From small beginnings, grow great journeys.



This project began in 2014, now six years in I am edging closer to an exhibition of the paintings. Currently 18 portraits have been painted, working towards a goal of 20-25 portraits. Painting stories about the people of Canada, on canvas.


The People of Canada Portrait Project: these portraits begin with you!

What we need:

We need photos of Canadian couples preferably, or interesting photos with stories about single experiences in the Canadian landscape. We are looking for unique stories, special relationships, friendships, family, co-workers, events or serendipitous meetings. These photos could be existing or posed for, preferably taken within the last few years. If your photo is selected as reference for a portrait painting, the artist will create a 'Canadian' background that she feels best communicates the story between the people featured in the portrait.


What will happen:

Submitted photos that fall within the submission guidelines will be uploaded and shared on this website. From the photos submitted, we will select the most creative photos that resonate with us, for reference in painting a portrait. 


What will you receive?

They say once an artist falls in love with you, that you can never die.

If your photo is selected for a painted portrait, that portrait will live on, forever.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in a creative collaboration with award-winning Canadian painter, Brandy Saturley. You will have the chance to share your unique Canadian story with people all over Canada. You will be Canadian Art.

What does it cost to participate

There is NO FEE for participating and no obligation to purchase the final painting, though the painting will be available for purchase, with the subjects being given first opportunity to buy the original piece. The purchase of your original painting helps to fund future works and exhibition. If we could fly everyone out to the final exhibitions, we would!


Future Exhibition Plans

COVID-19 UPDATE: we are planning a virtual 3D exhibition of the portraits in 2020 - the upside is the exhibition will be accessible worldwide! You will have the opportunity to walk through a 'virtual gallery space' without leaving your home. We are VERY excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing the work in this virtual venue.

We are currently interviewing exhibition venues. All those who submit a photo will receive an invite to the opening night of the show. If your photo is used as reference in the creation of a portrait painting you will receive credit for your photo and mention in the show catalogue, on the website, as well as a signed copy of the show poster. You will also be part of an extensive record of the process of creating Canadian Art, as we share in-studio process videos, photos, and blog posts about you and your portrait.


Are you ready to share your story? Submit your photo now.

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