Originals - Oil and Acrylic original paintings

Here are all of my original oil and acrylic paintings, along with a collection of original drawings that I lovingly created in my Muskoka Studio in Ontario, Canada.
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing
Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing

Magnolia - A Pencil and White Charcoal Drawing

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Celebrating our journey as women, from navigating relationships, careers, motherhood, and empty nests, to finding ourselves again and learning to love who we are and who we are becoming.
 It is a journey!
These delicate drawings honor all of the experiences good and bad, because they have taught us to listen to our inner voice, trust our intuition, and value ourselves - imperfections and all.
I chose white flowers to adorn the women in this collection as a symbol of inner peace, strength and beauty.
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Pencil and white ink on toned paper, in a soft white mat.
This drawing ships flat, and is ready for your 8x10" frame.

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Mat dimensions: Inside opening 4½ x 6½" - Outside edges 8x10"
Each drawing is finished with a protective art spray, however for added protection I recommend that you use a frame with glass to protect the delicate quality of this artwork. Magnolia will ship flat, wrapped with care in a compostable mailer so you can feel good about your purchase!
Ask me about gift wrapping and messaging if this artwork is a gift for a special someone.
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Feminist oil painting of a beautiful woman painted with various colors and bold brushstrokes
Feminist art displayed beautifully on a wall.
Feminist wall art of a woman brightly painted with oil paints
"Lotus" - Oil Painting on Canvas

"Lotus" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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As women we struggle, we grow, we help, we overcome, and from these growth phases, we become strong.

We can be likened to a Lotus flower growing up from murky water and reaching for the sun, our beauty growing as we overcome challenges and reach for new potentials.

This 24x24 inch painting is named Lotus in honor of all of our stories.  Varying brushstrokes and bold colors represent our beautiful diversity, while the symbol of strength embellishes her neck. 

May this painting remind us of our sisterhood and the beauty that we hold as women of the entire world.

 

Details: Paintings 24" x 24" Oil on Gallery Style Canvas

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 An oil painting by artist Serena West of a  woman that s confined in a small space symbolizing that she is imprisoned by allowing others to determine her life.  Hope lights up her face and white dress portraying that she truly is free to make her own choices.
Symbolic Oil painting of a woman in a white dress

"Captive" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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This painting was inspired by my realization that I had lived most of my life fulfilling the expectations of others, and had created my own prison of sorts. 

I finally saw through my limiting beliefs and understood that the prison door had always been open.  I was free to walk away from the expectations of others and create my own boundaries. 

The bright area lighting up her face symbolizes this choice of freedom.  Blue, green, and amber jewel tones scattered over her white dress evoke hope and possibility.  

Enjoy this oil painting as an inspiration to believe in your own voice and strength as a woman.


Details:  24" x 30" Acrylic and Oil on gallery style canvas

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Oil painting of woman underwater
Art painting of a woman underwater

"Descending" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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"Waves embrace me"

When I give all of my emotions permission to exist - even the negative ones - they tend to lose their power over me.  The light is then able to filter through and remind me that better days will return.

This oil painting honors all of our emotions.   It was created to help remind us that beauty can still be found in our darkest hours, just as the Lotus can reach for the light through muddy water.

Allow this painting to help you embrace all parts of your journey.

20"x24" - Acrylic and Oil Painting on Canvas

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"En Pointe" - Oil Painting on Canvas
Oil painting portrait of a beautiful brunette woman
Oil painting detail of woman&
Figure oil painting seen from the side
Figure painting wall art of a beautiful woman
Oil figure painting on canvas of a beautiful woman sitting in a chair.

"En Pointe" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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The dance to please others often results in losing ourselves.

This thought-provoking painting was inspired by the ballet move "En-pointe", where a dancer is on the tip of her toes.   Everything may appear perfect from the outside, but when we live our lives simply to please others we may end up hurting ourselves. 

Allow this piece to inspire you to listen to your own voice, create your own boundaries and reach for your dreams. 

24" x 30" Oil paining on Canvas (1 1/2" depth)

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"Perspective" - Oil Painting on Canvas
"Perspective" - Oil Painting on Canvas

"Perspective" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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This original oil painting is symbolic of finding our path in life.

We can spend our whole life looking at the world from one vantage point until we find the courage to shift our perspective.  

40" x 20" Oil on Canvas (1 1/2" deep)

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Beautiful portrait painting of a black woman
Oil painting portrait of a black woman
Detail of a portrait painting of a beautiful black woman
Portrait painting wall art

"Labyrinth" - Oil Painting on Canvas

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Sometimes every path forward seems wrong and right at the same time. I painted this original artwork remembering such a time in my life.

Now I look at these decisions as opportunities for new beginnings.

A way to find my way back home.

May this painting remind you that with every crossroad there is an opportunity for growth and beautiful new beginnings.

Details:   24"x 12" Acrylic and Oil Painting on Canvas (1 1/2" depth)

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a painting of a windswept pine grows on white rocks near a beautiful lake in Muskoka
A landscape painting of a single pine tree grows by the edge of an Canadian lake

"summer's edge" - a Canadian landscape painting

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Windswept pines line the shores of many lakes in Ontario.  This tiny 5x7" acrylic landscape painting features the beauty of the often rugged but serene Canadian landscape.

