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Hello to my friends around the world!

I am very happy to introduce you to

Maria Zelasko Tomaselli, Contemporary Abstract Artist, who is exhibiting at the

2019 New York Art Expo, Pier 90, Booth 120 from April 4th to April 7th! 

Please leave comments for Maria here

or if you have any questions about her art works visit her website.  /https://mariatomaselliart.com/


“A Rising Star”

Maria Zelasko Tomaselli

Contemporary Abstract Awarded Artist

Like a rising star, Maria Zelasko Tomaselli has achieved major creative success during 2018 and 2019.  During this time, Maria’s inspiration gave her the courage to express herself through the arts, as never before.

She has received Certificates of Achievement in two international exhibitions and a place with a gallery in the world’s most famous Art Expo.

She has created ninety new mixed media art works and along with that she has found her unique art language which includes a poetic title for each work of art.

Where did this rising star come from?

Born in Poland, Maria was raised by her father Anthony and her mother Janina Zelasko near the village of Brzezna.  Her childhood was blessed with a natural farm setting and a supportive, loving family.  As a young girl, she was immersed in the beauty of nature.  Surrounded by pastures, forests and the security of her place within her family and in this small community, Maria grew more and more aware of nature and also how people within the farming community interacted to the various cycles of nature.  When she was ten, Maria recalls creating a “Monet” style painting of a cherry tree in bloom at the Brzezna elementary school.  She remembers feeling a magical joy as she painted and amazement with the finished art work.  As she grew older, these memories and the foundation they provided for her creativity, has never left her.

Maria was twenty-two when she moved to New York to live with her brother Anthony and her viewpoint began to expand with new and vibrant experiences.  She studied English at Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York and she obtained her U.S.A. Citizenship.  Living in New York, she was fascinated by the immense energy that can only be found in New York. N.Y., U.S.A.

DETAIL STORM OF ILLUSION Acrylic Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved


Now, Maria’s mixed media art works spring from the memories of her delightful childhood in Poland and her many years of marriage, having children, working and living in the U.S.A. in large cities and small country communities.   Maria’s experimental mixed media art works emerge from her solid and devoted commitment to her own creative process. Her own internal personal reaction to all that she senses becomes the essence of her creations.

About six years ago, Maria went with determination to an art shop, purchased supplies and began to paint with acrylics.  Then she experimented with mixed media using egg shells, fabric and many other objects.  She receives support from family, friends and the internet.  Maria says, “The artist’s world has changed today.  I have had great exposure for my art works and incredible feedback on the internet.  It is amazing to have artist friends around the world.”  She has been invited to exhibit in 2019 at a gallery in France through a Linked in friend’s suggestion. Maria began to sell her artworks from her home studio several years ago.

PREDICTION OF LIFE Mixed Media Acrylic on paper 12 x 12 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved


The first half of her creative process is the physical making of the art work.  The second half that truly completes her creations is the inclusion of a poetic title.

While creating the mixed media art work, she is fearless in avoiding a similar scale and only one media.  Her art works evolve moment by moment as lines and shapes float to the surface of her awareness and are integrated with found objects.  She simply chooses her materials and creates her masterpieces with complete integrity.

After the physical art work is completed, the second half of her creation is the poetic title. She is courageously true to herself as she recognizes which emotion has been expressed.  Then she creates the edge of a poem for the title.   These lines of poetry that she conceives as her titles seem to resonate with the very core of our human emotional experience.

It is unusual to conceive of a title as being of such importance to a work of art.  However, the poetry in her titling is an essential part of these creations.  Her titles are rivers of ancient and modern dreams.  They spill over with a medieval connotation and there is a particular contemporary edge within each title.

MODERN CONFLICT Acrylic 24 x 30 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

We can relate to these poetic titles in a micro-personal manner or view the poetic titles with a macro-universal perspective.  The relationship to the work is up to the viewer.  Although this has certainly been done before, combining poetry with art is Maria Zelasko Tomaselli’s particular spark of genius and within each series of art works, the poetry and the images merge together to form an unflinching view of our world.


GATE OF THE RAINBOW Mixed Media on paper 12 x 12 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved –


In an earlier and more playful artwork, “Gate of the Rainbow,” she paints a quirky door in the middle of a luminous and puffy space, as if it is waiting for someone to open it.  This can become an energetic, hopeful and playful promise to the viewer.


INDESTRUCTIBLE SEQUENCE Mixed Media 18 x 24 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli

The mixed media artwork “Indestructible Sequence” can be read as an expression of the age of technology or any other stressful situation and how we may become emotionally locked into a repeating pattern of dependency.


