Since I can remember, I have thought of myself as an artist. Whatever the medium, I have dabbled in it. Whatever supplies are required, I own them. Whatever there is to learn, I am a keen and willing student. Learning and growing as an artist fascinates me and propels me forward with great enthusiasm.
Encaustic painting has captured my heart and soul! From the smell of the molten beeswax to the magical way that it fuses together. Layers upon layers of translucent color and texture. I love how the wax can be sculpted, scraped and gouged. It is perfect for layering found objects such as string, bark, fabric and paper. It is mesmerizing how the heat from my torch can turn the solid wax surface into a liquified state. There is nothing like watching it puddle and swirl, and then within minutes of cooling, return to it’s solid state. Appearing totally different than when I started. Most of my paintings start out as one idea and end up transforming into something totally different. I have found that my best work comes when I allow the beeswax to tell me what it wants to become!
Nature has always been my muse. My style is simplistic and representational of my own visual and emotional experiences. My goal is to engage the viewer, have them get lost in the layers and textures of the wax. To strike a chord, perhaps stimulating happy thoughts of the past and memories that make them smile
I recently moved back to Calgary, AB after spending 5 years on Salt Spring island, BC. I continue a love affair with both the prairie and the coast!
I can be found, most days, painting in my home studio with my assistant Ruby!
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Current Gallery Representation
2016- Current – The Gallery At Mattick’s Farm, Victoria, BC,Canada
2018- Current – Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
2019- Current – Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2019-Current – The Janis Woode Studio/ Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
Past Representation & Juried Shows
2017-2019 The White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC, Canada
2016- 2019 – Gallery 8, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
2015- 2018 – Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane, AB,Canada
2014 -2019 Spring – Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary, AB, Canada
2014 -2018 Fall/Winter – Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary, AB, Canada