Encaustic Painter & Quilter
“My paintings are in encaustic (beeswax and damar resin) on birch panels. I’m inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines I see in both urban and rural landscapes.. These inspirations may lead to representational or abstract work. In my work the viewer gets drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures.
I’m also a fibre artist working with my own hand-dyed fabric and commercial cotton to make traditional bed quilts and unique original wall hangings.“
My mother sent me off for painting lessons when I was 11 or 12. I was delighted to sell my first oil paintings during a “driveway art show” my teacher held every spring. These after-school classes stopped when I headed off to an arts program for high school and they piled on the assignments. My favourites were the monthly trips to the ROM where we headed to a different gallery each month, and I made trips back most Sundays to finish the work. Kensington Market was a favourite haunt for drawing street scenes, buildings and various windows and doors. In art history we studied the Fayum portraits and I was curious about this encaustic medium, but had no idea how to try it with all the equipment and special medium required. I continued to paint in oils until coming across a book about the process many years later. I took extensive courses with Andrea Bird at The Alton Visual Arts Centre, Susan Fisher at Haliburton School of the Arts, and Cynthia Winika and Lisa Pressman at R&F Encaustics in New York. I was hooked and developing my own style in this medium. Encaustic medium is beeswax and damar resin, and you melt it and apply it molten, fusing each layer you paint with some kind of heat tool like an iron or blow torch. Very cool. I used my oil paints as the pigments to start with and now use a lot of encaustic paint mixed in the medium. I’m inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines I see in both urban and rural landscapes. These inspirations may lead to representational or abstract work. In my work the viewer gets drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures.
Recent Exhibitions & Juried Shows
Solo Exhibition “Windows and Doors”
Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry, Oct 2019
Site Artist, Lake Scugog Studio Tour
Scugog, Ontario, May 2014, 2015, 2016 2017, 2018, 2019
Solo Exhibition, “My Perspective on Windows and Doors”
The Colborne Art Gallery, June-July 2018
Member Artist, The Colborne Art Gallery, ongoing exhibitions
2017, 2018, 2019
Celebration of the Arts, Juried Show, Uxbridge
September 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2018