Jenna H Westphal
Oil and Encaustic Painter
Jenna Westphal is an oil and encaustic painter based in The Beaches. Her process focus’ on merging the elements of realistic oil painting with the organic form of painting with hot wax and a blow torch (encaustic) to create images that are multi layered. Her art strives to encourage the viewer to look at nature and our deep relationships with it. The beauty of Ontario is a central theme through out her paintings.
Jenna studied Biology and fine art at Western Illinois University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to pursue a Master of Fine Art at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Since moving to Canada Jenna has studied encaustic painting and fallen love with it’s sculptural and dream like quality.
Each piece of work is painted on hand made wood panels with encaustic and oil paint as well as shellac paint burning. The use of a blow torch as a painting tool adds an element of organic unpredictability as well as a radiance to each work of art.
More of her work can be found at www.jennawestphalart.com