• Episode 41 - Barbara Reade

    Barbara Reade lives right beside Lake Ontario in the heart of downtown Burlington. The windows of her my studio space look out on a sweeping vista of sky, water and all the urban elements that make up her vibrant neighbourhood. Barbara’s palette is often influenced by the colours that she sees with a mix of natural hues, highly saturated pigments and the weathered stone neutrals of the local architecture.

    When describing her work, describes a powerful interplay between wildness and precision that draws her to abstraction, much like the mix of the natural and urban landscape in which she lives. There is an exhilarating energy that happens when these two opposites coexist. 

    Technically, Barbara is a mixed media artist, which means that she uses a variety of materials to layer and build history on the surface of each painting. Every painting that she make begins with play. Barbara never knows where a piece is headed, which keeps her studio practice fresh and unpredictable. One of her goals as an artist is to keep exploring and pushing my limits, whether that be with materials, scale or with new techniques.

    On today’s episode Barbara talks about her return to art making after many years away, how her aversion to rectangles lead to her current totem series and launching “No Brush Required”, her weekly artists chats on instagram with Tamara Grand and guest artists. 

    Interested in seeing some of Barbara’s work. Go to their website at https://barbarareade.com/

    Find Barbara on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bdreade_art 

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E41 - 29m - Aug 31, 2022
  • Episode 40 - ANNIVERSARY Edition

    Happy 1st Anniversary!!!

    It’s hard to believe that the podcast is a year old. What started as an idea has evolved into great conversations with artists from across Canada and around the globe. The podcast has now been downloaded in over 26 countries and continues to grow. Thank you to all the artists and individuals who have continued to support the podcast each week. My gratitude is overflowing. 

    So for this special Anniversary edition, we have turned the tables. I have invited back my first guest, Lydia Swanson to sit in the host chair and interview me on this special occasion. Tune in as we discuss the conception of the podcast, my creative process and the work I make in my studio. And of course my dreams for the future… 

    Find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lisajayneirvine

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E40 - 31m - Aug 24, 2022
  • Episode 39 - Nicole Kagan

    Nicole Kagan is a multi-faceted visual artist born in Johannesburg, South Africa and based in Toronto, Canada. Deeply inspired by the natural world as a reflection of the interior human experience, her works are layered and lush, thoughtful and evocative. In her making practice, Nicole thrives on the freeing sense of experimentation and alchemy that accompanies working in mixed media — with an increasing interest in meaning-making, and the intersection of movement and stillness. Her works exist as both beautiful images to behold, as well as mindful visual reminders in one's space, symbolizing a range of contemplative themes and concepts. Nicole also facilitates creative-mindfulness sessions — teaching a range of alternative methods to stay more present in the moment, through accessible, sensory practices that explore a calming experience of creative expression and flow. 

    On today’s episode Nicole talks about her process as an artist, the importance of being in the moment and how her work has evolved over time. She also discusses the book she is currently working on and how art and life influence one another. 

    Interested in seeing some of Nicole’s work. Go to her website at www.nicolekagan.com

    Find Nicole on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nicolekagan_art/ or https://www.instagram.com/meditativemuses/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com


    E39 - 31m - Aug 17, 2022
  • Episode 38 - Filling The Creative Well

    Sometimes as artists we forget the importance of the creative pause to refill our creative well. Recently I took a mini vacation to just get away from everything, and it got me thinking about the importance of getting out into the world to explore new ideas, find inspiration and just breathe. 

    Here are 5 ideas which I go into on today's episode for how you can begin to refill your own creative well:

    1.Explore a new part of our city or nearby town

    2.Try a new local restaurant

    3.Go for a walk in nature

    4.Visit a museum, art gallery or bookstore

    5.Disconnect from social media

    On today’s episode tune in as I share my insights, a little about my vacation and let you in on what’s coming up next for the podcast. 

