Diane Taylor has been sketching all her life. As a child she would spend hours with her crayons and coloring books wiling away the hours. Embellishing the outlines and adding grass and sky where there was only a blank space. In high school she would spend her lunch time in the school library with the encyclopedia opened to the pictures of birds, sketching them in great detail. Diane helped do the back drops for the stage for school plays as well. In 2008, Diane first put paint brush to canvas when she painted her first picture as a Christmas gift and that’s where it all started.
Spring Hare Art Exhibit in Whiteway each year since 2008.
Trinity Placentia Health Care Foundation Auction each year since 2009.
Commission Art Work.
TAAG, (the Avalon Artist Group)
Ocean View Art Gallery/Dozen Odd
Diane: “I love to sit and lose myself in the process of painting! It’s a God given talent that I hope will develop into new horizons as the years go by! Life is an adventure, live it to the fullest with kindness, generosity and hope!”
I relocated to Newfoundland in May 2010. It took courage and resolve but I listened to my inner spirit and let go. I love the raw beauty of this vast island with its ever changing light, dramatic seascapes and warm, friendly people. I started painting in January 2011. Initially I painted what I saw with my eyes. Now I paint what I feel. I enjoy traditional rug hooking, photography, painting and sculpting. I mix various techniques to create unique, original pieces of art.
Florence Pinhorn, I have received my instructions from a number of NL artists but I became serious in 1992, 1993, and 1994 during private lessons from the very well known and award winning artist and teacher Barbara Dorey from her studios in Halifax and Morden Nova Scotia. From Barbara I learned charcoal and pastel and all the laws concerning light and shadow and drawing. I have been successful in receiving Honorable Mention in one of my entries in the Arts and Letters contest as well as having three pieces of my work purchased from the Gov. My fascination for painting began as a child and my favourite medium is pastel. I particularly like painting flora and fauna and I have done many portraits of people as well. I have had five very successful solo exhibitions and have also participated in many others. I enjoy drawing and painting and the struggle to be the very best that I can be.
"Luanne Dominix was raised in the community of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. At a young age she discovered a passion for art, which she cultivated throughout adolescence. In 2013 Luanne received her Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture) from Dalhousie University. Since finishing her degree, Luanne has returned to Newfoundland where she continues to develop her artistic abilities. Luanne has taken classes and workshops from a number of local artists including Margaret Best, Diana Dabinett, and David Trainor. She is also a member of the Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
While she can be found working in various mediums, Luanne has a profound love for watercolour. She uses the medium to explore everyday objects from a unique and personal perspective.
Luanne has had the pleasure of exhibiting at Newfoundland's provincial art gallery, The Rooms, as part of the annual Arts and Letters juried exhibition. Luanne's work can be found in private collections throughout Canada and in the United States. When Luanne is not painting she can be found at Memorial University where she is completing a Masters of Business Administration
To see more of Luanne’s work please visit her website www.luannedominix.com or her Instagram page @luannedominix"
Joan Roberts (Harris) is a visual artist who grew up in Grand Bank, NL. She has spent all her adult life living in St. John's. Joan is a self-taught artist but she has taken many classes and workshops with several local and nationally acclaimed artists. Joan paints acrylics, oils, watercolours and pastels. She paints many subjects and she endeavours to create art that evokes mood, emotion, and enjoyment to the viewer. She enjoys the challenge of using her own photos, sketches and her imagination to capture what she feels at the moment. Joan enjoys realism but also enjoys abstract and impressionism. Her goal is to use her creative energy to her fullest potential and enjoy many styles of painting. Joan prefers to paint mostly originals but several of her works are in limited production. Joan works from her home studio where she also teaches watercolour painting to beginners. Her works are exhibited at The Five Island Gallery,Tors Cove, Step-a-Side Gallery, Burin, House of Diamonds, Glovertown and the Mirabella Studio in Trinity and at Ocean View Art Gallery in Carbonear. Joan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Telephone: 709-753-8149 Website: www.joanroberts.ca
Rick Stentaford grew up in Carbonear, Newfoundland,Canada.He earned his BSc.(Biology) and BEd.at Memorial University and later, attended Sir Wilfred Grenfell College for Fine Arts in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
He taught Science and Art throughout his teaching career in St Georges and St. John's. Since retirement art is a full time pursuit.. He resides in Conception Bay South, adjacent to the Bay.
Rick is a lover of the outdoors. He loves to paint the sea and the Newfoundland landscape. "To paint your subject you have to understand it in a spiritual and structural sense". …the solidity and comfort of rocks, the honesty of trees. Very seldom are people included in my art work, just evidence of their existence - an old fence, a house, a boat.” Time in the woods, on the beach or out on the ocean are times to experience and photograph his subject matter. "There is nothing like the wind in your face and the smell of the sea and the land on a warm summer or autumn day!"
Trees play an important part in many of Rick's compositions as they are a way to include the dimension of time. There is no pretence, only truth. It is there to see. Trees tell you about their good times, their hardships, and their struggles through life, even in death. If you are feeling down, look at a tree, follow it upward to the sky and look beyond.
Over the years Rick has...
- Painted with local artists such as Lloyd Pretty, in Stephenville area. This resulted in group exhibitions at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre.
* Past Director with the Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador . Designed the original logo for the Manuel's River Natural Heritage Society.
* Completed numerous workshops, and courses with Memorial University branch for continuing studies in life painting, portraiture, drawing and landscape painting with local artists such as Jerry Squires and Lise Sorenson.
* Paintings located in various Corporations and private collections in Newfoundland, Canada and abroad.
* Participated in numerous group shows with Local Artist Groups
* Personal show entitled “ Down to Earth” at the Five Island Gallery in Tors Cove.
* Personal Show, “Latest Works” at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.
Joanne Costello started her formal art training through numerous courses at MUN Extension Arts in the 1980’s and obtaining a Fine Arts degree at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario in 1989.
Her work reflects the unique geology of Newfoundland. She finds inspiration in geological reports and studying the geological history of the province, often travelling to remote headlands and shorelines to find the subjects for her paintings. She credits her childhood for her interest in rocks, roaming the beaches and hills of Crockers Cove, Carbonear.
Joanne works mainly in acrylic paints but she also has an interest in various types of printmaking.
She currently lives in St. John’s and works full-time at the Map Room in the Queen Elizabeth II Library. She is also coordinator of the First Space gallery at the QEII.
Dora Cooper was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador and was first introduced to art in school. She has studied under a number of well known artists and continues to take part in workshops/classes offered by local and visiting artists. Dora is President of the Board of the “Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and also a member of Arts Northeast, a collaborative group of visual artists living on the Northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula. She has been featured in magazines and newspaper articles and won awards for her work. On two occasions she has collaborated with a group of artists to recreate and preserve the history of the Capital city and, most recently, Burin and the surrounding areas. Her work is in private collections in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. She enjoys painting a variety of subjects using a number of different mediums, although painting landscapes in acrylic is her favorite. Both the scenery and wildlife in our province, as well as our rich history, are amazing and provide ample subjects for her work. “ Artists use their skills to tell a story or evoke emotion; it could be a memory from the past or a feeling which comes forth to make the experience personal for the viewer. A painting is like a mystery, it only tells part of the story, the viewer is free to fill in the rest”.