GARDEN ROMANCE Acrylic on paper 18 x 24 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved


While the acrylic painting “Garden Romance” with a few strokes and drops of acrylic paint expresses the joy and delight of romance and the viewer may see brilliant flowers and dancing people within these shapes.


VENDETTA OF A FALLEN TYRANT Mixed Media Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2019 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Within “Vendetta of a Fallen Tyrant,” Maria is exploring many different textures and layering much deeper on the canvas.  There is a particular sense of past and present in this art work as seen in the areas on the left side of the painting and in the lower right corner are definitely receding, in the distance, from another time. We can see these areas as separate and apart from the lines running horizontally across the lower half of the left side which serve to further emphasize this distance.  These lines can express to the viewer that there can be no entrance even though they are as slender as threads!  One can imagine faces in the upper portion and two or three figures in the bottom on the left side.  The lower right corner containing white allow us to enter this image but we are aware of the triangular shape and we move past this upon the thin white lines to embrace the solid textured golden ground.  There is no exit from this island of gold suggesting even further that a safe haven has been reached. When I consider the poetic title and look deeply at this art work, I feel that the fallen tyrant is captured in the dark areas of this canvas and although the title suggests a continuing vendetta, I see that a war has been won by the secure golden ground!

I believe it is important to see and understand that Maria is presenting, in all of her poetic titles and within her images a clear and uncompromising view of the pain of darkness, the anguish of loss, the inevitable human passage into death or mini deaths of our personality.  In this sense, she reminds us of the Spanish legend of “El Duende,” the spirit wind that carries the story about the dark edges of humanity to the storyteller, poet, performer or painter.  “Vendetta of a Fallen Tyrant” is just such a poetic art work.

When asked to talk about her poetic titles Maria says, “I take my time before I name my work! This is very important to me.  Sometimes this can take a few days as I carefully chose the title!  I like my titles to be mysterious, contradicting and dramatic!”

It is rare to find an artist that brings to our world continuous creative gifts through her art works.  Remarkably, these art works express the world of naturally fleeting emotional moments experienced throughout the centuries.  Maria Zelasko Tomaselli’s art language is characterized by her authentic and unique expression of quintessential emotions, her mastery of the materials and her use of poetic Universal titles.

SKETCH OF CRYING DANCE Acrylic 36 X 24 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Maria is currently studying at LWSA with Laara WilliamSen, Art Educator and International Professional Painter of Canada.  She is now in her Fourth Semester and completed her first three semesters with a Certificate of Achievement in Painting and Professional Development scoring an A plus grade.  She continues her studies at LWSA in Private Tutorial Classes.

THE INTERIOR OF DEATH Acrylic 22 x 28 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2019 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Maria’s states her intention in creating her artwork, “When my art works are finished, I hope that my viewers will get a piece of me, my life, my imagination and a deeper look into my soul! But as my titles go, I want to engage them into thinking and that’s the reason I stay mysterious!”

Through out her latest series of art works, MODERN CONFLICT, Maria seems to be asking us to look deeply at not only her world but also our own way of thinking and being in our world.

SCAR OF INNOCENCE Mixed Media 24 x 24 inches Maria Zelasko Tomaselli 2018 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

So how did this rising star accomplish her achievements!

In May of 2018, she began confidently to enter Art Competitions and also began plans for her first solo exhibition.

In June of 2018, she was honored to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence for being selected as one of the top 50 artists in the 27th Artavita International Online Contest, U.S.A.

Because of that Award, she was invited by the Artavita gallery to join a major art event.  She accepted and now is a participant in the 2019 New York Art Expo, Pier 92 which runs from April 4 – 7th. 2019.

This year she also received from the Circle Foundation Arts, an Artist of the Year Award Finalist Certificate as one of the top 150 runners up.

As a result of this award, she is now represented online as a Featured Artist by the Circle Art Foundation in France and she is featured in their upcoming  March 2019 issue of the “Spotlight,” magazine.

Her solo exhibition at Wooster Hollow Café in Ridgefield, CT, U.S.A. during December, January and finishing in February 2019 was very successful!

Maria Zelasko Tomaselli’s contemporary abstract artworks are held in private collections throughout the U.S.A.

Be sure you visit our rising star,

Maria Zelasko Tomaselli

in booth 120

at the 2019 New York Art Expo

at Pier 90. 

She will be in attendance from April 4th to April 7th.

For more information you can leave her a message at her website


Laara WilliamSen

Author, Art Educator, International professional painter,

Vancouver Mainland, B.C. CANADA

So very best wishes to all of my friends!  Please feel free to share this article wherever you wish to.  Love and Light to All!


Hello to my friends around the world!

