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 further studies at St. Martins College of Art in London and seven years of teaching art and photography in Madrid, Spain 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, in public and private galleries and in corporate collections. She has had two solo exhibitions at the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery at Wychwood Barns, participated in annual Progressions exhibitions at the McMichael Gallery, and in numerous juried shows including ‘Winter in Canada’ at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Artworks Oakville and in the Etobicoke Art Group Annual Juried Exhibitions where, in 2014, Rhoda’s ‘Maine Escape’, was awarded first prize. Rhoda has exhibited in The Artist Project, Toronto, in Salon des Rechargés, a private salon in Toronto, in Salon 15 with Propeller Gallery, Colour and Form Society Annual Juried Shows, in Portraits of Resilience at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in Ambient Landscapes, a juried exhibition at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in 2022 honouring  the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) 150th Anniversary.

Rhoda’s widely collected 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 OSA and
serves as the Society’s representative on the Board of the Aird Gallery in Toronto. Since August 2019 Rhoda has been teaching an annual week-long painting workshop, Scaling Up, at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. In 2021 Rhoda was elected to the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Colour and Form Society.

Rhoda is represented in Toronto by Denison Gallery and by Susan Phillips.

November 2022

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