Artist Biographies, A - M

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Dave Bauml

Dave grew up in the Marysburg area and continues to live and farm there. Dave is a self-taught artist and loves to capture on canvas everything that he sees around him – humans, animals, landscapes, architecture, and still life objects. As he continued to evolve as an artist, Dave became a participant in the University of Saskatchewan Art Department’s “Saturday Morning Drawing Group”. He was a longtime participant. This led him to attend the Emma Lake art school, studying with instructor Degen Lindner. He has entered his wildlife paintings in Reflections of Nature, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Artists/ Association, receiving numerous awards. Dave’s oil paintings were chosen by the Saskatchewan Arts for the ‘On the Move’ program in 2002. His exhibition, Points of Realism, toured our province from 2002 to 2005. His work is currently on display at Collector’s Choice Art Gallery.

Artist’s Statement: The beauty of nature moves me. Everything in nature interests me – humans, animals, landscapes, architecture and still life objects, just to name a few. I love trying to capture what I see around me. My goal is to some day be skilful enough to do this to my satisfaction. Hopefully, other people will enjoy my efforts as well. I also enjoy the process of creating. The solitary nature of painting relaxes and rejuvenates me. The high I experience when I get a passage just right on a painting always keeps me motivated to continue.

Valerie Borycki

Saskatoon artist Valerie Borycki has spent most of her life painting and drawing on the Prairies. Her first instructor was the well-known artist, Hans Harold. She has taken classes continually since 1968, studying with artists at the University of Saskatchewan, the Mendel Art Gallery, the YMCA and the renowned campus at Emma Lake. She has also studied with Jack Reid, Brian Atyeo, and was a member of Saskatoon’s Bridge City Artists with Rolf Krohn for seven years. She is now painting with The Artist’s Workshop in Saskatoon.

Valerie has participated in numerous group shows and auctions, including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Crisis Nursery, Knox United Church, Canadian Mental Health Association, the Barristers’ Convention, City Hospital Foundation, the Saskatoon Pro-Life Convention, Circle Park Mall, and the Gallery on the Bridges. She has taught art to children at the University of Saskatchewan and to adults and children at the Gallery on Pacific. As a guest artist at ‘Roots and Wings’ in 1993, she conducted a sculpting class for visually impaired children. Valerie was invited to judge the fine arts display at the Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition in 1994, and again in 1997.

She held her first solo show at the YMCA in 1991, followed by exhibitions at Earl’s, Amigo’s and Calories restaurants in 1992, and at Chez Elene, the Humanum Art Gallery and Gallery on the Pacific in 1993. In 1994 she displayed her work at the Lakeland Art Gallery at Christopher Lake. One of her pieces was chosen for the front page of the Star Phoenix in 1992. She was awarded this honour for a second time, in 1996. Valerie’s work has been incorporated into collections both nationally and internationally, including the SaskTel permanent collection. She paints in a contemporary style, in a variety of media, using brilliant colours.

Valerie paints full time in her studio at home.

Jonathon Burnett

Jonathon is a Saskatchewan based artist born in 1989 in Saskatoon.  He has lived in several places while growing up including Belbutte, Cater in Saskatchewan and Grande Cache, Alberta.  Graduating with honors in Medstead, Saskatchewan Jonathon took an early interest in art, especially drawing.
Except for some early school art classes he has been mainly self-taught.  However, after being encouraged to get some formal training and art education he enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan's Extension Program taking a figure-drawing course with Degen Lindner.  He has made great progress in this class and he received strong encouragement.  These encouragements lead Jonathon to pursue a University of Saskatchewan's Certificate of Art and Design. 
Unlike most young artists, Jonathon is not afraid to explore different mediums and different compositions.  His works are very expressive, from abstract to portraiture.  He has learne to simplify, to focus on the essences of a subject.  This is most manifested in his more recent paintings.  Jonathon's future as an artist is still growing and changing.  His plans on graduating within the Certificate of Art and Design program are late summer of 2015.

Malaika Z Charbonneau

Malaika Zbesheski Charbonneau was born in the dry desert of El Paso, Texas. Large portions of her life have been spent travelling, studying and gaining empirical knowledge.