I am so happy to have Karen’s okay to go ahead and share her newsletter.  Every month, I receive it and enjoy the poems, her thoughts and her awesome paintings as well as her news.  I always feel better after reading it.  So I invite you to enjoy it this month along with me.  You will also see that she has included a write up about me!  Near the bottom!  So please share this post on Linked in, Twitter or wherever else you wish to share it. 

I send to all of you – Love and Light,

Laara WilliamSen,

International professional painter,

Art educator, Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. CANADA

Wonder connects us in an arc of energy, an arc of synergy.
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The first month of a year always feels fresh. The cold atmosphere makes everything smell fresh; snow transforms the outer world. It is an open time, a time to wonder. Wondering can take us back to a place within, when curiosity was a constant presence.For nearly a month our garden has been visited by this sparrow hawk. It is beautiful, sleek and decisive. (There are many more feathers on the ground than in previous winters.)
“When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion…..
Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.” 
For more on how animals are harbingers of many things, visit here: https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/hawk-symbolism-meaning/For a few days, I wondered how they knew when Hawk was about. The feeder would be full, and seed scattered on the ground; but the garden bare of birds. Later in the day, 14 morning doves would be feasting away, and more than 20 sparrows taking raucous turns at the stocked tube. Sometimes this dance of present/absent goes on all day.I wonder what the birds do when they get cold. I often wonder where birds sleep at night. I wonder what they dream about. What do birds see out of their eyes? Do they take in a lot more information than we do; and is time faster or slower in their experience of it?
I’ve often wondered what the clouds do at night; what might they wish for?
I’m less interested in wondering about things I can easily answer. What a mean, tight place that puts the imagination!What are you wondering about?

Below: Little Cloud Wants Something Else, 18k gold on patterned, prepared paper, image 12″ diameter, overall, 31″x23.25″, $1,800.

Please join me on Tuesday evening, February 6, from 5:30-7:30pm for this opening reception:

The Impact of Art: artists find refuge and regeneration through their art

Art Times Two        the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine
731 Alexander Road, suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540

Anne Elliott, Karen Fitzgerald, Shellie Jacobson, Charlene Lutz, Sarah Morejohn, Maria Pisano
curated by Madelaine Shellaby

The exhibition runs through August, 2018.

Here are new things I am working on: a suite of paintings with black backgrounds. On the left, Night Clouds, image 11″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 19.5″x14.5″ overall. On the Right, Night Clouds, image 18″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 31″x26″ overall. Left, $800.; right, $2,000.
Here is a feature about my work at Alpha and Omega Arts:


There’s a terrific exhibition at the Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery through March 10, 2018.

Séance, by Carla Rae Johnson.

She says this about her work:
“My sculpture is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.   As an artist, I find the most challenging forms and concepts at the intersection of the visual and the verbal.  Begun in 2000, “The Séance Series” suggests imagined meetings between unlikely pairs; creative individuals that never met during their lifetimes:   Emily Dickinson with Marcel Duchamp, Hildegard of Bingen with Herman Melville, Bessie Smith with Ludwig van Beethoven and Audre Lorde with Abraham Lincoln.

Each of the pairs in “ The Séance Series” plays a game. Lorde and Lincoln play “bridge.”   This bridge is not a card game, but a physical, symbolic span across an obstacle.   I think Audre Lorde would have confronted Lincoln on issues of race, power, and privilege, so it is Lincoln who must build the bridge.   Not a straightforward crossing, this is a difficult, jagged transition; composed of huge steps, twists, inclines, and internal tensions.   At the top of the center of the crossing is a “spirit-level” symbolic of the quest to equalize and create a more level ground.   Beneath the bridge sits the “house.” Emblematic of the existing social structure, “the master’s house,” is the obstacle that must be bridged with understanding and common ground, level ground, so that together Lorde and Lincoln can dismantle its walls and work toward a just future.

Above Right: Audre Lorde Meets Abraham Lincoln, from The Séance Series, 2nd view, wood & rope, 75″x96″x48″, 2007

Above Left: Hildegard von Bingen Meets Herman Melville, from The Séance Series, DETAIL, wood (maple), 54″x36″x71”, 2001

You can find gallery hours and directions here:

Elinore Schnurr is a co-traveler – a terrific artist who works in Long Island City. We have known each other many years. Currently, you can commission, or acquire one of Elinore’s excellent paintings at a 15% discount: simply contact her and use this code (18*1504) when you finalize your purchase.

Don’t procrastinate – this special offer is only available through this newsletter, and it will expire on March 31, 2018.