5x7 acrylic on 1 1/2" deep canvas

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Canadian landscape art painting of tall pine trees near a calm blue lake
"time to reflect" - a landscape painting

"time to reflect" - a landscape painting

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Serene Canadian lakes, are perfect spots to canoe, fish, swim, and reflect.  This tiny 5x7" acrylic landscape painting brings summer memories home.

Acrylic on canvas

5x7" on 1 1/2 deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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Canadian landscape painting of trees on an island surrounded by glistening blue water
Canadian landscape painting of trees on an island surrounded by shimmering blue water

"on the lake" - a Canadian landscape painting

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Sandy beaches, afternoons on the boat, and tiny islands dotting the hundreds of lakes in Ontario.  Summer memories are cherished with this tiny 5x7" acrylic on canvas painting.


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a Canadian landscape painting of a winter scene with pine trees and a pink sunset

"winter sunset" - a Canadian landscape sunset painting

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5x7 acrylic on birch and framed in solid wood Poplar frame.

 

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Canadian landscape painting of still lake and trees
lake painting of island and still water

"morning light" - an original lake painting

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Sandy beaches, afternoons on the boat, and tiny islands dotting the hundreds of lakes in Ontario.  Summer memories are cherished with this large Canadian landscape painting.

36x48" oil on canvas

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"reach for the sky" - a Canadian landscape painting
"reach for the sky" - a Canadian landscape painting

"reach for the sky" - a Canadian landscape painting

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This magnificent pine grows and reaches for the sun along the shores of Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park, Canada.  As my family and I explored the shores of the lake, the beauty of this pine growing toward the sun really caught my eye. 

Back in my studio, as I reached to paint the tall branches and the expressive clouds on this large canvas, I was reminded of the boldness of this tree.  I'm always impressed by the adversity that trees face; winds, sun, rain, snow, and yet ever grow towards the sun.

Painting this pine on a large canvas was my way of sharing that feeling of freedom and strength with you. Imagine hanging it in your home, and every time you look at it, you're right there by the lake in stunning Algonquin Park, sitting by majestic pines.

My wish is that this piece reminds you to keep reaching for your dreams, just like trees reaching for the sky.

36x48 inch Acrylic on 1 1/2" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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"afternoon paddle" an original Canadian landscape painting
"afternoon paddle" an original Canadian landscape painting

"afternoon paddle" an original Canadian landscape painting

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I'm so sorry, this piece has been purchased by another collector, please see about a commission here if you would like me to create something similar for you.

Inspired by a day at the beach with my children on Mary Lake near my home in Muskoka, Ontario.  Watching boats and canoes pass by and enjoying the pristine blue skies and swimming in the fresh lake; this piece holds a special place in my heart.  My hope is that each of my paintings reminds you of your days spent in nature, and creates a sense of calm in your space.

 

12x12" Acrylic on 1 1/2" deep Canvas - painted on the edges and ready to hang

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tiny paintings - 4x4"
tiny paintings - 4x4"

tiny paintings - 4x4"

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Bring colour and cheer to any room with these 4x4" tiny paintings.

Crafted with acrylic on canvas, the 1 1/2" depth offers visual interest that continues around the edges.

Equipped with a hook for easy hanging, these lovely paintings make great gifts too.

 

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"Hidden Gem" - Hardy Lake island painting - 48"Wx30"H

"Hidden Gem" - Hardy Lake island painting - 48"Wx30"H

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How did I miss this hidden gem?  I've lived in Muskoka for years, and finally made it out to Hardy Lake Provincial Park last summer.  We walked the trail to this gem of an island and captured such stunning photos just as the sun was beginning to set through the trees.

When I was back in my studio, I just knew I had to paint this iconic Muskoka island!

48"Wx30"H on 1 1/2" canvas

 

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"Afternoon on the River" - a Muskoka River painting - 30"Wx40"H

"Afternoon on the River" - a Muskoka River painting - 30"Wx40"H

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When you go kayaking with the whole family there are bound to be stories to tell!  This painting was taken from an afternoon on the river and holds special meaning to me.  Six of us went out, each in our boat, and we had a blast!  From serene views around every bend to water fights and maybe getting a little soaked I knew that there would be lots of great photo references on my phone from the day - and lots of great outdoor memories!

My wish is that this river painting reminds you of your memories in the great outdoors and along beautiful waterways!

30"Wx40"H on 1 1/2" canvas

 

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"High Falls, View From the Beach" - large landscape painting - 48"Wx30"H

"High Falls, View From the Beach" - large landscape painting - 48"Wx30"H

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Muskoka, Canada, is brimming with breathtaking spots just waiting to be discovered! My two sons and I cherished our little adventures down the trail to the beach by High Falls in Bracebridge, turning it into our own treasure hunt for wood pieces to craft with. We fondly called it "Treasure Beach," and the stunning view of the falls always made the hike worthwhile. I've collected countless fond memories and just as many photos on my phone from our times there. It's inevitable that one of these cherished moments would find its way into a painting.

This large 48"Wx30"H landscape painting is just the right size for over the sofa or bed, and perfect for reminiscing about your favourite moments in nature!

48"Wx30"H on 1 1/2" canvas 

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"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H
"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H
"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H
"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H
"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H

"Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting - 12"Wx12"H

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Experience the beauty of nature with "Walk With Me" - an abstract forest painting inspired by my walks in the forest behind my home. Playful shapes and vibrant colors capture the fun and memories of time spent in nature.

12x12 inch Acrylic on 1 1/2" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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