She has lived in Halifax, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Victoria and Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout North America and Western Europe. Malaika has studied Literature, Philosophy, Art and Architecture. She recently received her BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver in May of 2008. Her work was featured in the Vancouver Theatre Playhouse (Vancouver, BC) and at 999 Seymour (Vancouver, BC) in their showroom. Her paintings are in collections throughout North America as well as Germany and England.

Artist’s Statement: I use paint and canvas as documentation of the ephemeral concept of Time and Space. Whether I paint memories of cities where I have lived or visited, or of conversations I’ve been a part of or eavesdropped upon, the emphasizing of disassociated Space and overlapping Time make tangible the intangible. Repeatedly recalled, the memories and conversations become embellished, and the repetitive layers of paint become the elaborate fabric of Time and Space.

The relationship between the canvas and the viewer develops into the viewer’s personal memories in an ever evolving dialogue, allowing them to time-travel between colliding realities and melding brush strokes on canvas.

Jill Charuk

Jill was born and raised in Richmond, BC, a suburb of Vancouver.

After two decades of creative work in clothing and interior decorating Jill gave into her urge to paint. Thirty-five years of colour training and sketching has led Jill to her bold, impressionistic style. The use of brilliant colour had an immediate positive reaction from her clients and collectors. Largely self-taught, Jill has attended numerous workshops in the lower mainland as well as in California, Oregon and Italy. Private and corporate clients in North America, Mexico and Europe collect her work.

Artist's Statement: I love colour, and lots of it. Living on the northwest coast I have had my fill of grey skies, cool blues and an over abundance of soggy greens. I decided very early to saturate my canvases with pure brilliant pigment. Orange, mauve or red skies descend over purple shadowed trees and chartreuse grasses. I am constantly pushing myself to take bigger colour risks while still maintaining a "readable' landscape.

Each painting contains an emotion that I am trying to convey, largely through the use of colour- how hot that day was, how cool the shadows were and how richly coloured the wildflowers were. All manner of roads, trails and paths, quirky buildings and the occasional dog intrigue me. On a grey day I enjoy buying a big bouquet of flowers, both for painting and filling up my studio. A successful painting is one where I captured the mood and shared the emotion. I wish for them to be arresting and yet restful.

Alone and in front of the easel, I try to "get out of the way", that is, step aside and let the colour Just spill out onto the canvas in big juicy brushstrokes.

I paint the colours that I see in landscapes and surroundings. The grays and greens of where I live are too cool for me; I pump them up, in my paintings. You can still 'read' them even though you know that a road isn't purple."

Lou Chrones   1933-2015

Lou was born and educated in Saskatoon. She married Jack Chrones and they have four children and several grandchildren. She began painting in oils in 1972 and in 1979 started experimenting with watercolours. Acrylics and multi-media collage pieces are among the most recent additions to her portfolio. She is listed in Marketa Newman's "Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists." In November of 2005 Lou was a recipient of the ‘Saskatchewan Centennial Medal’ for art.

Lou studied sculpture with Saskatoon artist Arthur Wells. Attended art classes conducted by such notable artists as Gordon Weber, Honor Rogers, Noella Thompson, Jim Drake, Miranda Jones, Kevin Quinlan, Niki Forrest, and Degen Lindner. He has given private lessons, preferring to work on a one to one basis with students. She has been involved in giving watercolour demonstrations at primary schools, The Saskatoon Exhibition, and Sundog Handcraft Fair as well as sketching demonstrations at "Sunfest" at the Mendel Art Gallery. Lou has organized art groups at Luther Heights Adult Day Centre, Sherbrooke Community Adult Day Centre and Sherbrooke Nursing Home. As a founding member and past president of the Artist's Workshop Co-operative, she has been active in organizing workshops and exhibitions for this group. She was formerly a member of Broadway Painters Workshop.

Lou has worked with Interior designers on various projects, both residential and commercial. She has done many private commissions. Her work hangs in many private collections around the world. Lou has had many group and solo shows throughout Saskatchewan and continues to show her work at Collector’s Choice Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

Artist’s Statement: I am concerned with creating an illusion of three-dimensional space while working on a two dimensional sheet of paper. I am intrigued with the contrast of light and shade form-patterns. Painting is my way of sharing a thought or feeling with the viewer.