Above: LOOKING IN ON FLORENT II   oil on board  18” x 22”   2013 (framed) $ 2,200.00

Florent was an all night diner on Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, close to where the Whitney Museum is now. The food was cheap, the ambience was artists. This view caught a glimpse of the interior from outside the window as I passed by on a busy Saturdayafternoon.
Below: THE UN AND CHRYSLER BUILDINGS AT SUNRISE  oil on linen  24″ x 29”   2017
$ 4,600  (strip-framed)
There is a short time, called “slack tide,” when the currents change direction and the river becomes still like glass. That is the only time we see reflections of the buildings on the river. At sunrise in summer, the light turns stone and glass into one of the natural wonders of our planet.

Do you wonder how you can find career development support?

Look below!

Artists! I am putting together a pilot course so that you can achieve local and international exhibitions, and recognition through The Professional Development Mentoring for Artists course.  I will be teaching the foundation of professional career development through written and live classes, with coaching in between classes based on my career of thirty years as an art educator and international professional painter.

I am excited about serving the larger online world of artists.  I want to help you achieve your successful art career.

So that I can refine my content and better understand what you may need, please book a free one hour online coaching call with me.


I’m looking forward to chatting with you about your work, and what your career dreams are!

This year we continue our Second Decade Campaign

Please join us: send a gift in any amount.




Hello to all of my friends around the world!

Soon September will be here and the first semester of my new online art school will be starting.  I am happy to let you know that I have all the technical systems in place to get started with a limited number of students.

Because I do Private Tutorials, I will only take up to 15 students. I will be teaching;

  • Painting or
  • Professional Development for artists 

I work individually with each student and we work on the program of activities that will best help the student to discover more about their painting.  Also I do Private Tutorials to assist students with their professional development in the arts.

I am available in between classes to answer questions.

Each week I prepare a class just for the student and this usually can take me up to two hours.

The class is one hour online through a meeting service where we can see each other and chat back and forth.  I can view the student’s artworks and give them feedback.  They can discuss with me what they are not happy with and I will give them choices about changing certain areas of their painting.

Then the student will go to the online course and pick up their written notes for that class and also the video of our one hour online discussion.  I will leave an assignment for them in their online course to complete.

Once, their assignment is completed, I leave my personal remarks for them and once again the student is welcome to call me between classes.

I have been teaching in my own art school, Laara WilliamSen School of Art for more than 30 years and I have served over 10,000 happy students.

Alice and her daughter creating in Italy at the Ozu Cultural Center Studio!


Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter, art educator., Served over 10,000 happy students!


So if you are interested……my promise to you is that I will “outcare” every other art teacher because I am experienced and I put my heart and soul into each student’s program.  

The other big advantage is that you can work at your own pace.

You can complete this course in two to three months. You keep all videos, lesson notes, assignments and my comments for your lifetime.

As long as you complete your course within 18 months of your enrollment date, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Laara WilliamSen School of Art.  It is okay to take longer if required.  You do not receive a Certificate of Achievement after eighteen months, but it is important to me that you progress at your own pace of learning.

Also LWSA has a 30 day money back guarantee!

Have a look!  And by becoming one of my first online students at Laara WilliamSen School of Art’s students you will save 45%



If you require a payment plan please visit this LWSA course page and scroll to the bottom.

I have two types of payment plans for you to choose from.  You pay a little more but if this is easier for you then I am happy to provide a payment plan that works for you! 


And if you have any questions please contact me at

1 604 560 4269 or

1 778 968 8250

and I will be happy to answer them for you!


Sending lots of Love and Light to All

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter, art educator and charity event planner

Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. CANADA


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Thank you!

5 ELEMENTS - Earth #4 Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches April 2013 (c) - Copyrighted All rights reserved - Copy - CopyHello my Dear Fiends around the world!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am the solo artist at the Carl Benz Cloud University online for the month of September, 2015!

Here is the website address: https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

They did an interview with me that I found totally engaging and I hope you will enjoy this too.  I also have 30 images up for you to view; some new and some old but all of my favorites.  My biography is there as well as my artist statement.

And many thanks to my good friend Immo Jalass who recommended me for this exhibition!  Thanks Immo!  None of this would have been possible without you!  Also I really appreciate the introduction that you wrote and I also hope that viewers may have a playful and possible spiritual experience while visiting!  You can view his amazing digital artworks here: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/

Very Best Regards and many thanks to the Chancellor of The Carl Benz Cloud University, Mr. Manfred Schoenebeck for accepting my artworks for this solo exhibition and special thanks to Mr. Hans-Peter Bergner, the IT Consultant who did all of the exhibition online editing!

I am also delighted to mention that Sherri of Belle Fusion has accepted me along with seven others to be a part of an advertisement through Van City that will be going out to 4.3 million people this week!  Here is her tagline about me!

