Janice Mason Steeves


My paintings in this exhibition were initially influenced by the sudden life-threatening illness of a friend. More aware then of my own aging process, I began to create work that was related to the idea of fragility.

My process is intuitive and involves finding a balance between the spontaneous and the deliberate. I work in oil and cold wax medium on canvas and on panel. The cold wax medium adds a measure of transparency to the oil and makes the surface more matte. My paintings evolved into rectangles of colour, laid down in multiple, thin, translucent layers resembling panes of glass. In each of the seven paintings I focused on one of the Chakra colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and white. In the metaphysical traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, the seven Chakras are the centres of life force or vital energy in the body, which govern our psychological properties. The chakras on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side. When they are ‘open’, they are considered operative in a normal fashion. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced—our instincts work together with our feelings and thinking.

I used the concept of the Chakras to denote the the human body—the strong, clear colours describing the lively energy of those centres. Painted in thin, transparent layers that overlap each other, the paintings appear to shimmer as though to express vitality, but with the fragile appearance of panes of glass. In these seven paintings my goal has been to explore in a personal way, the fine balance between health and illness; courage and fear; strength and fragility.

As this series continues to evolve, it is moving beyond the personal, and beyond the physical dimension of paint and colour, into a study of light.


Jan’s Chakra paintings The Fragile Series, were selected for a special exhibition at the new hospital opening in December 2015 in Oakville, Ontario. They hold a special place in a hallway outside the emergency department. The new hospital was designed with 250 places specifically for art work in addition to the usual places in the offices, treatment rooms and patient rooms. We are actively soliciting donations to purchase the entire Chakra series so that it can stay in the hospital’s permanent collection. One painting has already been donated. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us or call 1-866-844-4481

Here is a view of the series now installed at the hospital.

Janice Mason Steeves Fragile Series seen from outside

Janice Mason Steeves Fragile Series seen from outside the new Oakville hospital



Graduating with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba, Janice Mason Steeves 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 is represented by galleries in Canada and the U.S. 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, the Senvest Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Calgary).

In addition to her own studio practice, Mason Steeves teaches Abstract Painting with Cold and and Oil workshops in Canada and the US. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain and Ireland.


1997 Ontario College of Art and Design-Honours -Drawing and Painting
1969 M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Manitoba
1967 B.A. University of Manitoba, major in Psychology


2014 The Chakra Series: A Study of Light, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013 In Search of Balance-Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
2012 Speaking of Silence-Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, BC
2011 Memories of Home-Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
2010 Poems from the Moon Garden-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2010 Night Garden-Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
2009 Evening on the Lake of Dreams-Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec
2008 Turn-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2008 Turning to Center-Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2006 Mudan-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2005 A Light on the Ganges-Trias Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Flower-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2004 Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec
2003 Flowers for Rose-Trias Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002 To Hold a Fleeting Moment – Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec
2002 Peony-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2001 The Journey Home-Trias Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000 Red Passages-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
1998 Memories and Dreams-Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
1992 Iceworks-The Gallery at Inniskillin Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
1992 First Light-Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontrio

2014 Faculty Invitational-Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum
2013 In the Loop-Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
2013 Beyond the Frame-MacDonald Stewart Art Centre-Guelph, Ontario
2013 Faculty Invitational-Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum
2013 Just a Moment-Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta-2-person
2013 Rouge-Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Ontario
2012 Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2012 Circle Works-Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Ontario
2012 Vision & Devotion-Cathedral of St. James, Toronto, Ontario
2012 The Ontario Society of Artists Celebrates 140 Years-Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
2012 The Red Dot-Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
2012 Darkness and Light-John B Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 OSA Members Exhibition of Selected Works-The Brickworks,Toronto, ON
2011 Seeing Red-Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
2010 Modern Work, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2010 Being in Time-OSA at Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
2008 Celebrating 10 Years-Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec

