Category Archives: Oil Pastel

Solo Exhibition, May 12- June 18 2022

I’m so pleased to be able to show this body of new work, inspired by the weather and industrial landscape in Hamilton Ontario Canada, at last. I’ll be at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton Ontario every Saturday, between May 12 and June 18, from 1 to 3 pm., and would be very happy to see you, if you’re able to come to see the work in person.


The installation is complete. I dropped in to Earls Court Gallery today for a sneak preview of Measure of a Year with two friends from Toronto. We had a great visit, and their welcome company helped settle my pre-opening nerves. The show, Measure of a Year, runs until June 13 but the opening party is tomorrow, May 9 from 7–9 pm, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton Ontario. Everyone is welcome!

Solo Exhibition 2019

It’s been busy around here for the last couple of years and now, I’ve got a whole new body of work ready to show. Please join me for my opening on May 9, between 7 and 9 pm, at Earls Court Gallery on Ottawa Street North in Hamilton Ontario. I’ll also be at the gallery for most of the day on Saturday May 11 for those who prefer daytime visits! And while you’re here, stay for a bit. There are all kinds of places where you can eat and explore in the Ottawa Street North neighbourhood.

Effects of Weather

My 2017 Solo Exhibition, Effects of Weather, opens on Thursday, May 4 at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street N. Hamilton, Ontario. There will be wine and cheese from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please come! There is parking on the street, or in the municipal parking lot just behind Ottawa Street.

If you can’t make it for Thursday’s wine and cheese, come to Ottawa street for lunch and a gallery visit on May 5 instead. That’s the day that there will be 27 food trucks parked EVERYWHERE on Ottawa Street, cooking up a storm for the Sew Hungry rally. Yum. I’ll be there too.  The work remains in the gallery until June 8.

Earls Court  Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 905-527-6685 | | @earlscourt215

Atlantic Breakers 36″ x 48″

DVSA fundraiser

Coat of Many Colours by Aleda O’Connor, 18″ x 24″ Oil Pastel

Coat of Many Colours will be on the block April 8 in the live auction of paintings at the annual art auction at the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA). The school, a non-profit registered charity, raises a significant part its program funding through the sale and auction of donated work. You can preview the hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramic works between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. April 6 and 7, then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8. The sale begins Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door, $35 in advance at the school or DVSA is at 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas Ontario. And here’s just a little more about the flock this particular sheep belongs to from CBC’s news program,  The National.

At The Table, at DVSA, until June 12

Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18″ x 24″

I’m pleased that one of my paintings in oil pastel, ”Cezanne’s Jug,” is included in an exhibition of drawings, paintings, and pottery vessels  now at the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) Gallery. 

Each of the artists represented has contributed one piece to “At The Table, ” a satisfying and varied exhibition, that explores the Still Life and its subjects.

The participants are: Scott Barnim, Rae Bates, Helen Beswick, Wayne Cardinalli, Barry Coombs, Christie Gruppe, Rae Hendershot, Monica Hess, Jody Joseph, Louise McCann, Katherine MacDonald, T.R, MacDonald, John Miecznikowski, Terry Osborne, Colleen O’Reilly, Marla Panko, Janet Parker, Patricia Peacock-Evans, Timothy Smith, Anne Sneath, Holly Sneath, Rosemary Van Bruggen, Ann Walsh and me! I’m proud to be included with this group of artists.

The gallery is located in DVSA at 21 Ogilvie Street in Dundas Ontario, and the show continues until June 12.

Spring intake, Art Etc. Shop Burlington

Snow    18 x 24

Snow 18 x 24

Some of my sheep paintings have moved into the Art Etc. Shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington, as part of the 2015 collection of works available to buy or rent. I’m very grateful for the enthusiastic support and promotion I’ve received over the last few years from Rhonda Bullock, Sales and Rental Coordinator and Nancy Helmers, Shop Manager. As a result of their efforts, many of my paintings have made regular appearances on sets for such programs as Rookie Blue a Canadian police drama television series starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith and Saving Hope a Canadian television medical drama starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks. I’m chuffed.

#Hamilton2Views: a two-person urban landscape show

I’m looking forward to seeing my work hanging at Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton Ontario, as part of a two-person show with my partner Barry Coombs.  We’ve both been painting Hamilton’s urban landscape for quite a while for this show, but because our two approaches are completely different, the outcomes have been fascinating!

Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18" x 24"

Overpass. Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18″ x 24″

Everyone is invited to the opening on October 9, from 7:00 to 9:30, at the Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Why Sheep?

Sheep 3

Sheep 3 Pen and Ink 6″ x 4″

My exhibition of new work, Flock, ended this week. I’m very grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received and for the effort that people made to attend. I’ve had many questions about why I chose them as the subject for a show. They seemed a natural for me. 

My affection for them is deeply embedded.   I was introduced to sheep through nursery rhymes, songs and bedtime stories. They have been associated with people for more than 10,000 years, since they were first domesticated and have been depicted throughout history in paintings, drawings and sculpture. The most memorable for me are Henry Moore’s charming line drawings of the sheep outside his studio at Much Hadham, in East Hertforshire.

I’m not sure if their similarity to clouds inspired me to consider painting them instead of my usual  landscapes. It’s likely, because in my search for places that are shaped by weather, I have often found them patiently munching while enduring extreme climatic conditions. 

Snow 18 x 24

Snow 18 x 24

If they aren’t sheltering from snow, rain, fog and wind, they are huddled into shady spots to escape the burning sun or searching parched riverbeds for water. 

I made my first painting of sheep more than 20 years ago and have returned to the subject many times.

This collection was completed between November 2012 and March 2014 in my Hamilton studio.   I painted the first few to accustom myself to a new work space after moving to the city in 2012. Their texture and forms are so well suited to interpretation in oil pastel that I just carried on until I was surrounded by my own gentle flock. 

Solo Exhibition, DVSA Gallery

Gathering Flock     36  x  48

Gathering Flock 36 x 48″

Bonavista     12 x 24

Bonavista 12 x 24″

I’m very excited about my solo exhibition of new work, FLOCK, at the Gallery in the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA), 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas Ontario. The exhibition will be installed on May 3 and runs until May 24. 

The Opening Reception is on Saturday May 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please join me!

The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  It is not open on Sunday. Phone 905-628-6357. 

DVSA is an independent, not-for-profit art school that has made an enormous contribution to the visual arts in the Hamilton area for more than 40 years.






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