Encaustic Painter and Quilter
I’m inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines I see in both urban and rural landscapes.
About the Artist
Canadian encaustic painter Marion Meyers creates representational and abstract work with encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) and encaustic pigment on birch panels. Inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines in both urban and rural landscapes, in the work the viewer get drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures, driven by the qualities of encaustic.
It’s been a fifty-year journey to become a painter in encaustic for Marion Meyers. Her mother sent her off for oil painting lessons when she was 11. She was delighted to sell her first oil paintings during a “driveway art show” her teacher held every spring. These after-school classes stopped when she headed off to an arts program for high school and they piled on the assignments. Marion’s favourite classes were the monthly trips to the ROM where they headed to a different gallery each month, and she made trips back most Sundays to finish the work. Kensington Market was a favourite haunt for drawing street scenes, buildings and various windows and doors. In art history they studied the Fayum portraits and she was curious about this encaustic medium, but had no idea how to try it with all the equipment and special medium required.
Marion continued to paint in oils until coming across a book about the process many years later. She took extensive courses with Andrea Bird at The Alton Visual Arts Centre, Susan Fisher at Haliburton School of the Arts, and Cynthia Winika and Lisa Pressman at R&F Encaustics in New York. She was hooked and started developing her own style in this medium.
Marion Meyers is also a talented quilt-maker. In the late 60’s, Home Economics was still taught in schools, where Marion first took sewing lessons and started using her mother’s sewing machine to make clothes for her sisters. Hand stitching also became part of her skill set, making embroidered patches for worn jeans and reworking antique quilts with embroidery into pillows, and hand felted and embroidered quilted wall hangings, all of which she sold at an art gallery in Toronto’s Yorkville district. Years later this type of hand work continued as she learned to knit sweaters, hats and bags for her kids.
Watching a cousin working an appliqué quilt, she decided to take up traditional quilting and started taking lessons. Marion incorporates many techniques from hand-dying her own fabric to designing contemporary quilts, doing machine and hand appliqué, and finishing with both hand and machine quilting into gorgeous wall hangings, bed quilts and throws. These quilts are award-winning pieces that have been featured in shows in Paduka, Kentucky and at Quilt Canada.
There are two sides to her studio. The sticky side with the wax and the super clean side with the cloth. Both areas go through stages of being messy and then tidy as work progresses. Painting takes long blocks of time whereas quilting can be done in short spurts or long days. Wax gets gummy on humid summer days where quilting can be done at any time. The commonality of the two mediums is colour and layers.
Encaustic medium is beeswax and damar resin, and you melt it and apply it molten, fusing each layer you paint with some kind of heat tool like an iron or blow torch. Very cool. She started using her oil paints as the pigments and now uses mostly encaustic paint mixed in the medium. Colour plays a major role in her work and there’s an emphasis on strong lines in both the urban and rural landscapes. representational or abstract work. In her work the viewer gets drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures that are inherent in encaustic medium. Her balance of opaque and translucent pigments also brings out the qualities of the medium. There’s a great deal of gouging, mark-making, scraping and scratching that goes on to build texture in layers of was. Finishing touches most often include rubbing creamy encaustic wax sticks into scratches and rough texture in the top layers. This fifty-year journey of Canadian encaustic painter Marion Meyers brings us enthralling emotional work.
Recent Exhibitions & Juried Shows
Site Artist, Lake Scugog Studio Tour, Scugog, Ontario, May 2014, 2015, 2016 2017, 2018, 2019, Virtual Tours in 2020 & 2021
Guest Artist, Uxbridge Studio Tour, Uxbridge, Ontario, September 2017, 2018, 2021
Solo Exhibition, “My Perspective on Windows and Doors”
Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry, October 2019, Solo Exhibition, “My Perspective on Windows and Doors”
The Colborne Art Gallery, June-July 2018
Member Artist, The Colborne Art Gallery, ongoing exhibitions 2017, 2018, 2019
Resident Artist, Scugog Arts Space, ongoing exhibitions 2021
Celebration of the Arts, Juried Show, Uxbridge, September 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2018
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