BAA SHERIDAN COLLEGE
Janet Parsons is a graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College. Throughout the years she has developed her craft and found herself transitioning into the world of Fine Art, transforming her emotions and personal stories onto canvas. She has been a part of numerous group shows around the GTA as well as created a thriving online business with her Fine Art Shop. Janet's body of work is inspired from her experience as a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, as well as her deep connection to mother nature. Surreal, romantic and allegorical, Janet's work features vibrant colour palettes, graphic shapes and organic elements to create unique images. Her paintings are expressive and full of energetic movement. Janet has been teaching at Studio PAVAS since 2016 and she continues to empower her students to find their creative confidence. Along with teaching techniques, she focuses on helping her students make decisions from the heart, find joy within the process and acknowledge themselves for the courage to do what they love.
GRADUATE OF OCA
Joseph Sampson graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1995. After OCA, he began freelancing as an illustrator while continuing to paint. Painting quickly became his sole occupation. Joe's portfolio is comprised of a variety of scenic imagery, and is currently focused on waterscapes. Drawn to shorelines, beaches, lakes, oceans and streams, Joe uses water imagery to depict the dichotomy between movement and immobility. A detailed understanding of light's ability to create color, shadow and tone is utilized to set mood in each painting. Whether the focus is cold, warm, tranquil or angry, waters' magnificence strikes the viewer and an emotional response is evoked. This is due, in part, to the large scale of the work. From a distance, the viewer is drawn towards what appears to be a photograph. Upon closer inspection, brushstrokes are revealed and the observer is made aware of the meticulous layers of brushwork, resulting in the illusion that the viewer is still for an instant, at the waters' edge. Studio PAVAS is thrilled to have Joe return and be a part of the faculty. Joe has been with Studio PAVAS since 2000.