About

Hello Friend!

My name is Bethany and I am an Okanagan artist and teacher who primarily works with a variety of mixed media and encaustic. I love painting with wax. It is the perfect medium for artists who love experimentation.

I am passionate about creating art dolls and assemblage sculptures. There is such a thrill to bringing a creation to "life" and sharing them with the world. 

Visit me at The Long Gallery in Penticton where I teach mixed media, exhibit my work, and also create. I have the Exploring Encaustic space in Kaleden for teaching encaustic.

I am a founding member of CanwaxWest and also belong to the Assembly of Doll Makers.

Bethany Handfield 2018 CV


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. My work includes themes on self care, the sweet mysteries of life, and whimsical fantasy.

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. 

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