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Colour and the environment are key components which fuel my artistic expression. The changing seasonal palettes are fertile artistic ground. Colour often creates an emotional response in both the artist and the viewer. The lush spring greens, the hot yellows and pinks of summer, the rich opulence of autumn and the crisp clear whites of winter all contribute to my need to paint. These changing colours often reflect my own physical, emotional and spiritual moods. The seasonal kaleidoscope allows me to enjoy the moment while anticipating the approach of change. The seasons are such a vital part of Canadian life and in a metaphorical sense are symbolic of our own life cycle. Each season brings vibrancy and meaning into both my personal and painting experience.




Debra is inspired by the vibrancy and richness of nature's colours. By engaging the viewers sense of contemplation and imagination, she creates original pieces that vibrate with colour and energy.

Christina Harwick

Originally from Newmarket, Christina has always had a passion and appreciation for all forms of art and music.  She took art through high school and continued her love of Fine Arts throughout the years as a self taught artist. Christina has called Orillia home for many years and would visit the parks camping as a child.  She has participated in local art events such as Art Meets History, Maple Master

pieces/Streets Alive, Women's Art Show Exhibit and Woods End Studio Tour.  Christina is hugely inspired by her two children, exploring the outdoors, wildlife and music.  She works with wire as her prominent form which requires a level of manual dexterity and her sculptures are of life like proportion as well as abstract.  Christina creates her sculptures in celebration of life and love.  Her intention for creating is to make you smile and wonder, and to touch as  many minds and hearts as she can reach.

Loretta Degroot

Loretta’s work is a Mix & Mess between contemporary and realistic art, each piece with a story to tell.  For the past 20 years, she has worked as an Anaplastologist making facial prosthetics, and also as a Medical illustrator for the scientific and medical world.  Through her work she has been able to combine her interest in art, prosthetics, education, communication, and the outdoors.  She also works to help direct attention to the preservation of nature and promotes social peace. Her favorite Hashtags:  #acceptance, #peace, #caring, #respect, #family, #naturespride, #friendship, #livewithnature, #justbehappy.

Her educational background includes training in fine art, technical and medical illustration.  Loretta holds a bachelor of science degree in biomedical communications from the university of Toronto, and has enjoyed her years at Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology. 

Her passion to solve problems and to help humanity is what drives her.  She loves challenges, and is grateful for every smile along the way. Just Be Happy!“There are many little ways in which it's possible to sanctify mother nature all you need is an idea and a bit of colour.  So, take this day out of it's groove before you let it go, Paint It! “ ©️Loretta 


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Robyn rennie

For me, making art is like writing a story; it makes order out of chaos. It also underscores the importance that recording impressions and events have to our collective experience. We operate within stories in order to understand our world and our place in it. Creative expression allows me to articulate what I experience as well as provide opportunities to unite with others. While what viewers take away from “reading” my work will be personal and pertinent to them, it is our shared experience that has the most value. Art has such capacity to move people. I am never more thrilled (and humbled) than when the nervous energy I feel during the process of creating is replaced by the awe that I have somehow tapped into the notion of the sacred.

 Despite many side trips over the years into oils, pastels, egg tempera, and textiles, I always return to acrylic paints. I often use a monochromatic palette. I love iridescent and metallic paints for expressing the ephemeral quality of an experience; even the slightest shift in point of view changes the image’s appearance. The play between light and colour in these paints is like multi-faceted layers to truth and how opinion can change with the disclosure of new information. I never tire of being able to represent more than one point of view!

 I suffered a life-changing vision loss in 2005 which has changed how I experience the world. But while I continue to choose my subject matter from the natural world, visual impairment has freed me from my former style of highly-detailed expression. While I use the same medium and grounds, I now employ them to subvert popular assumptions about sight. One common stereotype about vision loss is that it results in more acute hearing, but in reality sight merely allows the brain to filter background noise so that we can attend to something specific. My abstract works challenge what we see by evoking other senses: For example, I want the viewer to be able to visually experience what we rationally know about colours by thinking about how they might taste, smell, sound, or, feel. I hope to impart that seeing beyond vision can open the door to understanding that so much of what we assume to be true is open to interpretation.

 Just like a story. 



Tammy Henry