    Want to see the cabin I stayed in? Check out my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lisajayneirvine

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E38 - 7m - Aug 10, 2022
  • Episode 37 - Sarah Brodie

    Sarah Brodie has found a brilliant way to write off all her art and office supply purchases by becoming an art therapist. She went to Canada’s one and only english language graduate studies program: getting her Masters in Art Therapy from Concordia University in 2005. She beefed up her studies with post-graduate specialization in child development and psychoanalysis at another one of a kind Institute in Toronto (CICAPP) and founded The Arterie with the only other person who also has those two diplomas, her work wife, Claudia Corradetti. They’ve been lucky to find a few other kindred spirits to practice with out of a sweet sage coloured Bungalow in Burlington Ontario. They’ve been even luckier to be so warmly received by a community hungry to use creativity in the service of healing, and mental health. 

    On today’s episode Sarah talks about becoming an art therapist, her creative journaling and how Julie Cameron’s The Artist’s Way guided her journey.

    Interested in learning about Sarah’s work. Go to her website at arterie.ca

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E37 - 18m - Jul 27, 2022
  • Episode 36 - Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

    Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. An elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (Lifetime, Mentor), Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Ontario Society of Artists, and the Portrait Society Of Canada.

    Andrew was a contestant in the finals of Landscape Artists Of The Year Canada Competition; episodes can be streamed on CBC tv GEM Documentaries. Andrew teaches online at the McMichael Gallery of Canadian Art, The Barrie Arts Club and The Richmond Hill Art School.

    His body of work includes landscapes and figurative work in abstracted realism, porcelain sculpture and social commentary. He is a raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. Varied subjects are presented in his exploration of the interconnectivity of everything. Andrew’s strengths are evident in his strong sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, confident presentation of bold colours.

    Andrew has gone on several painting expeditions including to the Arctic, Gros Morne, Killarney, and Algonguin Park. 

    On today’s episode Andrew talks about his love of landscape, his 2012 Nuit Blanche project and how teaching informs his practice as an artist. 

    Interested in seeing some of Andrew’s work. Go to their website at www.sookrah.ca

    Find Andrew on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/andrew_cheddie_sookrah/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E36 - 25m - Jul 20, 2022
  • Episode 35 - Andrew Scheglov

    Andrew Scheglov is a Toronto based figurative painter. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, he currently lives and works in Canada. His education includes a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College in 2005, a year long apprenticeship with Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum in 2007, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. 

    Andrew’s recent work oscillates between motifs of intimate queer portraiture in quotidian domestic or outdoor settings, and larger socio-psychological images of crowds in motion, particularly from the late Soviet era, resulting from the collapse of major spiritual systems and threat relevance to our own, contemporary Western psychic uprootedness and instability. In both bodies of work, Andrew is driven by a desire to address the psychology of the sitter in an empathetic way. On a formal level, he is fascinated with the effects of light, colour and movement.  

    On this week’s episode Andrew talks about his journey from Classical animation to fine arts, his two series - queer portraits and crowd paintings, along with his apprenticeship in Norway and his creative process. 

    Find Andrew on Instagram at https://www.andrewscheglov.com/

    Interested in seeing some of Andrew’s work. Go to their website at https://www.instagram.com/secondhand_fresh/?hl=en

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E35 - 29m - Jul 13, 2022
  • Episode 34 - Kaitlin Mason

    Kaitlin is an award-winning artist who uses multiple layers of coloured pencil to create her trompe-l’oeil fabric drawings. Leaving the wood exposed adds an additional element of organic detail, which is unique to each piece. She enjoys playing with light and shadows, in an attempt to transform an otherwise mundane item, into a sculptural entity. Capturing these fragments of fabric preserves the intricate details of each fabric, which can never be recreated in that specific form again. Each drawing is unique, special, and layered with details to explore! 

    On today’s episode Kaitlin talks about her unique approach to drawing, what it’s like being in art fairs and how she pivoted from studying interior design to the fine arts. 

