June 2015: Joan Plyler 

June’s Featured Artist is Joan M. Plyler, a local oil painter who captures the magnificence of nature. She has exhibited her work in solo and collaborative shows across Southern Ontario and Georgian Bay, and her works are held in private collections by national and international admirers.

Painting of a purple iris

Plyler was born in Brantford, Ontario. As a child, she was always thrilled to receive art materials, and considered them to be “the best gifts.” At age seven, her work was publicly exhibited for the first time; her self-portrait was chosen by the Brant County Board of Education for an exhibition at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Producing art took a back seat while Plyler studied social work, married, and raised her son Erik. During this time, she absorbed the beauty and cultures of the world while travelling to over 30 countries. Now retired, Plyler now pursues art full-time, using nature and the play of light and movement as inspiration for her work.

Joan’s current series of work is entitled “Petals”. Her interest in nature’s vibrant colours inspired this new series of floral paintings, and she hopes that when people view these new works, they will “sense the glow of morning sun on the bleeding hearts, or the gentle breeze swaying the irises, or the first summer heat around the peonies…”

Plyler’s home studio/gallery is located at 40C Harris Avenue in Brantford, and currently holds over 100 completed pieces for viewing. The studio is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 4:00-7:00pm, as well as Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm, or by appointment. Joan also teaches acrylic and oil painting from her studio.

Plyler is also a Guest Artist at the Crawford Collective (4 King Street, Brantford) for the month of June. The Crawford Collective is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday from 10am-8pm; and Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Upclose oil painting of a pink peony

Photos: (Top) Joan Plyler, Purple Majesty, oil on canvas. (Bottom) Joan Plyler, Peony, oil on canvas. Photos by John Novak Photography.