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Meet the Artists

The artists are participating members of Necessary Arts Collective. Each member utilizes the space for their own practice.

Read about each artist to learn more!

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Annual Member

Linda Clay always enjoys combining her love of art, gardening and travel with creating paintings that represent some of the beautiful places and flora that have given her joy. She works in acrylics on canvases of many sizes to produce work for herself and for others. She is especially fond of doing commissions that feature gardens seen or created by clients.

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Contact Linda at:

519 823 5464 / 226 337 5464



Full Studio Member

Elske de Groot is a full-time, mixed media artist and instructor recently returned to Ontario after a 3-year stint in St Augustine, Florida where she sells her work at Aviles Gallery. She works with the mediums of encaustics and photography. Elske is excited to be part of the collaborative studio at Necessary Arts where the artistic spirit is strong.

Follow Elske's work on:

Instagram: @elskes_encaustics



Studio Owner

Chanel works in the moment. Surrendering feelings onto a surface is her way of suggesting that there is a personal narrative behind all of the vibrant, lively lines and colour. The first impression of passion and energy then carefully wanders to afterthoughts of suppression and distraction. Chanel approaches the story behind her work from a mental health perspective; the paintings are anxious internal battles. Chanel transfers her minds thinking process and train of thought onto something that we can see and talk about. 

Chanel holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Studio Art from the School of Fine Art & Music at the University of Guelph (2019) - studying painting, drawing, and printmaking under the teachings of highly experienced Guelph and Toronto based professors and artists. Chanel is currently an MFA candidate at York University, focusing her research on deviance, social dread, and resilience through the queer lens.

Instagram: @chaneldesrochesart



Full Studio Member

A recent graduate from the Studio Art program at The University of Guelph, Shay Donovan is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Guelph, Ontario. Shay creates representative artwork through painting, textile work, and photography. Through the integration of mild distortion and focusing on small details, Shay fabricates an accessible library of symbols found in the subconscious that any viewer can find themselves in.

You can follow Shay's work on:

Instagram: @shay_dono

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Full Studio Member

Zoe is a Studio Art major at the University of Guelph, and is from St. Catherines, ON. Previously a caricature artist who worked mostly with ink, she took up oil painting and practices portraiture with her previous caricature experience and tries to get familiar with as many mediums as possible. She takes inspiration from the works of Egon Schiele, the Romanticism era of fine art, and the films "M", "Pink Floyd's The Wall", and movies directed by Richard Williams.

Instagram: @zozodougherty

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Co-Working Member

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Full Studio Member

Jordie is a graphic designer and self taught artist living in Guelph, Ontario. Heavily influenced by her formal design training, her work blends graphic and natural forms on the canvas to explore ideas of the self, fear and pop culture.


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Co-Working Member

Amber Ozols was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. She studied Studio Art at Concordia University and Sheridan College for Illustration. Her work ranges from traditional oil and acrylic painting, digital design work, hand lettering, and commercial labels. Amber's portfolio has been influenced by athletics, science, infuriating societal norms, and a love of bright colours. She has a stationery line as well, Homebody Stationery, which offers introvert-friendly greeting cards and self-care items

Follow Amber's work on:

Instagram @amberozolsart

Instagram @homebodypaper



Full Studio Member

Evaristo Ramos also known as Roo was born and raised in the wilds of Texas.


Roo has traveled around the world in his quest for more digital knowledge and how it can be used in its many forms.


Roo loves to make protypes or one of a kind items using 3D printing, laser cutting / engraving, and CNC machining. | Instagram @ramos96



Full Studio Member

An energetic and outgoing mixed media oil painter, Jessica paints with strong, show-stopping colors that refuse to be ignored. 


Born in Thunder Bay, ON and raised in various parts of Ontario and Alberta Canada. She grew up in a family of avid art collectors and supporters of the Arts.  Jessica was “born” into a life long influence and love of art that propels and guides her in her own professional art career today. She was drawn into the realm of business early on in her career and was involved in corporate law and restaurant ownership.  All the while the feeling like there was something more for her … something art related needled her days.  She began investigating ways that would advance her artistic voice into a  professional niche business and career.  This began with the Milan Art Institute and has continued with mentorships from experienced professionals over the years. Currently, Jessica leads a busy life in Guelph, Ontario CA.

You can follow Jessica's work on:

Instagram: @jessicaspoonerfineart

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