    Interested in seeing some of Kaitlin’s  work. Go to their website at https://www.kaitlinmason.com/

    Find Kaitlin on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kaitlin_mason_/ 

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E34 - 26m - Jul 6, 2022
  • Episode 33 - Pascal Normand

    After a career in television and cinema in the 2000s, Pascal Normand has devoted himself since 2009 to the creation of his pictorial artwork.  Independent and self-taught, Pascal has participated in artistic events such as the New Art Festival in Ottawa, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TAOF) and MTL en Arts in Montreal.

    In recent years, Pascal’s  work has won several important awards: Mayor's Prize at the Couleurs Urbaines symposium in Granby (2018), CCLGBTQ Jury Prize at the MTL en Arts festival (2018), 3rd Grand Prize at the 34th International Gala of Visual Arts in Montreal (2019), Desjardins Public Prize at the 22nd edition of Mtl en Arts (2021). Several solo exhibitions are already scheduled in various venues until 2024.

    Pascal’s primary inspiration, the textural uniqueness of industrial landscapes and architectural jewels is at the heart of his creative work. In his nocturnal photography, he combines digital art and aerosol painting to develop a different perspective on these places. A collective memory to which he pays homage by giving life to a current urban aesthetic where evocative settings are established. 

    On today’s episode Pascal talks about his journey from the film industry to the fine arts world, why he takes photos at night and his involvement in art shows. 

    Interested in seeing some of Pascal’s work. Go to their website at https://pascalnormand.com 

    Find Pascal on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pascalnormand/ or check out his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6AF715037DE2E4BB

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E33 - 28m - Jun 29, 2022
  • Episode 32 - Tara Leaver

    Originally from London, Tara Leaver is an artist and teacher living by the sea in Cornwall, England. After completing a Foundation Diploma in London in her early twenties, her regular art practice took a back seat to travel and various forms of employment, including six years teaching Montessori. She was also dealing with recurring bouts of depression which impacted her creativity for several years.

    Tara moved to Hove on the south coast as part of her recovery, and resumed painting in 2008, embarking on a period of intensive study and development after discovering the world of online blogs and art courses. Ten years later she moved again, this time to Cornwall, to live in a clifftop cottage with a purpose built studio in the garden. She began swimming outdoors, and this saw her work - always inspired by ideas of freedom and coastal living - evolve to focus on her deep love of sea swimming and immersing in wild nature.

    As a result of her years of exploring art as a means of self discovery and self expression, Tara began teaching online in 2013. This has evolved into a comprehensive artist membership site and community, supporting other artists on their own paths. Having these two strands to her work - her own practice and the artist support she offers - brings a rich diversity to her life as an artist.

    Tara sells work in galleries in London, the Cotswolds, and Cornwall, and via her own website. 

    Her work is owned by private collectors in Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada and Africa. 

    On today’s episode Tara talks about her love of nature, how living by the sea has transformed her and her work as well as her online teaching. 

    Interested in seeing some of Tara’s  work. Go to their website at taraleaverart.com

    Find Tara on Instagram at www.instagram.com/taraleaverart

    Want to know more about her teaching? Check out Tara’s teaching instagram @taraleaver or her teaching website at www.taraleaver.com

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E32 - 29m - Jun 22, 2022
  • Episode 31 - Laura Peturson

    Born in Windsor, Ontario, Laura Peturson holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. With a practice situated in printmaking, drawing and painting, Laura’s works combine multiple print-based techniques with a handmade aesthetic. Laura lives in Callander, Ontario, and teaches printmaking, painting, and drawing at Nipissing University. Her practice includes traditional printmaking disciplines, as well as large-scale print-based mural works that involve layering woodcut, linocut and papercut prints with wheatpaste over hand-painted imagery.

     Laura's work has been presented in recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, Station Gallery in Whitby, and Alberta Printmakers Gallery in Calgary as well as numerous group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In addition to exhibiting in galleries, Laura has an active practice in illustration and public art, with large-scale murals in Sudbury, North Bay, and Port Burwell, ON.

    On today’s episode Laura talks about her love of printmaking, how she plans her installation works and how her teaching practice informs her art practice. 

