Friday, November 11th, 2011
This month we feature works on paper with pastel paintings by Sharon Fox Cranston and Guy Cranston, and watercolour paintings by Len Sandeman and Cheryl Chartier.
Sharon Fox Cranston, SCA, PAC, lives in Prince Edward County with her husband Guy Cranston where they share a studio gallery on Main St. in the town of Bloomfield. Sharon ‘s early work was illustrative which enabled her to develop a solid understanding of drawing and composition. Her current focus is texture, colour and rhythm of the rural landscape with pastel as preferred medium. She has studied under accomplished artists such as Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Teresa Saia, Colleen Howe and Andrew McDermott. Many of her works are painted “en plein air” in Canada, France, Italy, the UK and USA. Sharon Fox is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, and signature member of Pastel Artists Canada, and member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, and Landscape Artists International.
Guy Cranston has been influenced by art all his life. Guy’s mother Stuart was a talented artist mentored by Kathleen Morris, a contemporary and associate of Canada’s Group of Seven. His sister Philippa is an accomplished writer and television producer. Guy’s elder brother Toller, is a well known Canadian artist who first wowed the world as an Olympic athlete. Guy was an accomplished wood carver for many years and excelled in creating large “one of a kind” gallery pieces turned on a lathe. He is still a member of the American Association of Woodturners and has competed at the AAW annual World Symposium. He has travelled with Sharon and painted throughout the west coast of Canada and the United States, France, Italy, the UK and Wales. Guy is a member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, Pastel Artists Canada, and Landscape Artists International and the Rideau Lakes Artist Association.
Len Sandeman, MSA was born in London England in 1923, emigrated to Canada in 1947 and settled in Winnipeg where he worked as a commercial artist while pursuing his love of painting. He began exhibiting his paintings in 1949, and was elected to the Manitoba Society of Artists. He served as President of Winnipeg Sketch Club and Manitoba Society of Artists in 1961-1962 and 1964-1965 respectively. Working primarily in watercolour, he quickly gained recognition for his award winning landscapes. After 26 years working as a commercial artist Len moved to Brandon Manitoba in 1974 to teach commercial and fine art at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School. His work has been featured in articles in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Brandon Sun and Wheat City Journal. His work has been represented by the Winnipeg, Brandon, Calgary, and Victoria art gallery picture rental libraries, as well as in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, South Africa, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Cheryl Chartier is an Ottawa based artist who has lived in Britain, Wales and the Channel Islands. She has been involved in the visual arts for over 40 years as both a professional photographer and fine artist. Her love of landscape has taken her across Canada many times sketching and recording images for her paintings. Her paintings can be found in collections the world over and are enjoyed for their strong colour and energetic movement and distinctly Canadian style. She has been represented by many galleries in Ontario in both solo and group shows . Cheryl is well known by art students as an art teacher, conducting art classes at her farm studio and for Wallacks Art Store over the past number of years. Her mediums include oil, acrylic pastel and watercolour.
Preview all the paintings featured in this show by visiting the online store page on this website. Type artist’s name in search box at top right hand corner of the page (with magnifying glass) to view all of the works by the artist.