Until February 10, 2024

Earls Court Gallery is excited to begin 2024 exhibition season with the launch of “Edge of the Forest” featuring new paintings by artists Daria Gavrilina (Toronto), Patty Lynes (Hamilton), Pamela Mayhew (Picton), and Rob Peachey (Hamilton).

“Edge of the Forest” is a visual exploration that allows the viewer to step into, trace around and be immersed by the foliage of the forest, in all seasons. In contrast to the colder days, the exhibition offers a warm and uplifting journey to witness the tangled woods and bubbling creeks captured in paint by these exceptional artists.

“Edge of the Forest” exhibition can be viewed in person at 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. Earls Court Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. The artworks will be featured in the main gallery. All artworks will be featured online upon installation.

Please join us Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 7-9 pm to meet the artists: Daria Gavrilina (Toronto), Patty Lynes (Hamilton), Pamela Mayhew (Picton), and Rob Peachey (Hamilton).

Entry is free | Family Friendly | Fully Accessible | Groups Welcomed


Curator Andrea Jackman

Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa St. N, Hamilton




Daria Gavrilina

 I am an artist, art director and graphic designer living and working in Toronto. Recent recognition of my work includes participation in 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Artist Merit of Distinction Award at En Plein Air Competition curated by McMichael Gallery, and group shows at ARTA Gallery.

My main interest in art is to create paintings inspired by landscapes and its various forms, lines and shapes. I seek to find geometry, simplicity and elegance in every composition. My work is highly textured. I love working with oil media as it gives me flexibility to apply multiple layers, work with colours and create volume.

Patty Lynes

Patty Lynes has had an adventurous career as a landscape architect, all the while continuing to develop as an artist over these past 35 years.   She has worked in Ontario, B.C. Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong concurrently studying and developing as a visual artist.  Her studio training includes the University of Guelph, London Polytechnic, U.K., OCAD University, Emily Carr University of Art & Design (ECUAD) and Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA).    She is now based in Hamilton.   Environmental design, site assessment and visual communication are areas of her professional practice that have influenced the development of her art concerned with spatial impression and sense of place.  Her love of drawing from nature began in childhood.  She is influenced by her explorations of landscapes and wilderness.  She began canoe tripping in the 70’s and finds this the best way to seek inspiration and solitude.  Working primarily in oils she paints with loose gestural brushwork to capture the spirit of place.  Her paintings strive to encompass in gesture the natural world especially through the changing light of day.  Painting at sunrise of an interior lake or sketching as the sun sets to the quiet and calm are her happy places. 

Drawing and painting are what brings her peace, strength, and joy. Her landscapes convey an impression of place emphasizing form, colour, and light.

She has exhibited in Ontario, B.C. and abroad, including the Artist Project, Buckhorn Festival of the Arts,  Art in the Workplace (AWP)/McMaster Innovation Park, Kingston Arts Fest and The Cotton Factory, The Silk Purse, West Vancouver.

Pamela Mayhew

 abstractions that feature bold, gestural brushstrokes and a joyful palette. Current works allude to land and waterscapes of Ontario while abstracting the image to allow the viewer room to interpret the compositions according to their own life experiences. 

Pam grew up in Ottawa with a family of artists and art collectors. Life in a creative household nurtured her talent and appreciation for art and design, while summers spent in sunny Okanagan, B.C. cultivated appreciation for the light, colour, and beauty of the Canadian landscape. While there, Pam experienced a powerful sense of ‘place’ that she strives to convey in her work.

Mayhew’s studies include the University of Ottawa (BFA Painting and Art History), University of Victoria (MA Art Education), and formal interior design training at the International Academy of Design (Toronto) and Sotheby’s, (London). During her training, she studied under one of Canada’s most important painters, Kenneth Lochhead, OC,  with inspiration from acclaimed Quebec abstractionists Yves Gaucher and Charles Gagnon.

 Rob Peachey

 Robert has had a 38-year career in Landscape Architecture and Art since graduating from the University of Guelph in Fine Art and Landscape Architecture. He now paints full time working from his home studio in Stoney Creek and cottage on Skootamatta Lake in the Addington Highlands. Robert is a member of the Burlington Fine Art Association and Canadian Federation of Artists participating in the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Spring Show and Artist Mark and juried shows. He previously exhibited at the Beckett Gallery (1986-1997) and McNaught Gallery in Hamilton (1997-2019)

Robert draws the inspiration for his art from the natural a rural landscape of the Niagara Escarpment and other regions in Ontario he travels. Working in oil, acrylic and water colour Robert paints in a representational style choosing the medium which best suits his vision of the places he explores to let the paint speak. Robert refers to light as the essential element in his paintings used to reveal and transform subjects in his paintings.  He often returns to locations to see and capture how light changes the focus, perception, and mood of his subjects. 


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