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.
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.
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.
What art do you most identify with?
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.
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.