From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp


Who are you and what do you do?

Wendy Capp, Colourscapes by Wendy, I am an Acrylic Painter from Port Hope, Ontario.

Why do you do what you do?  

I am obsessed with Canada and our vast Landscapes and Locales and their differences from one season to another. Canada has so many unusual Landscapes from one Province or Territory to another. 

Wendy Capp

Wendy Capp

Moody Saskatchewan Sunset by Wendy Capp

Moody Saskatchewan Sunset

How do you work?  

I work in Acrylic Paint, using a brush and palette knife. I create my works from one or more photos of a particular area or landscape. I am not looking for a photographic experience but rather a resemblance from my own eye, with my emotional attachment to the area or scene.

What’s your background?

I completed my Degree in Fine Arts from Georgian College in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Trent University in 2003.

Winter at Hopewell Rocks by Wendy Capp

Winter at Hopewell Rocks

Through the Branches by Wendy Capp

Through the Branches

What role does the artist have in society?

The artist relays a personal experience of a time or place, in the colours and brushstrokes and handprints they leave on their work to tell a story or reflect an emotion to the viewer.

How has your practice change over time?

I have worked in various mediums since finishing Art School, but I find Acrylic Paint is the most versatile for me. I am able to layer and build on the colours and they dry fairly quickly without the strong smell.

Water Meets the Sky by Wendy Capp

Water Meets the Sky

Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter by Wendy Capp

Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter

What art do you most identify with?

The ability to paint is like the ability to take a picture, where you can see the landscape and feel the artist’s emotional reaction to it.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

One of my strongest memories from Childhood is baking with my grandmother in her apartment kitchen, as well as watching my grandfather paint in their spare room. They were always creating, both of them in one way or another.

Port Hope Water and Sky by Wendy Capp.
Port Hope Water and Sky
Drifting on a Thought by Wendy Capp

Drifting on a Thought

What themes do you pursue?

I enjoy painting landscapes and especially Canadian Landscapes and locales. 

What’s your favourite art work?

My current favourite painting is Soaking Cedar (below), it is an intimate look at a water covered Cedar in the Winter. The snow is melting and you can feel the damp and cool weather.

Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake by Wendy Capp

Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake

Soaking Cedar by Wendy Capp

Soaking Cedar

Icebergs in Bay Roberts by Wendy Capp

Icebergs in Bay Roberts

Mazinaw Rock- Bon Echo by Wendy Capp

Mazinaw Rock – Bon Echo