Colleen McQuade

What brought you to the Almaguin Highlands?
I was born and raised in Niagara Falls but frequented the Almaguin Highlands, exploring and experiencing all four seasons annually for years with my family. I was fortunate to secured possession of an old Almaguin century, hand-hewed log home and farm property in 2002, which I visited often as a child. I built a studio on the property over the years in which I now enjoys painting year-round, nestled in nature and tranquility; I call it ‘Blackwater Studio’.


How did your artistic journey begin?

In 1994, knowing that ‘someday soon’ my life would be my own, I began my self-taught art journey.I retired in 2010 from an interesting and diversified career of 30 years And I finally, took up fulltime residency at ‘Ladybug Downs’ in the summer of 2013, leaving the noise, speed, aimless rhetoric and hostility behind ...


What form of art do you practise?
Pastel is my medium of choice, but I am quite adaptable with other mediums.  I have accepted commissions in the past and will continue to do so.  I am an active member of Pastel Artists Canada, participating in professional workshops with accomplished artists while continuing to pursue my love for photography and painting.


What are your favourite subjects?
My interests vary from landscapes, seascapes, florals, birds, wildlife and domestic animals to meaningful still life subjects, structures, properties etc. .... all bordering on realism with a “painterly” twist on traditional art.

Where can people view your art?
I display my work at local shows, on tours, at galleries and in private collections.  I welcomes calls and would enjoy having visitors to ‘Blackwater Studio’ at ‘Ladybug Downs’ by appointment.


Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I choose to share my paintings with others, not only to enhance awareness, but also to amplify the fragility of life as things change with each passing moment; to draw reverence to and gratefulness for, all there is to embrace and appreciate, as we continue on our respective journeys through life . . . that is what makes us who we are…

Colleen currently resides in Kearney, ON.

Contact Info:

3569 Chetwynd Rd

Kearney, ON

Studio: 705-636-7931

Home: 705-635-5557

Cell: 705-794-1811


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