    Interested in seeing some of Laura’s work. Go to their website at www.laurapeturson.com

    Find Laura on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laurapeturson/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com


    E31 - 28m - Jun 15, 2022
  • Episode 30 - Victoria Pearce

    Victoria lives and paints in Hamilton’s James North art district and cottages on the edge of Algonquin Park and enjoys hiking and paddling the natural spaces of Ontario’s north, be it Muskoka, Algonquin, Haliburton, Kawartha, Madawaska or the length of Bruce Trail. The contrast of sky to rocky cliffs, grand pines and idyllic islands make for great inspiration. Her labyrinth style finds much inspiration in the exposed rock of the Canadian Shield, the grand White Pines and wide open skies. Come join her on land or on water.

    Victoria is a professional artist who works from her studio in the Hamilton’s James North art district. Over the last 20 years she has painted oversized, ants eye view florals combined with abstractions and surreal nests floating in the sky. She is currently focused on the Ontario Landscape in all its vast diversity.

    As an artist and avid hiker, observing and recording as she hikes or paddles along is an important part of her process. Victoria is an enthusiastic Bruce Trail Conservancy member and cottager on the edge of Algonquin Park. The province boasts so many waterfalls and grand pine forests, silhouetted islands, craggy cliffs and voluminous skies that there will never be time to experience them all, but she tries. Within them she finds the shapes, lines, colours, patterns and forms she so loves.  To play with the interplay of one colour pushing against another or shapes as parts of an overall interconnecting composition is a challenge and a joy. To see the constant movement of all things natural is sometimes easy, as in a waterfall, but more challenging in a wall of granite. She says it’s the geography geek in her that is excited by a ridge of Dolostone or Granite, or the rush of a water cascade, all products of the time glaciers covered the land. Expressing that friction and interconnectedness is what she strives to do. 

    Victoria’s labyrinth style of landscape is a unique one. It evokes a myriad of associations from ancient writings to tile or knitted patterns, even mathematical principles to some. 

    On today’s episode Victoria talks about her labyrinth style paintings and how her love of hiking the Bruce trail and nature inform her studio practice. 

    Interested in seeing some of Victoria’s work. Go to their website at https://www.victoriapearce.ca

    Find Victoria  on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/victoriapearceart

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E30 - 28m - Jun 8, 2022
  • Episode 29 - Jorn Schmidt

    Jorn Schmidt grew up in Germany, where he studied Philosophy. Jorn moved to Canada in 2005. His first contact with screen printing was in Berlin, where he tried to support himself during his  Ph.D studies. He would sell t-shirts and other things on the weekend at a local flea market. The first t-shirt Jorn ever designed and printed depicted the Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, part of what he now calls The 'Philosophers' series.

    When Jorn moved to Canada for romantic reasons, he discovered that continuing his  studies proved more difficult and lengthier than anticipated. Again, Jorn turned to making t-shirts, which he sold online, mostly through ebay. Jorn taught himself  basic programming skills and soon launched his own website. At the same time he shifted from the Philosophers to urban scenes, which would attract a larger audience. 

    Production initially  took place at his home until the next big step in 2015. With sales going up and his designs also available in local shops, Jorn opened his own shop in Montreal's Mile End area. Initially the idea was to have a workshop and Jorn hoped that a bit of foot traffic would help to cover the rent. Seven years later, the shop was featured in some of the local  guide books. 

    On today’s episode Jorn talks about starting his t-shirt business, his interest in philosophy and his infamous racoon design. 

    Interested in seeing some of Jorn’s work. Go to his website at www.tresnormale.com 

    Find Jorn on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tresnormale/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    14m - Jun 1, 2022
  • Episode 28 - Delio Delgado

    Delio Delgado is a Dominican-Canadian artist based out of Hamilton, Ontario

    He has a BFA in multidisciplinary studies from The National School of Visual Arts in the Dominican Republic. Delio also graduated from the Altos de Chavon, The School of Design which is affiliated with Parson’s The New School of Design in New York City. Delio also has completed Digital Media Production as a Graphic Designer at  Mohawk College.

