Late SCA Members 2013-2018

Geoffrey Armstrong, SCA, RCA, OSA

Dear fellow SCA Members,

It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Geoffrey Armstrong, SCA, RCA, OSA. We owe debt of gratitude to Geoffrey as he was one of the founding members of our Society of Canadian Artists. The following link is the Obituary from the Globe and Mail:

Text by Josy Britton, SCA Hon, Communications Director

Geoffrey Armstrong was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1928. He has studied at The Banff School of Fine Arts University of Toronto, and the School of Architecture.  He has spent a lot of time in Georgian Bay, he enjoys using the local landscapes as inspiration, water and rocks often depict changing moods.  Although his landscapes may not depict the landscapes identically, its what his emotions are seeing that is translated onto the canvas.  He works with whatercolours and acrylic on paper or canvas. 

Geoffrey is a member of The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Society of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists and Royal Canadian Academy.  

Shelley Beach, SCA

The Passing of our MOM, June 14, 2018, Graham Beach

It with a very heavy heart that we need to pass along this sad news. Mom passed away peacefully yesterday at 4pm in the Haliburton Hospital with my Dad, Lindsay and I at her side. She fought the fight courageously right to the end after a 3 year battle. She was quite the lady.

'Shelley is a popular watercolour and acrylic instructor throughout Durham region and beyond. An honour graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design, an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society, Shelley’s paintings hang in numerous corporate and private collections, including Veridian Corporation and the previous Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Hilary M. Weston. Represented by the Ethel Curry Gallery, Haliburton, Shelley’s work is mainly water-based but ranges from traditional watercolour to experimental mixed media and monotype.'

'Living in the breathtakingly beautiful Haliburton Highlands is the inspiration for my work.
The magic of using fluid, water-based mediums provides a means of expressing a sense of harmony with my environment.
Working intuitively, I discover connections and establish an identity through my sense of place.
Patterns and symbols emerge to convey my profound affinity to these life forces.'

Mary Anne Ludlam, SCA, CSPWC

April 19, 1931 - April 28, 2016

Peacefully in hospital on April 28, 2016 following a short illness. Mary Anne is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Arthur Ludlam, and by daughters Jennifer and Pamela, grandchildren James (Sydney) and Mwenda, sister-in-law Anne, and nephew Robert. She was predeceased by parents Kennedy Mason and Marion (Germond) Mason and grandson Iain. Mary Anne graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1954, and never stopped using her skills as a designer and watercolour painter to express the beauty she saw in the world around her. Her paintings of the Canadian landscape from coast to coast have found their way into many homes and collections in Canada and elsewhere. Please join the family for visitation on Sunday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., and for a remembrance of Mary Anne’s life on Monday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke. For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour ( or Trillium Hospital Mississauga. We thank the staff of Trillium Hospital for their loving care of her.

Mary Anne (Mason) Ludlam, born in Oshawa, graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art in 1954. Winning the prestigious Traveling Scholarship allowed her to study at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Art & Music.  Her six month European visit allowed her to visit galleries, museums and important architectural sites in France, Italy and England. She spent the next 20 years as a leading contract designer in Toronto, doing corporate offices, banks, lawyer's offices, medical clinics and clubs. She was the lead designer of head offices for Elizabeth Arden, Toronto Life Magazine, The Toronto Blue Jays, Canadian General Electric (twice), Household Finance, Smith & Stone, North American Life and many others. In the late 70's her interests shifted and she became a serious painter using the medium of watercolour.
She has been elected to the CSPWC (life member), NFWS, OSA (life member) and the SCA. Her work has appeared in over 75 juried exhibitions and received over 30 awards.
Since the 70's she has presented over 25 solo or two person exhibitions, her work hangs in over 1000 private collections and over 80 corporate ones. For the past 24 years has been represented by Roberts Gallery in Toronto, Canada's oldest private gallery. Mary Anne was a Life Member of the Society of Canadian Artists (from 1981).

Elizabeth Gibson, SCA, CSPWC

One of our fellow SCA members, Elizabeth Gibson, SCA has passed away. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family. Her funeral will take place on Thursday, March 10th in Aurora, Ontario.

Elizabeth was an active member of the SCA for 24 years. Thanks to Rayne Tunley, President CSPWC for letting us know of her passing. Elizabeth was a long-time member of the CSPWC and the Toronto Watercolour Society.

A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held on Thursday, March 10th at Trinity Church Aurora, 79 Victoria St. at 11 am with a reception to follow. There will also be a visitation at Roadhouse & Rose, 157 Main St. South in Newmarket on Wednesday, March 9th between 6-8 pm. Please feel free to share this news with others.

An award winning artist, Elisabeth has been exhibiting for many years. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Canadian Artists, a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society, and active in other societies such as East Central Ontario Art Association.

She studied with many outstanding Canadian and American artists including Anne Meredith Barry, John Bennett, Domenic de Stephano, Guttorn Otto, Alex Powers, Stephanie Rayner, Carl Schaefer, Ernestine Tahedl and Frank Webb. She is currently represented by the Manse Gallery in Baysville as well as in corporate and private collections in Canada an internationally.

Landscape fascinates her the most in painting: the expanse, the colour, the excitement of painting out of doors on location. Web site:

George Minard Sanders, SCA Hon., BFA MFA M. MUSEOL

George Sanders played a pivotal part in the early formation of our society. He was instrumental in founding and naming the John Black Aird Gallery. George served as president of SCA (1993-1996) and was a special friend to all who knew him.

'My work reflects many changes over many years, but always based on the same artistic values. My early training was abstract, but as I have traveled through time and many places, I have worked with landscape and figurative painting done on site or from sketches, never from photographs. I would describe my work as minimal realism. I have begun to include abstract painting, which is quiet and meditative and basically the foundation of all my work.'

George Sanders died December 15, 2015. and a Memorial service was held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Hamilton, ON. The meeting was followed by a tea. At that time some of George’s pictures and drawings were available for the taking.

Aliasghar Massoumi, SCA

A family friend introduced me to a well-known master of miniature painting 'HosseinBehzad'. Then my career commenced when I realized the vastness and the significance of the world of art, by meeting a master with small physical body, creating such magnificent works. He introduced me to the prestigious 'Kamal al- Mulk's Academy of Fine Arts' where I learned the traditional academic training and human anatomy.

I have made five short animated films for the government and some private companies. During this Experience, I became acquainted with the exciting world of western graphic arts. I think that there are good chances to amalgamate these arts with the Persian Art, because of their affinity and common relation, and by mixing their basic essence and concepts reaching to some logical unity. After a long journey, today it seems to me that I have been like a bird with these two nests, flying between reality and imagination.
Aliasghar Massoumi passed away on January 24, 2016. Web site:

Jeanette Labelle, SCA

Jeanette LABELLE Passed away suddenly on November 2, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario.
Born in Québec City. B.Sc (Nutrition and Dietetics) Laval University, QC. Internship in Westchester County, NY.
Worked as a professional dietitian for 20 years in the hospital field in Montréal.
Moved to Toronto in 1978 and studied the art of watercolour with noted Canadian and American artists.
She experimented liberally with other water media, variety of papers and method of application. Her work shows strong images with an impressionistic approach using colour, design, light, texture and lyrical lines.
She was an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Society of Canadian Artists and signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society.

Pierrette Dulude-Bohay, SCA

Pierrette Dulude-Bohay

Artists Helping Artists', was her motto. Pierrette was taught by artists who were very generous in sharing their knowledge and she happily did the same for others. She taught adult and children's classes. 

She was Artist in Residence at the Centre Culturel Ste Famille Cultural Center in Rockland Ontario for a period of 4 years. During that time, she organized exhibitions for other artists and invited fellow painters to give 2 to 3 day workshops. 

