I fell in love with the ancient medium of encaustic painting in 2002. Previously an acrylic painter I was very unhappy with the flatness of the medium. I loved the depth and colour of oil, but found the messiness and long drying time cumbersome. The encaustic medium became the perfect solution to my creative dilemma. Wax and oil mixed together provide me with the vibrancy of colour inherent of oil, unbelievable texture, combined with the quickness of drying that suits my impatient temperament. Once the wax cools, the medium is dry to touch within seconds.

Currently my muse is the Canadian landscape. The vast fields, forests and lakescapes of Canada provide endless inspiration. Although traditional in subject manner my approach is that of simplicity. I believe strongly that a painting should depict the act of seeing, not the object seen. I offer through my paintings an atmospheric suggestion of possibility or the probability of the moment. It is what I don’t depict, the parts I leave out that is sometimes the most important element of my work. These ‘openings’ invite the viewer to participate by joining the colours and images with their own imagination.

I often paint from memory, as the restrictions of the medium do not allow for plein air painting. Imprinted in my memory are the changing colours of the seasons, the glistening of the sun on the lake’s surface, the starkness of the birch tree’s bark. I have an acute visual memory for colours and their combinations, which I feel is the key to my work.

— Susan Wallis



Susan Wallis is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. Wallis was born in Toronto and lived and worked there for many years before moving with her husband carpenter and designer Glen Wallis (www.wallisdesignbuild.com) to the countryside of Prince Edward County. It is there where she can be found in her studio when not weeding her garden or tending her small flock of chickens. Wallis’ work is showcased and collected throughout Canada and is in private and corporate collections in the United States, China, Australia and Europe.

Wallis is adamant about giving back to her community and has volunteered and donated her work to many events or organizations whose mandate speaks to her heart like the Willow Breast Cancer Support Centre, AMREF, the Hospice of Prince Edward, Sunnybrook Hospital, Slow Food Canada, South Riverdale Child Parent Centre, the Museums and the Rotary Club of Prince Edward County to name a few.

Currently she divides her time between painting in her studio and running with her husband their award winning Bed and Breakfast in Prince Edward County aptly named AWAY in the County.

Formal Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Studio Art, University of Toronto (Erindale Campus),
Certificate in Design from Sheridan College, (Oakville Campus), 1984.

Additional Training:

Decorative Paint Finishes, Ritins Studio, Lori Ritins (Instructor), July 1992.
Introduction to Encaustic Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design, Mike Hanson (Instructor), Spring 2002.
Encaustic Painting II, Haliburton School of the Arts, Susan Fisher (Instructor), July 2002.

Solo Shows:

2016 Parallel Connections, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2015 The Melting Point, Galerie Saint Dizier, Montreal, Quebec
2015 Skyscraping, Mad Dog Gallery,Prince Edward County
2014  The Grass is Greener on the Outside,  Closson Chase Winery, Prince Edward County
2014 Emotional Landscapes, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2013 Falling, Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2013 Livin’ in the Country, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2013 Changes, Solo Show, Elevation Galley, Canmore, Alberta
2012 Solo Show, Closson Chase Winery, Hillier, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2012 Seeing Red, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County
2012 Seasonal Influences, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2012 The Manse, Boutique Hotel, Featured Artist, Picton, Ontario
2012 Memoires Blanche, Galerie Saint Dizier, Montreal Quebec
2011 “Gifts from the Garden”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 “The Monumental Sublime”, Elevation Gallery, Canmore , Alberta
2010 “Refuge”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 “Transitions”, Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2009 “A Search for the Sublime”, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2009 “Awakenings”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2009 “Where Encaustic and Culinary Art Meet”, Pinch on Main Street, Picton, Ontario
2008 “The Act of Seeing”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007 “Openings”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007 “Word”, Verb Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
2007 “Symphony of Birches”, Studio 22, Kingston, Ontario
2006 “Mystical Lakes”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2006 “Surfaces”, Hangman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Solo Show, Tango Palace, Toronto, Ontario
2005 “Away”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2004 Solo Show, Balzac’s, the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario
2004 “Travels Through my Paintbox”, Gallery 888, Toronto, Ontario

Art of Herbs Book Signings:

2012 Eat Your Words, Toronto, Ontario
2011 Williams & Sonoma, Bloor St. Toronto
2012 Indigo, Bloor St. Toronto
2011 Taste: Celebration of Regional Cuisine, Crystal Palace, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 Heirloom Hurrah!, Vicki’s Veggies, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 Closson’s Chase Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Juried Shows:

