Playing in the studio

My paintings are displayed in solo and group exhibitions and are represented in the City of Ottawa public art collection and in private collections nationally and internationally. Click my CV for details.

Along side of working in the studio the other part of my creative journey is about teaching fine arts, creativity mentoring and coaching.

I have had a rewarding time designing and leading workshops since 1978, through the City of Ottawa, The Ottawa School of Art, Algonquin College (Creative Arts program), Halliburton Summer School of the Arts (Expressive Arts Program), Mississippi Mills School of the Arts and in the greater Ottawa community with Artswell, an arts and health charity organization for 10 years.

Currently, I teach a variety of workshops in expressive drawing and abstract painting for small groups from my studio situated in the heart of Almonte Ontario. Occasionally, I’m part of unique collaborative workshops designed for students for example Glass and Drawing with Jennifer Kelly, Music and Painting with Jennifer Noxon, and Seasonal Yoga and Drawing retreats with Amelia Ah You.

I also offer 1:1 coaching/mentoring. Contact me if you would like to customize a class or art party.

It’s a joy to help people connect deeply through art and creativity. It is important to me to provide my students with an uplifting, inspiring experience in a friendly bright environment where they can discover and explore techniques, materials and share ideas.

Gift Certificates for workshops are available.

Events & Workshops

Event Information:

  • Sat

    Abstract Painting with Mary Pfaff

    10:00 AM - 4:00 PMHello Studios, 1735 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2, Canada

    Enter a world of intuition, imagination and excitement to achieve results as unique as you are. The day will cover basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity.

    We will touch on the history of abstract painting, its methods, techniques and materials. Study inspiring examples of abstract work by 20th century and contemporary masters.

    You'll learn to explore the use of color and the importance of underpainting, layering and glazing to bring structure and depth to your art.

    Treat yourself to a spirited, adventurous time filled with innovative techniques, inventive approaches and breakthrough results.

    Hello Studios, 1735 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2, Canada

    Registration is done through the Hello Studios website.  Once you are on the site you will be able to select the  Abstract Painting with Mary Pfaff class.


    Class information
    May 26th, 10am-4pm
    Hello Studios, 1732 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa
    $165 per person