Maggie Schmidt and Roy Mandell are world-class artists living in rural Nova Scotia. As artists they have integrated "art" into every aspect of their lives. As painters, they have each spent half a century engaged in their craft, pursuing, with humility, the solitary journey of creative work. As partners, they have had the incredible opportunity to share a life long conversation about art. Stylistically their work spans centuriei of tradition and they each dwell in very different points on the timeline of Art History.
Roy Mandell has an affinity for 17th century Dutch still life and landscape painting. Mandell has made a life-long study of the poetry of geometry and symbolism conveyed through composition. His love of nature is transmitted through careful rendering of fruit and flowers, distant landscapes. He identifies the artfulness of the working world in images of local wharves and fishing boats. His work is accessible and elevated at the same time.
Maggie Schmidt is an expressionist. Her painting is one manifestation of boundless creativity that she expresses. In her painting there is a pure exploration of possibility and the struggle of humanity, an endless dialog with the medium that results in work that is utterly honest and moving. But the work is not one-dimensional; she is also a skilled graphic artist. Her facility as a draftsman adds depth and understanding to her construction of abstraction. She is a master of form with the ability to question and blow-apart form in order to create immediate and timeless work.