Mary Davidson

Mary’s fascination with the beauty of the world around her began as a child on her parents’ farm. Her tie with rural Saskatchewan continued as her teaching career took her to several communities throughout the province. The time Mary spent with her family enjoying the wonder of nature in the outdoors whether camping or at the cottage or walking along the Meewasin Trail has been precious and inspiring. Saskatoon, its community, its urban prairie intrigue, and its beauty have long been home and a source of joy, inspiration and strength. Recently beautiful Anglin Lake, a little community they love has become home to Mary and her husband Keith.

Mary’s first teacher and greatest influence is her mother. Mary has taken classes in art from the University of Saskatchewan. She was a member of the Broadway Painters with Inger De Coursey and Helen MacMillan and the Bridge City Artists with Rolf Krohn. She paints as well with a group of friends; Group Six. Through workshops she has been inspired and influenced by artists David Alexander, Bill Epp, and Brian Atayo. In 2002 Mary attended the Kenderdine campus at Emma Lake with artist in residence Wynona Mulcaster and in 2003 with artist in residence Lorna Russell.

Mary has led workshops in watercolours at Lakeland Art Gallery, Christopher Lake and with the Saskatoon Painters Club, and in the communities of Tisdale, Melfort and Watrous through the Saskatchewan Arts Council.

John Einnerssen

Gracious and opinionated, Jonn Einerssen is both a good listener and wonderful conversationalist. It is a paradox that is also revealed in the subjects he paints: seascapes and prairie vistas.

Although worlds apart Jonn's love for both the sea and prairies is inspired by his life experiences. Born in 1949 and raised on the western prairie, Jonn grew up surrounded by golden wheat fields, and views of grain elevators rising out of the horizon into the big, western sky. It was those impressions that Jonn would first put to canvas. Upon moving to the West Coast of British Columbia, Jonn gravitated to the ocean, which he found had an affinity with the prairies. Wide open spaces, as far as the eye could see, provided limitless potential for experiencing nature in all its glory. Mesmerized by its raw power, Jonn went on to paint the rhythms and moods of the sea with a remarkable authenticity.

Jonn's hallmark seascapes often include the image of a sunlit wave, captured in a hypnotic, frenzied dance, revealing a fleeting moment in the ebb and flow of time. Jonn sees painting as a mix of craft and philosophy, a subject of which he never tires, and the inspiration for spirited conversation among old friends, and new ones. "I approach a painting out of a desire for self expression," he says. But also from what I see in others. That raw expression, as colorful, inspired and passionate as the artist himself, defines the art and vision of Jonn Einerssen.

Remarkably, Einerssen, born in 1949, did not begin painting or even sketching until he was 21. Both privately and self-taught, he quickly became a flourishing, self-sustaining artist, capturing the attention of private and corporate collectors. He conducts workshops throughout the year, passing on this disciplined approach to aspiring artists while demonstrating his masterful style and technique.

Kris Engstrom

Kris Engstrom, who was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, has lived in Saskatoon for the past twenty five years.

Kris has been painting in watercolour for 15 years, and is currently expressing herself in acrylics. She has attended a number of summer workshops at Emma Lake (an art colony, situated in the parklands of Saskatchewan, which was entrusted to the University of Saskatchewan by the late artist Gus Kenderdine). At Emma, she studied under Kevin Quinlan and George Glenn. She also has been a member of the Saturday morning figure drawing group at the University of Saskatchewan for many years. Kris has exhibited in both juried shows such as the Exhibition Fine Arts Competition and various groups and solo shows in Calgary, Battleford and Saskatoon.

Kris participates in fund raising art auctions, where her art work is always in demand with auction prices typically exceeding gallery prices at auctions like ‘the Persephone Auction’ and ‘The Artists against Hunger Auction’ in Saskatoon. Kris’s art is represented by Collector’s Choice Art Gallery.

Julie Gutek

Julie received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. She has been a member of the Bridge City Artists since 1995 and continues her affiliation with them. Over the years Julie has attended various workshops by Brian Atyeo, Linda Kemp, Lorna Russell and Degen Lindner. She has also taken classes at the University of Saskatchewan Kenderdine Campus.