Laara WilliamSen  – Discover and Experience her dynamic paintings! Her paintings are held in private collections around the world and the permanent collections of PAUL GETTY III MUSEUM, Italy, BUIRO KULTURY, Poland and THE BOSTON ART LIBRARY, U.S.A.  https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

This advertisment is about an upcoming Allure + Prestige: Picasso & Rembrandt event in Vancouver on September 17th.  For more information about this event please go to facebook Belle Fusion Art Event Group.

Most of all thank you to you my dear friends for your ongoing support over the years!  This is what means the most to me.  I wish you all much success, happiness and peaceful times!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


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Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter

Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter, Surrey, B.C., Canada

Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter, Surrey, B.C., Canada

It is rare that we see a mature and successful transformation of the art materials in an emerging artist. However Ashley Jackson has achieved this and more!  Her passion, clarity of purpose, vision and flawless technique are definitely that of an authentic artist!


SOUL Original art work 24 x 36 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

SOUL Original art work 24 x 36 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

As a young five year old child, Ashley was drawing and finger painting. She remembers that she was always very attracted to colors. So even at this tender age, Ashley was confidently creating her own originals by changing a blue sky to purple or white flowers to pinks.  She knew from the beginning that she was entitled to her own creative process and she changed the forms and colors to her liking.

Ashley attended Springvale Primary School in Centurion, South Africa.   It felt right to her to stay within the lines as one teacher suggested and this was the early beginnings of her beautiful symbolic art works.

Ashley moved to South Surrey, B.C., Canada in 2001 and attended Semiahmoo Secondary School.  She excelled in her art classes and loved learning how to use various media such as pastels, pencils, acrylics and clay.  She found her teachers were very helpful.  Once again, in her teenage years, she began to incorporate certain symbols into her art works furthering the use of lines. She loved to do tribal work and drew many faces.  This education definitely contributed to her strength as an artist.

Her true foundation and education in art was accomplished during six years of private tutorial with Chris Lagalisse, Artist and  Art Educator.  Chris Lagalisse studied at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He has a Bachelor of Arts and Education Degree and is a licensed instructor.  Her private tutorials were at the Neighbourhood Art Studio in White Rock, B.C.  Chris Lagalisse’s creative guidance and critiques immensely assisted Ashley to gain true confidence in herself as an artist and to develop her own unique art language.

TRIBOLITE Original art work 20 x 30 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

TRIBOLITE Original art work 20 x 30 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Working in her own studio she began to experiment by adding various materials to the acrylic paint such as sand, wood, or beads.  She now creates her works of art using totally archival materials.

When Ashley paints she feels electrified and explosive.  Her sense of physical space and time fades away.  She believes that she is that divinely guided and inspired.  She receives vibrational energies and visions that she recreates in her amazing art works.  Her clear use of line and symbols as well as mixed media has formed the basis of Ashley Jackson’s resolved works of art.

INDIGO Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

INDIGO Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved


Ashley is very aware of all the challenges people face in their minds.  She experienced a difficult time of shadows and her faith has brought her into a place full of optimism and light. She adds,

“That is why I use rich, intense colors and exhilarating energy. Creation is larger than us. I know it’s not just me!  I am being guided to paint these messages of love and hope.  I really can see that.”

Her intention once she has completed an artwork is that this may become a message of love and hope.  She believes that people need to experience something beautiful.  Ashley says, “I am trying to reach the viewer’s soul and leave an imprint of Light, Love, Hope and any positive emotion that will help to shift their energy, even if only for a brief moment.”

LIFE Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

LIFE Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

She has completed several portrait commissions and among these paintings is a portrait of a young boy who died at the age of 13 years.  She was able to intuit his surroundings and paint these surroundings accurately which made his family and friends very happy.  When she paints a new portrait she likes to show the subject’s personal growth and those particular surroundings that have deep meaning to them.

Ashley exhibited at the Fleetwood Festival of the Arts,  Fleetwood 84th Ave Cafe, StreetFEST, Surrey,B.C. Canada August 3rd, 2014.  There she created a community painting with her words “Hope and Love” in the centre and she invited others to add their own thoughts. The title of the painting is “Community” and it is sized 24 inches x 36 inches.  This spontaneous interactive creation helped to strengthen the values of each individual who participated and of the whole community that viewed the art work!

Rick Hart President of Fleetwood Community Association with Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter COMMUNITY PAINTING 24 x 36 inches

Rick Hart President of Fleetwood Community Association with Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter COMMUNITY PAINTING 24 x 36 inches

She has also exhibited at the Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts, White Rock, B.C., Canada in July, 2013.  During October 2014, she did a collaborative art exhibition, “A Life in Spirit and Color,” featuring her artworks and the artworks of Kevin Jordan, Canadian Painter at the Mind and Matter Gallery, White Rock, B.C., Canada.

Ashley Jackson is an outstanding Canadian painter and she has artworks held in private collections in Canada, Australia, Japan and Africa.

Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter

Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter



For further information

or to purchase an original Ashley Jackson art work

please visit her Website www.ashleyoriginals.com 

or email her at ashley-jackson@outlook.com







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Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver area, B.C., Canada

I am very happy to share the news of Sue Foerster and Lilian Ghazarian’s exhibition LOOKING THROUGH THE MIND’S CONSCIOUSNESS.  Please see the details below and visit the Aurora Public Library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to see their art works before the closing on November 3rd, 2014!







I am very happy to share the news of a

Solo Art Exhibition featuring

Sue Foerster – Canadian Artist

Drawings, paintings and mixed media sculptures


Mill Pond Gallery

314 Mill Street,

Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

 Saturday, September 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and

Sunday, September 14th from 11 am to 5 pm

FOR A CLOSER PREVIEW OF SOME OF SUE’S ART WORKS VISIT http://exhibitionsuefoerster.blogspot.ca/

There will also be a dynamic acoustic duet perfomance with

Janna de Haan and Rob Wessel

Sunday, September 14th from 1 to 3pm


Refreshments, free admission, lots of parking!

For further information call 995 770 7449

Sue Foerster hopes to see you there and if I could make it out to Ontario I would not miss this amazing exhibition and performance!

Sue Foerster is a member of rhga.ca
and she is also a Life Drawing Coordinator and
Owner of Open Studio Life Drawing
If you like this article/invitation, please feel free to share it on facebook, linkedin, twitter or wherever else you wish to!  Thanks and very best wishes to all!
Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter
Vancouver, B.C., Canada 
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Upcoming articles include a feature about Jeanette Luchese, an accomplished Canadian painter and

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New Dawn 2 -  Peace,  8 x 10 inches, oils

New Dawn 2 – Peace, 8 x 10 inches, oils

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Meet the Artist Party – Portfolio works


Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

Sun Nov 17 2013 at 01:00 pm Add to calendar

Venue : Good Day Sunshine Cafe (No admission fee),

#100-2950 King George Blvd. (enter Save on Lot from 152nd St.,

Cafe is located behind Staples), Surrey, B.C., Canada


Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

BANFF MOUNTAINS Original, framed, 16 x 20 inches, Pastels by Laara WilliamSen (C) 2010 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Price – $125.00 plus shipping or pick up at Good Day Sunshine Cafe after Nov. 2nd, 2013.

Come and join Laara WilliamSen, local Fraser Valley artist with an international reputation

on Sunday, November 17th between 1 and 4pm at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!

She is offering her unframed portfolio drawings, watercolors and pastels at the

`Meet the Artist Party` for as little as $25.00 and up.

Or drop in throughout the month of November

to select your original artwork at stunningly low prices!

The full exhibition of her framed `Small Art Works`

(sized 9 x14 inches to 20 x 24 inches)

is opening on November 2nd and runs to November 30th

at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe, 100 – 2950 King George Blvd.,Surrey, B.C. CANADA

She is pricing her framed `Small Art Works` from $50.00 to $150.00.

Laara WilliamSen`s art works are held in collections in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Thailand, China and Australia and in Permanent Collections at the Paul Getty III Foundation, Siena Art Institute, Italy, the Boston Art Library and the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland.

For more information email laara63(a)gmail.com or call 604 560 4269 (leave a message)

or call the Good Day Sunshine Cafe at 604 560 5518.

Hope to see you there!


Laara WilliamSen, International (and local Fraser Valley) professional painter

Sunil Vilas exclusive interview’s Laara Williamsen Canadian abstract expressionist artist


It give me great pleasure to introduce our second interview staying in Canada..,  I welcome Internationally accailmed Canadaian  artist’s Laara Williamsen to our VIP Creative Lounge to continue our series of exclusive interviews

LAARA head shot may 8

1.    Creativity flows throughout our life but what was the first thing you can remember painting?

I remember my first painting when I was 5 years old attending Grade one.  My teacher, Miss Lellman, held it up for the class to see!  I painted a small picture of a blue sky, white clouds, mountains, trees and a grassy field with perspective!   Raised on a farm, in a rural area, we did not have painting supplies in our home but we always had colorful crayons and my very first memory of creating was drawing a detailed lamb when I was about three years old.

2.    We dont wakeup one day and say I want to be an artists.., when did you first realize you were going to be an artist?