    Between 1997 and 2021 Delio has exhibited extensively in public and alternative spaces in The Caribbean, Europe, the USA and Canada. Some of the galleries his work has been seen in include The civil Museum of The City of Cremona

    In Italy, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Houston Museum of African American Culture in United States, The Print Biennial in Varna, Bulgaria, The Biennial of Dominican Republic, The Havana Biennial in Cuba, IDB cultural Center in Washington DC,  and recently at YouMe Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario

    Delio has been living in Hamilton, Ontario since 2003.

    On today’s episode Delio talks about his journey to Hamilton, Ontario from the Dominican Republic, how Covid not only changed his life but also his work, and what he is currently working on in his studio.

    Find Delio on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/deldelgado/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E28 - 33m - May 25, 2022
  • Episode 27 - Artist-Life Balance

    Join me from my studio as I talk about the Artist - Life balance. After a busy week full of events, podcast recordings and studio engagements, I spent a little time reflecting on how best to manage my time without feeling burnt out. So, what does it take to be a full time artist? How do I find balance between teaching, my art practice, recording a podcast and the daily demands of life. I will share some of my musings and insights into how to establish a regular studio routine, and some of the tips and tricks that work for me. So grab a cuppa tea and relax into this weeks episode. 

    Interested in seeing some of my work. Go to my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    Find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lisajayneirvine/ 

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E27 - 20m - May 18, 2022
  • Episode 26 - Peggy Taylor Reid

    Peggy Taylor Reid is a photographer using both a traditional and an alternative lens. Her work encompasses constructed photographs, concepts, and the natural world. She holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa and a B.ED from the University of Toronto. She is an educator, and a long-time member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and presently is a member and past co-chair of The Red Head Gallery collective. Taylor Reid’s work can be found in private and public collections, most notably the Art Gallery of Peel. She received the N.Y. Photo Curator award for her series (re)pair, the Director’s award for the work Strength from the A Smith Gallery in Texas and 2 honourable mentions for the 12th Julia Cameron Awards in Self-portrait and Digital Manipulation & Collage. Her work has been published in The HAND magazine, Prefix photo and she was a featured photographer in Light Journal 05. Recent exhibitions include Resounding Within the Echoes, a group show of gallery artists at the Lonsdale Gallery, and online shows The Portrait (Tussle Projects) curated by Laura Horne and Collage curated by Clare Christie for the B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. Peggy Taylor Reid currently lives and works in Caledon, Ontario and is represented by Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto.

    On today’s episode Peggy talks about her interest in digital photography, what it’s like to experiment with new media, and her creative process as a photographer. 

    Interested in seeing some ofPeggy’s work. Go to their website at peggytaylorreid.com

    Find Peggy on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/peggytreid/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E26 - 30m - May 11, 2022
  • Episode 25 - Cole Swanson

    Cole Swanson is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Through a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and materially-focused practice, he explores interspecies dynamics evolving in the anthropocene. 

    Cole has exhibited works in national and international institutions on four continents and is two-time arts fellow through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for his research on natural materials, miniature painting, fresco, and earth pigments. With a sustainable and access-oriented approach to creation and dissemination, Cole often engages conservationists, scientists, and social/community partners to integrate advocacy, education, and lived experience into the creative process. His work has been featured in several media and academic publications and his artistic research on Toronto’s double-crested cormorant colony was a feature on the celebrated program “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki. He has attended residencies in Canada, India, Brazil, and Spain, and recently contributed to an expansive survey exhibition on art, nature, and ecology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleries called ‘Earthly Observatory,” curated by Giovanni Aloi and Andrew Yang. 

    On today’s episode Cole talks about his practice, travel, and the influence of materiality on his process.

    Interested in seeing some of Cole’s work. Go to his website at coleswanson.org 

    Find Cole on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/coleswansonart/ 

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E25 - 41m - May 4, 2022
  • Episode 24 - Heather Horton

    Heather Horton’s work focuses on internal states, contemplative narratives and often has a personal connection to her own life.

    Heather was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. She attended McMaster University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Heather then went on to graduate from the well-respected Interpretive Illustration program at Sheridan College.

