Meet Our Instructors
Check out our Workshop and Event Instructors working with Quest Art
Wendy began painting in 1996, and soon developed a love of the “contrariness” of the watercolour medium! She began teaching in 2000, as well as exhibiting in many juried shows in Ontario galleries. She has since taught classes and workshops in various art centers in Toronto, including Franklin Carmichael (where she was President from 2002-2005), Neilson Park Creative, and Symes, as well as the Gibson Community Art Centre in Alliston. She also very much enjoys giving lessons to seniors in several retirement homes in the area.
Her favourite subjects to paint include random small details found in nature, as well as the animal life and landscapes of Ontario. Her paintings hang in private collections in Canada and the US.
Colleen Clancy is an artist and educator whose lifetime practice of making art has defined her journey. In her most profound understanding of how powerful her art practice has been, she believes it guided her to her true purpose. Early on, Colleen found it to be a quiet meditative space and in this space, she learned to connect with herself, quiet her mind and explore the power of the imagination. Her love of making art transitioned into studying art at The Ontario College Art followed by a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Now retired from a career teaching high school art and English, Colleen knows how important having an art practice is and is excited to share her deep understanding of the power of making art.
Susan Dalrymple has been working in stained glass for over 15 years. Her work with stained and fused glass began with a desire to be creative, but with the disciplined and skilled techniques required for working with glass. “You start with a pattern or idea, and the colours in the glass bring the image to life.” As Susan’s art glass skills grew to a professional level, and friends and acquaintances through word-of-mouth wanted to purchase her projects or commission her to create custom works, she founded Bending Light Designs (BLD) as a home based studio, and has taught as a workshop instructor at a professional studio.
Susan has sold many pieces of unique glass designs, personalized glass monograms, and commissioned work, and has donated many pieces to charity and other fundraisers. Well known in the community for her volunteer involvement, Susan is a recipient of the Governor General Sovereign Caring Canadian Award for Volunteers.
A graduate from the B. Ed programme at Queens University, BFA from York University, and a residency at Banff Centre, Peter Fyfe lives and works in the quaint city of Orillia on Lake Couchiching. Originally from historic Kingston on Lake Ontario, he is is known for his abstracted canoe paintings and 3D constructions, and so has always lived near water. This summer, his inspirational paddles are nearby, just one of three short drives. . . Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe, and the Provincial Park waters of Bass Lake. Tomorrow, Peter is just as likely to be drawing a canoe on the water as he is painting the swirls and drifts of a distant shore.
If you’d like to see more of Pete’s art, please view this video:
Kim-Lee Kho is a Brampton-based multidisciplinary artist and designer, who loves exploring and expanding the possibilities of media, materials and processes. The bi-ethnic daughter of a scientist and an artist, Kho’s process and interests combine both influences, in sometimes unexpected ways. A member of The Red Head Gallery collective in downtown Toronto, she’s participated nationally in exhibitions, residencies, and mentorships; and won a number of awards including grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Kho is a popular and experienced art educator, speaker, and juror, who offers free weekly Virtual Studio Parties on YouTube, and teaches online.
Debra Krakow is a visual artist, architect and potter. Her bright, whimsical interiors are inspired by her Wolfe Island farmhouse and the views from her studio windows. She gives workshops throughout the province, and loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.
Following a long career in business and accounting, Jacintha now has the ultimate pleasure of being a full time artist and instructor. Painting has always been a part of her life, her constant companion – she says painting makes her whole.
She paints what she sees, what inspires her, what stirs her soul. Her style is loosely styled Impressionism, her palette is bold colour. The beauty of Canada is her inspiration, filled with the sights and sounds of its constantly changing landscapes as well as its people, imbued with the rich biodiversity that is wholly Canadian. Her primary works are landscapes, florals as well as figurative and abstract compositions. Currently her preferred mediums alternate between acrylics, watercolour and ink, charcoal, and conte.
She enjoys playing an active role in our art world, participating in solo and juried art exhibitions and events, teaching workshops and courses in and around the GTA and other parts of Ontario. In addition to volunteering in many art related events she works as art instructor at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club, Southampton Art Centre, Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Lacombe Art Society Alberta and Oakville Art Society. . . to name a few. Jacintha is a registered artist at Saatchi Art International and Artfinder.com. Her artwork is sold in Canada, USA, the UK, and South Asia.
Artist Paul Whittam is from the Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Negik, which means Otter, is the Spirit name that Paul Whittam was given by an Elder during a traditional naming ceremony. Accordingly, he creates art under the pseudonym Star Otter Art. For him, his art is visual healing through color, shape, and form. Whittam took the Ojibwe Woodland style and transformed it into his very own and typical style. Whittam is a mostly self-taught artist who attended the Georgian College Art Fundamentals program and also took several art courses while earning an Indigenous Studies honor degree at Trent University.
Are you an artist looking to get Involved with our Community?
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