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Scott McNichol

Scott graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Fine Arts and Philosophy. Scott is also a graduate of Journalism Studies from Conestoga College in Kitchener. Mr. McNichol has been a dedicated and loyal working artist at the Gallery since 1994, and holds the title of Staff Educator/Artist. He currently teaches visual art to high-school students at Scholar’s Hall Private School in Kitchener and adults at Conestoga College. Scott’s passion is found in sculpture, but he is also recognized for his acrylic paintings and extensive work in photography.

Soheila K. Esfahani

Soheila K. Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was a semi-finalist for the 2004 New Canadian Painting Competition through RBC Investments and the Canadian Art Foundation. Recently, her work has been acquired by the Canada Council’s Art Bank collection. Soheila currently teaches our school-based programs along with public programs offered to both children and adults.

Barb Di Renzo

Barb Di Renzo is a mixed media artist, jewellery designer and art instructor from Cambridge, Ontario. Her contemporary artwork includes paintings, sculptures and jewellery that incorporate metals sourced from recycling plants and metal industries. Barbara’s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections across Ontario and she regularly teaches workshops here at Homer Watson Gallery and her own art studio, Left Align Design.

Pearl Van Geest

Pearl teaches adults and children in Guelph, Toronto and Hamilton: at public art galleries, schools and at Brock University. Her studies in Science (BSc) and Education (BEd.) and Fine Art (MFA) inform her practice as an artist and an artist educator. She has taught art and exhibited her work extensively since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. Most recently she developed the Art and Ecology Education Program for No. 9: Contemporary Art and the Environment. She is represented by KWT Contemporary in Toronto and Transit Gallery in Hamilton.

Rachel Tanner

Rachel is a potter with a focus on bright colors and bringing natural elements into her designs. Rachel began teaching children’s pottery classes 5 years ago from her home studio after having worked as a social worker for over 15 years in Waterloo Region. It has been a very exciting and rewarding experience for Rachel to be able to combine her passions for creating with clay and for working with children and individuals with special needs. Rachel has a BSW from Ryerson University, Toronto.

Laura Perrin

Laura is a visual arts teacher within the Waterloo Regional School Board. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts & Fine Art Media from Slade School of Art, UCL, London, UK. a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Art History from the University of Toronto, along with a diploma in Art & Art History from Sheridan College. Laura currently teaches children printmaking techniques and the art of Batik.

Joe Fansher

Joe studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), specifically the off-campus program in Florence, Italy, where he focussed on the renaissance and classical art period with a prominence on drawing. He taught at Sheridan College for ten years and currently teaches at the Homer Watson House & Gallery.Joe’s current body of work stems from the representational with an emphasis on a naturalistic approach to drawing.

Patricia Beader

Patricia has been a visual arts teacher for 7 years. She has taught children’s classes at the Edmonton Art Gallery and currently teaches at The Guelph School of Art as well as at Homer Watson Gallery. She has created and taught two separate art programs for adults with special needs. Patricia graduated with a BA in Fine Art. Patricia enjoys creating in a variety of art forms and is hard pressed to choose her favorite. She has a love for nature and has done botanical illustrations that have been published in the scientific journal Systematic Botany and in a first year university course book Woodlot Biodiversity.

Brett Holmes

Brett is a graduate of Sheridan College of Art and Design, with a working background in journalism. He was also a guest of Walt Disney Studios Australia at the invitation of Australian animator, Darryl Pennington. Brett began drawing and using watercolour at an early age. They continue to be his medium of choice. Classified as an abstract artist, Brett works in what is classified as visual persuasion. BrettHolmes

Supria Karmakar

Raised in England and of East Indian heritage, Supria Karmakar uses the encaustic mixed media, as well as the altered book mediums as avenues of her work. These mediums are the perfect ‘vessels’ for her work, as they unfold stories, contain depth, intrigue, vibrancy and the unknown. A resident of Fergus, Ontario, Supria is a member of a number of artist groups. Her artwork has been shown in numerous commercial and public galleries across Ontario, Canada and the United States. She currently works as a fulltime artist and facilitator, providing encaustic collage and altered book workshops.

