Instructors at the Pumphouse
John D. Anderson
Canadian Contemporary Impressionist. John is an award winning painter - teaching, demonstrating and lecturing from his experiences. "I paint because that's what I do. I paint. Within me are ways of seeing which are mine although they are built upon many traditions from generations of artists and their practices long before me. Painting is a way for me to express what I see..."
Beverly is a professional Canadian artist and studied painting at the Dundas Valley School of art under Gordon Perrier and sculpture in British Columbia under sculptor Linda Lindsay. Beverly has exhibited in British Columbia, Ontario and California. She also teaches at Niagara College.
Wayne is a Niagara artist who has devoted his life to the mastery of various art media. He holds a diploma in Graphic Design from Niagara College, as well as an Honours degree in Visual Arts, and a Masters degree in Comparative Literature and the Arts, both from Brock University. Wayne has also worked overseas as an archeological artist in Cyprus.
Susan is a certified teacher and graduate of Guelph University with a degree in fine art. She has taught both studio art and art history at Niagara College, Ridley College & Appleby College spanning 34 years. Susan works in multi media drawing and painting.
Beata's artistic development started in Poland through the Commercial Art College and Sacral Art College. Once in Canada, she continued to create and had numerous exhibitions in the Kitchener and GTA regions. Beata also wrote, co-produced and co-directed a few multi-media performances, based on visual and performing arts. She moved to the United States and strengthened her education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado Fine Art Studio Art program. After returning to Canada, Beata established ArtVeritas Visual Art Studio in Oakville, where she taught art to people of all ages. She has earned a Bachelors Degree in Education, specializing in Visual Arts and Social Sciences.
Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Visual Arts from Brock University and has been working as a professional artist since 1989. Linda's paintings are in private and public collections in North America and Europe and has exhibited in numerous galleries and group exhibitions. Although she uses all mediums, she mainly paints in oil on canvas. Linda has her own school, gallery and studio at her residence since 1999.
Born and raised in Toronto, James began his career as a commercial artist, with the ultimate goal of being a fine-artist. His passion is painting in watercolour, but he is equally a master of drawing with pencil or pen and ink. James loves to share his expertise in all of these mediums in his informative and fun classes and workshops for the Niagara Pumphouse. James works can be found in private and corporate collections, and he has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Ontario. His works are currently exhibited at the Jordan Art Gallery in Jordan, at the Niagara Pumphouse and The Artists' Loft in Niagara on the Lake, at The Log Cabin in Fonthill, and at the Posh Gallery in Port Carling. James is a founding member and current President of The Parkway Artists Guild, sits on the organization committee for The Pelham Art Festival and is a member of ECOAA.
Raymond studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art. He studied further with many well-known artists including John Gould and William Roberts. Raymond has won awards for his watercolours in juried shows. He is a regular and very popular Instructor at the Niagara Pumphouse.
Jim is a sculptor and art educator who recently moved to St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife and daughter. Born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, he received his formal training at Memorial University and at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He works in a variety of media including bronze, steel, ceramic, wood, fiberglass and concrete. In addition to his studio practice he is noted for his public commissions in outdoor spaces. His sculptures, whether figurative or semi-abstract, express his deeply held views on the environment, the frailty of the human condition and the resilience of the human spirit.
Arnold is a mixed media artist working in drawing, sculpture and installation. Much of his work has focused on an exploration of senescent concerns, memory and aesthetics. He has studied the arts at Carleton University, Brock University and the University of Western Ontario. Also, M.A. studies in contemporary Literature and the Arts, at Brock University. He teaches studio courses at Brock University and has led art workshops in public art galleries and high schools across Ontario. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
Lisa has been making soap and practicing aromatherapy since 1999. She uses natural ingredients and traditional methods in her skincare products. She has conducted soap making seminars for Niagara College.
Helen is a self-taught artist who works in pastels, watercolours, acrylics, oils and encaustic. She continues her studies and enjoys the challenges of open-air painting, experimenting and developing new techniques.
Esther has a B.A. in Fine Art from McMaster University and a M.Ed. from Brock University. She has taught high school and for several local groups. Esther is interested in teaching students to understand themselves and their world through art. She is also a mother of five, several of whom show considerable artistic and teaching talent.
