January 22, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Vernissage: Wednesday January 22, 2020, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Ottawa School of Art is proud to present the work of OSA Diploma Student: Myriam Peever
Myriam Peever is a visual artist based in Ottawa who uses various mediums to create unique nature themed artworks. Although Myriam did not formally take art classes during her high school years, she invested her time, and developed her skills in the woodshop program offered there as well as in her father’s woodshop. This effort, combined with her love for nature and her Grandfathers passion for oil painting, solidified Myriam’s commitment to follow a career in visual arts. Thus far Myriam has completed the OSA Certificate Program in 2015 and is currently working towards finishing the Diploma Program in 2020.
Myriam describes her work as whimsical, intricate and detail-oriented, combining various mediums. She often uses found or repurposed objects and materials. Through art she likes to break the barriers of creating images and seeks to find new un-thought of ways of making her pieces. Her thought is: “Yes, I can create this image or concept through painting or drawing…but how can I push this and go completely beyond that…”
Myriam admires and is influenced by the work of Vincent Van Gogh; his command of colour and the way he depicted nature in such a beautiful intricate way. She is also influenced by local Ottawa artists Jenny McMaster, Lindsay Watson and Natalie Grice. All OSA instructors with whom she has taken classes; “They all use different techniques and mediums in their practice which is one of the factors that help spark interest in combining various mediums in my own work.”
Myriam has exhibited her work in group and in solo shows. Her work can be found in private collections.
“These pieces reflect the natural beauty of Waterfront landscapes. They seek to showcase different aspects of nature through texture, abstraction and colour play.
Ebb & Flow conveys a mesmerizing sense of serenity that comes from being immersed in nature. I believe that you must get up close with nature to truly admire and appreciate its beauty.” – Myriam Peever, Artist
Imagine standing by the water’s edge; the gentle salty breeze of the ocean lingering through the air; the song of the waves washing up against the shore; the warm sand beneath your feet, delicately trickling between your toes; the waves swirling in directions creating unknown motifs upon the water’s surface. See the different shades and variations of blues reaching in the distance for what seems like miles and miles on with no end in sight. How does this make you feel?
These pieces reflect the natural beauty of Waterfront landscapes. They seek to showcase different aspects of nature through texture, abstraction and colour play.
Ebb & Flow conveys a mesmerizing sense of serenity that comes from being immersed in nature. I believe that you must get up close with nature to truly admire and appreciate its beauty.
Myriam Peever was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Having grown up in a small suburban area surrounded by many green spaces, parks and trails she grew a great appreciation for the outdoors. That love for nature has only continued to grow since she became involved with Girl Guides and started working at an overnight summer camp, Camp Woolsey. Her exposure to the natural world has given her a new perspective, and gratitude for nature which she constantly seeks to interpret in new ways through her art.
Myriam has always been a very crafty person. She always enjoyed playing around with whatever materials were around the house such as beading supplies and making new creations in her father’s woodshop. However, it was only when her Grandfather shared his passion in oil painting that Myriam truly realized that art was something that she wanted to take on as more than a hobby. With the passing of her Grandfather, Myriam chose to pursue fine arts on an academic level in hopes to carry on his memory and passion for art.
Myriam began the Certificate Program at the Ottawa School of Art in 2015. She enjoyed the program so much that she chose to continue her studies with the school, this time in the Fine Arts Diploma Program from which she will graduate in 2020. Through the Ottawa School of Art, Myriam discovered that she really enjoys combining various mediums into her projects. She loves playing with colour and found or repurposed objects. She constantly challenges herself to find new, unthought-of, whimsical ways of creating pieces.
• Ottawa School of Art, Certificate Program, 2015-2017.
• Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Program, 2017-xxxx.
• “Gizmo’s & Gadget’s”, Wall Gallery, 2017
• Certificate Program Graduation Exhibition, Ottawa School of Art
• “4 X 5”, Photography Class Exhibition, Ottawa School of Art, Lee Matasi Gallery, February 28-March 14, 2018.
• Camp Woolsey Staff Clothing Design – Summer 2018
• Camp Woolsey Staff Clothing Design with scripture by Claire Ingraham – Summer 2019
• Camp Woolsey, Summer Camp Staff 2012-2019
o Arts Program Coordinator (2018-2019)