Artist's Statement: I am a resident of Saskatoon. I have been painting for many years, with interruptions. I am mainly self-taught, although I have taken courses which interested me. I hope to be able to learn, and experiment and in the process to push myself to a higher level.

The landscape offers so much to the painter: the moods of the seasons, light bouncing off water, rich colours, varied textures, northern wilderness, and prairie vistas. Painting is my way of exploring the environment. I am intrigued by the wildness of the untouched forest: the cycle of decay and regeneration. I choose my subjects by what delights and captures my imagination.

My view includes pattern, colour and composition. I want to express the warmth and lush greenery of summer, the crisp air and vivid contrasts of autumn, the icy-cold beauty of winter and the delicate freshness of spring.

Don Hefner

Don Hefner was born on September 3, 1939 in Denver, Colorado. His birthday was Labour Day, the first day of WWII. Don is a citizen of the USA and a landed immigrant in Canada from August 18, 1967. Don received his elementary, secondary and university education in Colorado, and postgraduate studies in Education and Geology led him to study and settle in Saskatoon. He was employed at the University of Saskatchewan as a tenured Assistant Professor in the College of Education and has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Department of Continuing Medical Education.

Don is a man of many varied talents and interests. His enjoyment of the outdoors and passion for ecological responsibility led him to create “found” art pieces, eventually developing the intricate and precise wire and metal sculptures for which he has developed an international following. An ardent fisherman, Don also enjoys writing poetry, ventriloquism, and researching new scientific discoveries, especially in astronomy, earth science and paleontology of dinosaurs. One of his most recent recreational passions is figure skating on roller skates.

Don shows and sells sculpture throughout Saskatchewan and in Boston and New York. He is a generous donor to many local charities and has been featured in newspaper, radio and television articles.

Brent Heighton

Few artists can lay claim to the wide-spread appeal Brent Heighton enjoys. His work is represented in over 100 corporate collections, sells in more than 20 countries around the world, and even Heighton is surprised at the variety of places it turns up. Watching television he has spotted his paintings on the sets of "L.A. Law" and "Full House".

Brent Heighton lives and paints in the province of his birth, British Columbia. Nature remains a favoured subject, although the artist experiments with a wide range of themes.

Marilyn Hurst

In the early 90'S Marilyn's art "career" began to germinate after discovering a hidden reservoir of creative energy. The transition to becoming an artist was a tremendous learning curve, and over the years working exclusively with a mentor Marilyn developed a new found respect for the resolve necessary to make the art profession work for oneself.

In 1997 Marilyn and husband Chris MacClure, a 40 year veteran artist, moved to Cabo San Lucas in the Baja. Their 2nd storey studio morphed over the next 13 years to become the most respected art gallery in Los Cabos and their Golden Cactus Gallerys' amazing collection of artists and art became the benchmark of excellence for the art community in the southern Baja.

Painting and running a gallery in a foreign country provided opportunity to hone painting skills and the excitement of the Mexican culture gave inspiration for the work Marilyn's paintings are a ménage of life experience and creative energy and her landscapes, flora is, portraiture and expressionist abstracts all reflect the vibrant colors of Mexico.

Recently the gallery in Cabo was sold to allow for more travel and painting time. Marilyn still spends several months painting in Mexico and the rest of the time at her studio in White Rock, BC.

