Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it, we go nowhere

Carl Sagan


Thanks to the following three artists and their contributions of vision, imagination and creativity as they add to the dimensions of our lives through their works of art. Art represents a visual literacy: inviting us to question, to think, to feel and to reflect. It is a language of communication that presents ideas and shares information and insight. The expression of art speaks in ways that otherwise would be difficult to articulate.


Toronto Canada artist, Olaf Schneider, is an artist who thinks deep and paints large. He can easily be described as an explorer always looking to discover the possibilities in life and art, and bring them together. Olaf, with oils, paints an image and conveys an emotional context that is accessible to the viewer. He achieves this by several methods. At times using expressive and thick impastoed brush strokes or soft-blended strokes, he renders a sense of movement and texture, giving the painting breath. His use of color is dramatic and dynamic to provoke mood and feelings and his use of tones from darkest to the lightest, to achieve maximum drama. Schneider says this combination is created in a spontaneous and intuitive fashion. “I am constantly in search of the elements of nature that have inspired me in the past, thus, continuing the cycle of inspiration and creation.

Olaf possesses a passion for a variety of subjects. It’s evident that he loves the power and diversity of the Northern landscape. Whether he is painting water, children, glass, equine, cityscapes to naturescapes……the one thing in common is the portrayal of reflections, physically and emotionally. Olaf not only blends his colors when he creates, but he also blends his styles, from the bravura brushstroke of Post-Impressionism to the precision of Photorealism. He also admits to a ravenous need to push and alter color. Vibrant color.

In a personal statement made by Olaf that shares his objective as an artist, he says, “to remain an amateur. In the mind of an expert, there are few possibilities. In the mind of an amateur, there are endless possibilities.”


An artist that will take you to the world of mystery and imagination is Linda Adair from Sydney, Australia! With a mystical vibration and a palette of oil paint, she creates spheres and characters that develop narratives that are personal and narratives that speak for others. Tapping in to the power of emotiveness in her work, she leaves you with the feeling of “like a great spellbinding book you just can’t put down”. Adair will captivate you. Make you wonder. Make you feel.

Linda has done much worldwide traveling throughout her life and this has contributed to her inspiration and natural curiosity. She will take you on travels to places unknown and unseen. Her pieces “Silence” and “Fallen”, are strong depictions of human struggle. The spiritual and physical realms are seen in duality, provoking thought and emotion. By developing haunting images that evoke moods and ideas inspired by real life, a remarkably compelling narrative is created. Adair’s characters, often having elements of mystery, are also found quiet and intimate She is greatly inspired by the Neoclassical and Romanticism eras, particularly in her figurative work. Her passion for Realism and Fantastical Realism is what leads her to create work that transcends the commonplace.

“Flying Dutchman” is one of Linda’s paintings that’s touched in nautical lore. A part of Thomas Moore’s poem states, “See you, beneath yon cloud so dark/ fast gliding along a gloomy bark/ Her sails are full-though the wind is still/ And there blows not a breath her sails to fill”. A legend of an airborne pirate/ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Intrigue on the high seas! For many of moons has there been reports and sightings of the Flying Dutchman, along with other ghost ships, haunting the vast seas. Many have sought to explain these events as a complex type of mirage that happens when certain conditions are present and they produce breathtaking images as a result. The multitude of seaman reporting visions of this doomed ship…. saw something, no doubt. They may have seen what is called a” fata morgana”. A fata morgana develops when there are multiple layers of air currents at different temperatures which magnify images and refract light, appearing to form ships, mountain ranges and cities on the horizon. It is also thought to be that the sight of the Flying Dutchman and other ghost ships, signified that something terrible is about to happen. This explanation is not coincidental as the very specific set of conditions that cause a fata morgana, often happens with the changes in the weather that occurs just before a storm.

BUT……..there is that mystical element that will forever keep it safe from being relegated to a tempest in a teapot. There have been numerous reports of alleged sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries, and now in the 21st century! We have sighted it here at Lovetts Gallery!!!! Bring your spyglass and view the creative paintings of Adair’s as she takes you on an artistic journey.


An artist whose work is primarily about storytelling, is that of Californian, Nadezda. This Russian born artist paints in oils to portray the human condition through an intimate window that exposes the inner world of her subjects. Hence, making that which many times is opaque…transparent. Since revealing her objectives in her work, I will reveal her background as well, as it reflects her broad and expansive involvement in many segments of the arts. She has been a contributor to creative projects across various genres that include feature films, theatre, illustration and fine art. She has been heavily influenced by theatrical performance and an extensive background in costume and character design for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy, King Arthur, X-Men and many others.

Nadezda’s paintings, such as “Gypsy” and “Feral”, are a few examples of the way she plays the light and dark together, complimenting them each in their different roles. She applies the paint thin and thick in the same piece giving it texture and dimension. The force of her brushstrokes guide your gliding eye along as the bristles did when the paint was wet. Using a rich palette, Nadezda provokes mood and the dramatic, her figures… contemplative. She also works in graphite on paper as well. A piece she did (sorry, but this piece has been sold!), “Phobetor”, is another example of the way she creates atmosphere in her storytelling. Asleep on the chaise, the realm of slumber calls. Exit light. Enter night. Phobetor (“frightening”) comes from Greek mythology and is part of the Oneiroi (Dreams), the personification of dreaming. The Phobetor (root: phobias) had the ability to appear in the mortal realm in the guise of various animals and could change their physical forms at will in order to interact with mortals in the waking world. Phobetor was the personification of nightmares and appeared in dreams in the form of animals and monsters. Together with his brothers he resided in the land of dreams, a part of the underworld. Nothing sucks like laying down to sleep with sugar plums dancing in your head and then to take a detour in your dreaming to something you fear…. like hissing snakes and hairy spiders, free- falling into the abyss, or the endlessness of laundry! (last one is on my list of personal phobia’s!)

One thing you certainly need not fear is the artwork of Nadezda. Only fear the loss of not owning her paintings for yourself. We are excited to have her at Lovetts Gallery!


Now you know a bit more of these three artists, their work and their visual and independent narratives. Art is a part of who they are and…………. it is a part of who we are!

Francis Bacon said, “the job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”. Do come see the work of our fine “Who done it” artists! No dark alleys, just a beautiful gallery!