Watercolours by Machiel John Scholte

All of the paintings shown have been juried and are matted with archival matting.

Prices are for framed paintings unless otherwise stated, are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to change without notice.

High quality prints are available for selected artwork.


I have always had an interest in drawing. For three years prior to retiring, after forty years in the Biotech industry, I began drawing regularly with the intent to do it as a hobby along with photography which I had been doing most of my life.

About a year after retirement I began watercolour classes on a weekly basis which I continued for five years. As well, continuous study from instructional art books and attending numerous art demonstrations has broadened my knowledge and technical painting skills.

Photography is a good complimentary hobby and I have used this skill in my painting by referencing my own photos usually taken on travels or in local parks. These photos are used mainly for the purpose of pleasing compositions which are then transferred to my art paper in the form of a detailed drawing

My work consists of realistic watercolour landscapes and still life. Although based on my own photos I have not attempted to do photo realistic work. My goal has been to render a more painterly realistic representation of the subject matter by working with the lighting, tone, colour and, in particular, texture.

The subject matter I like to do includes old buildings, seascapes, rural landscapes, local parks and old worn farm implements.

Many of these subjects tell a story such as old worn furniture and structures or include animals or people at work or play. I have always been attracted to paintings that I can imagine myself in and resonate with. Capturing a moment or a feeling in a painting is what I strive for. While painting it is sometimes difficult to know when you are finished. If I can reach a place that I can recall what it was like to be there by standing back and looking at the work then I stop.

I also enjoy participating in art groups and have joined the Art Guild of Scarborough, PineRidge Arts Council and the Toronto Watercolour Society. Through these groups I have met many other artists and have learned so much from them and by participating in juried art shows and critiques.

I have also participated in several solo exhibitions with the PineRidge Arts Council in the Durham region.