The Spotted Frog

Clarence Aulenback

Clarence, a native of Nova Scotia, lives near Bridgewater. He has a strong connection to the natural environment having spent much of his early adulthood in nature hunting and fishing. Clarence receives much of his inspiration for his work from native cultures and lives much of his life based on native philosophy.

John Boorman

John is one of the non resident artists whose work the Spotted Frog has carried for many years now. John, although he spends part of the summer in NS, lives in Ontario. He is a folk artist with a contemporary feel to his work. His creations are whimsical, elegantly carved and coloured.

Kevin Creaser

Kevin, a native Nova Scotian began carving fishes and painting on scallop shells at the age of eleven. He is a nature lover and experiences well being while creating images that include seascapes, fishermen, birds as well as humorous presentations of life.

Louise Chisholm

Long ago Louise adopted Nova Scotia as her home and she lives by the ocean. Her creativity spans across mediums. Presently she works mostly with found objects, she creates fiber art as well paper products.

Barry Colpitts

Barry is a native Nova Scotian. He creates his humorous carvings with a whittling knife. Barry is a keen woodsman and for many years worked the woods with two oxen.

Richard Crowe

Richard is inspired by laughter. He creates his humorous and well executed pieces to bring a smile on people's faces. His use of colour is vibrant and detailed.

Ian Fancey

Ian is a native Nova Scotian who spent his career in the Canadian Navy. He creates whimsical sculptures of fish, birds, animals and figures. His vibrant use of paint and his skillful and creative application of same makes each piece unique and easily identifiable as his work.

Jimmy Forbes

In his earlier work Jimmy worked mostly with metal. He now prefers to work with wood because it enables him to create a broader range of and more defined images. However Jimmy frequently incorporates metal into his carvings.

Maggie Horton

Maggie is a native Nova Scotian. Her warmth and genuiness is expressed by the sensitivity that she brings to the art that she creates from found objects.

Laurie Horton

Laurie is a native Nova Scotian who has spent much of his working life on fishing vessels. So combing the beaches for driftwood came easy to him and creating "critters" from same gives him much pleasure.

Don Lewis

Don (now deceased) was a much loved NS folk artist from the Digby area. He carved a variety of subjects often incorporating wooden burls in his work. His use of and ability to apply colour was aesthetically pleasing.

Eddie Mandaggio

Eddie is a much loved older artist who has not created folk art for many years. He claims to have retired and is an avid story teller. Eddie,originally from Manitoba, came to Nova Scotia in 1951 after working as a trapper and guide in Northern Ontario.Working outdoors has been his life long passion. He began carving in 1974 and painting soon afterwards. He is best known for his elaborate rooster carving and his oxen paintings.His work is widely collected and much admired.

Pat Melanson

Pat who is a quiet, gentle and observant person lives in New Brunswick. He often paints colourful maritime scenes which include lots of waterfront activity. His landscapes tend to be rather dreamy and devoid of people.

Mary Ann Merks

Mary Ann lives on a farm in a diverse farming community with her husband and three beautiful daughters. It is mostly in the winter that she finds time to paint delightful rural scenes. Mary Ann's work is delicate and detailed. I can spend much time enjoying looking at each painting and finding yet another flower, bush, or child where I had seen none before. She is not a prolific painter so I am happy with however many paintings Mary Ann presents me with.

Garnet McPhail

I met Garnet before his death but unfortunately did not get to know him. The collectors and artists who knew him report that he was a kind, generous quiet spoken man who happily whittled away in his Melanson Mountain workshop. His work is primitive in style, he used more subdued colours and often made larger pieces using a chain saw. One of my favourite pieces made by him is an alligator.

Bradford Naugler

Bradford, a member of the pre-eminent Nova Scotia folk art family looks to the world around him and beyond for inspiration. His carvings and paintings are humorous creations in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Ransford Naugler

Ransford is another Naugler brother. He has a large following of people who admire his work. Each of his friendly looking creatures is unique in that Ransford reports that "my tools move like lightening, hardly ever striking in the same place twice".

Leo Naugler

Being in the presence of Leo is magical. He speaks with a lyrical Camperdown accent. His eyes are full of mischief and his speech is interspersed with humour. His work is more primitive in style than some artists and reflects his flamboyant personality. I have enjoyed his "flying pigs" and there is a wonderful story that goes along with the origin of their creation. Leo lives in the country not far away from the other Naugler brothers.

Charles Norris

Charles (recently deceased) is not as well known as his brother Joe Norris. The two brothers often painted together and that may account for the similarity in the style and content of their paintings.

Peter Rafuse

Peter born a deaf mute must at times in his life really struggled with that. However, that is not apparent when I am in his presence. In his non verbal manner, he is welcoming, warm and generous with his time. Verbal communication takes place between myself and his adult son, who then in sign language, communicates with his father. Peter has become a good lip reader and often is ready to respond before his son has translated the information being communicated. As a young man, Peter was mentored in the ways of life by Garnet McPhail. Garnet, a known and respected artist taught him how to create delightful critters using a whittling knife and a block of wood. It was also Garnet who encouraged Peter to apply to participate at the NS Folk Art Festival and this exposure introduced him to a wide audience of admiring collectors. In my personal collection I have the most wonderful medium size black horse and Mountie. His work is in the more primitive style like that of his mentor.

Thomas Rector

Thomas is another of the early creators who lived in rural Nova Scotia. Like many of the early artists his work is more primitive using muted colours to paint his pieces. I do not know much about this artist and would appreciate hearing from anyone who does.

Mark Robichaud

Mark has a more contemporary approach to his work. His favourite subjects are both the fish form and the female form and in many of his paintings there is a nice interplay between these two forms.

Craig Rubadoux

I have written about Craig in my blog. The seagull poster is printed on quality paper and is a nice addition to any decor.

Darrell Tingley

Darell is a native Nova Scotian who more recently returned home to retire and paint. His work is considered to be crisp using vibrant colours traditional to folk art.

Peter Willis

Peter came to Nova Scotia from the UK to work as a ships carpenter. He is a quiet soft spoken man who in his spare time began whittling and created a variety of objects. His wife Brenda painted these pieces. Again, participation at the folk art festival created a wider audience for Peters work which is more refined and sculpted than some of the primitive artists. While living in NS, Peter and Brenda worked happily together on their large rural property and were engaged in their community. For health reasons they moved to British Columbia. I only have a few of their pieces left.

Mae Workman

Mae is a warm engaging woman, who has many interests. She is the only female carver that I know of. Her carvings are refined in finish and her application of paint is exquisite.