The Open Easel was founded by Toronto’s visual artist, Samia Shaheen. Samia’s work reflects the atmosphere and ambiance of the eastern and western cities she has lived in and visited. Oil, acrylic and water based media are used to capture the splendour of South Asia’s Mughal architecture and Canada’s historical monuments and vibrant landscapes.

 In a play of lights, her paintings adhere to the style and tone of the schools of cubism and impressionism, studied under the guidance of renowned South Asian artist Mansur Rahi.

Selected works have been exhibited in Toronto, Islamabad and Lahore and commissioned pieces have found their way into homes and offices across Ontario and Quebec.

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Paintings can be customized or comissioned. All paintings are for sale and can be ordered through

Prices range from CAN$100 to CAN$600 depending upon size and subject.