Thursday, December 11, 2014

You're Invited!!!

GHRE 10x10

Please join me for a private opening reception of my next exhibition:


 This is a group exhibit of 8 Encaustic artists

 I'll be featuring new works from my series GHRE and PASSAGES

Thursday January 15th, 2015, 6 - 8


900 Bay Street, MacDonald Block, Toronto

Jan 13 - Feb 6, 10 - 6

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Passages of Time 36x36

Monday, November 10, 2014


"It's the influence of nature that's the focus of my ongoing series GHRE.  Time spent in nature is very important to me...I find it both meditative and spiritual...having a calming and rejuvenating effect.  Nature is entirely independent of us....the day to day concerns of life don't matter here.  My response to Nature is captured with luminous colours, glossy textures, abstracted views....channelling mother natures most subtle expression."

Five pieces from this series will be featured on the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour….House E.  

For more details about this event go to

I'll be in attendance on Friday Nov 21st from 5:30 to 9:30.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Gallery 1313
1313 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1L8

June 11 - 22, 2014
Opening Reception:  Thursday June 12, 7 - 10
CanWAX East Chapter, International Encaustic Artists

Please join me at Gallery 1313 on June 21st from 1-6.  


Dania Al Obaidi, Mary Ambrose,  Anastessia Bettas, Karen Chisvin, Maggie Doswell, Wendy LaValle, Linda Virio and Melissa Tseng

This exhibition brings together 8 encaustic artists whose works focus on and express their ideas about SELECTIVE PERCEPTION.  In 1954 Princeton and Dartmouth researchers found that in general people favour official opinions (scientists, politicians, experts) whose conclusions matched their own values….the facts were irrelevant. This behaviour is known as SELECTIVE PERCEPTION. Explained another way it is when otherwise rational people distort facts by putting them through a personal or social lens. People in communications work identify this behaviour as a key barrier in communication about scientific or political  issues in society such as climate change, foods supply, nuclear power, disposal of waste, emergency response.

Introducing Dania Al Obaidi, Mary Ambrose,  Anastessia Bettas, Karen Chisvin, Maggie Doswell, Wendy LaValle, Linda Virio and Melissa Tseng....8 Encaustic artists and members of CanWAX East....the newly formed Eastern Canada Chapter of IEA.  International Encaustic Artists (IEA) is a non-profit, professional artists’ organization founded in 2005. IEA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for encaustic art in the world.

Encaustic Art:  These 8 artists use the ancient art technique called Encaustic which was first used in Egypt from 100 - 300AD.  This is the process of mixing melted beeswax with resins and pigments, then applying the coloured wax to the canvas, paper or board.  With further heating, scraping and brushwork the desired painting is achieved.  These 8 artists challenge traditional properties of wax to create contemporary works for this contemporary issue...SELECTIVE PERCEPTION.

Monday, October 22, 2012

ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP this January 2013.....

Introduction to Encaustic Painting

January 11, 18, 25, Feb 4th (10am – 12 noon) 
Fee: $230  
What is being taught?
  • an overview of the history of encaustic painting
  • a review of safe studio practices
  • explanation of the medium, colour mixing and palette set-up
  • demonstration and trial of a number of effects and techniques
  • development of project or practise piece(s) applying the various techniques and effects learned.
What to bring?
Fees includes all art supplies excluding supports ie wooden boards/panels (these are available at  arts and craft supply stores ie Curry's and Michaels)
  • on the first day we will work on paper (supplied) and discuss support options
  • own painters smock or apron
Supplied in class
  • All encaustic material including 100% all natural beeswax. 
  • Oil paint and brushes
  • Tools
  • Paper for practise work


Workshop will take place in my home studio at 4280 Aurora Road, Stouffville
Fees: $230.00 includes all taxes and material excluding
supports ie wooden boards/panels
Register by emailing or calling me at 905-642-3352
Payment due upon registration by mailing a cheque to
4280 Aurora Road, RR#3, Stouffville, Ontario L3Y 4W1
Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel 7 days or more prior to
workshop, then a $25 fee will be charged, the rest will be
refunded.  If cancelling within 6 days or less, there is no refund.
Rain checks are sometimes offered depending on circumstances.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


...the griddles and irons are fired up....the beeswax is melted....and my studio is a "buzz" with activity as I prepare for the
upcoming Stouffville Studio Tour (
I've photographed a few steps in the creation of
this beautiful flower painting....Enjoy!!!

1st...I fire up the griddle and melt the beeswax and prepare to apply a base
of smooth clear wax

2nd....put my drawing skills to the test and sketch my subject

3rd Step...the underpainting....a familar step in for most artists - knocking in the big shapes and main lights and darks - love this step!

Lots of scaping and fusing in between the many many layers of wax and TADAAAAA!!  The final product...with all the texture and luminousity that you would expect of this accient medium....ENCAUSTIC!

....stay tuned for more :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jennifer Ashley Children's Charity

...Love this's so worthwhile.  The average family receiving support from JACC have a combined income of $20,000.00...these are families with high medical expenses to care for a physically disabled and/or ailing child.  JACC is there when all other forms of subsidies, tax credits, assistance and support are exhausted.  Thank God for JACC!

This year's theme is I painted a beautiful scene from a vineyard that Nick and I stayed at on our trip to Sicily, Italy.

Spadafora Estates....a boutique winery....delicious wines on a romantic estate overlooking the vines.  The owner treated us to a private tour of the vines...and tasting that involved consuming 4 bottles of wine over dinner that he prepared for us personally....followed by a short stagger to the winery itself where we discussed the process, vats, filtering, barrelling, aging, etc.  He then selected 2 unlabelled bottles that we later learned were on their way to market.....which we joyfully consumed.  Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Italy.....there's not place like it.....what an incredible experience!! 

From time to time I've see their wines in the vintages section of the LCBO.....the perfect paring to a beautiful piece of art!

Monday, March 5, 2012

My 2012 Spring Show opens March 6

This is an exciting group show that features works by Volunteers and Staff of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Opening Tuesday March 6th....with opening reception on Thursday March 8th.....I'm very excited to feature two of my landscapes in this show.
The Hangman Gallery is at 756 Queen Street East in Leslieville surrounded by fabulous restaurants , shops and cafes.