Erna de Vries
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Art Interests
Art History, Education, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Art is a simile of creation Paul Klee (1879-1940)

As I portray aspects of our urban industrialized landscape, I am reminded of the complexities that creation can present; powerful, majestic, harmonious yet vulnerable, fragmented and broken. These characteristics provide inspiration and become my reality

Working in acrylic, mixed media and encaustic, I am drawn to the later for its luminous appearance, unpredictable challenges and therapeutic qualities. The process of applying then scrapping back the wax is intriguing, often revealing within the layers unusual striations, patterns and textures.

Concrete forms the foundation for many of my artworks and reclaimed pieces of metal are strategically incorporated. Juxtaposed against these two materials, the tree becomes a metaphor for life signifying the passage of time while geometric shapes and planes represent stability in an every changing climate Photographs taken of the urban environment become a source of reference and are often manipulated, transferred, and fused between layers of wax. Mappings, surface markings, renderings and text are components that help stimulate the creative process and bring the artistic journey to completion.

Through the integration of diverse elements and characteristics, I hope to restore an equilibrium between nature and industry while striving to maintain a reverence for the relationship between our natural and man-made worlds.
Accomplishments / CV
Erna de Vries

527 Glancaster Road Mount Hope, Ontario, LOR 1W0 (905) 679-6022

1991 York University, Toronto, ON
Honours Specialist – Visual Arts

1989 Queens University, Kingston, ON
Bachelor of Education

1989 McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History

1983/84 Queens University, Kingston, ON
Program of Teacher Education
Diploma in Technological Studies (Vocational Art)

1980 Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON
Plastic and Fine Arts Certificate Program

1980 - 2010 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
Adobe Photoshop, Encaustic Painting, Photography Manipulations

Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON
Adobe Photoshop, Encaustic Painting, Photography, Pin Hole Photography, Welding

Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Paper Making, Polaroid Transfers, Pin Hole Photography,

Sir Sanford Fleming, Haliburton, ON
Fiber Arts, Painting, Sculpture

Art Institute, Pittsburg, PA
Art for Educators – Adobe Photoshop, Computer Technology, Sculpture,

Enkaustikos, Rochester NY
Certification for Encaustic Instructor

2011 - 2013 Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON
Part Time Art Instructor in the Education Department

1977 – 2011 Hamilton District Christian High School, Ancaster, ON
Full Time Art Instructor
(Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture)

2003 – 2005 Kings University College, Edmonton, AB
Master Teacher - Art Education Module

1975 – 1985 Hamilton Board of Education, Hamilton, ON
Adult Education Instructor (Fiber Arts, Painting – Continuing Education)
Secondary Education Instructor (Visual Arts – Continuing Education)

1988 – 1991 Hillfield-Strathallan College, Hamilton, ON
Art Instructor for the Summer Program for Elementary Students


2011-Present: Encaustic Workshops
Guelph School of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Grimsby Art Gallery, Anderson Alley Studio (Rochester, NY) Redeemer University College

2013 Edifide - Summer Institute Program at Redeemer University College
Encaustic Workshop for Teachers

2012/2014 Redeemer University College
Faculty Associate for Teacher Candidate

1985 – 2011 Ontario Christian School Teachers Association (OCSTA)
Conducted Art Workshops for Elementary and Secondary Teachers in the Niagara Region

1985 - 2011 Hamilton/Niagara School District
Judge of Fine Arts Competitions for Elementary and Senior Students
Coordinator and Organizer of Art Shows

2013 O-Ma-Noot Gallery - Hamilton, ON
Juried Art Exhibit "Introspective:

2013 Art in the Park - Dundas,ON Juried Show and Sale

2012/2013 Hotel Art Fair, Provincetown, MA
Show/Sale of Encaustic work by Conference Participants

2012 Wax Digital – International Encaustic Artists
Inaugural Member Online Exhibition

2012 Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Juried Show and Sale of Painting and 3-D Works

2012 National Encaustic Invitational, Cerrillos, NM
Juried Exhibition of Encaustic Works

1996 Redeemer University College Art Gallery, Ancaster, ON
“He Creates, We Create”
Juried Art Show for Secondary School Art Educators

1991 Gallerie Belgo, Montreal, QC
“Vital Intersections – The City, Art and Faith”
Juried Art Show for CIVA Members

1970s Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON
Juried Show and Sale of Hamilton Artisans Guild Members

1970s Hamilton Convention Center, Hamilton ON
Juried Art Show and Sale of Hamilton Artisans Guild Members

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)
Encaustic Art Institute (EAI)
International Encaustic Artists (IEA)
CanWax (Canadian Chapter of (IEA)
Ontario College of Teachers (OTC)
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

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At 9:39am on February 22, 2013, Stephanie Green said…

We met last year. That is why I recognized your work. You were in the great room at the hotel. My friend Mary Travers purchased one of your pieces. Sadly, I will be unable to attend the Ptown event. I have severe allergies to dust and mold. After spending a few days there, I was quite ill. Joann does a superb job with her speakers /presenters. Really quality. Unless or until she changes venues, I cannot go back.

At 10:05am on February 20, 2013, Stephanie Green said…

Hi Erna,

Welcome to CIVA. I just happened upon your work! I thought it was encaustic and when I looked at your profile I saw that I was right. Beautiful imagery! Were you at Jo Ann's conference, in PTown last year?

Stephanie Green


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