Category Archives: Featured Artist

Articles about the featured artists of the month.

Featured Artist: Janet Main

Janet is a native of Kitchener, Ontario. After studying Canadian native cultures and religious studies at the University of Toronto, she moved to Elphinstone, Manitoba, and lived for three years near Riding Mountain National Park. Here, she deepened her interest in native arts and culture and studied the Saulteaux language, healing herbs, wild flowers and wildlife. Then, Janet lived three years in Brandon where she studied the spirituality of various traditions, drama, native studies, and English at Brandon University, before coming back home to Kitchener to work with the family business.

Now, Janet enjoys time spent with friends and family, including her mother, daughter and two, dear grandchildren. She now lives in a cottage on a small lake near Elmwood, Ontario. Her interests include watercolours, travel, writing, photography and will soon hold art classes in the Elmwood/Hanover areas.

Janet began to develop a serious interest in watercolour painting in 2004. She has studied with artists, Ardythe Campbell and Marion Anderson of Kitchener and New Dundee, Art Cunanan of Collingwood, and Gordon MacKenzie of Sault Ste. Marie.

Have a look at Janet’s profile and galleries: Watercolours For Sale, Sold Watercolours!

Featured Artist: Janet Liesemer

Janet Liesemer was born and raised in Toronto where she studied Interior Design at a local College. After working in the city for many years outside of her field of interest, Janet found herself frustrated by her lack of time and energy for her true passion: art. Her move to Walkerton in 2000 brought her back full circle to art where she began a small business “Paint by Design”, specializing in interior painting and murals.

Basically a self-taught watercolour & acrylic artist, Janet enjoys trying to reflect her personal connection with God and His wonderful creation in her paintings. Her love of travel has contributed to her artwork, from the hiking trails of Vermont, the bright colours and architecture of Mexico to the rolling hills of England. All are a source of inspiration.

Janet currently resides with her husband, in the picturesque village of Ayton, On.  Janet participates in local art shows and is a full-time exhibitor at the Southampton Art Gallery.  Her work is also displayed and sold at The Spotted Moose in Mount Forest.

Have a look at Janet’s profile and gallery!

Featured Artist: Cathy Kempert

Cathy Kempert is a photographer from Hanover, Ontario and has been enjoying this art form for 4 years. Her work has appeared in several art shows, has hung in a local gallery and has placed several times in juried art shows. Most recently, her abstract images have appeared on the front of Cajon drums that are being sold in a local music store.  She is also a member of the Saugeen Artists.  Cathy’s stunning work includes a variety of forms such as macro, nature, landscape and abstract photography. Her camera has become an extension of herself, allowing her the opportunity to share her thoughts and feelings about the type of relationship she has with her environment.

Cathy hopes her images brings her viewers joy and leaves them with a new-found appreciation for the beauty that exists around them every day.

Have a look at Cathy’s profile and galleries: abstract, macro, manipulated, and traditional!

Featured Artist: Liz Pybus

Liz’s backyard is Bruce County. This beautiful natural area provides lots of opportunities for exploring, hiking and painting. An art career that spans almost 40 years, Liz has painted with acrylics and watercolours, dried and pressed flowers, painted interior faux finishes, sewn fabric art and a myriad of other creative projects.

As a preschool teacher and children’s librarian, Liz enjoyed providing art classes for “budding Rembrants.” When not teaching Liz was taking workshops and learning from fellow artists. Currently, Liz is painting floorcloths and watercolour landscapes and looking forward to her next outdoor adventure.

Have a look at Liz’s profile and galleries: bookmarks, floorcloths, and watercolours!