Rhoda Payne was raised in Montreal and educated at McGill University and Brown University where she received her MA in Teaching in Fine Arts. This was followed with painting studies at St. Martins College of Art in London and seven years of teaching art and photography in Madrid and Santiago, Chile prior to moving to Toronto.

Since Rhoda began painting professionally in 2011 she has shown successfully in group, juried and solo exhibitions. Her recent activity included a 2015 solo exhibition at the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery at Wychwood Barns, participation in Progressions lV at the McMichael Gallery, and in juried shows throughout 2015 including ‘Winter in Canada’ at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, in Artworks Oakville (Honourable Mention) and in the Etobicoke Art Group Annual Show. In 2014 Rhoda’s ‘Maine Escape’, was awarded first prize in the EAG 50th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Rhoda’s work demonstrates confidence in her personal language of colour, line, form and surface.  Her paintings radiate excitement, vitality and optimism. Whether non-objective or loosely subjective her canvases are filled with her signature dynamic mark-making, sumptuous colour and often unexpected compositional forms where confident, gestural passages dialogue with lavish drips to signal her love of surface, paint and the painting process.

In 2018 Rhoda was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists. In February 2019 she will be participating in The Artist Project in Toronto, and in August 2019 she will be teaching a week-long painting workshop, Scaling Up, at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. 

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December, 2018