Beach Guild of Fine Art Member Biographies (scroll down to see all members)

Soledad Avellaneda

Elizabeth Bacon

Elizabeth paints mostly from imagination and memory. Her images tend to be playful in mood, and often vibrant in color. She works in watercolour, acrylic, and oil…but mixed media is her favourite. Formal studies were at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD). Elizabeth can be contacted at : You may enjoy more of Elizabeth's work on her new 'artwhims' 

Carole Baldwin

Carole specializes in oil paintings of buildings, landscape, and people.  She is also a  member of Cedar Ridge Creative Center, and has exhibited her art work at various venues.  Carole can be contacted at :

Helina Below

Since becoming semi-retired from her job as a mental health counselor, Halina has gone back to her roots as an artist. She is a graduate of Ontario College of Art (now OCAD) and, in the past, had worked as a graphic artist and illustrator of children's books using mainly watercolour and pencil. She is now enjoying discovering the art of acrylic painting.

Linda Borris

Linda has studied Fine Art at the University of Toronto and Illustration and Graphic Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She continues to focus on her interest in botanical studies and primarily specializes in watercolour techniques. 

Linda's compositions depict her particular attention to detail and through her art she shares her enjoyment in the lively and vibrant world of botanical essences.

She is a past member of the Botanical Artists of Canada and has exhibited with them as well as at Toronto Botanical Gardens, the Gardener's Cottage and Sunnybrook Art Shows. She is the convener of Collective Expressions 2020, an exhibit and sale coming to the Todmorden Paper Mill Gallery this Fall.


Barbara Brown

Barbara specializes in botanical and floral watercolours. She started painting by studying with local artists working at first on still life and landscapes. After she took several classes in botanical illustration, she realized she wanted to focus on painting flowers and plants, detailing them in some ways like an illustrator, but also adding imaginative aspects. As a result of this approach her paintings are bold in color and shape and often full of movement. Recently, she has been experimenting with black gouache backgrounds. For several years, she taught art in a secondary school. She has shown her work in local galleries, and shows.

Shelley Cinnamon - Past President


Shelley has been a professional artist since her mid-twenties. Her work has included that of a graphic designer, illustrator and art director. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Painting has always been her first love. Light and colour are the two predominant elements that she brings to her paintings. Her work has ranged from portraiture and figurative through charcoal and pencil rendering. Although having a tendency towards realism her love of impressionism has a bold impact on her artistic style. Shelley hopes never to be coralled into just one look or technique. You can see more of Shelley's paintings on her website:

Melanie Clark

Jennifer Cline - In Memorium


Jennifer Cline has worked for years as a graphic artist and returned to her first love watercolours, 13 years ago. She studied with Chinkok Tan at the Ontario College of Art and Design and is self-taught since then, expanding her technique and style.  She has painted extensively in The Beach area, Ward’s Island and Cabbagetown. She has also traveled to Greece, England, Colombia and the South of France always painting on-site. Her paintings have culminated in nine successful shows at The Beacher Café.  More of Jennifer's paintings can be seen on her website:

Babs Collier - Honorary Member

Paul Corby

Paul Corby has been living in the Beaches for 45 years. He began painting in acrylics twenty years ago. His subjects and inspirations are music, urban lighting, gestures, dreams, and spiritual and mythological topics. His styles range from abstract to "casual realism". He has shown at the Steam Whistle Brewery, Birchcliff Bluffs United Church and the Rebellion Gallery. He adores the work of Kim Dorland and the Automatistes.Paul can be reached at

Joan Creelman

Katherine Crichton

Katherine Crichton is a fine artist, who works mainly in watercolour and acrylics. She has studied at the Toronto College of Art, King’s College England, Haliburton School of Art and has taken numerous workshops and courses from a variety of teachers. She has exhibited with the Scarborough Art Guild, the Toronto Watercolour Society, the Toronto City Hall show, and with the Beach Studio Tour. Katherine’s work has gone to Australia, Canada, England, France and the USA. At all times she strives for interesting and unique paintings.

