Karen is an encaustic artist whose work is motivated by her relationship with nature. It is a source of renewal, energy and peace which lends to limitless inspiration to create both realistic and abstract expressions. Encaustic is an ancient beeswax based paint which is applied and heated to create rich layers of unique depth and luminosity.
I began my painting journey by studying with excellent art instructors experimenting with a variety of mediums and styles. Although mostly self-taught I have attended numerous courses inluding fine art at Brock University, Sheridan College and Mohawk College. Everything changed when I worked with encaustic artist Andrea Bird at the Alton Mill. I fell in love with the depth and qualities of encaustics. I enjoy working in encaustic because I cannot fully control it, and there is an unpredictable path to be taken.
The organic nature of the beeswax based paint lends to its unique depth and mystery. Substrates are recycled, repurposed found materials which create earth-friendly, karma-friendly, soul-friendly pieces of artwork.
My process is studio intensive but starts outdoors with experience, photography and drawing which provide the visual and emotive references that come back into the studio to be created. I create dream-like pieces enhanced through layers of photography, wax and paint. My work becomes a multilayered surface for both the visual and tactile senses.
"It's not art until it becomes personal." That personal quality of life and art are what I am striving for. I want my life to reflect the best of me and I want my art to be expressions of who I am.
Classes & Workshops
All About the Basics
This hands on 3 hour workshop will cover basic encaustic safety and general information.
Learn to mix your own medium and paint pallet. Participants will be able to experiment with techniques such as glazing, scultping, fusing,photo transfers, collage, stencilling and stamping.
All supplies included. No experience necessary.
Explore the luminous, versatile and limitless possibilities of encaustic in combination with photography and mixed media.
The workshop is a basic course covering mixed media collage using your own precious photo printed on handmade paper, applying melted beeswax and resin, and exploring techniques in color and texture.
Participants will take home a finished mixed media piece created with your own special photograph.
All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided. NO previous painting experience necessary.
We are all born to Create!!
Imagine what it feels like to just play with paint and colour.
During this workshop I will be demonstrating different ways you can play with paints, wax, inks,
stencils, collage and much more!!
NO previous painting experience necessary.
Encaustic Keepsake Box Workshop
Create a one of a kind Keepsake box. A wonderful gift idea or a special treat for yourself.
Advanced Encaustics - All about Texture
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Advanced Encaustics - All about the Burn
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Beeswax Wraps - Make and Create
Beeswax wraps are a natural eco-friendly alternative to plastic and tin foil for wrapping food, covering bowls and jars. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused and refreshed.
Karen will guide you step-by-step through mixing ingredients, application, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro.
It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.
Come join our workshop and make 3 wraps to take home with you. They make great eco gifts too!
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