An avid traveller and gardener, I am constantly inspired by my surroundings. While the trend is to bring the indoors out, painting my feathered friends, florals and landscapes allows me to bring the outdoors in. I seek to capture these precious creatures on canvas; showcasing not only their grace, natural and vibrant beauty but also their various personalities. Drama on the canvas is created by a combination of an out of focus backdrop juxtaposed with the main subject at the forefront, realistically painted in detail with brush and gestural palette knife work. This manipulation of a variety of textures, as well as working wet on wet and in the moment, lends credibility to the image being portrayed. The unexpected stroke of juicy and bold colour added in a branch, petal, or in a feather keep the paintings fresh, modern and evocative. The mix of representational with some abstract creates a unique style to a traditional host of subjects.
Damaris Abush has been passionate for the arts since childhood. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she was drawing at an early age with pastels. Her formal painting career began with her classes at The Art Gallery of Ontario. When she is not travelling, she is in her studio or the outdoors. After a brief introduction to watercolours, she found that her true medium was in oils. Her painting provided a creative outlet from juggling a demanding career for many years in the Music Industry and Motherhood. She now focuses on her art. Her paintings are found in private collections in Canada, USA and Australia.
2016-Current: Personal Studio Space, Toronto, ON
2010-2015 Project: Art Studio, Toronto, ON
2004-2010 The Art Gallery of Ontario- Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School, Toronto, ON
1995-1996 Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
1989-1993 Honours BA in French Language and Literature, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.
1992-1993 Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France.
ARTIST CURRICULUM VITAE:
2010 “Spring Thaw” Exhibition with the late Greg Scala, Art Square Gallery, Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 2010
2020 "Glitter and Gold" Art Show- Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, Florida
2019 "Tall Tales Titles"Art Exhibit at Lauritzen and Rush Galleries, Marco Island Center for the Arts
2016 (Oct 21-23, 2016)Autumn Art Sale-McMichael Canadian Art Collection Volunteer Committee
2014 Project: Art- December Group Art Exhibition
2014 Flights of Fancy, A Curated Art Exhibition presented by FLAP, Gallery 1313, Nov. 12-23, 2014
2013 Project: Art-December Group Art Exhibition
2013 Gallery 402 Show featuring 6 Artists
2012 Project: Art-December Group Art Exhibition
2012 Project: Art-3rd Annual Group Art Exhibition ( Summer)
2011 Project: Art-12.24 December Group Art Exhibition
2011 Project: Art-2nd Annual Group Art Exhibition ( Summer)
2010 Project: Art-12" x 12" December Group Art Exhibition
2010 Art Square Gallery-December Group Art Exhibition
2009 Art Square Gallery-The Art Gallery of Ontario-Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School Group Art Exhibition
2008 The Art Gallery of Ontario-Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School Group Art Exhibition
2006 Lennox Contemporary-"Yello" Exhibition -The Art Gallery of Ontario- Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School