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Canadian Community Arts Initiative

We are the Canadian Glaze Oil Society. We have over thirty individual contemporary painters with a passionate love for crafting colour in ways that are groundbreaking and newly found. And yet, these ways are ancient. They are actually re-found and we dynamically re-hone them to serve us in current context. 

We are comprised of so many different voices. We descend from all walks of life. We walk forward to the CreativeHub1352 with all forms of aspiration, artistic agenda, philosophies, skillsets and ways of thinking. We are ripe to engage, merge and channel our voices into a hub that can emit a beautiful choir of voices much more wonderful and powerful than the sum of its parts. We are ready to partake in and share a wealth of multiple creative spirits with spectrums of ideas to move forward to places we cannot even begin to imagine. Together, we will nurture and be nurtured. We are ready for harmonic creative flight.

Louise Marie Doyle

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec into a large Irish/French Canadian family, Louise has worked in ceramics, oil, pastels, soap stone and wood. Her natural interest in visual art, science, and instinctual need for physical and mental creativity inspired her to complete a Bachelors of Building Engineering at Concordia University. She continues to explore various mediums of visual arts but more recently has embraced the glaze oil method used by “old masters” in her oil painting. She finds that the glaze oil method brings a wonderful sense of depth and balance through the fine layering of glazes. She is presently a member and Treasurer of the Canadian Glaze Oil Society.

For my first portrait painting work I chose to paint my daughter. In the painting I am trying to capture her essence. She is happy by nature, has a great sense of humour and is quick to laugh. What may not be seen by most viewers are her disabilities, her cerebral palsy (posture), global delayed, and vision impairment (eyes offset). We all look to find our place, our space, whether it’s in the community, school, work, or family. Making space and making place means to me creating inclusive environments that are safe, nurturing for all. As an artist I want to provoke a larger discussion on what can't always be seen at first glance, trying to ask the viewer to look deeper and find the context of the work and how it relates to their own experience and those around them.

Adriana Rinaldi

Adriana Rinaldi lives in Oakville. She was born, in Hamilton, but moved to Italy with her family when she was small. Her Italian experience profoundly affected her art. When she was a child in the Italian countryside, she drew pictures incessantly. When she was 13, she returned to Canada, continuing her  making her art throughout high school. Although Adriana then had a full career, away from her artmaking, she still kept at it. Adriana was always very active with the Springbank Artists, in Mississauga. Since retirement, she is now thankfully able to fully dedicate her time to her lifelong passion. 

I look at my art career as an art adventure. I believe I should try everything at least once. I truly feel that I've closed a chapter in my art career and am now open to something new and exciting. I feel this opportunity will give me the chance to take a step back, take a breath and spend some time creating a new body of work. I can see it in my minds eye. I want to shock and awe my viewer with emotion, peace and happiness. I want to produce paintings of open spaces, growth, sanctuary and beauty. I also want to challenge myself technically. I believe art rendered well will stand the test of time.

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Andrea Pollock


Cindy Steinke

Cindy Steinke is a traditional glaze oil artist. She grew up in the deep American south but now resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario. As a child, Cindy was always interested in art and experimented with many different forms, from pottery to pen and ink to painting. In the last several years Cindy has found a home with glaze oil painting. This method allows her to add intricate detail to her work, layers and layers of transparent glazes that brings light and life to the subject matter. 

This painting helps me stay connected to my roots. When I was a little girl, I loved visiting my grandparents’ farm in rural Alabama. It was so much fun playing in the dirt, building lean-to forts and swinging on the front porch. The hours spent on that swing - visiting far away worlds in books, watching the rain on long summer days and swatting endless numbers of flies! That swing was a place I could dream......

My parents courted on that swing. My cousins and I ate peach cobbler on that porch the day we buried my grandmother. The house still stands, the swing still swings. I painted the columns on the porch this past summer. My space, my place to be home.

Christine Montague

Christine Montague (B.Sc., B.F.A), an award-winning Mississauga artist, creates dramatic polar bear portraiture paintings that are symbol to wonder and warning, nature under environmental threat. She uses her portraiture (Dr. Oscar Peterson, Living Arts Centre) realism oil painting skills to celebrate the polar bear's beauty, spirit and high  intelligence, as well as expose its vulnerability in a warming world. The past year has brought Montague two top Jurors’ Awards, juried exhibitions, and Dark Water, a solo show. Montague sells her polar bear art worldwide (collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Netherlands, UK)

A flash of northern light reveals a beautiful polar bear suspended beneath the surface of the sea. A buoyant animal, and strong swimmer, it is comfortable in this underwater space. But the frozen sea is its true place, vital to travel, hunting, mating, denning. Due to our changing, warming climate, the decrease of sea ice formation and the increase between the time it melts and reforms, the fate of the polar bear species, as with this bear, is in suspense.

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Kathy Marlene Bailey

Kathy Marlene Bailey graduated in 1979 from university at U of T in Art Education and Sheridan College in Creative Arts. Before that at Guelph University, she had the rare and pivotal experience of learning traditional
glaze oil painting, which prompted a passionate lifelong exploration. She loves to paint water, particularly, and is represented by Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s NL. Kathy is the President of the CGOS and is well known for her technical teaching in regard to paint performance, colour, light and archival practice.

Isabel Haslam

Isabel Haslam has developed her art through courses and workshops in different styles and media, at the Scarborough Art Guild, the London Art Gallery, the Dundas Valley School of Art, and the Art Gallery of Burlington to name a few. She serves on the executive of the Burlington Fine Arts Association and the Canadian Glaze Oil Society. Isabel’s work embodies her love of nature. She enjoys  expressing the dynamic interplay of light and dark, and the brilliance of colour in nature. Her work has been shown in Scarborough, Georgetown, Dundas, Milton and Burlington.

On a small slope hidden away below the Ferryland Lighthouse in Newfoundland, sit two red benches looking out across the vast Atlantic Ocean. Here is a place where the ocean, sometimes wild, sometimes mild,  meets the rocky shore. The benches invite you to sit and be immersed in the rugged beauty of nature. This is a place of solitude, awayfrom
the noises and pressures of everyday life, a place where you can be alone with your thoughts – a contemplative place.

Cathy Roberts

As a life long artist I have always found ways to express my creativity. My ‘arts’ desire has led me to classes and workshops in watercolour, acrylic, print making, collage and now to glaze oil painting. What ever medium,
I like use the repetition of shapes, patterns and texture in my artwork. My favourite compositions include landscapes, gardens, city scapes and the people within them. Some day I would like to incorporate all the mediums I’ve used into a large mixed media piece!

Sometimes on the walk from the lake, you take the path less trodden and it yields a treasure on the way. On the way back from the lake I found myself in a space that felt like a room. A serene place with thousand year old lava rocks covered in moss and the sun dappling the forest floor through the tree  canopy. I found one of nature’s special places.

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