Mary Cserepy -Honourary Member

Mary graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design.  She enjoyed a career in book design and illustration and eventually became an art director for children's books.  The later part of her career included freelancing, a move to fine art and part time teaching.  Mary describes her work in this way: "I identify strongly with the Impressionist movement and their concept of realism as a response to the real world.  They painted directly from nature and no theme was considered insignificant.  My work is a direct response to the subject in both painting and design.  I am motivated by new challenges and difficult tasks and have done landscapes and figures in oil, acrylic, pastels and pen and ink.  I have found portraits in watercolour particularly challenging.

Trish Cummings


Award winning painter Trish Cummings works in acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and print.    She is particularly drawn to the Canadian landscape.    She also enjoys painting cityscapes in abstract form as well as other images.  Trish has participated in classes and workshops at the Toronto School of Art; OCAD; Open Studio; Creativity Art Retreat; Studio Six; The Toronto Watercolour Society; and Haliburton School of the Arts.   She has exhibited in group shows at Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Festival; the Here and Now Gallery; Nielson Park; North York Civic Centre; The Lions Club; St. Barnabas; The John B. Aird Gallery; Sunnybrook Hospital; The Gardener’s Cottage; and AWOL Gallery.  Trish has had several solo shows at the Peartree Restaurant; Yorkville Gallery; the Skylight Gallery and neighborhood coffee shops.  Her works are in collections across Canada, the United States, England, France, Cuba, and Australia.  Trish is a member of several Art Groups in the City of Toronto. You can reach Trish at:

Liliana De Irisarri

Liliana De Irisarri is a Toronto based artist and former Flamenco Dancer. She studied Languages and Art History at the University of Nantes ,France.

She immigrated to Canada in the 90s where she found her adopted home. Liliana finished her studies of Fine Art at Toronto School of Art and also studied at Central Technical School.

Liliana worked at Harbourfront Centre during happy 14 years conducting art lessons and creative movement

with School Visits Programs. She also worked with the Toronto Boards and Private Schools teaching art and Flamenco.

In addition she taught art at CMS Central Montessori Schools for the last six years.

After her long and accomplished career Liliana is happy to return to her first love of painting and making art.

"Painting and always a bit of Dancing"

Cynthia Dudley

Cynthia Scott Dudley, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, now lives in Toronto. She has studied oil painting since 2004 under the tutelage of Russian Academy Artist Vladimir Ribatchok.  Before oil painting, Cynthia's art journey began in wood and stone carving.
Artist’s Statement – “Painting is my way to share nature at its finest and people at their most interesting. I work in oils because I find it rich in the colour and the texture that I desire on the canvas. Each image tells a story of happening upon an intriguing face or place.”

Sandra Duggan

Sandra Duggan is retired and has been painting for about 15 years. Over the years she has been taking watercolour classes from the ROM - painting in the galleries - Cedar Ridge, Elizabeth Berry, Bernice Tindall, Marjorie Hodgson, Jennifer Cline and Barb Philip (Peterboro). She has been part of some exhibitions with the North of Seven art group in Havelock, On. Sandra loves all forms of art but especially the special effects of watercolour.

Gerda Eckert

Lynda Freeman

Freeman received her art training and education at the Pratt Institute in New York and took a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.  After retiring as a teacher, Freeman has turned her creative energies toward her art, and she also teaches acrylic painting to adults here in the Beach.  “I enjoy a variety of uplifting subjects, but really enjoy figurative work,” she says.

Sheila Frost - Supporting Member

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Sheila is an Art Consultant & Artist from England. Art has always been a part of her life. She painted on anything she could since she was little and enjoyed having the love for design & art.


Sheila had worked as a Project Manager in Marketing & Technology until 2015 when she decided to seriously pursue her passion by dedicating her time to her artwork. Since then she has undertaken many art classes in Toronto School of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, OCAD University and local classes by some amazing and experienced art teachers, instructors & artists. She has increased her wealth of knowledge and network of artists via the classes, art opportunities & in The Beach Guild.


She initially worked in Watercolours for the enjoyment of flexibility and smoothness and now more recently in Acrylics & Mixed Media incorporating unique designs and compositions. She also enjoys portrait painting, figurative drawing and the occasional sketching in graphite & pastels.


