One of the things that I love most about teaching encaustics, is the ongoing connection and relationship to my students. When I was looking into online learning options, I wanted something a little different from the traditional online course model. I wanted a platform where I could not just teach technique but really support people's creative journey on an ongoing basis. Then I discovered Patreon. Rather than a one time course, Patreon is a monthly subscription where I hope to feed your curiosity, get your creative juices flowing, and provide a space where you can nurture your own creative practice.
Starting at only $5 a month, there are 3 tier options allowing you to choose your level of engagement from adding a little extra creativity in your life, to diving deep into encaustic painting, to starting your journey as a creative entrepreneur.
Thanks so much for your support. I can't wait to see you there!
Encaustic techniques, tutorials, and process learning
First access to select workshops and a 15% discount on select classes and workshops
Studio resources including materials, set up, and colour recipes
Insight as I troubleshoot problems from technique mishaps to creative blockages
Experimentation with other mediums
Creative prompts and monthly challenges
Direct input into what you would like me to share on the platform
....and SO MUCH MORE
Things look a little different these days, but The Hive Encaustic Studio is now open by chance or appointment. Please contact me directly if you would like to learn encaustics through new private mentoring sessions, book a small group workshop, or view artwork. Masks will be required and entry will be denied to anyone experiencing signs or symptoms of Covid 19.
Encaustic supplies are also available and a pick up can be arranged at The Hive or supplies can be shipped directly to you (Canada only)
Thank you so much for your ongoing support. I am thrilled to be up and running again. As I welcome you back to my encaustic studio, I ask that you please read the new visitor guidelines put in place by The Alton Mill Arts Centre to ensure a safe and fun experience by visitors and staff alike.
Feed coming soon
"I am a Canadian encaustic artist working between my home studio in Grey County and my public studio in Caledon Ontario. Starting with beeswax mixed with a damar resin, I add oil paint to make my palate of colours. I then use a variety of techniques to create beautiful layered imagery within the wax. My work is greatly inspired by the rural Ontario landscape.
I want each piece to not only be a work of art, but a memory of a particular time and place, or feeling. This concept also transfers to my workshops, creating a memorable experience for participants."
I began my career as an artist in my late 20's while working for a Restorative Justice non-profit. My role was to assist women as they made the difficult transition from Federal Prison to the community. I ran a weekly social recreational based program inside of the prison that had a strong arts component. It was through this roundabout way that I was introduced to encaustic painting. The moment I dipped my paintbrush into that first pot of wax, I knew that my life was about to change. My love for encaustic painting has only grown since then and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to paint and teach throughout the province.
In addition to working with women in prison, I have worked with at-risk youth, and have done planning and facilitation for adults with developmental differences. I hold a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and English, with a minor in Psychology from St. Thomas University. I have a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grabel University College as well as a Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers from the Hinks-Dellcrest Institute. I am trained in Peacemaking Circles and in Person-Centered Planning (PATH & MAPS)
My true passion is community building and program development with a focus on inclusion, accessibility, and capacity building. I am always open to hearing your ideas on new partnerships and looking for ways to engage with the community. Please feel welcome to come and visit me at my studio, The Hive.
In addition to The Hive, my encaustic work can be found at The Georgian Artisan Shop (Thornbury) and Hamel Brooms (St. Jacobs), I am also a lover of all things local, handcrafted, and interesting. I love meeting other artists and craftspeople, sampling local cuisine and craft beer, and exploring breweries, wineries, shops, studios, and galleries!
Located in the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre (Caledon, ON), The Hive Encaustic Studio is a vibrant community space in which to play and develop your creative process
. Encaustic supplies and beeswax products are also available at The Hive.
There is so much to check out in the area, so why not make a full day, or even a weekend out of it! Enjoy hundreds of kilometres of spectacular hiking trails, explore unique shops, visit an on-farm market, sip award winning fruit wine and cider, or enjoy a flight at GoodLot Farmstead Brewing. Looking for the perfect girls day? Indulge in high tea or relax in the hot springs at The Millcroft Inn and Spa. Learn more at www.visitcaledon.ca
Make it a Getaway! Hive guests enjoy preferred rates at
The Forks of the Credit Inn www.forksofthecreditinn.com and
The Devonshire Guest House & Spa www.devonshireguesthouse.ca
The guesthouse at Stonewell Lavender Farm is also highly recommended. www.stonewellfarm.ca