Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Let's Collaborate!

Pine Ridge Art is always trying to find ways to explore new artists and illustrators. 

We thought a fun way of exposing ourselves to other artists would be to set up a new collaborative Pinterest board called “Art Around the Net”. The members within this group can pin favourite artists or illustrator's work. A few rules would be to please avoid pinning nudity or anything which may be offensive to other viewers. We also ask to please avoid flooding or spamming the page. 

If this sounds like something you would like to participate in please send an invitation request and link to your Pinterest profile to

Thank you and Happy Pinning! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Paper Chronicles

We've been featured by The Paper Chronicles! Check out the article here. Written by Sarah Schwartz, the founding editor of Stationery Trends, an award-winning trade quarterly magazine devoted to all things paper. The Paper Chronicles is Sarah's side project and is a way for her to share her insights into the industry. Not to be missed by any stationery enthusiast.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Back by Popular Demand!

Carl Brenders
Carl Brenders

We are very excited to announce that our popular Window on Wildlife calendar is back by popular demand for 2015.  The wall calendar will feature extremely realistic images of wildlife depicted in their habitats created by famous naturalist and painter Carl Brenders, internationally acclaimed as one of the greatest Nature painters of all time.

Carl was born in 1937 near Antwerp where he still lives with his wife, Paula. He started drawing at a very early age and trained at the Fine Art Academy and later in Berchem and began his career as an illustrator of children’s books on natural history. For long revered and collected by admirers around the world, in September 2002 he was deservedly honoured by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA, as their Master Wildlife Artist, describing it as ‘the high point of my career’. He was also conferred the titles of Featured Artist and Guest Artist from the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY and Bennington Center for the Arts, VT.  Carl Brenders’ paintings are present in prestigious permanent collections such as The Ford Collection in Dearborn, MI and those of the Woodson Art Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  In 1998 he was inducted into the U.S. Art Hall of Fame.  Outside the United States, his paintings received a lot of attention at major art auctions such as Christie’s, UK, Bonham’s in Singapore and Mondiale, LTD in Hong Kong.  The high point of Carl’s career was a retrospective exhibition of 30 of his works entitled “Artistry in Nature: The Wildlife Paintings of Carl Brenders” which opened in 1997 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History before traveling to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland OH, the Bernheim Museum & Arboretum in Louisville, KY and the Norton Art  Gallery in Shreveport, LA.
2015 Window on Wildlife Wall Calendar

Carl’s process includes taking countless photos of the animal and its habitat, taking great care to document all of the elements that will set the stage for his subject such as the vegetation at a particular time of year, the light, the relief of the landscape, the shape and colour of the rocks. Only then will Carl let his imagination kick in by drawing a few sketches. His vision finally materializes in a detailed pencil drawing which he then projects to his illustration board making adjustments to his composition before applying colour. His paintings are typically created on illustration board and is executed in a mixed-media combination of watercolour and gouache.

On the left is a sneak peak of Carl's 2015 Wall Calendar, Window on Wildlife. Are you excited yet?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Perfect time to purge

Ottawa Citizen (a National Magazine Awards Winner) has published an article about Alice Hinther. Check it out right here!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Mia Lane

Photo of Mia Lane
Animal imagery, especially dogs, comprise the majority of Mia Lane’s artwork. Some images are painted plein air, others are created in the studio from field sketches combined with photography and her imagination. Her artwork uses mediums from oils, acrylics, watercolours, etchings, mixed media and pen and ink. 

Mia was recently commissioned by the prestigious Kennel Club Art Gallery in London, UK to paint for an exhibit called ‘The Newfoundland: An Exhibition of Art and History Portraying this Noble, Loyal Breed’.

The exhibit runs until January 2014 and celebrates the well-loved Newfoundland dog.  The painting, shown here, is called “The Hikers” and was inspired by Mia’s trip to Newfoundland.  Amazed by the rocky, barren windswept coastlines, she understood their need for a rugged, dependable, bear-like dog such as the Newfoundland.  The image will appear in Mia’s 2015 Must Love Dogs calendar.

Image of "The Hikers"
16" x 20" acrylic on board
Mia presently lives in Prince Edward County, with her husband Robert, three dogs and two ferrets. Her home doubles as a painting studio and has a stunning view overlooking the peaceful waters of Fish Lake. During her spare time, Mia is an avid gardener.

Young foxes playing in Mia's garden
Colourful inspiration found in at the garden

For more information on Mia Lane please visit her newly launched website:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Peter Etril Snyder

“If you can see it, you can paint it,” says Pine Ridge Art’s newest artist Peter Etril Snyder.

 Anyone who follows his work realizes that he takes on many unusual commissions, his most extraordinary being the creation of a dinosaur (Parasaurolophus) painting for the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo.

Commissioned Painting for Earth Sciences Museum

Peter’s paintings are influenced by his Waterloo childhood. Both of his grandfathers were Mennonite farmers and were regular vendors at the Waterloo market, which stood in the spot now occupied by the Waterloo Public Library. His small town and Mennonite background, riddled with practicality and rural interest, sparked the starting point for a singular career in painting and presenting his work to the public in his own gallery.

Peter and his wife have travelled to many parts of the world, including parts of Europe, North and South America, Africa, the South Pacific, New Zealand and even Iceland. His travels have brought him many new and interesting ideas.

“For me the act of painting is a pleasant puzzle. I relish the challenge of manipulating the visual information. My attempts are to create something that rings the artistic bell inside me. I remake or transform topics through my aesthetic insight.  Only after I have had my way with the elements of a painting, am I ready to offer it out to others.”

Pine Ridge Art
Vertical Calendar
For over forty years Peter has specialized in paintings of the more conservative Mennonite communities. His paintings of the horse-powered groups are by far the most interesting. They represent a historic view of what used to be in Ontario but still exists in this little piece of the Waterloo region.  It hasn’t been easy to make contact with many of the individuals in these conservative groups because of their wish to be left alone and their reluctance to be photographed. It has required a great deal of time to build even a small bridge of trust. Peter values the friendships that he has built up over the years with many of these folks.

Peter loves working with people who paint and encourages fans of his artwork to email him with questions or comments. He finds it very interesting to hear the many remarks about his work and how his paintings relate to each individual’s personal experiences. He is so adamant in helping that he serves as a mentor through “Painting Doctor.” He offers a free-email service to any painter who wishes help with their work. Peter has been providing this service since January 2010 and enjoys it very much.

For more information on Peter Etril Snyder please visit his website at