Inner City No. 1, 2017
Inner City No.2, 2017
Late Morning Heat
Evening Heat
Un Vent de Solitude
Canal Road
By Gregory's
Mustard Field
A Day Spent on the Train
At Langogne
Sienna Night
Crimson Sky
By Langogne
Little Yellow Field
Calme D'Hiver
Early Evening Walk
New Day
Noran Field
Path by St. Brice
Summer Bliss II
Une Peu de Calme pour le Premier
Pearson's Meadow
Luc Bernard

Price range: $450-$2850

Encaustic painting is an ancient medium in which pigment is applied in layers of melted wax. It can be a floating veil, gauzy and satin smooth, or, it can be something infinitely more primal, ropey as a lava flow — just as it is in my landscape images.

I create with a mantle of encaustic so thick that it takes on the quality of sculpture, as if the landscapes have only just erupted, half molten from the earth’s core and are even now solidifying in thick, swirling eddies. You feel tectonic forces at work, in these corroded landscapes of iodine and angry orange — forest vistas abraded to the point of erasure, glowering with pin pricks of colour where some older, hotter intention shows through; or clouds of ash and steam and showers of sparks against vermilion skies, like a glimpse into Vulcan’s forge.

Even the more settled landscapes — a view of dusk-dark trees along a river’s back water, for instance, or, an estuary reaching to a line of barrier islands and the distant sea beyond — writhe beneath a quilted blanket of wax. In my encaustics, the physical act of painting may be finished, but the recorded movement of arm and brush hovers, as if still ongoing. Skies well up and pool, like the great arcs of liquid that they are; water surfaces scud beneath unseen breezes; and veils of texture pour down with a liveliness that pigment alone, with its opaque nature cannot duplicate.

With my painting I try to say something about the ephemeral, capturing a moment of observation. What fascinates me most about nature is that it is never static, and that any single instant, well described, can embody so many human emotions. And that every observed moment is trembling on the cusp of becoming something else.

Education: Royal Military College of Kingston, Commerce Degree

Ontario College of Art and Design – Sculpting and Encaustic

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 Heather James Fine Art, Palm Springs

2015 Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles

2014 Hinge Parallel, Los Angeles

2013 Keystone Studios, Los Angeles

2009 ESCC Parker Studios, Vancouver

2007 Engine Gallery, Toronto

2005 Engine Gallery, Toronto

Dual Exhibitions:

2009 Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver

2008 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

Group Exhibitions:

2015 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2014 Heather James Fine Art, Jacskon Hole
Heather James Fine Art, Palm Dessert

2013 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2012 Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Dessert

2011 Palm Springs Art Museum

Wallace Galleries, Calgary

Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton

2009 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2008 Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton

Wallace Galleries, Calgary

View Art Gallery, Victoria

2007 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton

Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2006 Engine Gallery, Toronto

2004 Engine Gallery, Toronto

Award: Federation of Canadian Artists Grand Prize Award


Wall Street Journal 2016

Desert Outlook 2013

Colliding Worlds 2012

Webcast Interview

Vancouver Magazine 2009

the price of fame; up-and-comers

Style At Home June 2008

Vancouver Magazine 2008

artists that should be on you radar

Art Avenue November 2007

front cover illustration

Fairs: Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2015

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2014

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2013

Toronto International Art Fair 2007


Corporate: The Comweb Group, Toronto

Entertainment Partners Canada, Vancouver

First Energy, Calgary

Entertainment Partners, Los Angeles

Private Collections: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Paris, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Portland.