I like a lot of different styles of painting. I have had an active interest in art for the past few years, and my tastes are still evolving as I learn and live with my growing collection. I do not collect as an investment but for the fun of it and to feed my enjoyment for doing research and learning. Here are some of my favorites. By the way, I am NOT the wildlife artist of the same name.
unnamed, Timothy Sorsdahl, 12" x 12", acrylic on
These small paintings
are by Canadian artist Timothy Sorsdahl. I bought these
about ten years ago, and had them on my web site before
I broke it up into pages organized by state or country
of the artist. I deprecated the old site with the
intention of adding these to my Canadian artists page,
but they got lost in the reorganization. Finally where
they belong! Tim has an artist's statement here
and a web site here.
I am a color junkie, so these definitely scratched my itch
when I added them to my collection. I am certain that
they were titled, but I don't recall what they were called.
"Bonsai" was a popular part the titles of many
paintings, so guessing these are part of his bonsai
Leonard Sydney Heap was born on 16 June 1909 in
Barnoldswick, Yorkshire England, a son of Leonard
Heap and Florence Emily Heap (nee Whitehouse). His
father was employed as a coal miner and in a mill in
England, and as a machinist in Canada. The Heaps
lived in the Parish of Salterforth, moved to Leeds
c. 1923 and emigrated to Canada in 1924. They
traveled on the Montcalm Cunnard Lines, landing in
Montreal, and eventually moved to Toronto where
Leonard spent the rest of his life. He married and
had one daughter. Leonard worked in retail starting
at Eaton's in Toronto as a parceller when his family
first came to Canada and then spent most of his
career with Tamblyn Drugs, starting in 1927, working
in their advertising and graphic arts department,
again in Toronto.
Heap attended Coventry where he won a scholarship to attend art school in 1922. In Leeds he took evening classes at Brudenell Technical School studying Mechanical Drafting (1923-24), and attended Greenwood Technical Evening School where he studied Commercial Art and Advertising Layout and Design.
This painting is signed "oil painting by Leonard S. Heap, 1944" verso. There are several auction records for Leonard's paintings dated from the 1940s through the 1960s. He is not listed in any art reference book.
Leonard Heap died circa 1979. Much of the information above comes from Heap's nephew.
Jennette Elizabeth Stuebing
was born about 1901 on St. Joseph's Island, Canada,
a daughter of William Henry and Jessie Thompson
Stuebing. She and her sister, Margaret visited
Bermuda in August 1929 and their ship docked in New
York City upon their return. Both Margaret and
Jennette gave their occupations as "teacher" and
residence as Jarvis, Canada. The purpose of their
visit to Bermuda was not stated, but was likely a
vacation. Jennette worked as a teacher in Hamilton,
Ontario from 1922-1939 at Prince of Wales Public
School and later at W. H. Ballard School. She
started seriously studying art in the early 1930s,
initially with John Beatty, a well known Ontario
artist. She traveled and painted in oils for the
following three summers and asked Beatty to critique
her work after her return at the end of each summer.
In the winters she practiced dry point etching under
the tutelage of Leonard Hutchinson.She became well
known for her dry point work and was made an
associate of the Canadian Painters-Etchers and
Engravers in the mid-1930s. She exhibited at the
Canadian Society of Graphic art and the Canadian
National Exhibition. She moved to Taxco, Mexico in
1939 and in 1940 married a Taxco silversmith named
Rafael Dominguez. Rafael was the son of a
silversmith and student of both his father and well
known Taxco silversmith William Spratling. Jennette
changed her name to Juana and became a highly
regarded artist in Taxco. The Dominguez's shared a
studio in Taxco. Stuebing/Dominguez is
mentioned in Climbing the Cold White Peaks: A
Survey of Artists in and From Hamilton 1910-1950
by Stuart MacCualg, Visions and victories: 10 Canadian
women artists, 1914-1945 by Natalie Luckyj,
and in Stuffed
Shirts in Taxco by Leslie C. de Figueroa.
Jennette was still living into her eighties.
Vizina is a painter who lives in London, Ontario,
Canada. He is an instructor at The
ARTS Project in London and for the continuing
education program at the University of Western
Ontario. He was profiled in the September issue
a monthly London art magazine. His art varies from
abstract to surreal to realism. He describes himself
as primarily a contemporary realist who is still
searching for his voice. He strives to "provoke
thought in the viewer, have them question what is
being said". That is what attracted me to this
Fred Mancuso was a Canadian
artist who worked in Mississauga, Ontario. He was
married to Agnes Mary Chinery, also an artist and
a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto
and also of Beaux Arts, Montreal. This suggests
that Mr. Mancuso may also have been a
formally trained artist. Information about him is
scarce, however, and I found only two mentions of
him, one of he and Agnes in a scrapbook in the
Mississauga Library and the other in the 2005
obituary of his wife. She had remarried to a Mr.
John Cosgrove and Mr. Mancuso is described as
deceased at the time of her death in Hantsport,
Nova Scotia. Mr. Mancuso died some time before
February 2005. I am still researching this artist.
Written on the back of the painting in the
artist's hand is the "title" listed above and the
further description, "from East to West Canada in
full Color come fall", and a label with the
artist's name and city. A further notation may be
the artist's catalog number or merely a part
number for the frame used.
I was able to locate the daughter of Fred and Agnes Mancuso, using information from Agnes' obituary, and spoke with her on the telephone. She agreed to consider providing biographical information about her father for my records and this web site and sent me one email requesting specifics about my request, but did not contact me again. I remain hopeful that she will provide further information about her father's life and career as an artist.
Mower Martin was born in London, England on 5
October 1838. He came to Canada in 1862 where he
became one of Canada's early prominent artists,
founding member of the Ontario Art Union, the
Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts, and founder and first president of
the Ontario School of Art. He is the first Canadian
represented in my collection and is going to be a
tough act to follow. I was quite lucky to get this
painting, probably because it has a couple of
condition problems, which I believe can be
corrected. In the mean time I am happy to be able to
care for this painting until it can reach it's
potential. More on TMM's biography later, after I
have had time to go through all of the information
available for this artist.