Jaye Ouellette has been a professional autodidactic artist for almost 40 years. She has exhibited widely in galleries in Canada, the United States and France and has had six solo shows in Toronto. Since living in Nova Scotia she has had five solo shows at public galleries. Her work was selected for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's groundbreaking exhibition ‘Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey’ in 2016-2017. Her work was also included in the touring show ‘Capture: Nova Scotia Realism’. Curated by Tom Smart, director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the provincial gallery for New Brunswick and Peter Dykhuis director of the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Curator Tom Smart said about Jaye’s painting in the exhibition “The image is deep and metaphysical. It’s a glorious painting”.

In 2023 Ouellette's work was profiled in the well respected American publication, International Artist Magazine's 25th Anniversary issue, under the heading "Master Painters of the world". A four page article 'The Architecture of water'.

In 2022 she was invited to be a Pouch Cove Foundation artist-in-residence in Newfoundland, followed by the exhibition ‘Water’ at the James Baird Gallery in Pouch Cove.

Jaye has been awarded numerous grants and her work is included in many private and corporate art collections. Her commission work is extensive, including the Mulroney Complex, St. Francis Xavier University, N.S., and, most notably, the Skydome Hotel (Toronto Marriot City Centre Hotel), in Toronto. She created the annual awards for Toronto Women in Film.

Her paintings have been selected for the cover of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra program, The ‘Antigonish Review’ an international literary magazine. Her work has been featured in numerous art publications.

Jaye was profiled in Peter Murphy's documentary film ‘Searching for Realism’ in 2015 and was an invited marquee artist to participate in CBC Radio's ‘Sharing the View’ calendar project in 2014.

Ouellette began her artistic career in glass and was widely recognized in Canada as a contemporary architectural glass artist.

She moved from flat to three-dimensional glass then into mixed media sculpture with glass elements and then abandoned glass altogether. She started painting the human figure in Toronto but, upon moving to her home on the Ocean in Nova Scotia in 2003, felt compelled to paint the Sea.



 visual artist



                                     Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2022      Sunbury Shores Art Centre, St. Andrews, NB 'Current'

2020      Andrew and Laura McCain Gallery, Florenceville, NB, 'Sea Level'  

2016      Ice House Gallery, Tatamagouche, N.S., 'Ocean'

2014     St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, N.S., 'Water Wood and Wind' 

2013     Marigold Art Centre Gallery, Truro, Nova Scotia. 'SEA',.

2012     J. Franklin Wright Gallery, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, 'Waves'

2011     Robertson Gallery, Mobile, Alabama, 'The View from Nova Scotia'

1992     N. F. Doyle Gallery, Toronto, 'Tooth and Nail'

1989     Gallery Burston Roberts, Toronto, 'Qem-entu/Was Found'

1988     Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, 'Looking for a Title'

1987     Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, 'Outside the Inskirts'

1985     Art Gallery of Lindsay,   Lindsay, Ontario, 'Inside the Outskirts'


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023       Gallery 202, Pictou, N.S. 'Wavelength'       

2022       James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, N.L, 'Water'

2021       Ice House Gallery, Tatamagouche, N.S 'Unified Earth'
2020       Ice House Gallery, Tatamagouche, N.S  'Stomping Ground'

2017       The Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, 'Relate.Report.Repeat'

2016       Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 'Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey'

2015       Inverness Cultural Centre, Inverness, N.S. 'The Forest'

2015       McCarthy Galley, Truro, N.S., 'Water is Key'

2014       Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 'Capture' (Touring to the following galleries)

                    St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

                        Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, Nova Scotia

                        Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia 

                     Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 

1994       Jacob’s, Fairview Mall, Toronto, 'The Feminine Viewpoint'

1990       Lake Gallery, Toronto, Arts Against GST

               Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, Glass Invitational 90

1989       The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, Ten + Canadians

                Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, Living with Limits

                London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, 3rd Dimension

1988        Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Bill C-54

            Neo-Faber GalleryToronto, 'I + II=X '             

                Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, Glass Invitational 88

                John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Magna Magnifique

                (Touring exhibition of Canadian Glass to Strasbourg, France)

1987        Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, An-region-al

                Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, Ontario, Glass Act

                The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, Capital Glass Invitational

                Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, In-teg-ri-ty

1986        Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Touch of Glass

1985        John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Glass Visions

1984        Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, No Robots Here


2015       Profiled in the documentary "Searching for Realism" Director Peter Murphy

2014       Invited as Marquee Artist for 'CBC: Sharing the View' -  Feeding Nova Scotia charity art auction event and calendar.

