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Jeff Riffle

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Born and raised in the states, Jeff has a BFA from Frostburg State University, Maryland. He moved to Toronto from Ohio in 2010. Having a BFA and a graphic design background continues to have a strong influence on his art. He likes playing with scale, off setting positioning and colour combinations that wouldn’t necessarily belong in nature. A modern almost abstract and exaggerated take on still life painting that creates a new exciting look at our environment.

His process starts with a camera. Using his own photographs of nature he sketches by hand and digitally to get the right composition. Acrylic is his medium of choice. Loving the preciseness and quickness to dry lends itself perfectly to Jeff’s style of painting. He says the most fun part of the process is developing the colour palette for each painting before ever putting brush to canvas.


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Q+A

Favourite artist(s) right now

Cj Hendry, Blu Smith, Beth Cavener, Glenn Arthur, Greg

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Because it allows you to think, dream and feel. Whether you want dark and sensual or happy and bright, ART can help you create the perfect environment for you to live in and call home.

Favourite medium

I really enjoy painting with acrylic. With all the different mediums you can add to acrylics, there is nothing you can't do. And I'm a bit impatient and it dries fast, so that aids in my style of painting and I can move along quickly.

During my breaks, I tend to ...

Spend a lot of my time in the studio, it's my happy place. I also try and take advantage of having a cottage up north. Also when my and my husbands schedules allow, traveling is at the top of our list. Traveling is always where huge inspiration comes for future paintings.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Hairstylist and makeup artist. It's an industry that is constantly changing and that keeps me creative. And like my art I hope the out come is the same...I just want to make people happy and feel great!

What do you listen to when you work?

I mostly like to listen to movie scores. Some of my favourite composers are Danny Elfman, Alexander Desplat, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer and John Williams. And I'm always on the hunt for the perfect playlist on Spotify.

Upcoming Exhibitions
July 12-14

Nathan Philips Square, Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

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