One of my new sketches from the ‘lady in waiting’ series. Graphite, pencil, shades and horizontal and parallel lines make a soft subject take form. Sketch done in 16 x 11″


I took inspiration from this tedious sketch to make a smaller 12 x 12″ acrylic painting ordered.


A lot of hard work goes into the subject and design before I even begin to paint! I love discovering my paintings in the form of a graphite, charcoal or acrylic templates before heading to paint on canvas.

I believe the architecture of a place defines a particular landscape and its community. I paint historical monuments, buildings, or trees to serve as a central point to capture the story of a place. More important than the subject of a painting is its style — I combine elements from cubism, expressionism, impressionism, and actionism. My paintings use high contrasts and bold colours used by the cubist masters to make an ordinary subject into extraordinary painting; a painting which is a window to hang upon a wall.

Here is my latest exploration – vibrant colours and deep shadows from North American forests.

Forest Magic, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30


The following acrylic on board life paintings have been donated for the United Way OPS Online Silent Auction beginning November 20th – November 27th. Bidding starts as low as $20 each! It is all for a wonderful cause! (Auction Limited to OPS employees only)

Sleeping Female, 11 x 14, Acrylic on Board

Sunshine Beach, 18x 14, Acrylic 
on Board

Seated Lady, 11 x 14, Acrylic on Board

The Open Easel is honoured to be a part of the 2013 Exhibits and Displays hosted by the Toronto Public Library. The exhibit titled Escape to Landscapes from Canada’ is on at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, located at 341 Oakwood Ave., Toronto from

November 1st – November 30th 2013.

You are invited to a local evening to celebrate the beauty of Canadian landscapes. Drop by the Oakwood Village Library for a meet and greet hosted by the Artist Samia Shaheen on:

Tuesday, November 19th 2013 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Come by to enjoy a sweet treat, check-out a library book, and maybe also a painting!

The Oakwood Village Library is located at 341 Oakwood Ave., Toronto (with free parking at the rear) or is short bus ride from Ossington Subway Station. Remember if you can’t make it to the meet and greet evening, the exhibit is on display for the whole month of November. See you there!


The Open Easel art exhibit will be featured at:

Grimsby Festival of Art

@ Nelles Boulevard & Seniors Centre Auditorium, Booth #231, Grimsby, Ontario

Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10 am to 4 pm

Please come join me and experience my paintings first hand! I will be displaying new paintings created in 2013!

A painting can capture colours in a most vibrant way – brown branches and shadows take on a life of their own when painted in beautiful abstract vibrant colours. This painting is titled ‘Forest Mirrors’ as the shadows reflect the colours from the trees they belong to. Enjoy the beauty of North American Forests!


Forest Painting titled ‘Forest Mirrors’ 16 X 20 Acrylic on Canvas

Painting flowers is not only soothing to the soul but appealing to the eyes. Here is a painting done in acrylics to capture a bouquet of flowers on a kitchen table. Yellow and purple make for natural contrasts as well as red and blues.


Purple Flower, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 20″

‘View from my Office Window’ takes inspiration from the old and new in downtown Toronto. My day job is planning for the government and what better way to plan a painting that through a quick pen and ink sketch.

sketch 2
Pen and Ink on Paper, 5 x 7″

This sketch turned into a beautiful painting full of contrast and colour. The orange and red brick is set against the gray of the pavement and green of the trees.

Office Window
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24″

Its still a cold spring in Canada, but beauty lies in the eyes of the painter. Here is a sketch made looking through my backyard window.Image

Pen and Ink on Paper 5 “x 7”

It is always important to outline your composition before you paint. This is what helps execute the painting more successfully. Voila, the end result!


Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″


This is my take on Pegasus, the winged divine horse. It was done for pink bedroom shared by two beautiful girls in grade school. I wanted their imagination to ‘take flight’ every time they saw this painting hung in their room. The oil paints are like butter when blending. I am forever in love with the way oil paints blend and cascade from one shade to another – as seen in this painting, the transition from pink to deep shades of maroon.

The technique for this painting is different from most of my previous ones: where dark tones surround the edges and the central area is the most white and bright.

‘Pegasus’ 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas