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Live Panel: How to Create a Painting From Inspiration to Completion

Thursday, April 13

5–6pm MDT
7–8pm EDT
12am–1am BST
9am–10am AEST (Friday)

Mentors: Andrew Conklin and Sue Dion




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Join Mastrius Mentors Andrew Conklin and Sue Dion for a panel on How to Create a Painting From Inspiration to Completion —an exciting event that will take you on a journey through the creative process of building a painting.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of the artistic process and the passion that goes into painting—even before they pick up a brush!

Andrew and Sue will share their inside information and delve into these questions—and more:

  • How do I find inspiration for a painting or a body of work?
  • What are the steps I should take to create a painting—from gathering inspiration and developing a concept and narrative to sketching and painting? 
  • What essentials do I need to consider when developing new work?
  • And, of course, BRING YOUR OWN QUESTIONS! Mastrius Mentors are here to help.


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Meet Andrew Conklin

Acrylic Paint | Oil Paint | Watercolor | Graphite

My favorite subject is the human figure.

Among my aims are to continue the traditions of representation in painting, which includes narrative content. A contemporary figure painting can reconnect its audience with the wisdom and delight of ancient myths and ideas, and challenge the viewer to consider human nature as both progressive and unchanging. The human body continues to play a vital role in my work, as it allows me both a meet a technical demand and to explore its spiritual, moral and political condition in contemporary culture.

I paint from observation with the desire to command my subject to remain on the canvas long after the subject has departed.

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Meet Sue Dion

Oil Paint | Acrylic Paint | Watercolor | Mixed Media

My paintings explore the intersection of abstract realism and expressionism, using texture and value to create lost edges and add a sense of mystery to the everyday. My creative process is guided by the poetic beauty and grace of nature, and I am constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques to bring my artistic vision to life. I find that floral forms offer a rich and versatile language for expressing the shapes, lines, and forms universally found to be beautiful.
I draw inspiration from themes related to symmetry in Art Nouveau and the intuitive beauty of expressionism, which have shaped my artistic vision and influenced my creative process. I am particularly drawn to the natural references from these art movements, which I often incorporate into my work. Through my art, I aim to express the feelings of my true self, be they ones of joy or sadness.

I believe that art has the power to unite and to empower, and I am committed to using my work to inspire others to share their unique vision of beauty. Through my paintings, I hope to create a sense of connection and contemplation, inviting viewers to engage with their own experiences of the natural world and to explore the complexity and depth of their emotions.

Thank you for taking the time to explore my art. I invite you to engage with my work and to join me in my artistic journey.

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Event Details






Date: April 13, 2023

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MDT

End time: 06:00 p.m. MDT

Venue: Online



Since 1994 Tri-Art Manufacturing is a Canadian family run company producing a wide range of artist paints in Kingston Ontario. Tri-Art is known by artists nationally and internationally for it's high quality products. Starting with 3 founding members and a single paint line, in a 100 square foot area, Tri-Art has now grown to employ over 70 people, and produce over 20 different paint lines in a production area of over 100,000 square feet.