Janice Mason Steeves 'Newgrange' oil and cold wax on panel48" x 36"
Janice Mason Steeves is a painter with an interest in mythology and psychology. Often painting in monochromatic tones and using strong contrasting values, her work revolves around the theme of Vessels, whether they are actual images of vessels, or images that act as vessels and contain other ideas. Currently she is exploring the idea of writing her own myths to accompany each series of paintings. The myth then becomes a vessel by providing a container for the work.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan on the Prairies, Mason Steeves graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She held Clinical and School Psychology positions in Manitoba and Ontario before leaving the field to focus on painting. Further studies were completed at the Ontario College of Art and Design where she graduated with an Honours Diploma in Drawing and Painting and was the recipient of the Nora E. Vaughan Award. She has exhibited annually in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in the U.S. for twenty-five years. Her work is included in numerous corporate and public collections both in Canada and internationally, including among others, The Government of Ontario Art Collection, The Schulich School of Business, York, University, CIBC World Markets, London, First Gulf, Intrawest Corporation and the Senvest Collection.
Mason Steeves was elected as a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1993. She served as President of the OSA from 2000-2003 and in that capacity she initiated and was Chair of The Water Project. In this ambitious endeavour, 67 public and private galleries across Ontario mounted concurrent exhibitions on the theme water in the summer of 2003, which was designated as the International Year of Water by the United Nations.