OF SPRUCE GROVE

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 all things.  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.

Wax painting lends itself well to abstract depictions, and although my paintings often start with that intention, I am inevitably drawn to stark, sparse landscapes with a surrealist bend.  I search out the joy of small things to be found in a melancholy subject and continue to explore wax medium in an effort to express hard-to-articulate emotions visually through elements of abstraction.

The greatest reward of my work is when someone can connect their experiences with something I have created.

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BIOGRAPHY

I 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. 

I am self-taught with various workshop instruction in drawing, calligraphy, coloured pencil, and acrylic. As an avid amateur photographer, I seek to capture beauty in the everyday.  I continue to register for workshops online and in person and participate in advanced encaustic education when available. 

I volunteer extensively with the Spruce Grove Art Gallery, and I have served as President of the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove since 2014.  I attribute the vast majority of my education in the arts exclusively to the numerous workshops, classes, and interactions with many artists through this small community organization.  I wish to grow our local arts organization and increase its visibility and accessibility to those who find their way to the fine arts later in life or through means other than formal education.

I could not have known how that one workshop would change my life.  I did not only learn to paint, but I learned to see, and now everything is different.

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”