               Organized by CBC Halifax.

1988       Ontario Arts Council Material Assistance

               Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant

               Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship

                Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington Scholarship

1986         Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant

1985         Ontario Arts Council Materials assistance

                Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant

                Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship

1984         Ontario Arts Council Materials Assitance

Related Experience


2022          Pouch Cove Foundation Artist in residence, N.L

2015          Painting selected for the cover  of the Program 'Key'  for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's October and November Issue, Toronto, Canada

2014          Painting selected for the cover of 'The Antigonish Review', an international literary magazine produced by

                 St. Francis Xavier University , Antigonish, N.S.

2014          Painting selected as a label for 'Steinhart Distillery's' vodka, Arisaig, N.S.  

1992          Jury Member, Ontario Arts Council, Craftsman Grant

1990          Ryerson University, Toronto, Guest Artist, 1st. Year Architecture, Prof. Tom Carnegie,

                 Sheridan College, Toronto, Guest Artist, Glass Department,

                 Instructor-Laura Doneffer

1988          Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, Graduate Workshop, 3 week session,

                 Only non-graduate student accepted

1985          Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, Glass Assemblage, 3 week session

                 T.A. for Instructor-Judy Bally-Jensen

1986        'German Glass and Design Study', OCAD, T.A. for Instructors-Peter Zips and      

                Gundar Robez                       

1985         Alfred University, New York, Guest Artist Glass Department,

                Instructor-Robin Johnson


2023         International Artist Magazine, Arizona. A four page article under the heading 'master                           painters of the world' :Architecture of Water.

2016        "Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey", Exhibition catalogue.

2014        "Capture 2014: Nova scotia Realism", Exhibition catalogue.

2014        The Halifax Herald, Oct. 11, Halifax, N.S.

                 "Sharing Enchantment" Elissa Barnard. Arts Editor.

2011        Mobile Press Register, Jan. 23, Mobile, Alabama

               Review of The View from Nova Scotia

              "One Long Commute" Arts editor: Thomas B. Harrison

1994        Jacob’s The Feminine Viewpoint ,Catalogue-2 photos published

1989        NOW Magazine, July 29, Toronto, Review of Living with Limits

              "Stretching Ability with Limits" Arts editor: Deidre Hannah

1989        New Work Magazine, NYC, Winter Issue,

              "Human Forms: Figuring us out" Gloria Hickey

              -Canadian House and Home. May/June Issue, "Style Search", photo published.

1988        Azure Magazine, April Issue, Toronto,

              "Collaborating with Fate, The Art of the Found Object"

               Cover photo, article, Gloria Hickey

1987        New Work Magazine, NYC, Fall Issue, Review of Outside the Inskirts


Corporate commissions and collections


 St. Francis Xavier University, NS. 'Mulroney Complex' 


Advocate Media, Maritimes Canada

Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody law firm, Halifax

Rumouski Jazz Festival, awards, Quebec,

First Canadian Investors, Toronto

Skydome Hotel, Toronto

Magna Corporation, Toronto

The Penta Stolp Group, Toronto

Polyrim Ltd., Toronto

Toronto Women in Film and Video awards









*You will notice a gap in my CV history. In 1992 I became suddenly and permanently blind in my right eye, in 1999 my left eye was also affected, but mercifully, not as severely. It took me some time to recover from this blow. Understandably, I was not focusing on my art career for a period of time. But I am now painting more than I ever have!