Alice Briesmaster - Painting and Photography

Welcome to my Website!

Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

GREEN is the colour of the heart chakra, of balance and harmony. It soothes and relaxes the body with its healing energy, which those of us who choose to live and work in cities greatly need.  We are living beings, but are surrounded by buildings made of metal, glass, and brick.  We walk on concrete, not grass. In green spaces, our spirits are refreshed, and we find some momentary sanctuary from our busy urban lives.

Through my photographs, I wish to share with you my love and deep appreciation for the beauty to be found in nature every time we step outside our door. We are fortunate to have many parks and green spaces in Toronto. Nature can be found everywhere, even in this big city!

For several years I have been making note cards of my photos to sell at local markets, gift shops, and events.  These photos were taken primarily in my own green oasis in St. James Cathedral Park, in the historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and on the Toronto Islands. Some photos were taken in other city neighbourhoods and parks, and farther afield in the Ontario countryside.

I capture images of city and nature as I see them, in an immediate way, with no special camera settings or lenses.  Flowers and trees, birds and animals simply ARE. Bursting with life, intricately designed, and in glorious colour. We all need at times to “walk into green” so we can feel renewed and truly alive!
St. James Cathedral Park

My Photo Gallery
**photos are copyrighted ©  and property of Alice Briesmaster**

Spring Scenes 2016

tulips in St James Park

young red tail hawk

Edwards Gardens


Front St. East

Miss Puffy and friend

Farmers' Market Bounty 2015

Goats, Alpacas, and Donkeys

Dwarf Nigerian Goats


beauty shot


Autumn at Alderville Black Oak Savanna

PAN AM Games - Summer 2015

Pachi and Old City Hall

Fireworks at Opening Ceremonies

rhythmic gymnastics - ribbons

silver medal for Canada in group gymnastics

2015 - City Scenes
Toronto Skyline from Algonquin Island

love locks - Distillery

Kensington Market

the Beauty of Flowers 2015

WINTER Dec'14 - Jan'15

FALL 2014

Lake Muskoka

Edwards Gardens

winter ferry ride to Ward's Island - Feb' 14
view from Algonquin Island

Long-tailed Duck 

Allan Gardens Easter 2014


Old Town and St. Lawrence Market

view from 109 Front St. East  

St. Lawrence Market 

North Market

Gooderham (flatiron) Building

skyline view along Wellington St.

St. James Cathedral Park - King St East

St. James Cathedral
Buddha Bird
one of my first digital photos

Edwards Gardens

candy striped tulips
High Park

purple grackle
Red Admiral butterfly and cherry blossoms
Grenadier Pond
Toronto Islands
Centre Island
view from Algonquin Island
view from Ward's Island
yellow flag iris
marinas at Ward's Island
Ward's Island cottage

Stratford, Ontario
Avon River swans
Avon Theatre
the Bard
City Scenes

King Street East - St. Lawrence Hall
Sugar Beach
King & Starbucks
Distillery District
Evening on the Gardiner

Urban Canyon

Casa Loma
and.....African Lion  Safari  - "the guardian"

Algonquin Park 
Lovely still pond
the Spruce Bog
Gray Jay
Icicles, lichen and moss on rock wall
Beaver dam
Last year's leaves
Gardens in Grafton ON 
September 12
Autumn Scenery near Parry Sound
Georgian Bay and 30,000 Islands
Christmas at Allan Gardens

Altered Views
I am experimenting with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.
   The artistic filters work well for flowers and city views.
Why not try it yourself?
Toronto Aglow

gerbera daisies

Toronto Skyline - graphic style
Bee in the Zone
Sakura Cherry Trees in High Park
City Lights
Tulips in St. James Park
fishing for walnuts (I added the string)

Tundra swans, Aylmer ON