Susan Wallis

Wallis is an internationally collected artist who resides and works in her home\studio in the quiet hamlet of Cherry Valley, Prince Edward County, Ontario.  A graduate from the University of Toronto with a BFA, Wallis has been painting in encaustic since 2002.  Encaustic painting dates to the 5th century BC. The word encaustic is from the Greek word "enkaustikos" meaning "to burn in and is the process by which melted wax is mixed in a molten state with oil pigment. The most well known encaustic paintings are the Fayum mummy portraits of Roman Egypt. Together with the frescoes and objects of Pompeii and Herculaneum, these paintings are among the best preserved art from ancient times.

Wallis' current muse is the Canadian landscape in particular her adopted home of Prince Edward County. The vast fields, forests and lakes capes of Canada provide endless inspiration. Although traditional in subject manner her approach is that of simplicity. She believes strongly that a painting should depict the act of seeing, not the object seen. She offers through her paintings an atmospheric suggestion of possibility or the probability of the moment. It is what she doesn't depict, the parts she leaves out that is sometimes the most important element of her work. These 'openings' invite the viewer to participate by joining the colours and images with their own imagination. 

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