Arja Palonen

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Arja Palonen

Arja was born in Helsinki, Finland, and came to Canada with her parents in 1957. Her artistic talent was apparent early in life, as she preferred to draw instead of playing with dolls.

She was exposed to art training throughout her public, and secondary schooling in Finland. After moving to Canada, she continued her art studies in both Northern and Central Technical Schools in Toronto under tutelage of a fine group of teachers such as John Bennett, Don Fraser, Doris McCarthy, and Robert Ross to name a few.

To keep up with her love of art, while pursuing an airline career, and raising a family, she furthered her studies with numerous courses in life drawing, portraiture, and oil painting. During that time she had her work shown at various art exhibits, and did private commissions as well.

While living in Newfoundland between 1985-1987, Arja decided to devote her time solely to art, and become a full-time artist. Her work became well sought after, so much so, that she ended up opening her first gallery in her home. At the same time she partook on several art exhibits both in St. John's and Placentia, and as well taught art classes at the Naval
base, in Argentia. Her work was also for sale at "The Gallery" on Duckworth St., in St. John's.

After returning to Ontario, Arja with her husband Joe Kurek established Studio 737 in 1988. They themselves are amazed of the success it has had from its start. The Land-O-Lakes area has been very inspirational for Arja's painting as well, and her work has changed more towards the impressionistic style, since her move here.  Undoubtedly, as a result of having over the years, such great painting partners as Don Fraser, and Poul Thrane.

In addition to having her work shown regularly in her own gallery, Arja's work has been displayed in several ECOAA shows, Fine Art festivals at: Corbyville, Lakefield, Belleville, Ameliasburg, and Tweed and the Ottawa Wildlife Show. Solo shows at the Tweed Public Library, and King Ranch, in King City. Her work has also been shown at the Merton Gallery in Toronto, and Echoes of Nature Gallery in Marmora. Her paintings have sold across Canada, Finland, Europe, and the United States.

In 1994, Arja was commissioned to paint the Nokia Corporation Headquarters in Ajax, Ontario. Through her art, Arja hopes to convey her love of people and animals as well as nature. She is a member of East Central Ontario Arts Association (ECOAA), and Quinte Arts Council.


Works by Arja Palonen

Winding Stream
  • Size: 18 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $750.00
Lilac Time #2
  • Size: 20 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $975.00
In Algonquin Park
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
  • $975.00
Foraging Deer
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $695.00
Fall Day Near Cloyne
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
Lazy Afternoon Couchicing
  • Size: 16x20
  • Medium: Oil
  • $650.00
Flaming Maples
  • Size: 16 x 20
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $675.00
Madawaska Falls
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Serenity
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
Walk Through the Woods
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
First Snow Fall
  • Size: 18 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $925.00
Autumn Colours at Play
  • Size: 16x20
  • Medium: Oil
  • $675.00
Cabin in the Laurentians
  • Size: 20 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $750.00
Skootamatta Rapids at Fall
  • Size: 16x20
  • Medium: Oil
  • $650.00
Floral Display
  • Size: 14 x 10
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • $385.00
Lonely Cabin in Winter
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $825.00
Fall Birches
  • Size: 16 x 20
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $650.00
Queensboro Church
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
Lilies and Mums
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
  • $850.00
Spring Thaw
  • Size: 20x16
  • Medium: Oil
  • $675.00
Allan the Artist
  • Size: 20x16
  • Medium: Oil
  • $525.00
Lady in Blue
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
Winter Beauty at Opeongo
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $750.00
Algonquin Park Scene
  • Size: 20 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $750.00
Quiet River Bend
  • Size: 18 x 24
  • Medium: Oil Painting
  • $750.00
Bowlfull of Beauties
  • Size: 11x14
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • $425.00
Path to the Woods
  • Size: 12x16
  • Medium: Oil
  • $475.00
Tall Pines Algonquin
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Homestead Near Queensboro
  • Size: 16x20
  • Medium: Oil
Winter in Algonquin Park
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
Snowbound in Irondale
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Fall is Here
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Winter Sunshine Irondale River
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Bunch of Summer Flowers
  • Size: 20x16
  • Medium: Oil
  • $675.00
Dancing Waters Madawaska
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Melting Snow Algonquin
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Flaming Colours at Fall
  • Size: 12x16
  • Medium: Oil
Fall Ablaze Wabush Area
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
Lake View near Whitney
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
Old Homestead at Fall
  • Size: 12x16
  • Medium: Oil
Skootamatta Rapids
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
Tranquil Stream Near Algonquin
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Flowers and Fruit
  • Size: 20x16
  • Medium: Oil
Four Generations
  • Size: 24x36
  • Medium: Oil
Apples
  • Size: 10x14
  • Medium: Watercolour
Shadows on the Riverbend
  • Size: 12x16
  • Medium: Oil
Spring Break-up Algonquin
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Standing Tall
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Autumn Glory
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Swirling Waters Madawaska River
  • Size: 18x24
  • Medium: Oil
Tweed Feed Mill
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
Winter Shadows
  • Size: 11x14
  • Medium: Oil
General Jack Vance
  • Size: 20x16
  • Medium: Oil
Bouquet of Sunshine
  • Size: 24 x 18
  • Medium: Oil Painting

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