2015 — 2009, 2007—2004 Art In the County, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 Art on the Shelf, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 — 2004 Scenes of Sandbanks, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 — 2008 Art of Flight, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 — 2003 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, Ontario
2007 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Group Show, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 33rd Annual Juried Art Show, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario
2005 Toronto Inside art Show, Toronto, Ontario
2004 the Red Show, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003 The Longest Night, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002 Past Tense, Living Art Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Selected Group Shows:

2015 — 2004 Good things come in small packages, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2015 — 2005 Prince Edward County Studio Tour, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2012\2010\2009 Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Galerie-Saint Dizier, Toronto, Ontario
2012 DiscARTed, Books and Company, Picton, Ontario
2011 24×24, Nov.24-Dec. 24th, Galerie Saint-Dizier, Montreal, Quebec
2011 Get Sm(art), Give Sm(art), Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta
2011 Sacred\Modern, Elevation Gallery,Canmore, Alberta
2010 Galerie Saint -Dizier ,15th Anniversary Show, Montreal, Quebec
2010 Artistic All Sorts, Gallery on Main, Feb. 6 – April 25th 2010,Westport, Ontario
2010 Interior Design Show, Jan. 21st-24th 2010, Grace Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Group Show, Gallery on Main, Dec. 5th 2009 to Jan, 31st 2010, Westport,Ontario
2009 Five Rooms, Studio 22, Kingston, Ontario
2008 Cheeky Minis, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2008 1st Anniversary, ESPACE B51, Montreal, Quebec
2008 Cultivation/Rejuvenation, Elevation Gallery, Canmore , Alberta
2007 The Moose Roars, Elevation Gallery, Canmore , Alberta
2006 Home & Style Studio Tour, Melt Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Give a Little Bit Show and Sale, Gardner Douglas Space, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Give a Little Bit, Studio Show and Sale, Melt Studio ,Toronto, Ontario


2013\2012 Autumn Leaves Gala, Live Auction, Prince Edward Hospice, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 Mystery Sale, Regent Theatre Fundraiser, Picton Golf and Country Club, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 — 2005 WHODUNIT Mystery Sale , Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
2010 — 2004 South Riverdale Child Parent Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2012 — 2007 Slow Food Fundraiser, Harvest Restaurant, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2009 — 2004 Prince Edward County Rotary Dinner, Crystal Palace, Picton, Ontario
2009 — 2003 Little Art Show, BMW Showroom\Mercedez Benz,Toronto,Ontario
2005 AMREF, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Art for Life, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Hospital, Tech Space, Toronto, Ontario

Press, Awards and Honours:

2013 Style at Home, September Issue, High and Low.
2013 County Magazine, Featured Artist, Spring Edition.
2011 Arabella Magazine, Spring Issue 2011, Artist to Collect
2011 The Kingston Whig, Critique
2010 Neighborhood Living, Artist Profile, Spring Issue
2009 Style at Home, Special Issue, Trends for 2009, January
2008 Ontario College of Art ad Design, Encaustic Demonstration, Toronto, Ontario
2007 Art selected by Dean of Law, University of Toronto for front of Christmas Card.
2007 Watershed Magazine, Summer Issue, “Susan Wallis-Waxing Poetic”.
2007 The Kingston Whig, June 16th edition, “ A Symphony for the Eyes”.
2007 On the Danforth, Spring Issue “Up Close with Susan Wallis”.
2007-06 Board Member, Artist’s Network, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 CBC Radio One, the Current, Interview about AIDS Exhibit “Fragility and Hope”.
2006 Artwork featured in Style and Home, September Issue.
2006 Upfront Magazine, Summer Issue, “Wax+Pigment+Heat=Encaustic by Susan Wallis”
2006 Artwork featured in Style and Home, June issue.
2006 Book cover, “You Can Get There From Here”, School of Women’s Studies, York University
2005 Honourable Mention, Art in the County, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2005 CBC Radio, Fresh Air Program, Interview for the Riverdale Artwalk.
2005 May\June Cover for Express Magazine
2005 Winter Cover for the Riverside Quarterly.
2005 Winter Cover for the County magazine.
2004 Art in the County, Winner of Honourable Mention, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2004 City TV, Breakfast Television, Interview for the Riverdale Artwalk
2003 The Longest Night, Eastern Front Gallery, 3rd. Place Winner, Toronto, Ontario

Susan Wallis portrait


Encaustic painting dates as far back as the 5th century BC. The word encaustic is from the Greek word “enkaustikos” meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic painting is the process by which melted wax is mixed in a molten state with oil pigment. The most well known encaustic paintings are the Fayum mummy portraits of Roman Egypt. Together with the frescoes and objects of Pompeii and Herculaneum, these paintings are among the best preserved art from ancient times.

About Susan Wallis, encaustic artist


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