I create figurative oil paintings in a modern impressionist style, influences are Monet, Latour Vuillard and Waterhouse. Portrait interpretations include mannequins, florals are often depicted in their earthly environment.
Born in Newfoundland, I continued my studies in Ontario and Quebec; design and teaching careers in Montreal preceded a full-time career in the arts. Among my accomplishments are a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University; I am a professional member of RAAV. My artwork is collected internationally.
About my art...
Capturing light to render it’s effects is one reason I love to create art. Oil painting life sized figures allows me to explore the limits of the pigments and compare them with human passions. Possessing highly emotional tone and strong sense of movement, my figures have often been described as dancers. I like to use the subtle qualities of translucent and reflected light in order to intrigue the viewer and seduce them into engaging with the painting narrative. Sharing ideas with people who delight in such dialogues is a strong motivating factor of my artistic practice.
Recent exhibitions, "Art. A Matter of Process" 2023 focused on art process and "Beauty for Ashes" (Isaiah: 61: 3) 2021 on beauty and the restorative qualities of peonies.
Art is about joy; while creating, its the most profound emotion I feel. Of course there’s an entire range of emotions experienced during the process; but it’s those still, peaceful, joyful feelings that surround me during such time which are like none other.
There’s a lot of art out there that’s not about joy… so I like to paint realism, sometimes slightly abstracted but beautiful objects, joyful ideas. I think that the virtue of beauty, it’s evidence and ideas have been lost to us, to the world; well, maybe just hidden. For those of us who wish to develop our talents and make a valuable contribution during our lifetime, apart from traditional worldly pursuits, creating art is a wonderful occupation.
The cycle of sharing and receiving is another vital reason I love to paint. To create believable illusions in an oil painting is enormously satisfying. But most inspiring is the feedback from people who observe my artwork and take the time to express their opinions, to describe how they perceive the art, what it meant to them, how they were moved. Painting is visual story telling; an impressive image can communicate a great deal. When storytelling, visual or otherwise, is inspired, I believe it can become a catalyst for creativity in others in all areas of their lives.
Completing a Fine Arts degree was one of my greatest dreams come true. An exhibitor in numerous group and solo exhibitions, my artwork has won several awards, hangs in collections internationally and has been published in International Artist.com Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine. Spring 2018 I attended an art workshop given by David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kaman of The Artists Guild in Santa Fe. In 2013 I traveled to Italy to attend artist David Jon Kassan’s workshop at the JSS in Civita Castellana.”
On offer on this website is a selection of original artwork in sizes to accommodate a range of budgets. Roxanne offers a selection of the artwork in prints as well as printed lifestyle products available through PIXELS at Fine Art America.