Artist Statement and CV

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.

Encaustic painting lends itself well to abstract depictions, and although my paintings often start with that intention, I am most drawn to emotive, sparse, surreal landscapes.  I search out the joy of small things to be found in a melancholy subject, and I seek inspiration through simplicity in a complex and chaotic world. 

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. 

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.

EDUCATION

2017                                  Encaustic Workshop – Instructor Alicia Tormey, Seattle, WA

2010 – Present                 Numerous art classes and workshops in drawing, coloured pencil, acrylic, glass blowing, charcoal, figure drawing, and encaustic painting. 

1992                                  Diploma, Court Reporting, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB

JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS

2018                                  Group Show – The Naess Gallery, Edmonton AB

2017                                  Evolution – Solo Show – Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove, Spruce Grove, AB

2016                                  Evolution – Solo Show – Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, AB

2016                                  Evolution – Solo Show – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB

2015                                  Group Show – National Encaustic Wax Juried Exhibition,   Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

AWARDS

2017 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 1st Place “Swamp Music” – Masters Category

2017 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – Honourable Mention “Last Stand” – Masters Category

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

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

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

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

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

2011 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – Honourable Mention “Bellwether” – Beginner Category

2010 – Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition – 3rd Place “Untitled” – Beginner Category

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 – Present                Private encaustic painting instruction and workshops

AFFILIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

2013 – Present                Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove, member