As the above inspired her to come out of the corporate world and into the creative world she decided with both the Business & Technology skills to launch her business to encourage (local) artists to promote their artwork & services to others. She will be an experienced professional who supports artists by providing business advice and offer clients’ artwork from emerging & established artists. She also offers voluntary art demonstrations to communities and schools enhancing creativity in all of us. Sheila has an amazingly good eye to detail and understands how art can be displayed in any space whether it is at home, away from home, commercial business or in exhibitions. Every Art Piece belongs to a home and every wall belongs to an Art Piece!


You can reach Sheila at or soon to be launched website: where some of her work and others’ will be posted for viewing, purchasing or renting.

Caren Gagne

Winona Gallop - Honorary Member

 Don George - In Memorium

Don works in a variety of mediums, though his preference is for oils.  His inspiration comes from nature: the beach, with it's ever changing weather and the seasonal variety in the landscape, and also his studio in the country near Mono Cliffs Park.  Don's work is represented in many private collections in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium and the West Indies.  He recently won the Peoples Choice Award in the exhibition: Disappearing Landscapes, in Alton, Ontario, for his painting "Redwing Blackbirds in Wetlands".

Donna Gordon

Donna Gordon graduated the O.C.A. fine art course and had a career as an illustrator and designer for 25 years.  Starting with pen & ink her media of choice became watercolour applied with an airbrush.  Sailing for almost twenty years resulted in a natural interest in marine art and many commissions of boat portraits.  Inspired by light and colour that occur in abstract and unexpected ways, her subjects are often realistic with an abstract aspect.  Contrasting the hard edge effect of the airbrush, She now paints primarily in acrylics which allows for a more spontaneous approach to her art.  Donna can be contacted at

Gail Gregory

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Gail was born in Chicago and received her honours BFA in Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1969 she immigrated to Canada and made her home in Toronto. She was just in time to join the OPEN STUDIO Printmakers Co-operative and showed her work in their first public show in 1970.

Gail was employed at the Toronto Board of Education, but in 1987 was fortunate to be promoted to the position of Curator of their Museum and Archives. She earned her Museum Certificate from the Museum Association. There were busy years with research and records, displays and exhibitions, organizing and presenting programming and dealing with acquisitions. With the help of her volunteer group Friends of the Sesquicentennial Museum many things were possible. In her spare time Gail continued to show her artwork in public exhibitions and through two private galleries: Gallery Gabor in Toronto and The Paperworks Gallery in Calgary.

Following the amalgamation of school boards she had the opportunity to receive early retirement and pursue her artwork on a full time basis. Gail turned to painting rather than print making. In 2010 she formalized her position by becoming sole proprietor of Gregory Artworks. Gail continues to work in watercolour, acrylics and drawing.

Gail takes part in a number of annual art shows in Toronto. 'I know the pleasure of belonging to art groups - Central Connection and Beach Guild of Fine Art.'

Leara Haslotto

Andrea Himes - Supporting Member

Since retiring from my career as a social worker/psychotherapist it has been a joy to devote energy to my lifelong passion of sketching, painting and printmaking all of which have been interwoven into my creative life since childhood  My favourite mediums continue to be conte, pen & ink, coloured pencils, pastels, acrylic & oils. I have always enjoyed studying and integrating different forms of artistic expression from my earliest classes at Ecole des Beaux Arts and Sir George Williams in Montreal to courses at TSA, OCAD, AGO and various studios in Toronto. I see myself primarily as a colourist with my other serious focus being the conveyance of essence and beauty through the movement, line and music of form. Life drawing, portraiture, homey objects and interiors are my means to illuminating the expression of human spirit, emotion and thought.

Nina Hodd

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Nina is a self-taught artist. Her artistic style is influenced by The Group of Seven & Inuit art. She enjoys painting various subjects, whatever stirs her interest at any given moment. Nina also likes painting facial expressions and emotions. Her artwork is rich in colour & texture. She is using her own unique technique which is quite challenging, the results are often surprising and intriguing. The achieved  shapes & textures are different in every piece. She enjoys spending time at the beach collecting pebbles, pieces of glass and wood. Nina is using these gifts of nature for her mixed media artwork: images of Inuksuk and trees on the beach.   