Katie Jetter

Katie Jetter is a local fashion and costume designer with a Masters in International Fashion Design. As a self-taught bridal seamstress and designer for more than 10 years, Katie is often on and off the runways as both designer and model with collections that are inspired from Asian cultures and period films. Katie has taught children and young adult’s how to sew and tailor clothing and design collections.

Todd Durnan

Todd Durnan was introduced to photography through an interest shared by his Father at the age of 13. Shortly after purchasing a film SLR camera his eye developed into something that offered a unique vantage point of the objects and things that surround us daily. Todd is a self-taught photographer who has learned through experimenting and reading various books and publications. He continued to shoot for himself for 19 years before deciding to pursue his love of photography as a way of sharing the world through his eyes with others.

Marion Anderson

Anderson has been a Teacher and Visual Arts Department Head in the Waterloo Region for over thirty years. She now teaches both acrylic and watercolour classes at her home studio, Alder Creek Studio, as well as for many galleries and organizations. Because it is important for Anderson to balance the theoretical with the practical, she encourages her students to express themselves through art. Anderson is represented by Gallery Double T and the Southampton Art School and Gallery. She is the feature artist in the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Dream Home and an annual contributor of an original watercolour to the K-W Symphony Tour of Note silent auction. Originally from Kent County, Anderson currently makes her home and studio in New Dundee Ontario.

Michael Wiens

Michael Weins’s philosophy is that a concrete understanding of design, colour theory and technique can serve as a visual framework for personal expression of ideas and concepts in any media. Having studied at both a conceptual-based Fine art program, as well as an atelier-style academy, Mr. Wiens classes will help develop both critical thinking and practical skill building. Michael holds a BFA in Art and Design, as well as a BEd in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. Additionally, Mr. Wiens completed an MFA in oil painting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His works are currently represented at the San Francisco Design Centre, and in Carmel California.

Singithi Kandage

Singithi Kandage is an emerging artist and educator who divides her time between Toronto and her hometown of Kitchener. She graduated from with a BFA with Distinction from OCAD University (2013), and has since attended residencies at the Banff Centre, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Vermont Studio Centre. She has exhibited at galleries including Hamilton Artists Inc., XPACE, and Gallery 1313; her work has also appeared in Canadian Art among other publications. She is known for a multi-disciplinary practice investigates representations of time, process, repetition, and how value is socially defined. As an educator, she has taught at galleries and museums including the Glenhyrst art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. In late 2015, she founded The Artist’s Time Bank of Toronto, a community-organizing service/social practice project which serves the needs of artists and cultural workers throughout Toronto and GTA.

Atena Ganea

Atena Ganea is an artist and educator who resides in Kitchener. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has taken courses at both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier. In her work Atena incorporates a nice blend of traditional European style with contemporary North American modernism.

Kristine May

Kris May is an art therapist and educator who works with children, adolescents, adults, and individuals of all ages. As a trained facilitator and arts specialist, she uses an art therapy approach in much of her professional work.

She has over 15 years of professional involvement designing and implementing diverse expressive art workshops, classes and educational art programs.

Dedicated to the link between the arts and well being, Kris brings experience in a wide variety of areas and is trained to work with many different types of individuals in a variety of settings. Her goal is to promote the benefits of creative expression and provide opportunities for individuals to tap into their own innate creativity, where they are free to explore and expand their creative pursuits and potential.

Kristine carries strong qualifications. She has an Honours Degree in Visual Arts and completed her Masters level training in Art Therapy.

Ralf Wall

Energy has always played a pertinent role in Ralf’s body of work. Ralf is inspired by his surroundings, be it the woods or a distant skyline. When he created, it is Ralf’s desire that those who view his work feel the energy of the surroundings in which the work was created. Ralf Wall’s watercolour paintings require a delicate hand, and because he often paints en plein air, he will use the water of the natural environment in the dilution of his paint. Ralf’s acrylic landscapes and abstracts require a palette knife or brush, and allow him to convey the natural environment in an impressionistic manner. The transience and impermanence of the natural environment not only inspires his work but also compels him to experiment and explore new mediums and techniques. It is Ralf’s hope that his love for the natural environment, the energy therein, and the freedom of creation is impressed upon the public through his works.