Pierrette and fellow artist Charles Spratt organized ' plein air' painting tripsfrom 1990 to 2002. These five-day excursions were held twice a year. It was a wonderful way to meet artists from all over the country, exchange ideas and share information on what is happening in the art communities. These outings were so successful that they have continued with new organizers.

Peacefully, on Monday, July 6, 2015, Pierrette Dulude-Bohay passed away at the age of 82 years.

Darlean Morris, S.C.A.

My art informs my vision and my vision informs my art.

Many strong, dormant, images remained alive in my mind but unexpressed until after I retired from my first career as an art teacher and administrator. After years of being concerned with linear communication in education, I began to explore the multi-leveled, emotionally charged message that my art offers.

Currently, my interests in both light and metal have launched me into exploring the artistic opportunities afforded to me by aluminum as the substratum. My abstract vision is influenced by the environment around me, not as a backdrop, but as a subject unto itself. I view nature with an eye on pattern and movement, light and shade, all in a balance with outer and inner meaning.

The aluminum substratum is revealed as an integral, shining part of the design. Its natural surface quality, when combined with paint, results in an enhancement of the reflection of light. When oil or acrylic paint is married with the reflective quality of aluminum, the result is a unique and powerful expression of vitality.

Text by Josy Britton, President SCA.

'Darlean served with me on the SCA Board. She was active in the Strategic Planning for the SCA future but had to resign with health concerns. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013. Her Husband, Gary Austin, wrote saying, “Darlean, who longed to live and explore her creative art and her lov-ing relationships, died April 3, age 67. While passionately wishing for more, she came to accept leaving life and died peacefully.” Darlean had moved to St. Mary’s 12 years ago after a career as an art teacher and high school principal, where she founded the ART Salon group of local artists now known as Stonetown Arts. She was generous with her time in promoting the arts where she lived and across Canada. Darlean’s paintings moved from realism to abstraction over the course of her career.   Darlean Joyce Morris, died April 3, 2014, age 67.

John Mlacak, SCA

Kanata artist, John Mlacak was a passionate outdoor oil painter. His work captured both the bold and subtle colours of the Canadian seasons and the vibrant red and green roofs of Québec farm buildings and towns. He was fascinated by the play of light and shade weaving through trees and over the white torrent of rapids and waterfalls.

CREDIT: Siobhan Mlacak
While John created large oil canvases of stone terraces, flower-filled gardens, porches and impressionistic scenes of yesteryear, he returned frequently to the grandeur of the Canadian landscape. His en plein air paintings journey through such magnificent locations as Gatineau Park, Rivière Rouge and the Charlevoix area of Québec. Other paintings reflect scenes in Ottawa-Carleton and travel in the Maritimes, New England and Europe. He viewed his art as an extension of his former interest in design work as an engineer.

John painted for 35 years and was a full-time artist who enjoys a steady demand for his work. His paintings are exhibited in local, Ontario and Québec galleries and he is represented in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Korea, Indonesia and Japan. John was an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). John had one of his oils accepted into the SCA 40th National Open Juried Exhibition in Montreal in August, 2007. Six of John’s oils were exhibited at the Karas Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia in December, 2007 in a show entitled “Tracing Our Heritage”. Two other artists of Croatian heritage were also in the show.

John studied with a number of renowned artists. He was influenced by the late Canadian artists Brodie Shearer and Bruce Heggtveit, and greatly admires Canada’s own Group of Seven, Tom Thomson and the French Impressionists. John participated in numerous group and solo shows annually and won many awards for his art in juried exhibitions. John was well respected for his repeated generosity in providing work to a considerable number of charities.

In the spring of 2004, John was awarded first in oils at the Ottawa Art Association’s 85th Anniversary juried show at the National Gallery of Canada. John participates annually in the Ottawa Art Festival. The former Mayor of Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli, invited John to exhibit his paintings at Ottawa City Hall in the Council Chambers in early December, 2004. John’s work was accepted to be shown in the Mayor of Ottawa’s First Fine Art Festival. He was a founding member of the Kanata Artists Studio Tour and the Kanata Civic Art Gallery. On October 29, 2010, the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, presented John with the Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement at the 2nd Annual Ottawa Art Expo.

