fine Art & Antiques “Farm Life”/  Group Show / Hammonds Plains, NS / July 2013
Dunes Studio Gallery / One of the Featured Artist at the Opening Reception / June 2013
Halifax Art Map / Group Show / Art Sales & Rental Gallery / May 2013
SWOON Fine Art & Antiques “Winterscene” / Group Show / Hammonds Plains, NS / 2013
Maples Gallery / Halifax, NS / 2012
Halifax Art Map FRED / Halifax, NS / 2010, 20011 & 2012
Art Sales & Rental / Halifax, NS / 2011
Visual Arts Nova Scotia “Paris Salon” / The Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS / 2011
Annual GAPACC Exhibit / Guysbourough, Antigonish & Pictou, NS / 2002,2003, 2004 & 2010
The Shubenacadie Art Show and Sale / Fairbanks Interpretive Centre, Dartmouth, NS / 2010
The Shubenacadie Art Connection / 2009
(Gallery 215, Tin Smith Shop Museum, Elmsdale Station, Advantage Frame and Gallery & Fairbanks Centre)
From Land and Sea / Book launch at Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS / 2009
Maples Decor Gallery / Featured Artist / Bedford, NS / 2009
Gallery 215 / Maitland, NS / 2009
Tatamagouche Film Festival / Tatamagouche, NS / 2006
Annual Invitational Group Show / Lyghtesome Art Gallery, Antigonish, NS / 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Romancing the Gallery / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 2006
Government House / Group Show / Halifax, NS / 2005
A Classic Tradition Life Drawing / Group Show / St. F.X. University Gallery, Antigonish, NS / 2005
Four Friends & a Potter / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 2004
I.O.D.E Annual Fall Art Show Featured Artist in 2001 / Sydney, NS / 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003
4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Annual Gala and Silent Auction / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003
Fortress of Louisbourg Historic Site of Canada /  Louisbourg, NS / 2000
Rare Earth / Group Show / Acadia University, Wolfville, NS / 2000
In-Sight Art Gallery / Sydney Mines, NS / 2001 & 2002
Seven Sisters / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 1999
Whitney Pier Festival of Visual Arts / Group Show/ Whitney Pier, NS / 1999
2nd Annual Gala and Silent Auction / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 1998
Centre Scolaire Etoile de L’Acadie / Sydney, NS / 1998
Center Bras d’ Or / Baddeck, NS / 1998
“Kindred Spirits”/ UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 1998
Inaugural Exhibition “Images and Reflections” / Group Show / UCCB Art Gallery, Cape Breton, NS / 1997
Life & Landscapes “A view of Cape Breton Island” / Gardner’s Gallery, Sydney, NS / 1997

For more about Gail Sutherland, please visit her website at www.gailsutherland.ca