About

Hello Beautiful Creative Friend

My name is Bethany and I am an Okanagan artist and teacher who primary works with 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.

Through my Exploring Encaustic series of art classes, I guide students on their creative journey using the medium of encaustic in a safe and knowledgeable setting.

My other passion is teaching and working with mixed media. It is so delicious!

I have had solo art exhibitions at the Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton City Council Chambers & Summerland Art Gallery as well as numerous dual and group shows.

I love to put on themed shows, the latest being the Intimate Dream Collective at the Penticton Arts Council (2016), and also volunteering my time with those who have barriers to creating art.

It was a great honor to be the winner of the Thea Haubrich Award for Best in Show at the 2014 Waxing Poetic exhibition. I have been nominated for the past 3 years for Arts Educator with the Penticton Art Council's Art Awards and was thrilled to be nominated in the Visual Arts category in 2016.

In 2015 I was the Meadowlark Nature Festival artist of the year and was excited to share my little meadowlark family for their event.

 

 

Bethany Handfield with Meadowlark painting

Artist Statement

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. I use found objects and up-cycled materials in my work as a way to reclaim the discarded and to give new life to the forgotten. My work often includes themes on the degradation of nature, the mystery of future worlds, and the joy of whimsy.

Favorite Themes 

Creepy Cute & Whimsical Nature