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Hilltop Heights;  $475; Acrylic on Canvas; 18 x 24″

Dear Nicolas; $475; Acrylic on Canvas; 18 x 24″

Shutters; $475; Acrylic on Canvas; 18×24″

Image Descriptions

Hilltop Heights

Acrylic paint on canvas. This painting depicts a view of a sunset seen from a road. A road stretches across the foreground which gives away to a dark green field. Over the treeline, the sky consists of colours streaking across clouds.

Dear Nicolas

Acrylic paint on canvas. Broad stripes of colour compose a majority of the painting. Large horizontal blue tones make up the background. Six vertical stripes stand in front, slightly above the centre of the canvas. Orange and yellow stripes on the outside make this part stand out.


Acrylic paint on canvas. A painting of 2 lines of parallel squares of 4 black rectangles stacked on top of each other, outlined in white, with blue thin rectangles on the outside of each – like shutters in a window.

Artist Descriptions

Hilltop Heights

Capturing the fall colours of the Northumberland County hills and fields at sunset along Highway 28.

Dear Nicolas

An homage to Nicolas de Staël a French painter of Russian origin known for his use of a thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape painting.


Plain and simple.

Artist Biography:

Robby Jewers is an artist and a writer. In 2015, Robby faced a life-changing event—a cardiac arrest left him clinically dead for 20 minutes, leading to anoxic brain injury. Despite doctors’ uncertain prognosis, Robby’s unwavering determination and year-long therapy enabled him to relearn essential skills.

Originally from Halifax and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Robby’s journey began in sports, particularly hockey. His passion for bodybuilding blossomed after preparing for the Howie Meeker hockey school, ultimately leading him to compete and eventually become a certified personal trainer. Relocating to Toronto in 1997, he pursued his fitness career, working at various locations, including the Sky Dome.

Viewing bodybuilding as an art form, Robby saw weights as paints and the body as a canvas. In 2000, he shifted focus to his artistic pursuits, studying at the Central Technology School of Art in Toronto.

Beyond formal education, Robby embarked on a self-directed learning journey, traversing numerous cities worldwide to refine his craft and painting techniques. Establishing himself as an artist in Toronto, Robby found representation in several galleries and participated in numerous group exhibitions. His abstract expressionist style, characterized by bold textures created with oils and a palette knife, garnered recognition and acclaim. Despite the challenges posed by his brain injury, Robby’s passion for storytelling endured. With the aid of therapists, he resumed crafting narratives, though now dictating rather than writing. This resurgence of creativity reignited his interest in painting, completing the circle of his artistic journey.

“Following my heart attack and brain injury, [I] lost my creative voice for both my writing and painting. With the help of therapists, I was finally able to connect with my writing again. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so when I couldn’t create pictures, I started using words. It was able to re-connect with the creativity of telling stories and that enabled me to approach my painting again. Picking up a paint brush was like a best friend who you haven’t seen for ages coming back into your life. All of a sudden, I have a new lust for life. Painting is now a need for me, like air. If there came a day when someone said I couldn’t paint anymore, I’d be lost.”

His approach to painting is different now and he uses a brush and acrylics as opposed to a knife and oils. Robby’s new work was featured in the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s 42nd, 43rd, and 45th Juried Exhibitions.  He has also sold several pieces to local collectors.

Most recently he wrote a children’s book, “My Cat Came Back,” which showcases some of his art. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Brain Injury Association, Peterborough Region.