The Visual Arts Brampton Portrait Group has established themselves within the community and continue to participate in events and exhibits across the city and province. Join them every Wednesday from 10:00am - 2:00pm at Visual Arts Brampton to draw and paint from a live model.
E.C. Munson's passion for photography grew from browsing through family albums, staring at the galley walls of pictures in relatives' homes, and a Brownie camera.
Whether in the darkroom or editing digitally, the creation of enduring images, which evoke past times and hint at mysteries awaiting is her focus. In the main, the landscapes of the heart and countryside infuse her compositions. Displayed are pieces from the series: Vistas of Visages, in Still Life, and Postcard Portals.
Therefore, from a pinhole camera to a 35 mm SLR and a digital camera, plus five darkrooms later, her recent retirement finds her organizing her archives, submitting work to shows and magazines, and experimenting with digital photography. She has just joined the Latow Photographers Guild at the Burlington Art Gallery.
Michael Huggins was born in Toronto in 1962. He grew up with a love of 'all things creative'. At an early age he discovered his drawing and painting skills and showed early signs of artistic talent as he grew into early adulthood. Conflicted by the fear of "how will you make a living from this?", Michael spent this first seven years after school working as a transport driver. While his work "paid the bills" it created a creative void in his life. Through those years he augmented this void by constantly drawing and painting into the late hours after his work day was done.
After years of dissatisfaction in his job, Michael's wife Anita encouraged him to make the break and enter into the arts. He studied advertising and design at Humber College of Applied Arts and Design, while his wife worked to pay the bills. Michael graduated and started working as a graphic designer in a design agency. He developed his art and design skills and worked his way up in the advertising world from designer to creative director.
After successfully working in the applied arts world for a number of years Michael partnered with his wife to start their own design firm - Mindwalk Design Group. They built and ran their business together for over 18 years, designing thousands of marketing and design projects for many high profile corporate clients. Michael taught various design courses at the local colleges and universities while working in his design firm and in 2009 he published his first book on running a design business. During these years he spent building business, teaching and writing he continued his passion for fine art in his spare hours.
Always interested in the human form and the expression of the individual within paintings, his subject matter focuses heavily on people. Drawing inspiration from close friends, family and paid models he paints the human form with a desire to create something new and expressive with every painting he creates. Heavily influenced by his applied arts and design background, Michael’s unique approach to painting is to express creative versatility and tone by applying a multi-style, multi-technique approach to the subjects he paints. He works frequently in both Oil and Acrylic.
Michael and his wife sold their design firm in 2015 and Michael entered back into the corporate world where once again - he fuels his love for art by painting and drawing at every available moment after the work day is done.
During her career, Marie was a teacher where she loved working with her students doing crafts. Today, she is retired from teaching but is still an avid student of art studying many forms and media. Whatever catches her interest whether it be sculpting, printmaking or watercolors she likes to experiment as long as she can put her signature mark of whimsy on it. Today, Marie continues on her road of art development taking great delight in her world of whimsy art.