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David Barbour


Highlights to David Barbour’s career  include a World Press Award (1984) taken in Egypt and a Mid-Career Canada Council Grant (1999) to continue his project in Havana and a City of Ottawa Project Grant (2014) to photograph the Rideau Canal in the winter.  A graduate from the Banff School of Fine Arts (1976) he has balanced personal projects with freelance photographic assignments/contracts and has taught courses/workshops at OSA, SPAO, Algonquin College, University of Ottawa as well as Carleton University. Please visit his website to see a sample of his personal work.

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Marianne Burlew


Marianne Burlew is an artist whose work focuses on themes of embodiment and the senses using video and sculpture. Burlew recently received her MFA from the University of Waterloo where she completed internships with artists Saskia Olde Wolbers and Anne Hardy in London (UK) through the Keith and Win Shantz scholarship. Prior to her return to school, Burlew participated as an artist-in-residence in the textile studio at the Harbourfront Centre for two years. Burlew earned her BFA from York University. She has exhibited around southern Ontario and her work is part of three private collections as well as the Fibre Art Collection of The Idea Exchange, Cambridge.

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David Clendining

Born in Canada, David has pursued and developed his art throughout Europe, Canada and the US for over 25 years. While studying bronze casting and commercial art at the Ontario College of Art, he also audited animation classes at Sheridan College. He worked in the field of animation at Dick Williams Disney Studio in London, England, Nelvana Studios in Toronto, and in the television and film industry in Canada, the US and England. His art can be found in many public and private collections, and his illustrations have graced the pages of a variety of children’s books.

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Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre

Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (St Martin’s Central, University of the Arts, London) and graduated with Merit Distinction.   Subsequent experience included Gallery Custodianship, lecturing in European Art History and writing as an Art Critic for the Cape Times in South Africa.   Widely traveled in Africa and Europe, she has settled in the Gatineau Hills where she has a studio.

Her practice, based on European drawing and painting techniques, explores the relevance of the figure and its abundant potential for contextualisation.   Following avenues of research and with tendencies to embrace music and movement, situations proper and absurd which determine the trajectory of her paintings, she predominantly creates Figure Paintings and Drawings on various themes ( Man as Centaur, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in collaboration with Carson Becke who performed the piece, a Tango series) and presently work revolves around carousels, with plain air landscape painting at home and abroad.

She teaches at the Ottawa School of Art, exhibits fairly regularly in the National Capital Region, her drawings and paintings can be found in private collection in Canada, USA, France and South Africa and her work is carried by Orange Gallery in Ottawa.

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Dawn Dale

Dawn Dale has been an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art since 1990, in both the General and Diploma Program (1996) and, more recently in the Children’s Department (2012). She teaches primarily sculpture as well as drawing, mixed media and conceptual art practices. Her studio practice is grounded in landart, large scale ephemeral works and site specific installations. Her work is informed by our dysfunctional relationship to Nature in a world of consumerism, global climate crisis and unstable political theatre. A BFA graduate from the University of Ottawa, she has exhibited across Canada, The United States, Bolivia, Mexico and in Japan. Her work is in the City of Ottawa Collection as well as the Archives of Canada, and the Alberta Museum and private collections. She is an active member of the arts community with Artwise and RIA and has been in the classrooms with MASC, ArtSmarts and Les Artistes à l’école in Quebec. Her work can be found at and

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Lucia De Marinis


Lucia De Marinis graduated from a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984, where she majored in painting.  She was given advanced standing (to third year) upon admission to the program and was selected for the National Dean’s List in 1984.   She was a finalist for the prestigious Gund Award competition at graduation.   Lucia also has a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature from Carleton University and studied briefly at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome with the assistance of a scholarship from the Italian government.  She completed several years of private study with Ugo Chyurlia, a graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice (1932).  At the Cleveland Institute of Art her painting teacher, thesis advisor, and mentor was Julian Stanczak, a renowned colourist and a student of Josef Albers.   

Lucia has been teaching at the Ottawa School of Art since 1988.  She taught in the School of Media and Design at Algonquin College from 1994 to 2013 and was a faculty member in the Department of Visual and Creative Arts at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall from 1988 to 1991.  In 2006 she was the recipient of the first Instructor of the Year Award at the Ottawa School of Art.

Lucia has exhibited her work in numerous solo, group, and juried shows in Canada and the USA and is represented in corporate, public, and private collections.

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Kathryn Drysdale

Kathryn studied at Dawson College, H.B. Beal Technical School, Ontario College of Art, and Concordia University before setting up a studio in Montreal, In 1991 she moved from Montreal to Wakefield. Her large-scale expressive drawings have been exhibited across Canada and abroad. Her work is represented in private and public art collections including the city of Ottawa and Loto Quebec. In 1997 she began experiments with a new drawing medium – s’grafitto. Working with wax and gouache she developed a unique and personal approach to drawing. Since then she has been developing this technique while exploring new subject matter.

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Mahshid Farhoudi

Born in Iran (1971) Mahshid Farhoudi immigrated to Canada in 1987. She attended York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, she then studied traditional methods of drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. Mahshid is a Canadian figurative painter who addresses issues of identity and belonging. Her work has been published alongside the poetry of Canadian writer and Trent university professor Kelly Young. Mahshid is a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts and teaches at the Ottawa School of Art. She is one of the founding members of Propeller Gallery and AWOL Gallery in Toronto. Mahshids’ work was featured on Canoe Live Television (2007). Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, Europe, Australia and the United States.

