Featured Artists

Featured Mosaic Artist #6: Paulette Melanson

Paulette Melanson - Painting plein-air in Peggy's Cove“My art work is about the force of nature, the fragility of life and the connection of all things. Love of nature and love of art have been my life long companions getting me through good times and hard times. My paintings express what I have found along the way. In my way of seeing the world, there are masterpieces everywhere I look. Wherever I find myself, I am instantly enthralled by the sights, sounds and feel of nature however small it may present itself.

“I grew up in Scoudouc, NB and moved to Nova Scotia in 1985. I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember however did not pursue serious art studies until the late 80’s when I began continuing education classes at the NS College of Art and Design. I have been showing my work since 2008.

“I work primarily in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. My current works include landscapes and abstract paintings inspired by my Acadian background and surroundings in St Margaret’s Bay and the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

“My good friend, Valerie Shaffner, introduced me to Mosaic for Mental Health in 2011 and I have been contributing painted tiles ever since (five years).  Mosaic for Mental Health is a wonderful fundraiser. Although creating art has been a big part of my life, the majority of my work career was spent working as an Employee Assistance Counsellor and a Conflict Resolution Advisor. This gave me a great appreciation of the importance of mental health services and community support. It feels good to contribute to the funding of services and programs of CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth. I hope to participate for many years to come.”

To learn more about Paulette and to see some of her artwork visit: http://www.paulettemelansonartist.com/

Featured Mosaic Artist #5: Cheryl Hardy

Cheryl Hardy Picture

“I have been a contributor to the Mosaic since 2013 after having met Nadya El Gohary who told me of this wonderful cause. 
I decided to support your Mosaic project because I worked for 13 years as a student assistant with developmentally challenged children, and feel your work is very important to the lives of those dealing with the various aspects of mental illness.”

“I was born in St. John’s NL, and moved to Wabush Labrador in 1970. As a child I loved to draw. In high school I joined the Art Club but wasn’t given the opportunity to take art courses. However the art teacher, Miss. Daphne Rose, contacted me after graduation to let me know that she was offering a painting course through the YWCA. I shall forever be grateful for the nudge she gave me which started me on the path to the my artistic development.”

“In 1975 I took an adult oil painting night course at the school being offered by Ed Owen the art teacher at J.R. Smallwood School and later joined the Labrador West Visual Arts group where I had the opportunity to access workshops with by such NL artists as Gerry Squires, Chris Peet, Kathleen Knowling, and NS artist Steven Rhude to name a few.”

“I paint in Acrylic and Watercolor and my interest is in painting realistic pieces portraying my town, my home and my family and friends. I do commissions occasionally.  In recent years have endeavored to pay it forward by giving art lessons to youth who have the interest to draw and paint. I owe the progress I have made to those I’ve had the opportunity to study with and especially my mentors of the Labrador West Visual Arts group where we regularly meet and critique each other’s work.”

My Blog :    http://cherylhardy.blogspot.ca/

Featured Mosaic Artist #4: Giselle Morine


Unmasked, by Giselle Morine

“I was born in Clare, NS and moved to Kings County NS after I was done University. Here I met my husband, married in 1992 where we started our little family, which by 1996 consisted of 5 beautiful children. During this time I worked part time as a graphics designer and art director, building and designing websites, commercial designs and some fine art. These past 5 years I have put a lot more time into my fine art and crafts, finding it very soothing to my soul.”

“I paint proficiently in oils, acrylics and watercolours and am always trying out new and different methods and mediums. I regularly take commissions of different subject matters, mostly in pet and family portraiture, which are always a lot of fun. I am slowly setting up to give art lessons and hopefully will have online lessons too.”

“I discovered the Mosaic for Mental health through the Art for Wellness group led by Lynn Swan, an absolutely lovely and creative person. Art has always provided me my happy place and when I found Lynn’s group I was able to share with others my love for art and learn new interesting crafting ideas. It has been a pleasure being able to take part in helping the CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth and hope that we may be able to do the same type of thing here in the valley soon.”

To learn more about Giselle and to view some of her pieces visit: https://www.facebook.com/StudioGiselleFineArt

Featured Mosaic Artist #3: Kim Laprairie


“I am a twenty something mom of three, originally from the prairies of Canada. My husband and I are on the East Coast in order for him to pursue graduate studies. We have three small boys and a bunny.”

“I feel so inspired by the beauty all around me and I love to attempt replicating some of that beauty through my own art. I generally use acrylics, but occasionally dabble in ink or watercolours. My subjects are often from nature and I love using bold colours that will brighten up a room.”

“This will be my second year contributing to the Mosaic. I experience my own mental health issues and know the value of the resources and support that CMHA Hal-Dart provides.”

To view some of her pieces and learn more about Kim visit www.facebook.com/kimprintpaintings

Featured Mosaic Artist #2: Nora Gross


Nora studied watercolour with nationally and internationally known art instructors and attended the College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been shown in many solo and group shows in Canada.

As a watercolour instructor, she is in demand by art groups in the Maritime Provinces and demonstrates product for art stores and art supply companies. She has acted as juror in many art Exhibitions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 2005 Nora was elected membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Paintings are shown at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Visual Voice in Truro, Lyghtesome Gallery in Antigonish, Art 1274 Hollis Gallery in Halifax.

To learn more about Nora and her work visit: www.noragross.ca

Featured Mosaic Artist #1: Jude Caborn

Waiting  (11x13 watercolour on built up surface)

(11×13 watercolour on built up surface)

Born in Windsor, but grew up in Dartmouth, NS.  Proud mother of three talented children and happy to be a Grammy AND a Senior!!! Jude and hubby, Randy, split their time between Nova Scotia, Cuba and Florida.

Jude has enjoyed being a school teacher, clown, dance instructor, art teacher, square dance caller and recreation director.

She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has exhibited and taught in Australia, Canada, Cuba and USA.

Jude has contributed to the Mosaic since the 2nd or 3rd year (14 or 15 years).  She contributes to the Mosaic to help bring awareness of mental health issues out in the open. Fortunately she is a prolific painter and now has a worthy outlet for the work.

To learn more about Jude and her work visit: www.judecaborn.ca


Please email Catherine at mosaic.cmha@bellaliant.com if you want to be one of the artists featured on our site!
Note: in order to be featured you must be a previous or current artist of the Mosaic for Mental Health