The Art of Giving - Live Auction

Benefiting those in need in our communities, The Art of Giving was an exclusive live auction fundraiser that featured donated art from 25 Canadian artists, live music and a cocktail reception. The donated artwork was on display during the cocktail reception so guests could view the art up-close and speak with the artists before the live auction started. Funds raised through The Art of Giving will go to the York Region and York Regional Police employee campaign in support of United Way Toronto & York Region. Over the past 23 years through these annual campaigns, employees from both organizations have raised more than $4.3 million in support of United Way!

At The Art of Giving - Photo by Joanne Witt

My artwork on display - Photo by Joanne Witt

Newmarket Old Town Hall Gallery - Photo by Joanne Witt

Artrepreneur Expo

On Tuesday, September 26th, 6-9pm, please join the York Region Artrepreneurs, of which I am one, for an event showcasing our businesses and creative endeavours.
Come to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to hear from me and my fellow participants advancing from the fourth Artrepreneur York Region cohort. Listen to presentations, witness us  graduate and connect one-on-one with our group of innovators and creators. From sound design to social improv, painting to dance, and much more in-between, the graduating fellows represent York Region’s diverse artistic landscape.


Fall Colours Group Exhibition at Artusiasm

My photograph "Muskoka Reflection" from  Six Mile Lake is featured in Artusiasm's group exhibition:

September 21 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday September 22, 2017 from 7 to 11 pm
Artusiasm Gallery, 1684 St Clair Ave W, Toronto

Clicke HERE to see more images from the same series

Muskoka Reflection
24x36 Limited Edition Giclee Print

My framed piece is on the left wall....

Opening Night...

La Cloche Series

1. A.J. Casson’s cabin 2. Detail from the “Heaven’s Gate” La Cloche Ridge Trail, 3. Road Sign, 4. Frood Lake view from Willisville Hill, 5. A.J. Casson’s watercolour of the same view. 6.Looking up towards the hill, 7. Detail from Willisville Hill

I have always been inspired by the work of the Group of Seven. To end off this summer with an adventure, I decided to travel with my family to photograph the landscapes featured in a large number of works by many of the artists including Casson, Carmichael, and Jackson. I headed for the La Cloche region, the Western gateway to Killarney Park backcountry. To keep the experience authentic, I managed to book a cabin, which Casson used to rent on his painting trips in the area. With my camera in hand, I canoed the La Cloche lakes and climbed the Willisville Hill, views from which were featured in a remarkable number of their paintings.

One evening, flipping through a borrowed  copy of Jim and Sue Waddington’s “In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven” and reviewing my images from the previous days, I was surprised to find that I had captured many views with strikingly similar compositions to those in the Group of Seven paintings. I too, was in awe of the white capped mountains and dramatic light characteristic of the area. In keeping with my artistic process, I engaged mindfully with my surroundings and examined the details from various perspectives, in addition to the grand vistas.

I found myself captivated by the dazzling variety of lichen covered rock with bent trees and moss clinging to bare stone. The patterns reminded me of intricate abstract paintings.  As in my earlier bodies of work, I experimented with abstraction v.s. realism by including scale references in my photographs, such as insects and plants, to challenge the viewer’s perception. To reinforce the painterly feel of the images, I compressed perspective and used a shallow depth of field to create out of focus areas that remind me of paint strokes and play with depth perception.

The resulting series of images examines the La Cloche landscape from a new perspective, while paying homage to the masters that inspired me to engage with it

8. Frood Lake, near Carmichael’s Cottage, 9.“La Cloche Panorama” by Carmichael from Willisville Hill, 10. Detail from Charlton Lake, 11. A selection of images from the La Cloche series


Queen Gallery's Annual Juried Exhibition

Three of my images from the STILL body of work were selected for Queen Gallery's 50/50 annual juried exhibition. 

Reception: Wednesday August 9, 2017 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Exhibition: August 8 to 19, 2017
Queen Gallery: 
382 Queen Street East, Toronto
(416) 900-6383

A few images from the opening...