Elemental Immersion : Group Show

Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery Inc.
April 29th – June 13th.
Opening: Friday May 22nd 7-10 pm (coinciding with Kingston downtown Art after Dark event)

Laura Donefer, Andrea Graham, Mariel Waddell Hunter, Marney McDiarmid Su Sheedy

In “Elemental Immersion” five women artists delve into the dynamic energy present in natural forces, exploring themes of renewal, resilience and decay. Be it wax, glass, fiber or clay, each artist transforms an elemental substance through a dynamic process. Bold uses of colour and texture are employed to uncover the beauty present in the natural cycle of deterioration and re-growth. The interplay between these artists’ work sparks an immersive tactile conversation.

Kate Ducharme
Gallery Curator/Manager
Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery Inc.
56 Queen St., Kingston, ON

Lichen 10, encaustic on striated ply, 12x12 in, 2015

Lichen 10, encaustic on striated ply, 12×12 in, 2015

Pre Permian : Solo exhibition

Muse Gallery, Toronto
May 8th-29th, 2015
Opening: Sat May 9th 1-4pm


359 million years ago when swamps were emerging for the first time on earth, oxygen levels were at an all time high and algae, fungi and lichen grew with unfettered exuberance. I like to imagine these Pre Permian bogs pulsating with zany colours, complex and chaotic, in a landscape of intricate textures.

When I prepare my painting by pouring and fusing beeswax layer upon layer, my favourite part of the process is to deconstruct by gauging and peeling back the layers to reveal the dizzying mix of colour underneath. It is my personal phytopia.

Muse Gallery, Toronto
1230 Yonge St. 416.974.9986.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat 11-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm, or by Appointment.

Pond 101, encaustic on plywood, 36x36 inches, 2015.

Pond 101, encaustic on plywood, 36×36 inches, 2015.

Lichen at Large, Gallery 3, Ottawa

A show which opened Thursday, November 6th at 7pm at Gallery 3, in Ottawa, revealed some new paintings in the Lichen series. For further images in this painting series, check out the page for Lichen available by clicking here.



I began the Pond series in 2009 as an homage to the wetlands near my home in Kingston, Ontario. My painting process is instinctual, spontaneous and quite physical. Rich layers of pigmented beeswax are gouged into, poured, and torched creating rowdy and random markings.



The Parallel series was initiated in 2008 as an exploration into the use of the router and the potential of repetitive line. Working within a grid allowed me to explore colour relationships which would influence my later more gestural series of paintings.



Since 2010 I have been investigating texture in a more three-dimensional format, while my interest remains in the Canadian Shield and the microscopic landscapes of lichen, fossils and fungi. The sculptural characteristics of wax allows me to think beyond 2-dimensional surfaces providing more dramatic ridges and grooves.