tidalArt – About Us

tidalArt Studio Inc. is dedicated to offering special opportunities to travellers looking for adventure and artistry!  Fogo Island offers the visitor a truly unique landscape and culture to embed yourself in to this wonderful place.

We rent a centuries old traditional fisherman’s salt box house and a centuries old artist studio, both lovingly restored, here in Joe Batt’s Arm.  We also periodically organize art trips to the island as well.  These historic treasures are a fabulous way to experience the past and the present.  We encourage you to explore your capabilities and learn new things about yourself, all in the fantastic setting of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada.  A place where ancient knowledge is still part of the lived experience.  An island off an island in the north Atlantic, come and explore the possibilities.

Meet Janice Thomson

After decades in the corporate world specializing in human resources and communications and becoming a Chartered Director, I have ‘retired’ to focus on other ventures and aspects of my life’s journey. In the time since, I’ve studied at www.tsa-art.com, www.avenueroadartsschool.com, worked at an open-studio at  www.artembassy.ca, attended plein air retreats and became a member of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts www.bmfa.on.ca. In partnership with my husband, we operate Fogo Island Fish, an organization dedicated to community sustainability and linking fishers and chefs, with the best wild Atlantic cod on the planet!

I started tidalArt studio inc. to bring the uniqueness of Fogo Island, Newfoundland to like-minded artists who want a retreat, in a wonderfully wild, beautiful and hospitable location. I have two unique studios on the island, and I named the company to commemorate the first series I did in my ‘Stage’ studio, where I had to plan my arrivals and departures with the rising and falling tides! In the studio, I paint in acrylics, with modeling paste and a variety of mediums, primarily on wood panels. I usually use watercolours for plein air sketching and painting. I spend a significant amount of time with my camera, to make fabulous images for future inspiration.