Participating Artists

Please visit the gallery to see the work of our participating artists.

See individual bio’s below.

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Mariette Amirault was born in Nova Scotia. She moved to Toronto, Ontario, in 1960 where she worked for The Canadian Red Cross and The Canadian Cancer Society, both positions as transportation supervisor. While in Toronto she did a lot of traveling through Ontario, Quebec and the States. She studied art at the Toronto District Board of Education in oil, acrylic, watercolour and Chinese brush painting. Mariette is a member of the Musee des Acadians des Pubnicos de recherche, Conseil Acadien de Par-en-Bas, Tusket and Yarmouth Art Society.



Imelda Currens is inspired by her natural surroundings. She tries to capture the effect of sunlight on her subjects and plays with colour to bring harmony to her work. She paints mostly from photographs of flowers, boats, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets and whatever the light touches.

She has been painting since the age of 15. Oil has always been her preferred medium although she also uses acrylic and watercolour. For several years, she also studied print making using mostly the etching technique. She has studied under well known regional artists and others from as far away as Portland, Oregon and British Columbia.

Her work is regularly on display at various locations in Nova Scotia from Halifax to her native Acadian fishing village of West Pubnico.

Joe Colquhoun lives in Yarmouth and paints from the subjects around him. Hi likes colour so the paintings have bright colours. Joe paints in acrylic on canvas. Having painted for 13 years and he is always excited to see what he will paint next.



David Gorman is a Yarmouth native. He has been painting for 20 years. He was primarily trained by the Garson sisters, Trudy and Paula. His paintings are a reflection of his surroundings both in Nova Scotia and reflections of his travels with working in the marine environment. David’s work has been shown both locally and across Canada as well as in publications in the US.

Susan Hood is a lampworker. However, lampworkers don’t make lamps! They work with glass rods and a torch to create beads and small sculptures. Susan’s work has been presented at the Golden Globes and Toronto Film Festival; as a collection for the women of the G8 Summit and for Miss Canada. She is most proud of her Children’s Wish  Foundation Bead and the Maud Lewis Bead she designed for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. More of her work can at and Susan Hood Designs on Facebook.

Margriet Knubben was born and raised in the Netherlands. For many years she worked as a medical laboratory technician, manager of the laboratory and total quality manager of a hospital. Besides her job she loved to draw and paint in all kinds of media. Margriet had her art education in The Netherlands with the great master Dutch painter Michel  Van den  Einden who was her teacher for more than eight years.  She works and teaches in oil and acrylic medium. As a nature lover her subjects are mostly landscapes and animals. Nature gives her peace and comfort and is very inspiring. Painting animals or landscapes gives her a chance to show the beauty of the subjects she admires so much. 
Margriet is also exploring the art of etching at Th’YARC print shop with Cecil Day as a teacher. After retirement her husband, Matthew Van Duin,  and she came to Nova Scotia in 2010. They offer art classes in their studio. Their paintings can be seen at their studio/gallery in Carleton and at art shows in Yarmouth.

Lio Lo an elected member of Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), was born in Taiwan and studied at the Art College of Tainan for three years earning a Commercial Art Diploma before immigrating to Canada in 1992. In 1998 Lio and her husband Michael located in Shelburne where she began portraying the beauty of coastal Nova Scotia. Lio takes much pleasure in capturing in her work the beauty that surrounds her. Her dedication to detail is evident in her finished projects. Always striving for perfection and welcoming new challenges Lio paints a variety of subjects including landscape, seascape, wildlife, still life, streetscape, floral as well as portraits. She paints mostly in watercolour and often receives her inspiration from her surroundings. Lio does book illustrations and gives workshops during the summer and winter months. She also works with Oil, pen and ink, coloured pencil, as well as Chinese painting. 4673 Highway #103 Jordan Falls., N.S Canada B0T 1J0 Phone: (902)875-4328 email: website:

Caroline Nickerson was born in Ashmore, Nova Scotia, but now resides in Carleton, Nova Scotia, where she retired and took up Folk Art as an artistic pursuit. All of her work is done with natural material, such as dried flowers, leaves, moss and bark. She soon discovered she had a talent for creating art with foliage. Caroline has been doing this for two and a half years and she says she will never run out of material as long as nature provides.

Brian Porter was born in Nova Scotia. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. He is an award-winning artist who has shown internationally. He has had numerous solo shows in the Atlantic Provinces and his work has frequently been exhibited throughout Canada. Brian is the subject of two documentaries, one by the National Film Board and one by CBC Television.

Juergen Schenk is a native of Austria but lives 6 months in Nova Scotia. He roams the beaches there to collect flot- and jetsom for his driftwood sculptures. His art brings into focus the beauty which nature has already provided. Combining the untouched with refined carving he exhibits the partnership of driftwood and design.