Andrea Bird - Encaustic mixed-media collage
 
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moving to the place beyond words (dance # 5)
moving to the place beyond words (dance # 5)

Welcome!

Enjoy your time browsing this site, and please feel free to contact me with questions/comments  or about commission pieces.   View my encaustic art, both gallery and pieces for saleView recent and upcoming shows & exhibits. See images from past collaborations with daniel beirne: InterPLAY installation and exhibit | Full Circle exhibit at the Propeller Centre for Visual Art. We also offer encaustic workshops (view the calendar), encaustic art supplies.

I am a mixed media encaustic artist, living with my family in Ontario, a few hours outside of Toronto in Canada.  The beauty of this landscape inspires my work. To learn more about me view my artistic statement and c.v.

We have exciting news: come July we are celebrating three years at the hive - our encaustic school & gallery, in Alton, just 10 min. south of Orangeville, ON.  It's a great place to teach, and it's also wonderful for Daniel Beirne (my husband) and I to show our encaustic work. We are excited to have a new teacher in the hive: Tania Wycherley brings her expertise, enthusisam and joie de vivre to our studio!  Drop by and visit, we are there most weekends from noon til five (call first to be sure please! 519-323-3437 or 323-7611)  www.altonmill.ca It's a magical place, with over 30 artists studios, galleries, hiking trails and a fresh food cafe and bakery!  Check out 'Cuisine Art' on July 20th & 21st... a wonderful event with great food, drink, demonstrations by many artists, and all kinds of other events.  A fabulous way to spend a day!

A recent series involves dancing on the beeswax!  Check out art in 2010 - 2012.  These pieces begin with layers of yellow medium and then I dance on the wax with charcoal on my feet... leaving the marks of footprints, spins, stomps and jumping in the encaustic.  This literally becomes a 'jumping off point' for the painting that emerges.

Dancing through cancer... you may have watched the Youtube video of my friends and me dancing at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON. The dancing paintings inspired me to keep dancing through my breast cancer journey... and dance I did!  If you'd like to be in touch, connect with me via the 'contact' page. To watch the video: go to 'dancing through cancer' on Youtube.

I am often asked "what is encaustic?"  In recent decades, this wonderully luscious medium is experiencing a resurgence, as more and more artists discover its versatility.  It is an ancient technique, which literally means "to burn or heat".  Appropriate, as each stage of encaustic painting involves heat.  The wax is melted, mixed with pigment, and then each layer is fused with heat.  The fusing can be done with a blow torch, heat gun, iron, or light bulb, depending on the effect desired.  Being a collage artist for many years, it was a natural fit for me to include found objects and collage of all sorts in the wax (encaustic medium). 

Enjoy your time browsing this site, and please feel free to contact me with questions or comments about my encaustic art, shows & exhibits, encaustic workshops, encaustic art supplies and/or dancing through cancer

 In nature each day I find inspiration.
Colours, textures and organic materials
merge to create each piece.
Transformation through art is central to my work.