“When I first travelled to Prague, the birth-place of my parents, I discovered my love of architecture, wrought iron structures, lamplight and the mystery of the city at night and began to paint scenes of Prague using acrylics and oils.
What fascinates me still is that buildings hold and support life, family and history but to the everyday viewer, what goes on within these structures is a mystery. I use my style of painting to tell the story of a place and I find my inspiration in the places I visit, most recently New York City, California, and Quebec City.”
Lois Siegel is a filmmaker, casting director, writer, photographer, professor and musician living in Ottawa. Siegel was named one of the Capital City’s Top 50 People Who Are Shaping the Future of the National Capital, by Ottawa Life Magazine, 2002.
Val Roy is a local artist working in mixed media. Her style is continually evolving and is very colorful, textured and expressive. She is inspired by live music and musicians and their energy. Val has been in over 50 exhibitions and has had numerous solo shows. She has studied with a number of prominent artists and is an active member of a number of local art groups including Ottawa Mixed Media Artists, the Ottawa Art Association, and the Kanata Civic Art Gallery. Val works full-time as a high school art teacher. You can check out her work at www.valigrl.com.
Shirley Moulton is an artist from Ottawa, who has been exhibiting her artwork since 1995. She paints in oil, pastel, gouache, watercolour, pen & ink and graphite pencil. Subject matter varies from landscape and florals, to portraits and Shirley has painted many portrait commissions of dogs and other pets. She is a member of a number of art associations: Ottawa Art Association, Art East, Ottawa Watercolour Society, Ottawa School of Art and Colored Pencil Society of America. If you are interested in purchasing artwork, or requesting a portrait commission, you may contact her by email at Shirley_moulton@yahoo.ca.
These works include drawings and photo snap shots collaged into an acrylic painting. UV protecting glazes are applied to the photo prints but they remain fragile as any photographic print. The snap shots are in the Henri Cartier-Brisson tradition of quick shots which document a moment in time. One can’t fully grasp the fact that billions of digital images are captured every day not only with cameras but phones and other devices, especially in iconic places such as New York City and tourist spots like Ottawa.
A passion for painting is evident in her use of intense colours and vivid imagery. Her city scenes depict personal experiences that bring an eclectic, vibrant feel to the canvas. Claudia is a member of Arts Ottawa East and the Ottawa Art Association; samples of her work can be found in collections throughout Ontario, Québec, and New Brunswick.