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, 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. 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 (Honourable Mention 2018) 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. In 2019 she was an exhibitor in The Artist Project and in Salon des Rechargés, a private salon in Toronto.

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 Ontario Society of Artists. In August 2019 she returned to teaching with a 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. 

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May 2021