About Me

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North Bay, Ontario, Canada
I grew up in Nova Scotia, surrounded by beautiful beaches, salty breezes, and folk art! Now I live in North Bay Ontario - I'm a Special Education teacher by day, and I spend my evenings and weekends in my little home studio painting anything I can get my hands on! Click on any image to go to my Etsy shops for prices and details...Thanks for visiting my blog♥

Custom Pieces

This is a painting I did for my friends Andre and Kim of their beautiful dancing baby Ruka!
Contact me if you have an idea that you would like put onto canvas - I love turning people's visions into quirky pieces of folk art!

City Streets ChristmasTour

The City Streets Tour was a great success - I even made the MCTV News!

My Etsy Shop!

Visit my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylBrissonFolkArt

You can see some of the crazy dishes and trinkets that I've painted, as well as my framed prints and cards...I'm always listing new items so check back often! Etsy is the easiest way to buy any of my pieces that you've fallen in love with...

Click on any image on my blog to be transferred to Etsy (prices and shipping info available there!)

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see some of my recent Etsy listings!

Painted Furniture

I just started experimenting with bigger canvases - this is an old wooden stool that I've re-invented with some quirky birdhouses hanging from a whimsical tree. 

You can find this stool at Cribz in North Bay!

Painted Trinkets and Treasures

Here are some treasures that I've rescued from thrift shops and yard sales -
I've upcycled them by painting them in my quirky style.
I'm also in love with tiny canvases - Mr. Fox is so cute in miniature! 
Click on the image to view these items in my Etsy shop:

My Little Studio

This is where it all happens...
my sunny little studio!

Where you can find my stuff...

*Etsy online www.etsy.com/shop/CherylBrissonFolkArt
*Soul Sisters Creations in North Bay, Ontario http://soulsistercreations.com/
*Eclectic Cottage in Sundridge, Ontario
*Cribz in North Bay, Ontario www.cribznmore.com
*Kennedy Gallery Shop in North Bay, Ontario www.kennedygallery.org/gallery-shop
*Kings Framing and Art Gallery in Corbeil, Ontario http://kingsframingandartgallery.com/site/

My Folk Art Card Collection

Cards made with prints from my original paintings - and some fancy touches...
the insides are all special too!

Made by Hand Show - November 5

Busy creating work for the Made by Hand Show in Mississauga on Saturday Nov. 5!  Check it out at http://www.madebyhandshow.com/

Framed Prints

Love one of my pieces but don't want to splurge on the price of an original?  I also do framed prints in funky re-purposed frames.
Visit my Etsy shop to view some options:
Or email me to discuss customized framing:

Inspiring Travels

I'm back from an amazing two weeks in Bermuda and Nova Scotia - lots of inspiring artwork, scenery and wonderful time spent with people I love.  I can't wait to get back to my studio and put my ideas onto canvas.

Kennedy Gallery Shop

Check out my framed prints at the Kennedy Gallery Shop!  My cards are there as well...very exciting!

Artist Statement

I describe my work as whimsical East Coast art with a northern twist.  I grew up on the south shore of Nova Scotia, surrounded by beautiful beaches, fishing boats, and folk art. After moving to Northern Ontario I needed a way to bring the whimsy of the East Coast to my new home and returned to my roots as a folk artist.  

Currently I work with acrylics on canvas, but I started out painting anything in sight, from chairs to lunchboxes to picture frames.  True to my folk art background, I am self-taught and love to work in one-dimension (this leaves more time for fun details!)  My pieces are low maintenance and I like to leave them unframed – they’re meant to be hung lazily on a nail in the wall and enjoyed. 

I am inspired by east coast scenes of fishing boats and lighthouses, as well as the wildlife and cottage living of the north.   I love to find humor in everyday situations - my ideas range from naked lovers in a canoe to a moose preparing to dash across a northern highway in his Nike shorts, but they’re all meant to make people smile.   Artists that have inspired me include Maud Lewis and Joe Norris - Nova Scotian folk artists that painted quaint and colourful scenes of coastal and rural life on the East Coast.   Like these artists, I love bright colours, and lots of them!  My pieces aren’t complete until they’re covered from top to bottom with colour, and I usually throw in a few of my signature flowers to add the finishing touch.