Gershon Iskowitz

1921 - 1988 CSGA RCA

Gershon Iskowitz wanted to be an artist from the age of six, and was so persistent in his drawing that his father built a studio for him by the time he was nine. Born in Kielce, Poland, Iskowitz was about to enter the Academy of Arts in nearby Warsaw, to which he had been accepted on the strength of his portfolio, when the Nazis invaded Poland. He was forced into labour at a factory and his parents into the Kielce Ghetto. After the ghetto was burned, his parents, one of his brothers and his sister were sent to Treblinka, where they died. Gershon and his remaining brother Yosel were sent to Auschwitz, where Yosel was killed. From there Gershon was sent to Buchenwald, where he was shot in the leg in an attempt to escape and left for dead by the guards; he was so emaciated that when he fell that he fractured his hip. Rescued by his fellow prisoners, he was nursed him back to life. Remarkably, throughout these horrific experiences Iskowitz continued to create art - volunteering to clean up after bombing raids in the hopes of finding not only food, but scraps of paper in the rubble. At night with stubs of pencils he chronicled the brutality of the camps, stating later that he felt that drawing was necessary to his survival. In total he would spend six years interned, and when Buchenwald was liberated in 1945 he spent a further nine months in hospital recuperating. After this he resumed his education, entering the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, where he excelled and won a scholarship to study in France and Italy, He studied privately with Austrian figurative painter Oskar Kokoschka, whose bold use of colour and expressionist brushwork strongly influenced Iskowitz's work. In 1949 Iskowitz immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto. For a decade his work, then largely figurative, was filled with memories of his brutal experiences. The drawings that he had created in the camps had miraculously survived the war, and were reproduced in a 1966 Saturday Night article by Kildare Dobbs titled From the Ranks of Death. Iskowitz's work was shown at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as several commercial galleries including the Here and Now Gallery and Greenwich Gallery in Toronto. Gradually, Iskowitz turned from the figure to the Canadian landscape for inspiration, and his work underwent a transformation from grief to beauty, with the act of painting itself as the main catalyst. In 1967 he was given a Canada Council grant, which he used to take a helicopter ride over the vast, lake-strewn landscape of Churchill, Manitoba. The views of the land from above delighted him - there were hundreds of little lakes all glittering in the sun, which he would depict in watercolour and oil as brilliant topographical dances of light and colour. This northern landscape would inspire his art for the rest of his life, and thus his vividly coloured works, which he stressed were not abstract, but paintings of what he saw, are the works he is widely known for. He taught at the New School in Toronto from 1967 to 1970, and together with Walter Redinger, represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1972. Before his death Iskowitz established a foundation in his name and created a prize to support the work of a mature Canadian artist, acknowledging the importance of his own 1967 Canada Council grant and the opportunity that it had given him to formalize his mature style. In 2007, the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to continue to award this prize. Recipients have included Michael Snow, Paterson Ewen and Jack Shadbolt.


Paul Jacoby

Paul was born in Regina and from an early age his two major interests were art and sports. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he received a B.A/B.Ed. Paul played for the Huskies basketball team for five years and in 1988 was inducted into the `Wall of Fame'.

Paul is a self-taught artist. Much of Paul’s inspiration comes from the beauty of Saskatoon and the surrounding area. He believes in painting outdoors, directly from the landscape that moves him. Paul's medium of choice is watercolour.

Cecelia Jurgens

Cecelia Jurgens is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. She is also an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Cecelia is best known for her contemporary paintings, celebrating colour and light. She enjoys working in the diverse mediums of watercolour, acrylic and pastel. She has been in many group shows since l987, and solo shows since l998.

In 2001 the Deputy Chief of Protocol for the Provincial Government commissioned her to paint a prairie scene. This painting was presented as a gift from the Province of Saskatchewan to President Vladimir Putin of Russia when he was in Ottawa. The Province has since commissioned five more paintings for similar presentations. Her work is in private, public, and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia and Africa.

Since 1999, Cecelia has been teaching Art Workshops. These workshops vary from Basic Drawing, Beginner Watercolour, Intermediate and Advanced Watercolour, Fun with Acrylic, Beginner Pastel, and Ink and Watercolour Sketchbook Workshops.

In 2004 Cecelia began her Sketchbook Workshop Adventure Tours! These Sketchbook Adventure Tours have taken place in Italy – Rome, Tuscany and Umbria regions; England – Windsor, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cotswold Villages and the Lake District; South America – Chile, the Andes, and Argentina; Western Canada – the Hoodoos and Rockies; France – Paris and Provence area; Spain, Portugal, and Marrakech, Morocco; Greece – Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, and most recently our colourful province of Newfoundland. Now Cecelia is excited to be offering another Sketchbook Workshop Adventure to Europe – A European fairytale featuring Amsterdam, the Black Forest & the Alsace.

Working as a full-time artist her work is represented by Collector’s Choice Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

Olga Kardash

Olga’s artistic flair emerged in high school, where she was encouraged to pursue her talent by a teacher who had attended the Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake. It would be a few years before Olga herself studied there, but the experience is reflected in many of her paintings in which she so clearly depicts the beauty and tranquility of Saskatchewan’s boreal forest and northern lakes.