 You can view Nina's art at:

Or you may contact Nina by phone at: 416-698-4646 or by e-mail at

Beverley Howell

Yvonne Jamieson

Yvonne’s style of oil painting demonstrates a strong colour sense and confidence. Her landscapes captivate the play of light, shadow and texture, powerful images of sunlight peeking through wooded areas of Muskoka. Many of her winter scenes reflect the solitude and peaceful mood of the boardwalk in the Beach. Yvonne’s fruit series demand viewer’s attention by her use of strong colour and bold backgrounds and exaggerated size.  Yvonne's work has been sold privately and she has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto.  Yvonne can be contacted at:

Shirley Jones (Founding Member) - In Memorium

Shirley is, for the most part, a self taught painter, spending more and more time on her art over the past 15 years.  She is a founding member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art, a member of the Scarborough Arts Council, the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Members Gallery and the Masterpiece Gallery Cooperative until its closure.  "My paintings express my personal sense of life.   People, animals, places and moments in time that seem special to me in some way inspire my oils, watercolours, ink sketches and acrylics." 

Dagmar Klopf

Usha Kumar

De Anne Lamirande
De Anne fell in love with art at a very young age her first oil painting was at age 7, she has made her childhood dream to be an artist come true, and has never looked back.  De Anne has been a commercial artist and sign painter since 1989. She attended George Brown College of Applied Arts from 1989 -1992 to study Sign Design and Production, Commercial Art and Airbrush Illustration. Taking additional courses in airbrushing and art metal work, then expanded her work to include mural painting in 1996. Owning her own company since 1990 and hired by clients including the Rolling Stones for Keith Richards, Mariah Carey, Warner Brothers and countless others. She has worked in film and commercials, painting props and wardrobe as well as at special events for companies like Converse 100 year anniversary and Teletoon. Her art has been seen and sold at ‘Canadian Music Week’ ,‘Molson Indy’ Toronto & Vancouver and 'Collage'. She has been a featured guest at numerous trade shows and was a member of ‘The Masterpiece Gallery’ 2003. The Distillery District Art Festival July 2013 and is the designer and lead painter of Warden Street Underpass at Warden and Danforth.  De Anne is thrilled to be a member of The Beach Guild of Fine Art, she enjoys painting commissions and making that one of a kind personal art for her clients. In in her spare time she paints for upcoming shows. Instagrm: debelieveinartTO

Donene Lashbrook

For over 40 years, Donene has documented her extensive travels and everyday life through photography.  Many of the photographs compelled her to say "one day I'll paint this".  After years running a Toronto advertising agency and graphic design studio, a career change has feed up time to explore and develop her artistic talents.  Now she delights in using her photography as inspiration for her watercolour paintings.

Lynn Lavallee

Lynn was born and raised in Montreal. Although she dabbles in pencil, charcoal and watercolour, she works predominantly in acrylic. Her love of Mother Nature is more than evident  in her paintings. Her formal training was at Sir George, Concordia, McGill and York Universities. She can be reached at:

Sandra Lemieux

Thong Ling

Thong was born and grew up in Sarawak, Malaysia.  He learned to paint with watercolour when he was very small.  Throughout his school years two art teachers were his motivation and mentors.  That motivation grew into a lifelong passion for watercolour.  In 1979 Thong immigrated to Canada to futher his studies at York University.  Since then Canada's seasonal colour changes, rolling hills, countless lakes and great wilderness convinced him to stay for good.  Thong has had many of his graphics and artworks published.  He has also participated in several exhibits and shows.

Toresa Looui

"I consider myself to be mostly an impressionistic painter with a note of abstraction. The limited colors, simple lines, basic shapes, various patterns as well as the sculptured surface, heavy paints, free bold brush strokes or knife marks are the basic blocks to build my simple impressionist composition. For me painting is a form of meditation to connect with the people, the world and the universe”.

Anne MacDonald

Heather MacFarlane


Heather has loved nature from an early age. In her travels at home and abroad she explores nature’s vibrant colours, wildness, and many moods, reflecting them back into her art. Both painting and photography are constant in her life and evolve as she does. Heather has exhibited and sold her paintings in various venues. She has been both Vice- President and Treasurer twice for the Beach Guild of Fine Art, as well as Membership Coordinator.

