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Paint Brushes


Gillian Joseph

Living in Ontario is really a blessing for someone like me who loves to paint  – it is so beautiful here no matter what the season! Blue skies, the white and grey shadows of the snow, golden fields of summer and the burnt orange leaves of the fall – these are the colours I love to work with.   


I have painted with acrylic and oils for a number of years.  Some wonderful instructors have taught me a great deal.  I love the free expression of abstract painting, but equally I love to incorporate a more realistic approach.  I work in a studio at my small gallery in Guelph, Ontario.  Whatever emerges, I try to tell a story, mine or yours, in every painting.  My work has been exhibited at the Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery in Englewood, on the Art Gallery of Ontario Portraits of Resilience website, at the Night at the Gallery Event, at the Guelph Creative Arts Association Artisan Gallery and most recently I had a month long exhibition and sale of 20 paintings at the Kloepfer Gallery in Guelph, Ontario.  As well as having patrons from across Canada, some of my work has been purchased in Canada but hangs in residences in the United Kingdom, the United States and India.  I welcome commissions, but only sell my art in Canada.  Please do look for other examples of my work on sale at the Artisan Store in the Old Quebec Street Shoppes in Guelph.

My creative streak doesn’t stop at painting.  For years I have been designing and creating macrame pieces, custom clothing, unique jewelry and out-of-the-box crafts that can also be both decorative and functional.  Modern macrame is different to what was created in the 1970s.  Now I try to pay homage to more modern artistic expressions that come through my experiences with geneology, meditation and an exposure to multi-cultural spirituality.  This helps me, and hopefully others, to feel a sense of well-being when viewing my work through the incorporation of designs that reflect upon history and encourage mindfulness, a heightened awareness of natural surroundings and scents as well as an appreciation of cultural diversity. 


One of my popular craft pieces is a hand-made dahlia wreath that is made with re-cycled paper from battered books, outdated colourful magazines or old musical scores. It is wonderful to enjoy the beauty of a large dahlia flower all year long that has been designed as a wreath for your wall, door or fireplace and made from the browning paper of a great old story or an old fashioned tune that, at the same time, makes you feel good about recycling. 

As you can see, I love to paint and to create.  I hope that you can feel that joy as you navigate this site! 


    Art  and  Craft
      Guelph, Ontario

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