John retired in 1994 after a 35-year career with Bell-Northern Research. For 11 years he was active in local and regional municipal politics in Ottawa. He served a three-year term as a Commissioner on the National Capital Commission and was a member of the Visual Identity Advisory Committee of the Ottawa Transition Board during 2000 when it recommended some of the civic symbols for the new amalgamated City of Ottawa.

John and his wife, Beth, have lived in Kanata since 1965 and have three children, Bill who lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with his wife and two daughters, Kirsten and her husband in Ottawa, Ontario and Siobhan in Paris, France.

In addition to his interest in music and politics, John enjoyed cycling and photography. John died on September 19, 2014.

Paul Rupert, SCA

Paul Rupert is a Canadian artist and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Artists. He was born in Ottawa but grew up and studied fine art in Montreal. The artist's earliest works were done mainly in charcoal and in ink. However, Paul was into his early teens when he became aware of the dramatic effects which could be achieved by using a palette knife and oil paints. It was not long before the artist realized that he had found a form of expression ideally suited for his personality and talent. Over the years the artist's ability to express himself through this medium have earned Paul Rupert recognition as one of North America’s foremost painters of natural realism and a master of the palette knife. The artist is noted for his oil painting techniques, use of light and reflections and his incredible attention to detail and his ability to capture the mood and feeling of a subject leaves him with few rivals in the art world.

    Paul obtained his formal art training at the School of Art and Design of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where he studied under the late Arthur Lismer ( Group of Seven ) and at Montreal's Concordia University.

    Today, original oil paintings by Paul Rupert are much sought after by galleries, private and corporate collectors around the world. His limited editions are sold by many galleries world wide and his paintings and prints can be found in such noted collections as: The Royal Bank of Canada Collection - IT&T - Mitsui Canada and Japan - The Bank of Montreal - Kraft General Foods - The Claridge Collection - Canadian Airlines - The Government of Alberta - The Government of Ontario - Canada House and Ontario House in London England - The National Gallery - Corby's Distilleries - The International Bankers Club in Hong Kong - The Canadian Embassy Collection in Washington - Molson Breweries - Bombardier - The Montreal Stock Exchange, and many others.

 The unique palette knife oil paintings of artist Paul Rupert are simply beyond description. The crisp realism style and intimate feelings portrayed by this incredible artist combine to create subjects in oil displaying this artist's ability to handle a diverse range of subjects. The artist has painted children including his own, in landscape and seascape scenes and has been commissioned by numerous corporations wishing to acquire his magical street scenes. His recent golf landscapes have received much acclaim across North America - whether it’s the mist hanging over the pines behind a green or the mirrored look of a water hazard, the artist’s ability painting light and painting reflections captures the feelings of golf’s most picturesque moments and is completely unsurpassed.

    Paul was selected to capture some of The Royal Montreal Golf Club’s famous golf holes for the last two RCGA Canadian Opens held there. His limited edition golf prints have been quick sellouts and recent portraits of LPGA touring pros and some PGA teaching pros, have met with much acclaim. Because of Paul’s amazing ability to capture the character and feeling and natural beauty of the many courses he has painted, Paul Rupert has been commissioned to paint for many of North America’s best known and most beautiful golf courses including, The Shaughnessy Golf Club in Vancouver, Nicklaus North, The Chateau Whistler and The Whistler Golf Club, The Country Club at Brookline - site of the last U.S. Ryder Cup and the new Challenger golf course built by Bombardier in Montreal. The artist was also selected by the ‘Vancouver Arts Umbrella Group’ as their 'artist on the green' in support of the arts throughout British Columbia and the artist's portrait work has received much acclaim in recent years.

    Montreal artist Paul Rupert has had numerous 'One Man' shows - all of which have been virtual sellouts and his originals when available, can be found in galleries in the United States and Canada.  Paul died on December 29th, 2013.