2018 About Us

Paint Ontario is Ontario’s Foremost Show and Sale for Representational Painters

22nd annual show,  juried competition and sale at the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, Ontario

barry-richmanBarry Richman: Founder Paint Ontario 

Barry is a representational artist who has won the highest honour awarded by his peers, the title of Master Pastel Artist. In 1996 he founded Paint Ontario (formerly Paint the Huron Shores) to celebrate the beauty of the province of Ontario and to create opportunity for representational artists to have their work seen, juried, and offered for purchase in a high profile venue.  2015 was the last year for Barry’s oversight of Paint Ontario. He handed his enterprise into the hands of the Grand Bend Art Centre. Barry will be a judge in the 2018 show.

teresa-marieTeresa Marie Founder Grand Bend Art Centre

Artist Teresa Marie Phillips founded the Grand Bend Art Centre in 2008 and, with the addition of a Board of Directors, incorporation, and charitable tax status, became its Executive Director.  She is an original member of the River Road Gallery which was founded in 1996 as an artists’ co-op and continued until 2011, when Teresa took over the gallery as sole proprietor and curator. In 2015 she ended her role as gallery owner. Through the GBAC, Teresa devotes time and enthusiasm to bringing a variety of accessible arts  to the Greater Grand Bend community.


Greeter: George

Curator: Teresa Marie Phillips
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Website and online intake: Harlie Johnston

Graphic artist/ publications: Kelli Phillips
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Community Liaison: Nette Pachlarz

Installation & production:

Suzette Terry   sSuzette

Candice Eason  sCandice Bio pic PO

David Bannister  

sFINE Eryn and BenCulinary Team – Erryn Sheppard and Ben Sandwith from F.I.N.E.




2018 Judges

2019 Judges will be added in January.

2018 Judges, Richman, Miccolis , Rabideau, Sharpe

David Sharpe A.C.A

David Sharpe has been painting for over 20 years. He is influenced by the American, British and Russian Impressionist Painters, and has a special affinity for the American Tonalist School of Charles Warren Eaton.
Seeing nature’s colours more subtlety than intensely, David says this about his work: “There’s no big complicated ‘idea’ behind my work. It’s just all about the light. Seeing it, feeling it and trying to capture it as I see it around me. Compositions with a simple strong design that capture a ‘sense of place’ also attract me. If my work strikes the same visual and emotional chord in a viewer that it did in me when I painted it, if it can make that viewer see and appreciate a small corner of this fragile planet that they hadn’t noticed before, then I’ve succeeded as a painter.”
An Honours graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, he has taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. He has lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where he sat on the College’s Advisory Board. He also has taught plein air painting and drawing for the landscape through Gallery Stratford. His work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is held in private collections in Canada and the USA.
He is also a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).
He lives and works in Stratford, Ontario and also from a studio in the Alberta foothills near the ranching town of Cochrane Alberta. His work is represented by Village Studios in Stratford(Ontario)Circle Arts in Tobermory(Ontario), Edge Gallery(Calgary) and Elevation Gallery (Canmore) Alberta.
He will be teaching a 3 day workshop- ‘Painting The Emotional Landscape’- from August 3-5 at the beautiful Franciscan Life Centre in Lowell Michigan in the summer of 2017.


Barry Richman

Canadian representational artist Barry Richman was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1945. Barry received his early art training from his gifted mother and more formally from the Special Arts program at London’s H.B. Beal School. This training was further supplemented by scholarships. He attended Doon School of Fine Arts and was also the recipient of the Latham Foundation Scholarship (of California, U.S.A.) to the University of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Although primarily known for his portraits and urban scenes, his most recent foray into landscape painting (the move to picturesque Lake Huron Shores has proven inspirational) has quickly developed an enthusiastic following.
His bold confident style and adventurous use of colour has gained him recognition and acceptance into many corporate and private collections.
“First impressions are everything. Capturing that moment of first experience, that some of us try to relive through photographs, is what the artist’s perception and knowledge of colour and light can recall so vividly. I always strive to give the viewer a complete sensory experience of place, season, time of day, temperature and mood. Most often, my representations of those experiences are simply my way of saying, ‘You should have seen what I saw!’”
Barry’s studio and home are located in the resort community of Grand Bend, Ontario on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron.
“My primary concern in approaching a painting is the subject’s potential for use of pattern. Deriving inspiration from patterns in natural or man-made forms, I attempt to create an appreciation of the dynamic qualities inherent in those forms. The compositions, often landscapes, usually consist of a simplicity of major elements realized through a complexity of tonal and textural patterns. These are achieved through a process of brush strokes which not only define the elements of composition, but in themselves often are elements of composition. My visual statements are a culmination of combining those strong patterns with a sense of fine detail.”
“I’ve been inspired by the work of many artists, of diverse styles. On absorbing what I’ve admired in their paintings, I allow my work to evolve reflecting not so much the influence of particular artists, but rather certain aspects of their combined influences.”

What I look for in superior works:

  • Overall “wall appeal”. When reviewing the entire show, what pieces immediately command your attention. This could be a painting of any size. Large or small. It will simply have the “WOW FACTOR”.
  •  Then it comes down to the fundamentals:
    • Composition.
    • Level of the artists’ skill with the medium being used.
    • Knowledge of colour use. (Warm and cool colours).
    • Colour values (dark, medium and light) for maximum effect.
    • Drawing skills in representative or figurative work.

Anna Miccolis – Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Community Art & Education

She will be bringing Caroline Rabideau, our Curatorial Intern to support the process.

Brian Smith – Portrait Category Judge

Brian Smith graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in 1969. For over 40 years he has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure. His works are in collections across North America and he has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows, recently winning Best in Show in both the Etobicoke Annual Juried Exhibition and the Colour & Form Society Annual Juried Exhibition.
In January 2005, Brian was awarded the title of Honorary Drawing Master by the Drawing Society of Canada. Gerritt Verstraete, co-founder of the Drawing Society, noted that to receive this honour, an artist must “demonstrate a substantial commitment to drawing as well as mastery of drawing techniques. They have developed a body of work that positions drawings as complete works in themselves and not just preparatory work or ‘studies’ for paintings. A Canadian drawing master is an artist who loves to draw, who draws well, who is comfortable in one or any number of styles and who has spent many years creating drawings that in turn have become valuable contributions to Canada’s overall artistic heritage.” Previous inductees have included Robert Bateman, Peter Mah, Eric Freifeld and Ken Danby. See www.drawingsociety.com for details.
Brian was named Artist of the Month for November 2008 by American Artist magazine. Brian was also a featured artist on the television program Star Portraits which aired in the Fall of 2009 on Bravo!. Check out their website for further information: www.bravo.ca
Brian has taught classes and workshops on life drawing, portraiture and figurative abstraction for over 20 years and has been on the faculty of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), The Koffler Centre for the Arts, Haliburton School of The Arts, Curry’s Art School, Visual Arts Mississauga and Neilson Park Creative Centre as well as conducting Master Classes in his own studio. Brian is currently accepting portrait commissions and gallery inquiries as well as workshop engagements.