Introducing – Donna Berry

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My favorite time of day is morning.

This is the time I have high energy although I seem to paint  in the afternoon and early evening when I am  more relaxed.

I don’t really have a dream project as such.
I am now working on a facial portrait from my imagination with lots of color and am enjoying this very much as it gives me a break from my usual realistic paintings.
My favorite tool of trade
Is water mixable oils and Grumbacher brushes because they stay in tact after many uses.
The picture below is one I would not want to part with. It a portrait I painted in 1992 from an old photo of myself. The innocent scene reflects gentleness, compassion and positive emotions.
I recharge my creative juices  By going to areas like St Martins and photographing in the morning light.
Well a million dollars is not an overwhelming amount today but I might buy a smaller house with a southern exposure and plenty of windows and a picturesque view.
At present I am not reading but I have started writing a novel. I find this experience very relaxing even if it never gets  beyond a few chapters.
When I am creating I will often listen to Classic Country.
If I had super powers I would develop a concoction for curing cancer.

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Introducing Eunice Willar

Tell us about the work you do.

Studious, observed. I want the portraits I do to be revealing of the sitters self – this includes pets.

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What time of day are you most productive?


What are you working on now?

Learning a new camera.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

I want to use photography as an artistic medium. My approach is methodical and composed, but I can also be spontaneous if the subject presents itself.

In the next five years you would you like to accomplish. Dream big!

Another one-woman show.

Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.

I would like to go to the British Isles. Because it has such a tremendous history.


What music do you listen to when you are working?

Eclectic but serious. I like opera and jazz as well as folk.

Favourite colour?

Used to adore blue, but if I had to choose one it would be violet.

Chocolate or vanilla?


Movie or book?

Non fiction books – I am still learning.

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Welcome Phil Savage

Introducing…. Phil Savage


Tell us about the work you do.

I construct furniture using traditional methods and I do  wood sculpture.  

What time of day are you most productive?

Definitely in the morning, the earlier the better!

What are you working on now?

I’m preoccupied with the vegetable farming biz for the most part right now, but on the occasional evening I am working on a group of small carved pigs in various poses.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

My creative process is much like a journey, with ups, downs, trials and tribulations but always with a destination in site. Often I don’t get to the destination, though I’m certain I can see it on the horizon. It all comes down to time… there is rarely enough of it to achieve the perfection I’m seeking but as I get older and have more time to focus on pure art instead of just paying the bills, I think I’ll get to these artistic destinations more often.   

In the next five years you would you like to accomplish.  Dream big!

I would very much like to construct my own house on the farmland here, a small, energy efficient timber-frame abode with no compromises on the design and craftsmanship inside and out.

Dream vacation?  Where would you like to go and why.

 I think I would like to visit Crete and do an artists residency there one day. There is so much ancient history there and it’s warm, dry and breezy…and they can grow grapes and olives.  

What music do you listen to when you are working?

 I listen to alot of folk, bluegrass, americana, nu-folk, and some country. Also what-ever is on CBC radio two.   

Favourite colour?

All shades of green.

Chocolate or vanilla?


Movie or book?

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Novel by Patrick Dewitt, and I really dig Steinbeck- ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Movies: ‘Cold Mountain’ ‘Last of the Mohicans’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’


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Introducing Sheila Howell

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What time of day are you most productive?

There is no particularly  “ good” time of the day for me. I usually hit the studio around 9:30- 10:00 and start working as soon as I get there. I work until I need a break or have to be somewhere. I often paint seven days a week. If I have painted all day, I am often too tired to paint in the evening. Some days I am energized after painting and other days I am totally drained.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

I tend to work in an intuitive manner. I rarely know what the finished painting will look like when I start working on it. Many times, I’ll have planned  painting an abstract and ended up with something very realistic or the other way around. I have tried many times to “discipline” myself into working in a more organized manner but, I’ve finally realized that this is the way I paint. Sometimes I feel that I waste a lot of time and paint because without a concrete plan, I often end up repainting large areas but I’ve learned to accept that this who I am as an artist. It’s also a lot of fun to see what takes shape. I often joke that I just paint what the voices tell me to. I don’t hear voices but I am often driven to paint certain things and paint them incredibly large.

Working on an abstract painting takes way more out of me than realistic work. With the abstracts I have to reach very deep inside.

In the next five years you would you like to accomplish.  

I would like to work more in oils. I love the texture, the colours and even the smell. I hope to be able to continue painting full time.

I know what road I want to take and I just want to work as hard as I can. I love life and hope my painting continues to translate this love of life and also all the other emotions which are part of living fully.With my art, my goal is just to make the best art I can.  Shows, sales, fame and fortune are all just window dressing.

What music do you listen to when you are working?

I listen to a lot of Leonard Cohen. “Anthem” has inspired me to pick up a brush many times when I felt really down and doubted myself. I also listen to Glenn Gould, Tony Bennett, Jimi Hendrix, Carole King, Van Morrison, Blue Rodeo, Clinton Charlton various jazz, classical, folk and rock…you know, the usual. Other than Carmen, I’m not crazy about opera. I’m not a big fan of top 40 music in country or in rock .

Favourite colour?

I tend to favour the blue and turquoise shades and I love alizarin crimson. At home I tend to surround myself with a lot of green.

Favourite subject matter?

Making up scenes has a great appeal for me. Landscapes which are full of magic colours and haunted frightened trees. Flowers so large that you can get lost in them. Abstracts that have a rhythm and a language all of their own. I like paintings that make the viewer think. I never strive to make a “nice” painting but I often will create a happy, safe place to rest in for a while.

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New Work from TerraBijou


The Fundy pebble piece is a necklace, called “sunset”. Some people have seen a swimmer in it as well. But Joe’s intension was “sunset” at the beach.  Beach pebble, driftwood (which might turn into a bonfire) and amber incorporated as the sun.
Guid’s is recycled copper, brass, sterling silver. A neck piece and a sectional bracelet. I even had matching ear rings at a certain time.  Both pieces are “one of a kind”