Allied Arts Council

Cindy James

I am forever changed, as an artist.  I see everything with fresh eyes.

Cindy James

www.cynthiajames.ca

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Encaustic medium is a perfect fit for my inquisitive nature and my passion for learning. I am as enamoured with the glassy smooth surfaces as I am with the textural capabilities of wax, and the ability to transform a painting into something sculptural is a constant source of wonder and delight.

I am most drawn to emotive, sparse, surreal landscapes and images that speak of silence, space, of being alone but not lonely, images where I can expose the joy of small things to be found in amelancholy subject.

I often use my original photography in my work, and I continue to explore the versatility of encaustic painting and the near limitless potential that the medium offers through mixed media.

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BIOGRAPHY

Cindy James lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked as a court reporter and television closed captioner since 1992. In 2010 Cindy participated in an encaustic painting workshop and fell in love with the vibrant colour and versatility of the medium. She has learned her craft through various encaustic workshops both online and through travel to the United States. As her encaustic studio has expanded in size and scope, so has her understanding and appreciation of encaustic painting and the numerous opportunities for discovery that the medium affords inquisitive artists.

Cindy continues to focus on the exploration of the ancient medium of encaustic wax and all that it offers. grew up wishing I could paint.  A job change in 2010 and a timely opportunity to participate in an encaustic painting workshop gave me the opportunity to do just that.  I instantly fell in love with the vibrant colour and versatility of encaustic wax, and I have been devoted to the medium ever since. 

AWARDS

  • 2010 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Untitled” – Beginner Category

  • 2011 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Phenomenon” – Beginner Category

  • 2011 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 3rd Place “Bellwether” – Beginner Category

  • 2013 - Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition - 1st Place“Vestige” – Intermediate Category

  • 2013 - Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Resting Place” – Intermediate Category

  • 2014 - Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Bunny Tails” – Advanced Category

  • 2014 - Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – Honourable Mention “Evolution” – Advanced Category

  • 2014 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – People’s Choice Winner “Evolution”

  • 2015 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Blue Yonder” – Advanced Category

  • 2016 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 1st Place “Little Queen” – Advanced Category

  • 2016 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 2nd Place “Divination” – Advanced Category

  • 2017 – Allied Arts Council – Photography Competition – 3rd Place “House Finch”

  • 2018 - Allied Arts Council - Juried Members Show - 1st Place “Atlantic Thunder”

  • 2019 - Allied Arts Council - Juried Members Show - 2nd Place “The Overlook”