Surfaces-OSA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Mixed Images-The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, New York
2007 Lotus-Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2006 Encaustic-Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec
Regeneration-John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Voices-Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario
2005 Toronto International Art Fair-Toronto, Ontario
2004 Flower/Fleur-John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario
2003 Tenth Anniversary Exhibition- Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
About Water-John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
About Water-The Varley Gallery, Markham, Ontario
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario
OSA 2000: Representation-The Lt.-Governor’s Suites, Toronto, Ontario
Into Body- The Varley Gallery, Markham, Ontario

2000: The Millennium in Japan, Awaji Island, Japan
1999 In the First Person: Five Women from the Prairies-, Mississauga
The Great Round-Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
Spirit, Mind, Body-John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


A Space for Light-Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
Art and Healing-Artwest Gallery, Jackson Wyoming
National Watercolor Society-Los Angeles, California
Perry Gallery, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario

Affinity Wealth Management
Bishop Strachan School
Cenovus Energy, Calgary, AB
CIBC World Markets, London, UK
Dan Lawrie Insurance
DeLoitte & Touche
First Gulf, Mississauga
The Fred Victor Centre, Toronto, ON
Fromeyer Holdings, California, USA
Glista and Associates
Government of Ontario Art Collection
Group Dynamite
Halton Children’s Aid Society
Hilborn Ellis Grant
HOOPP (Hospitals on Ontario Pension Plan)
Hospice Wellington, Guelph, ON
HQ Headquarters
Intrawest Corporation
Kilmer Van Nostrand
National Bank Financial
Newton & Blair Design Association
RBC Dominion Securities
Restaurant Anise, Montreal
Schulich School of Business, York University
The Senvest Collection
Taggart & Galt PLC Inc.
Taylor Leibow
The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Diploma Collection
The Manor House, London, UK
The Residences of the Artisan, Toronto
Thistle Mining, Edinburgh, UK
Torkin Manes
Trafalgar Capital Management

2009 Article: “Water Gardeners International” Online Journal
2004 “Summer Gardens Captured on Canvas”-Toronto Star
2003 Feature article: “Cycles”-Stir Magazine -Toronto, ON
2003 Painting featured on HGTV-“Designer Guys”
2003 International Artist Magazine –Master Painters, Canada Showcase
2002 ‘Artist captures the peony’s fragility”-The Burlington News
1999 ‘Plugged In”-Mississauga Cable TV interview re “In the First Person”
1999 “The Wild Women of the West”-Mississauga News,
1999 “A Sense of Place”-The Canadian Forum
1999 “Plugged In”-Burlington Cable 23 television interview re: “The Great Round”
1998 “Historic Vessels”-The Oakville Beaver
1998 “A Space for Light”-Fusion Magazine
1998 Hamilton Cable 14 TV, Carnegie Gallery interview
1997 TV 23 Interview-Burlington Art Centre
1993 “Portfolio”-The Oakville Beaver
1992 CIUT Radio Interview with Jodi Glaser, Aug. 28th
1992 Cover Story-Niagara Falls Review

2012 Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2011 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland
2010 Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain

2010-present Teaching Workshops across Canada and in the USA.
2010-2012 Board of Directors, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Juror-Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, Uxbridge, ON
2006 Jury-York Region Juried Exhibition-Varley Gallery, Markham. ON
2006 Exhibition Chair-Regeneration-Toronto, ON
2003 Jury-York Region Juried Exhibition-Varley Gallery, Markham, ON
2003 Chair of the Water Project-an OSA initiative where 67 galleries across Ontario held concurrent exhibitions about “Water” in the U.N.’s International Year of Water
2001 Jury-Mississauga Arts Awards
2001 Jury-City Hall Art Show
2000 2003-President-Ontario Society of Artists
1998 2000-Vice President-Ontario Society of Artists
1999 Exhibition Chair-Home-Toronto, ON
1998 Exhibition Chair-Sacred Earth-Toronto, ON
1993 Elected Member-Ontario Society of Artists