Brian Smith has been drawing and painting the human form for close to fifty years. Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or a more whimsical drawing of a group of figures in compressed charcoal or an abstracted painting of the figure, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces brings him back daily. He is an artist because the human form inspires.
Brian Smith has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure. His works are in collections across North America and he has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows.
"I paint what is important to me, what impacts my life, my family, my history, and the landscape around me. I've lived in Ontario, Britain, and Quebec, and these places and experiences come out in different ways in the work that I do. Regardless of my subject matter or medium, I strive to create an atmosphere and mood in each piece that viewers can connect with."
Jessica Masters is an award-winning artist who works from her studio in Guelph. She teaches courses in both painting and dry pastel. Jessica's work is held in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. You can also find her work in several galleries in Toronto, Oakville, Waterloo and in Guelph. Jessica holds Master Pastelist status in the Pastel Artists of Canada.
Kerry Kim views drawing as a vehicle for exploration of chaotic visual reality. He draws out the structural movement within the human form conveying thoughts and emotions that otherwise would not be explicated. His drawings are not imbued with symbolism, nor are they simply a recording of what he sees.
Kerry graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1981 and studied old master drawings in Florence, Italy. He taught drawing and painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art, Sheridan College, Centennial College and Ontario College of Art and Design. He is presently the director of Mississauga School of Art & Design.