As she raised her family, weekly art classes kept her love of painting alive. Olga has studied under a number of respected artists – people like Lorna Russell, Jack Reid, George Glenn and Brian Atyeo. She has also been an active member of Artists’ Workshop since its inception in 1990. This group of established artists assembles weekly, while it’s Annual Show and Sale attracts hundreds of art lovers from Saskatoon and district.

Olga likes to portray subjects that are familiar to her and other prairie folk, but she is also known for her cityscapes, especially those that focus on Saskatoon’s beautiful riverbank and of course that stately old edifice, The Hotel Bessborough. While she is always on the lookout for a new vista or captivating country scene, Olga doesn’t really have to go much farther than her backyard to find inspiration. Flowers of every colour, shape and size occupy all available space, attracting songbirds, buzzing bees and on occasion enthusiastic members of the Artist’s Workshop, brushes in hand.

Olga has been a staunch supporter of many charitable groups and organizations over the years – The St. Paul’s Hospital Art Auction, the Women’s Health Art Auction and the Saskatoon Boys and Girls Club Show and Sale are all regular beneficiaries of her popular work.

Stuart Kasdorf

Stuart Kasdorf’s interest in photography began at the age of fifteen. His decision to become a photographer took shape five years later as he and his new bride, Linda, moved to Edmonton allowing Stuart to enrol in the prestigious NAIT photography program. Shortly after graduation, a brief stint in Grande Prairie, Alberta had Stuart working for two photographers and the local Prairie Art Gallery. Although rewarding, Stuart developed the desire to open his own business.

In 1990, new additions to the Kasdorf family provided the incentive to return to Saskatoon where grandparents and other family members resided. Both Stuart and Linda felt that being closer to family would impart the positive influence they wanted for their children. Since their move back to Saskatoon, Stuart and Linda have pursued their careers in photography. Despite an economic recession, they persevered and have managed to grow their business.

Stuart received his first photographic award in 1990 and has been the recipient of numerous photographic honours awarded by the Saskatchewan Professional Photography Association and the Professional Photography Association of Canada.

He and wife Linda continue to reside in Saskatoon with their three children.

Andrew Kiss

Born in Hungary in 1946, Andrew and his family immigrated to Canada in 1957, escaping the turmoil of the Hungarian uprising against the Russian invasion. The family travelled across Canada, eventually settling on Vancouver Island. In his early adulthood, Andrew was employed as a topographical draftsman and applied these skills to painting surrounding landscape in oils and acrylics.

A move to the interior of BC gave him more inspiration, with the vast mountains, lakes and wildlife becoming his subjects. In the early 1980’s Andrew began to paint wildlife and sell his works through small local shows and galleries. As his technique evolved, Andrew developed a reputation as one of Canada's most recognized nature artists for a style that captures both breathless images and a reverence for realism.

Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. His painting has enabled him to participate in exhibitions throughout North America and the world.

Preservation of our world and the beauty that surrounds us is what this artist wants to convey with every brushstroke. To be able to evoke one's memory of a hike, family camping trip, or special place visited is the vision that Andrew has with his work. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted. The opportunity he has been given to make a living and convey an important message at the same time is what drives him to the next canvas. This is what makes his work unique and has enabled him to stand the test of time.

Irene Knott

Irene has studied with Zoltan Szabo, Cecil Staigh, Clint Hunker, and Rolf Krohn; attended Trillium Workshops with Brian Atyeo and Jack Reid; attended classes at the Emma Lake Art Camp, and studied sculpture at the U. of S. Irene is a past member of the Broadway Painters Workshop and the YWCA All Day Painters.

Artist's Statement:  Art comes from an internal need to express. I try to project my own personal feelings and involvement into a painting. My primary focus is the beauty of the Saskatchewan landscape and the changing seasons.

Lisa Kozokowsky

Her iconic work pushes the boundaries between traditional and the contemporary abstractive landscape. An inspired student of Turner, her visions are thick and atmospheric; full of colour and movement. This energy bursts through Kozokowskv's rich abstractive landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that float between contemporary and historic painting styles.

