About Me

ARTIST’S BIO

Artist Brenda Walker works in encaustics, which involves adding pigments to heated beeswax and then applying that medium to a surface. Having been the owner/operator of a cake decorating business for more than two decades in Calgary, Brenda loved working with beeswax because of its similarity to icing. The transition into painting was natural for her. She spent her first 5 years of being a full-time artist on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia and has recently moved back to Calgary. Each of Brenda’s paintings consists of many layers of wax, which are fused, scraped and carved until the desired amount of texture and depth are achieved. Her representational style reflects a simplicity that allows the viewers’ own creative thoughts or memories to interact with the paintings.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

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 the 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 into 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 its solid state. Its appearance then is totally different than when I started.

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 can be found, most days, in the studio with my trusted assistant Ruby!

 

Gallery Representation:

2016- Current – The Gallery at Matticks Farm, Victoria, BC, Canada

(250)658-8333

109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd. Victoria, BC V8Y 2L3

2019- Current – The Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

(403)261-1602

Bow Valley Square III, 2nd floor (+15)
#251, 255 5th Avenue, SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G6

Past Representation

2018-2021 – Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo, BC

2017-2020 – The Whiterock Gallery, Whiterock, BC

2016-2019 – Gallery 8, Salt Spring Island, BC

2015-2017 – Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane, AB

2013-2018 – Calyx Fine Art Show, Calgary, AB