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Andrew Fay

Andrew was raised and educated in Ottawa and received his training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work continues to focus on figurative subject matter. The paintings centre on the human image, examining a gamut of physical and emotional drives. The narrative of his paintings is often intentionally ambiguous. He creates a surreal atmosphere which invites the viewer to interact with the work on their own terms, with minimal direction. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, most notably at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Ottawa School of Art Gallery and his paintings can be found in important civic and private collections in Ottawa. Andrew coordinates the diploma and Portfolio Program for the Ottawa School of Art.

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Robert Hinchley

Robert Hinchley is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. His paintings and prints have been shown in many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Painting trips in Canada and especially the Ottawa Valley offer Rob an endless source of inspiration.His unique approach to printmaking combines painterly and experimental methods to this timeless graphic form. A selection of his prints was presented as gifts from Canada to the world leaders that attended the APEC summit in Vancouver.

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Farouk Kaspaules

Farouk Kaspaules is an Iraqi-born Canadian artist with a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History & Theory from the University of Ottawa. Farouk has been exhibiting since 1989, and the events shaping the political and social situation in the Middle East has strongly influenced his work. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including prestigious locations such as the 9th International Biennial in Cairo, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, London, England, France, Hungary, Brazil, Chile and of course Canada and Ottawa. He has also been the recipient of numerous grants over the yeas.

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Yves Larocque

Yves M. Larocque holds B.A.s in Visual Arts and Theory of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a M.A. in Art History from the Université de Montréal, a D.E.A. and a Doctorate in Art History from the Sorbonne (Université de Paris I). He is also a painter, a renowned art instructor and a guest professor. In the course of the last 28 years at the School, Yves learned how to get the best from his students, knowing that only passion, dedication and goodness are the sole instruments of success; may it be in painting or art history. Content, concept and context are the key elements of his teaching, closely knit together with technique and know how. His works have been shown in Spain, Italy, and Canada. To know more about Yves click: or you can subscribe to his blog at

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Jacinta LeBlanc

Hailing originally from the Maritimes, Jacinta LeBlanc’s art practice is based in the Ottawa region. She studied Fine Arts at the Ottawa School of Art, specializing in drawing and painting and received her BA in Art History and English literature from Carleton University. Her vision has been expressed through many different mediums, but in recent years, she has favoured acrylic inks and oils. She is currently an instructor for the Ottawa School of Art’s diploma program. Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions and her paintings can be found in private collections in Canada and the United States.

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Erin Maura Robertson

Erin Robertson is a sculptor and painter who explores figurative and environmental themes through the inventive use of a variety of materials, primarily oils, acrylics, resins, ceramics, papier-mâché and bronze. Her art is marked by its whimsical and subversive play on everyday idioms, domesticity, landscape and mythology.

Robertson is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Guelph University.She exhibits in private and public galleries. Her work can be found in various collections in Canada and abroad, including the City of Ottawa, the Crown Collection, Stornoway residence and has been awarded several public art commissions.She is a founding member of Blink Gallery Collective, Fieldwork Collective and is an instructor in the diploma program at the Ottawa school of art.

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Blair Sharpe

Blair Sharpe completed his “A” Level in Fine Art (University of London Board) at Kent School, Germany and a special Post “A” Fine Arts Programme while living in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1971–73, followed by studies at the Ottawa School of Art (then the Ottawa Municipal Art Centre), notably with Richard Gorman and the late James Boyd. He has exhibited widely, with numerous solo shows in Ottawa and Toronto, including a major mid-career survey at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 1989 as well as group shows across Canada and abroad. His work is found in many public, corporate and private collections notably the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, City of Ottawa and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Blair teaches painting and drawing at the Ottawa School of Art, and has contributed writings on art and art practice to a number of publications. While his work is formally centred in the traditions of abstract painting, a profound affinity to nature and natural process pervades his work.

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Guillermo Trejo

Guillermo Trejo was born in Mexico City and has a BFA from Bellas Arts School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking. His first subject after emigrating to Canada in 2007 was a serie of drawings inspired by characters from Canadian newspapers. As he tries to understand the “multicultural” landscape in Canada, he likes to draw plants and make prints of people. His profound understanding of art history is reflected in his contemporary work. He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at the Ottawa School of Art.

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Sharon VanStarkenburg



Sharon VanStarkenburg was born in Pembroke, ON and grew up in the lush countryside. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Ottawa in 1997 and is a University of Ottawa MFA candidate. She has been featured in a number of both online magazines and print, including Fresh Paint Magazine (UK and US). She is the recipient of multiple grants from both the City of Ottawa and Ontario Arts Council, and other prestigious arts awards. VanStarkenburg has exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections. She teaches a variety of studio courses at the Ottawa School of Art. She is currently represented by Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa, ON where she also resides.

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Carla Whiteside

Carla holds a commercial art and design diploma from Algonquin College, a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Ottawa, and an M.A. degree in Fine Art from Laval University, Québec. She is also on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Ottawa and has taught at Laval University and the Université du Québec en Outaouais in sculpture and drawing.

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