David Lidbetter

David works close to his home and studio in Gatineau, Quebec in areas like Temagami, Gatineau and Algonquin Park. It is no coincidence that his work is reminiscent to the vistas explored by other landscape painters like Tom Thompson and The Group of Seven.

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Marion E. Langford  

While Marion has been a painting dabbler for many years, life has now conspired to create the circumstances where she can combine her vast love of the Ontario landscape with her equally vast quantity of art supplies (can one every truly have too many art supplies?) and take up plein air painting.  Through friendships developed in the Kawartha Artists Group, and through the wise direction of great plein air teachers, Marion is seeking to convey those moments when beauty pierces the heart.   (She also wishes to take advantage of this bio to apologize to Robert Bateman, her grade 11 high school art teacher, for taking so long to show up, and paint and to say thank you for the encouragement.)

Sam Paonessa

Sam is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.  He worked as a professional

artist, illustrator and art director for over 30 years with Hallmark Cards Canada creating artwork for creating cards, calendars, ornaments and a wide variety of products.

Sam is an award-winning artist who also paints plein air landscapes having painted across North America, Italy and Morocco.  An active member of the Ontario Society of Artists, he has been also sharing his valuable experience by conducting demonstrations and painting workshops for numerous art groups in the GTA and southern Ontario.

Ron Ward

Ron has always had an interest in fine art. Ron's work includes paintings in watercolours, acrylics, and oils also sculpture. His interest in canoeing and camping has been a great influence in his fine art subjects. Ron has successfully displayed & sold his paintings at many art shows since 1986.

Doug Ware

Doug Ware attended the Vancouver School of Art and studied under a number of well-known painters, including Sam Black and Jack Shadbolt.   His works may be found in numerous public and private collections. 

Karen L. Bowen

Karen L Bowen paints in oils and acrylics as well as creating mosaic artwork. Karen's background in Biology and a lifetime outdoors are the inspiration for expressing the beauty of Nature through art. 

Keith Thirgood

Largely self-taught, Keith is influenced by the post-impressionists and he paints out of doors all year long and is the president of the Ontario Plein Air Society.  Keith runs workshops, art retreats and gives demos at various art clubs.  



John R. Newton

John Newton studied Traditional Classical Oil Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

His influences as a young artist include Bourgereau, Velasquez, Annigoni and other artists of the Renaissance.  Studying these Old Masters encouraged John to develop a sense of understanding

that enhanced his narrative visions.  They made him aware of the importance of form and technique, which brought forth John's poetic visions.  His paintings echo the works of the Italian

and French Masters.  Newton paints with the passion of his soul.  John Newton's landscapes stand apart as depictions of the natural order.  John's vision is not to paint every detail, but to encourage the viewer to look into another window of life and live in that moment to become inspired.

Nicole Minshall 

Nicole Minshall has been an artist at heart from the moment she was born.  She followed her

dream to Sheridan College where she graduated in Art Fundamentals.  Nicole continues her love for storytelling through her artwork by combining abstract and realism to tell compelling stories through her emotions.

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Elana Solomon

Born in 1948 in Poland.  Immigrated to Canada in 1965.  I lived and studied in Toronto until 1972. Attended Humber College and graduated in 1972 with a diploma in contract interior design. Moved to Hamilton. Worked as an interior designer, later changed and was drawing, painting in watercolours and oils. Took part-time classes at Dundas Valley School of Art, in life painting, portraits and landscape. Has been a member of the Alumni Association at Dundas Valley School of Art since 1987. 

Robert Kloepfer

Robert Kloepfer’s oil paintings include a variety of subjects; portraits of people in real and imaginary settings, stills, animals and landscapes.  He retired to Peterborough in 2012 from Guelph where he exhibited in juried exhibitions and local galleries after he graduated from OCAD.
In Peterborough Robert continues painting and has displayed his work at The Peterborough School  of Art and The Peterborough Golf and Country Club.”

Christine Lippa

I have been painting and sketching for the last 20 years.  I studied at the Ontario Art College in Toronto, where I studied Fine Art.  I have taken a variety of respected and skilled art workshops.  I am a member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists and the Toronto Watercolour Society

and have been on the Executive Board of Directors.  The prime inspirations for art comes from the outdoors.  The camera always accompanies me to capture that perfect landscape.  I try to

convey a feeling and the essence of the subject that excites me.  I have participated and continue to participate in juried art shows.

Painting:  Friendship on Fire.

Peter Cheung

Peter first learned art from a famous Chinese painting master with ink and water.

He later incorporated the fast and strong brushwork from Chinese painting into his western

oil painting.  Peter's philosophy for creating art is simple.  He is committed to creating artwork

that emanates purity and simplicity through colour selection, composition and presentation.

Painting:  Afternoon Sun