Kozokowsky's oversized canvases in a combination of oils, metals and encaustics portray western images. Her inspiration for her uniquely "wild woman" style is drawn from the rich colors and gold leaf of the Canadian contemporary landscape, as well as the rich natural resources of our own topography Kozokowsky is primarily self-taught, with the exception of ACAD, University of Calgary, and City of Calgary night courses. She also attends various workshops and is constantly learning and exploring different techniques.

Lisa Kozokowskvs art is collected all over Canada and the United States by individuals and corporations alike. The following are some of the corporations who own collections: Carrera investments Corp. - Calgary, Alberta Canaccord Capital Corporation - Calgary, Alberta DC Energy Services Inc. - Calgary, Alberta Northwest Tank Lines Inc. - Calgary, Alberta, Langley, B.C, Woodstock, Ontario Rouge Restaurant - Calgary, Alberta Selene - Toronto, Ontario Laughing Stock Vineyards - Penticton, B.C. Nesbitt Burns - Vancouver, B.C. & Calgary, Alberta

Lisa currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband Gregory, daughter Kyra and her beloved Chihuahua, Thor.

Ken Lonechild

Ken Lonechild was born in 1960 on the Whitebear reserve near Carlyle, Saskatchewan. He is basically a self taught artist in all aspects of art, including cartooning and commercial art. His recent acrylic works depict life on the reserve as he remembers it. In many of his scenes a small boy can be seen tagging along with the elders as they embark on hunting or fishing expeditions; to fetching water or cutting down a fir tree. The series of limited edition prints reproduced of his paintings all relate to hunting, fishing or riding a horse. These are images that are most real and deeply ingrained in Ken's lifestyle and his native ancestry. Each work portrays memories of warmth, action and colour.

Ken resided in Regina for a time, but has returned to White Bear and continues to replenish his artistic vision capturing the realities of life of the aboriginal people. Ken, his wife Colleen, and their family enjoy life in a country setting.

Chris MacClure

Chris is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings are an expression of his "Romantic Realist" view of life, not crafty nor painterly.

Born into an artistic family in St. John, New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada, Chris was surrounded by the arts from a young age. His father was a jazz musician and mother a playwright, His grandfather was an illustrator, so it never occurred to him that he couldn't do it. He assumed everyone was an artist.

This sense of inner confidence has taken Chris to places and studios around the world for more than 40 years. During his travels he attended Sir George University (Concordia) Fine Arts in Montreal Canada and the Emily Carr School of Art & Design in Vancouver Canada. His works have been exhibited across Canada. the US, Mexico and Hong Kong. Numerous paintings of his may be found in many corporate collections worldwide. Some collectors include, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, James Whitmore, mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade, drag racing legend Don Prud'Homme, Bill Clinton, Pepsi Co. and the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit, and recently the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Will & Kate).

He is the founder of "International Artist Day" A special day held worldwide each Oct 25th to honor all artists. As a international Canadian artist Chris spends his time as a Cabo San Lucas artist in Baja, Mexico for some of the winter months and is a White Rock artist living in South Surrey B.C.

Mary Masters

Mary was born in Buckinghamshire, England, and has enjoyed all forms of painting, drawing and creating visual worlds for as long as she can remember.

After completing her formal education, she entered the National Diploma of Design programme at High Wycombe College of Art and Design, specializing in Fine Art. The training emphasised the mechanics of perspective, composition, and anatomy, together with the techniques of printmaking, sculpture, oil painting, and photography. Ironically, it did not include the art of watercolour, but did give her a fascination for the sense of light that has been a feature of all her subsequent works.

Marriage to a roving Civil Engineer in 1969 was followed by twelve years of living around the African continent, including Algeria in the north, the Ivory Coast in the west, and the Seychelles Islands off the east coast, in the Indian Ocean. Throughout this time, she painted whenever her busy life and many moves permitted. Other activities included the birth and upbringing of a daughter and a son, collecting menageries of local animals, and creating tropical landscape gardens.