My mother asked me when I was five years old what I wanted to be when I grew up!  I told her very clearly that I was an artist!  I remember this so well because she said I really should be a teacher like she was.  I remember giggling and saying “No,no, Mom, I am an artist!”  My confidence was rather shaky however and even though I continued to create it wasn’t until my 25th year that I really claimed my life role as an artist!  This was due to a dear friend, Christine Workman – Barnett who was already an established artist. Christine saw the worth in my creations.  She mentored me for over two years and finally one day I just woke up and acknowledged deep within that yes, I really am an artist in the eyes of the world. There was a cognitive “leap” in my understanding of my place in our contemporary art world as an artist, and this realization came when I was studying Modern Art History at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C., Canada  But this idea of ” when did I realize I was artist” goes full circle because even when I was a shy child or dreamy teenager, I always knew that I was meant to be an artist. I believe this is because I find such energy, joy and a great feeling of harmony when creating. Everything feels like it’s in exactly the right place within and without when I am creating!

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: Springtime

Artist: Laara Williamsen
Title: Springtime

3.    Sunil – We all have individual style of painting.., How would you describe your art to someone that has never seen your work?

Laara- Sure, I like to keep my explanations simple!  I like to paint with oils and  acrylics. However, in the Springtime, when the blossoms are out I often work with watercolor because even the air is lightening up so then I like a media that is looser and lighter.  I paint in a way that could be called abstract but often you can see images of trees or water.  I love people, nature and the city as well so these themes can be found in many of my paintings.  I have also completed several series of paintings depicting content about violence against women, the plight of street kids, cancer recovery, aides and other social issues.  When I do these paintings in a series I hope that the artworks will help to bring about positive changes in our society.  But of course, once I finish the art work, I believe it gains a life of it’s own and people will interpret what they individually see and feel about the painting.

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: Untitled
Artist: Laara Williamsen Title: Untitled

4.    Sunil – It is a dream come true for all artists to have famous collectors can you share with us if your work is on any famous person’s wall?

Laara – Well my last sale, January 2013, was to Laurie March who is a television DIY personality in Los Angeles, California, USA. I have work that is held in the permanent collection at the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library, New York, NY, USA and Susan Hillman, International professional painter, born in England purchased one of my paintings many years ago.

5.   Sunil – as you see our joint activities as a group Globalization ICAS is doing but personally if you had the opportunity to change something in the art industry what would it be?

Laara- Well, not very much because I see we are already moving into a totally new “art world” and all that encompasses this because of the rapid and open communication.  I am very happy that fellow artists around the world can communicate so freely and that the resulting art reflects this.  So I see a tidal wave of changes already going on and I just want to observe for now and clap my hands!

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: Untitled

Artist: Laara Williamsen
Title: Untitled

6.    Sunil – Do you have any other interests or talents that you’d like to share?

Yes, I love music and often play the piano’s black keys with my eyes closed just improvising. I love improvise drama as well and even though I am not as active in public  performing as I was, my family and I really enjoy doing “in the moment little improvisations.”  So it is lot’s of fun!  Poetry and writing are also my favorite activities.  I am working on self publishing a book for people with cancer.  It is almost ready and is called Pathways to Health.  And the second book I want to finish this year is Professional Development for Emerging Artists.  I also love animals; dogs, cats, birds and horses and traveling to new places – exploring!

7.   Sunil – My favourite question to ask by Describing yourself in 3 words; one has to be a colour

Laara – Sunshine   River   Turquoise

Sunil continues.., because this is what I think you believe people who get to know you personally will see in you!!!

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: Waterfall

Artist: Laara Williamsen
Title: Waterfall

8.    Sunil – Once again can you elaborate more by telling us your perfect scenario for painting?

Laara – Sure, I am in a large studio with high ceilings with minimum 1,000 square feet and good natural north light from large windows, great ventilation, a 4 x 8 work table, a super sized easel, no music or sounds and lots of paintings supplies. No one interrupts my time in the studio!

I sit cross legged on a floor pillow, deep breath and do relaxation techniques until my mind is stilled.  Then I begin to have images floating across my mind.  When I am perfectly calm I stand up, go to the easel and paint, paint, paint!

This describes several of my past studios and also a studio that I currently rent once or twice a month for larger works!

9.    Sunil we nearly coming to the end of of our interview., Do you have any advice for artists just starting out?

Laara – Yes, I sure do!  One of the first steps that is very helpful to opening up your creativity is to work quickly and work all around the painting. Please do several – one right after the other.  No thinking!.  Just consider this preliminary work.  If you can paint ten 20 inch x 30 inch sheets of poster stock with a large brush in less than one hour, you will find yourself developing your own way of painting.  Much like when we were learning handwriting, we needed to practice and then we developed our very own handwriting. This quick practice with paints will help you find your own art language!

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: 7 Rites of Nature

Artist: Laara Williamsen
Title: 7 Rites of Nature

Also, please photograph everything you do and try not to give your art away or sell it immediately.  It is good to keep your paintings close to you so that you can refer back to them from time to time.