    Heather’s work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. A selection of her paintings is now a part of the permanent collection at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as well as part of the Government of Ontario's permanent collection. Several of Horton’s paintings can be seen in the Lionsgate film “A Simple Favor”, starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and directed by Paul Feig. Also, Heather has been profiled by Bravo! Canada series The Artist’s Life.

    Several of her paintings are headed to the moon as a part of the Lunar Codex Project, which will have art in digital form as a part of the payload of three different missions landing in three locations on the lunar surface. You can read more about this exciting project at http://LunarCodex.com 

    Heather has studios in Los Angeles and London, England, where she and her husband live.

    On today’s episode Heather talks about her love of the figure, the repeated element of water in her work, and what influenced her early works. 

    Interested in seeing some of Heather’’s work. Go to her website at  heather@heatherhorton.com 

    Find Heather on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/heather_horton

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E24 - 36m - Apr 27, 2022
  • Episode 23 - Sandra Tarantino

    Sandra Tarantino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Ontario College of Art and Design in Drawing and Painting, a BA at York University in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has actively participated in the artistic community as Co-Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-2011, AWOL Gallery and Studios from 1996-2012 as well as being part of the AWOL Collective to present day. She has recently opened a new gallery and ceramic studio, ArtQuarters Gallery, in Toronto where she creates, exhibits, teaches and showcases other Canadian artists with her life partner, artist Ross Bonfanti and father Marcello Tarantino. 

    Sandra’’s personal art practice incorporates elements of both painting and sculpture through ceramic sculptures, shaped canvases, and other mixed media work; her pieces are held in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe. She exhibits her works at art fairs including the Artist Project and TOAE as well as with Art Interiors and Blue Crow Gallery.  A large portion of her life also revolves around teaching students of all ages in a variety of media (including mural creation, mixed media painting and ceramic sculpture); this fuels her personal creation practice and explorations.  Sandra teaches at ArtQuarters Gallery, Avenue Road Arts School and throughout GTA communities and schools with arts organizations including VIBE Arts and Arts Access Fund. She is a past recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artist Grant, Exhibition Assistance Grant and Artist in Education Grant.

    On today’s episode Sandra talks about her experience in the Florence Program at OCADU, working with artists in various galleries and collectives as well as how her work has evolved from painting to ceramics. 

    Interested in seeing some of Sandra’s work. Go to her website at www.sandratarantino.com

    Find Sandra on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sandratarantino/ 

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E23 - 33m - Apr 20, 2022
  • Episode 22 - Clarence Porter

    “My job as an artist is to see and translate my visual and emotional moments into pieces that allow the viewer to see, feel and be in my moments giving the viewer pause to reflect on moments in time that I cherished, frozen in pigments.” - Clarence Porter

    Clarence Porter worked in the Toronto advertising world as an art director/freelance illustrator- a career spanning 40 plus years. Moving to Hamilton Ontario, Clarence pursued working in soft pastels and after receiving an Honourable Mention in the 2006 Pastel Artist Canada “Purely Pastels” Exhibition, he never looked back. 

    Clarence is represented by Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton Ontario and his work has been collected locally and internationally. He received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014 and was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2016. He is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

    Clarence has been teaching pastel workshops at the Dundas Valley School of Art since 2018 and has been an occasional instructor at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Aurora Cultural Centre, as well as instructing his own private pastel workshops. Clarence recently retired from teaching figurative painting at Sheridan College in the Visual and Creative Arts Department: eight amazing years of working with young creative minds. He enjoys the interaction with creative minds of all ages.

    On today’s episode Clarence talks about his journey from illustrator to pastel artist, the importance of Mrs. Straus and how he came to be in Hamilton, Ontario. 

    Interested in seeing some of Clarence’s work. Go to his website at https://www.porter-arts.com/

    Find Clarence on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/porter_arts/

    Find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artconversationswithlisajayne/ or at my website at www.lisajayneirvine.com

    E22 - 39m - Apr 13, 2022
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