Elizabeth Myers Castonguay
Elizabeth is a social activist for human rights and social equality. She has won numerous National and Regional awards for her activism including the Senator John Heinz award, commendations from the Congress of the United States, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania State Senate, among others. Her work "Levees/Breaking" has recently won (August, 2011) First Place in a National Biennial Competition at the Amarillo Museum of Art in Texas. Elizabeth currently lives and has her studio in Pittsburgh, PA
Janice has a diploma in fine arts from Vancouver Community College and a degree in fine arts from the University of British Columbia. She has studied jewellery casting at Mohawk College and honed her skills in a number of areas, including lapidary and stone setting, at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. Janice teaches at Mohawk College and from her coach house studio in Hamilton.
Anne's art training from home study courses has helped her gain much understanding of the fundamentals of art. Feeling a deep love for fine art, she has been inspired to perfect her technique in oil, watercolour and mixed media. Over the past years, she has exhibited in a variety of shows and galleries. Her works are displayed in many countries.
Kim is a visual artist living in Grimsby, Ontario. Although primarily a plein air painter, in 2009 she joined the ranks of daily painters (the practice of creating a small painting daily and posting it to a blog). Kim's plein air pieces are colourful, expressive and explore the fragility and tenacity of nature. The ethereal qualities and vitality of the Canadian landscape fuels her work.
Magdalena shares her many years of experience with students of all levels, always with the goal of sharing her visual adventures with others and encouraging students to discover deeper levels of their own creativity.
Diane received formal training at the Dundas Valley School of Art. She works in both watercolours and acrylics and as a visual artist, she has learned much & has shared this knowledge and expertise in her informative and friendly classes and workshops.
Lenore's journey towards creating fine art has been a winding path. After completing her Master's degree and working in a church ministry, she turned her attention to pursuing more creative venues in 1992. She is certified and trained in Old World decorative painting. Her work gradually evolved into creating fine art works in a variety of styles and media. In 2004, she began focusing on contemporary abstract/expressionist and experimental painting, honing her understanding of acrylic media, applied glazing techniques and abstracting landscapes.
Susan Wintrop has taught at the Pumphouse since 1996 and brings to her classes her long expertise as a graphic designer, calligrapher, painter and potter. Her interest in Medieval and Japanese studies is reflected in her raku pottery which has been shown in three solo exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto. Susan has had a book of illustrated calligraphy published and has had several articles published about the nature of the creative process. She operates East West Pottery in Niagara on the Lake.
Born in Shiga-prefecture, Japan, Hiroshi graduated Kyoto Industrial Design Institute and Kyoto Japanese Art School, studied traditional arts and history, including Nihonga and Sumi-e style painting. He studied under Mr. Rokuro Yamamoto, a specialist in Nihonga, and is deeply influenced by the works of Tohaku Hasegawa, an artist from the 16th Century. Hiroshi's work has received awards in the graphic art field in Japan, USA and Canada.
"I work with nature; listening to the sounds of the wind to tell me what to paint, and with an open heart, catch the spirit."
Jan has been elected as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists and Landscape Artists International. She was recently awarded a residency from the Tyrone Gutherie Centre in Ireland. Her work is represented by the Jordan Art Gallery, of which she is a member.
Khatcho was born in Cairo, Egypt. His love of art flourished after a four year comprehensive program at Leonardo Da Vinci Art College. Since his immigration to Toronto in 1970, he has displayed his art in individual exhibits and participated in several group shows. He has been an active member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists since the mid 1970's.
Yimlei (Molly) Yep
Yimlei trained at McGill University and worked as an architect in Canada for many years. Then a temporary move to England changed her focus to ceramics, which like architecture, is three dimensional. Working in clay was a natural choice. She studied ceramics in the fine arts program at the University of London's Goldsmiths' College. Among other works, she developed thrown standing female forms in clay, influenced by classical Greek sculpture and the traditions of clay vessels. She has exhibited her ceramics and paintings in England and in Canada. At the Niagara Pumphouse, Yimlei has offered classes in ceramics and has served on the Pumphouse Board. Learn more about Yimei's thrown clay figures on her web site.
Baoxing began his training at 6 years of age with his well-known artist father and with various private teachers. He later studied at art universities and colleges in Bejing, during which he and some friends organized and ran the Student Art Association of Peking University. He is a member of Sumi-e Artists of Canada.