My name is Bethany Handfield and I am an Okanagan artist and teacher who primarily works with a variety of mixed media and encaustic. I love to use found objects and up-cycled materials in my work as a way to reclaim the discarded and give new life to the forgotten.
What is Encaustic?
Encaustic is method of painting where pigmented beeswax is applied to a substrate using a heat source. Through my Exploring Encaustic series of art classes I guide students on their creative journey with a focus on safety and fun. Having worked with encaustic for 10+ years students can be confident in my instruction and gaining a solid foundation in this medium.
My solo exhibitions include showing at the Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton City Council Chambers, and the Summerland Art Gallery. I have participated in numerous dual and group shows throughout the Okanagan.
I love to volunteer my time teaching art at the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS). Sharing artmaking with women and families who are overcoming the effects of violence and abuse is dear to my heart as I am a champion of “art for all” and the powerful healing qualities of the creative process.
When I am not painting, I create assemblage sculptures and whimsical dolls.
I view painting as a form of meditation, a place to commune with spirit, and a gift that should be shared with and available to all. My work often includes themes on the degradation of nature, the mystery of future worlds, and the joy of whimsy.
Creepy Cute, Whimsical Nature, and Bright Innocence.