Her abiding passion for watercolours began comparatively late, when an architect friend in the Seychelles gave her an unwanted roll of blueprint paper, on which to experiment with a box of her children’s paints. The possibilities of this medium for creating luminescence were immediately obvious, in spite of the basic material. From these early experiments she started the evolution of her own style, which she has been developing ever since. The family moved to Canada in 1982, and from the first morning spectacle of sunlight glowing pink on pristine snow, Mary has loved the country. The changes of the seasons, the spacious prairies, and the massive sculpture of the mountains, are just a few of the endlessly stimulating and rewarding subjects waiting to be painted.

She now works in her studio full-time, trying to capture the elusive quality of light in its ever-changing forms, sometimes nostalgically recreating the gentle diffused light in England, or the brilliant colours of an African market scene, or the shady magnificence and magic of a West Coast rainforest as well as the sparkle of frost and snow, or the wide open spaces of a prairie landscape.

The changes and contrasts of this great land are an endless surprise and pleasure that Mary enjoys sharing with all viewers of her work. Her works are in private and corporate collections in England, France, Germany, Spain, Kenya, South Africa, Seychelles, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.

Greg Metz

Greg has led a most interesting life, designing and building custom homes and restaurants following a career in industrial steel fabrication. While employed in the industry, he built heavy duty forestry equipment, worked in shipbuilding and custom design and fabrication of nearly anything one can imagine.

He says that nothing compares to building steel sculpture. “Steel is amazing. Totally unyielding, and yet you can cut it, melt it, shape it, and colour it, and give the impression of softness and beauty.” His grinder is his paintbrush. Greg uses it to create the patterns seen in his works. Once he has ground the pattern into the steel, Greg uses heat from acetylene torches to create the colours.

Many sculptors find their inspiration in the material they work with: the shape and colour of stone, glass, etc. suggests endless possibilities to them. Greg buys mild steel in flat sheets – no inspiration there. There is freedom that results from that, however. It affords him the opportunity to turn it into anything he can dream of. “I’m a dreamer. Always have been. I’m inspired by music, dancing, nature, and fantasy.” His sculpture is where fantasy comes into play for Greg. “Everything I see suggests something to me, and usually not just what I am actually seeing. To make my vision (dream) into a reality for others to see is wonderful. I love it. And if you love what you do, you’re happy. And I’m happy.”

Greg and his wife Colleen met at university and have been married for over forty years. They divide their time between their custom built home in Kelowna, and travelling to warmer climates in their 37 foot motor home. They are the proud parents of one son, and now are doting grandparents as well.

Greg’s steel sculpture is very much a reflection of its creator – strong, vibrant, and captivating.

Wendy Morosoff Smith

Wendy Morosoff Smith was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in prairie towns in Saskatchewan where she was greatly influenced by the landscape. She studied graphic design and worked as an award-winning designer throughout western Canada and the Yukon. After a trip to Florence, Italy in 1990 where she studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata studio, Wendy’s career changed direction. Wendy now focuses on painting and printmaking, working out of her studio in Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, as well as the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Wendy’s work is exhibited throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia.

Artist’s Statement: The horizon line has always been of great interest to me. This fascination is likely the result of growing up on the prairies where the horizon forms a dramatic point of reference. The horizon is the place where the land kisses the sky, the meeting of the heavens and the earth, the threshold of the physical and the spiritual. It has also become for me, a metaphor for time. Like the future, the horizon is always just ahead and beyond, an illusion really, and never attainable, for as we approach it, it moves forward and pulls us along with it. It is this mystery, this invisible force, that I strive to express in my art.

I explore the tension between abstract and landscape tradition. Blending abstraction and landscape symbolism with the study of light and space, my pieces are as much meditations on place, time, the elements, memory and perception as they are landscapes.

Valerie Munch

Valerie Munch’s interest in art deepened while attaining her Teaching Certificate at the University of Saskatchewan. Her first works included studies in charcoal and oils however, over the years watercolour has become her favourite medium. A fascination with “light” has resulted in a wide variety of subjects – from prairie landscapes and Saskatoon landmarks to fields of wild flowers and still life in Saskatchewan, Arizona, and English country gardens.

Valerie is a member of the “Artists Workshop” that is a group of emerging artists seeking to share space and experience. Working with school children and exhibitions at nursing homes keeps the group connected to the community.

Her work can be found in private and corporate collections and at Collectors Choice Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.