Featured Artists

Jennifer Irving
Jennifer Irving is a photographer from the East Coast of Canada. Her work is powerful and elegant; her execution, precise and detailed. With over a decade of experience in travel, corporate and editorial portraits, she is now solely focused on environmentally conscious fine art photography. Jennifer’s love for wild horses and her desire to help these majestic animals continue to roam free by telling their unique story is the inspiration behind her current series. 

Cliff Turner
“Regardless of subject matter or how it’s rendered, my focus in each painting is to create light. It is the common element that creates detail in hyperrealism, but also mood and emotion in more painterly work.”

Born in South Africa, Cliff Turner immigrated to Canada with his family in 1976. He studied art at the University of Toronto, earning his BFA in 1994. Four years later, in 1998, he graduated from the University of New Brunswick a Bachelor of Education degree. Cliff’s paintings have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries across Canada, and are part of numerous private, corporate, and public collections.

Will Rafuse
Will Rafuse was born in Calgary, Alberta. After calling Vancouver home for decades, he spent ten years in Montreal and relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 2016. A graduate of Capilano University in graphic design and illustration, he later partnered with Canadian Art Prints to distribute his art print posters to over 50 countries. His paintings have been featured in many movies and television shows. Rafuse is a self-taught artist who works exclusively in oils. He is known for his vibrant saturated colors and his contemporary realistic depictions of nostalgic neon signs and urban landmarks. The artist`s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows across North America and he has collectors throughout the world. 

`My fascination with neon signs began years ago while driving down the I-5 heading to California. I soon discovered these iconic symbols of a bygone era in America were hidden gems hiding in plain sight. I can only hope to give these nostalgic treasures the justice they deserve by applying my technique of vibrant color use and capturing the intense light and shadows that the neon tubing's cast.

Melissa May
Melissa’s wildlife portraiture offers a connection that is both intimate and emotional with a wide variety of beautiful animals. She is completely self-taught and prides herself on her realism, generally placing the subject against a neutral background in order to highlight the details of colour and light. She pays particular attention to the eyes as she feels they are the windows of the soul and can bring the piece to life. She prefers to use acrylic paints as they provide beautiful and lasting results due to the fast-dry time. This quick drying quality allows her to add multiple layers, giving the animal anauthentic presence by showing every stroke of hair or fur in the animal’s coat. She has the unique ability to combine her two passions - the wildlife she paints and the joy of creative exploration.

As well as being shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020, Melissa was selected to exhibit her work in 2019 at the Jane Goodall Foundation in Vienna, Austria where Dr. Jane Goodall herself lectured in an intimate evening in honor of her 85th birthday. Her artwork is included in numerous private art collections in England, the Netherlands and throughout Canada.

Timothy 'Bjorn' Jones
“When carving, there is no going back to correct a slip or blunder. Once the wood is gone, it cannot be put back. Wood is honest like that. The mistake cannot be undone, but it can be learned from. History is much the same.”

Timothy ‘Bjorn’ Jones is a traditional carver currently living on the East Coast of Canada who draws on historical sources to bring characters and objects from Norse and Anglo-Saxon folk tales, legends, and ancient religion to life through his wooden sculptures. With every piece, he aims to bring this ancient culture into the present, so that its stories and lessons might live on and speak to new generations.

Melanie Koteff Backman
Melanie Koteff began making art in 2017, using brushes, palette knives, and even improvised tools to capture a mood or a feeling. Drawing inspiration primarily from the East Coast of Canada’s natural world, she is known for her vibrant pieces full of energy and texture. As an emerging artist, Melanie’s style continues to evolve; however, it tends to stay loose and kinetic with many visible brush strokes. 

Leanne Macdonald
Leanne Macdonald is a small batch poetter who lives in Saint John, NB. She specializes in handbuilt slab work with a wabi sabi technique. Her influence comes from the salty air, the sandy beaches, and the teal blue ocean waters. The endless possibilities of clay are what drives her. She began her pottery in St Andrew's by the Sea where the coastline influenced her to create clay with an ocean vibe. Feeling the support and interest in her work from the local community has made her feel the warmth of the East Coast.

Leigh Donovan
" I’ve been involved in woodworking, in some form or fashion, for as long as I can remember. My father, a lifelong carpenter/woodworker was of course my biggest influence. As the son of a carpenter in a small community, I would regularly tag along to lend a hand whenever needed. I was exposed to many areas of construction: decks, siding, roofing, flooring, trim work, and the list goes on.

At home was where we would dabble in woodworking. I can remember the two of us carving at the kitchen table as my mother looked on. We had a small basement shop that I have fond memories of. In that shop was acrude wood lathe powered by an old washing machine motor. Although this machine was rough and somewhat dangerous, it was enough to get me hooked in woodturning. I still have some of my first turnings I completed as a young lad, around 25-30 years ago. Woodworking can be as diverse as you like, or for some it can be very specialized. For me I enjoy exploring all areas, which is probably due to the wide exposure I received when I was young."

Anne Dykeman
"I am a proud born and raised New Brunswicker. I was formally trained here in NB at the NB craft college in Fredericton. My time spent at the craft college showed me the value and gratification that comes from the laborious work of being a potter. Pottery is a dedicated practise and as the saying goes, you need 10,000 hours of practise in order to be considered a master. This mastery is something I am pursuing in my lifetime. My inspiration for my pots comes from our amazing New Brunswick landscape. I love the flora and fauna of our magnificent province and believe it’s one of Canada’s best kept secrets. The colours, the textures, the smell of our NB forests and the sound of our beautiful ever flowing Saint John River, right out to the Bay of Fundy, are all imprinted in my heart. I like to celebrate life through warm cozy forms that can be held next to a crackling fire and sipped from while making family memories. People and connection are what I value, and I hope my pots can bring us all together over a delicious meal or a simple cup of freshly brewed coffee."
Shannon Gates
A mother to four young adults first and a self-taught Indigenous bead artist second, Shannon Gates first taught herself to bead in 2013 as a way to help support her family. Now, her earrings can be found across Canada and the United States. While traditional beadwork has long been a favourite of hers, Shannon has recently been exploring more contemporary work like bead embroidery. When she is not beading, Shannon enjoys working out, gardening, and – most importantly – spending time with her children and simply enjoying life.