Joan McDonald


Laraine McMahon-Nelson

Laraine McMahon-Nelson is a Toronto based artist who grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her art is in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Laraine studied visual art at the Toronto School of the Arts and The Haliburton School of the Arts. Her paintings and drawings include life drawing, mixed media, figurative abstract and portrait painting. She is currently working on a series of abstract paintings.  She volunteers at the Creative Works  Studio in Toronto.  To purchase a painting or commission Laraine to do an installation piece,  contact her through

Norma Meneguzzi Spall

Sunny Mills

Loi Molnar - Supporting Member

Pat Morrow

Joyce Nelson

Joyce Nelson turned to visual arts in her mid fifties, after a lengthy career as a professional writer.  She graduated from the Adult Art Program at Central Tech in 2002 and has taken courses at Toronto School of Art and the Haliburton School of the Arts.  Nelson's work has been shown in two solo studio shows and in many group shows.  She became a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Arts in November, 2007.   She can also be contacted via email at:

Jennifer Pah

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Debbie Parrott

I have been painting and drawing since I was a small child as my mother and uncles all would do the same. I won my first ribbon in grade three for string with glue and paint (how exotic) and it was displayed at the CNE. Not sure where the ribbon is for proof.
I continued painting/drawing all through high school and college and headed off to George Brown for Graphic Design. After finishing the program and not really doing what I planned I designed a few logos, etc. and decided to do something else.  I traveled and then headed back to school for a Child and Youth worker.  After working in several agencies, I ended up at Children's Aid for the past 28 years, retiring this past January.  Now I can follow my passion of painting, drawing and creating.  It was slow getting started, but now I feel energized and feel like my creativity and imagination is returning.  Although I paint mostly in acrylic, I enjoy using other mediums and am now experimenting with mixed media which I find fascinating. I paint from photos of my holidays and my surroundings. Something that will catch my eye to paint or use as a photograph to sell. I currently have some of my birds photo cards selling at Urban Nature in Pickering.
I am proud to belong to the Beach Guild of Fine Art, The Art Guild of Scarborough, Scarborough Arts and a long standing member of Cedar Ridge.  I love them all and the creative and talented people I've met a long the way. It's still a journey of discovery for  me and I'm enjoying every minute of it.


Pam Reeves


Subjects of interest are the back streets, alleys and lane ways of Toronto and people in relationships. Her palette is muted, her subjects often verge on melancholy. She has studied at The Toronto School of Art, with Gary Smith , Don Cavin and Ian McArthur. She feels her paintings have to tell a story which the viewer can finish on his or her own.

Gail Rous

Marcella Spinace

Born in Argentina from northern Italian blood, she immigrated to Canada in 1972.  At an early age she was exposed to art by her father, a fine cabinet maker and a self taught artist.  Her love of nature and animals and her sensitivity for art drew her to explore her capabilities of painting. She began with oil painting. For the last 7 years she has been involved in acrylic painting classes with a local artist. She loves to work with vivid colours creating a variety of expressions, usually on larger canvases.

Susie Styrsky

Susie began drawing for her father at an early age. She studied art throughout her life starting with high school. Her father was a tailor, so she decided to attend George Brown College to study fashion design. After college , Susie worked for her husband's business "Flora Florist", which was established established in 1952. During this time, she became a member of Parkdale Village Art Collective (PVAC) and was involved in the creation of Gallery 1313. She also joined Georgian Bay Arts and Craft Association (GBACA). For over 10 Years Susie taught Art programs for children. She completed four murals for the city of Toronto in recreation centres (Masaryk-Cowan CRC and St. Lawrence CRC). Private collectors have optained her work. She completed a three year Adult Art program at Central  Technical School in 2014. Susie considers herself a multiple disciplinary Artist who works with oil,acrylic, mixed media, sculpture and photography.  Susie can be contacted at gromitfirst@

Pat Taylor

Terry Tedesco

Donna Volden

Marilyn Walsh

Art has always been a part of my life. I aim for uplifting interconnection between  humans and nature. I work with painting, printmaking and mixed media to represent my images/my dreams. I want to create without limitations.

Winona Gallop-Lavier - Honourary Member