People may want to give you free advice about your paintings.  If you get an “eureka” moment then the advice is good and you have learned something.  If not then don’t pay attention to the advice.  Just go ahead with what has true meaning for you!  You are creating from your own process at your own pace.  Trust the timing of your growth.  Don’t be hard on yourself by comparing your art work to others.  Remember everyone makes marks in their own unique way.  You are perfect in this moment.  Create everyday and just keep going!  When you have a body of 20 to 25 works of art that are resolved to the same size, same media, definitely the same scale and content, you can begin to think about exhibiting! And please remember to photograph the paintings!

10.   Sunil –  Thank you for your more detailed and practical advice, inspiration as well eye opening ideas for many new talented artists to take notes from your life time experiences..,  And finally our interview would not be complete by you sharing , what new work that you are currently working on?

Laara – I have three projects on the go.  Because I have a little home studio I work there on my small series of environmental mixed media.  These consist of many layers of acrylics and found objects such as nails, wood, shells, locks, roots!  I have many of these mixed media going at the same time and I allow the layers to dry so these take a few months to complete.

Artist: Laara WilliamsenTitle: Autumn river reflection

Artist: Laara Williamsen
Title: Autumn river reflection

In another loft studio near to where I live and near to the beach. I create medium sized 16 x 20 or 20 x 24 oil or acrylic paintings of the natural surroundings combined with some drawing.  It is better to work on the oils away from my home because they take a few months to dry and properly cure.

I rent a studio in the country and go there about once or twice a month.  Here I can create 6 to 7 paintings sized 24 x 30 to 40 x60 in two days.  These paintings are new larger experimental works.  I am working with oils combining textures, colors, scraping down and drawing back into the paint to create abstractions.

Sunil – I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet you, it was a pleasant experience to talk openly with us by sharing  your life story, and your personal journey following the path of Arts..,until the day we physically meet I take this opportunity to wish you a continued sucesses and good luck with your new project on the book – “Pathway to Health” …, Thank you for taking part

Laara – Thank you for your interest in my painting! It has been an interesting activity to share my thoughts in this Interview!

Canadal map with states

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Laara WilliamSen,

International acclaimed abstract expressionist painter

May 15, 1946, New Westminster, B.C. Canada

From the age of four years old, Laara WilliamSen was inspired to draw her natural surroundings while growing up in the Lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.  At the age of 19 years, she studied with the international artist, Robert E. Wood in both his New Westminster and North Vancouver, B.C. studios where she learned the foundation of composition and the skill oil painting.  In 1984, she began her four year program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. and she graduated in 1988 with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies. During her time at Emily Carr, she discovered her own abstracted art language that continues to evolve today.  WilliamSen has been influenced by the paintings of W. Kandinsky, the Impressionists and the Fauve artists.

Fascinated by our relationship to the elements and by our human responses to the infinite cycles within nature, WilliamSen’s paintings are exemplary of her continuing and passionate exploration of this subject. She works with oils, acrylics or mixed media using a rich palette of colors, dramatic contrast and thick textures to form her compositions. Although she creates the painting, she believes that the completed painting has a life of its own.

WilliamSen has received four international awards, most notable, the Top Ten Painting Award in 1989 in the Artitudes competition sponsored by Gallery 54 in SoHo, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. and curated by the Fogg Museum, the Chicago MOMA and the Guild Hall Museum.  Local awards include The B.C. Cultural fund and The B.C. Scholarship.

She has had seventy solo exhibitions and has been included in over eighty group exhibitions.  Some exhibitions during the past two years include “The Peace Project – Make Peace 2012,” touring the USA, “Solo exhibition” at Small Rituals Society, White Rock, B.C., Canada, “Trees for Life Exhibition,”  in Scotland, “Symbiose.” at the Summer Art Festival at the De Stads Galerij, Oude Vest 34, Breda, The Netherlands, “The Peace Project 2011 Peace Rises,” touring the USA, “Smiles for Children,” France and Poland, Artists for Freedom,” Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany, “The Town Hall,” Artists for Freedom, Bensdorf, Germany, “Galileo Museum,” Artists for Freedom, Lennestad, Germany, “The Armory Exhibition,” Pasadena, California, U.S.A., “International Contemporary Art,” London, United Kingdom, “Brooklyn Art Library,” New York, N.Y., U.S.A., “The Twitter Art & Social Media Group Exhibition,” juried at the Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada and the “Infusion Gallery,” Hilo, Hawaii, USA.  WilliamSen’s paintings are held in collections in Canada, the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, China, Thailand and Australia.

Please Email laara63@gmail.com for further information.

Thank you to all of my friends for your support

and I wish you much happiness and success!

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Sincerely, Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter

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