Vanwyk, Linda

Linda Vanwyk’s work explores the naturally occuring patterns and shapes found in our own backyards. Her work largely focuses on the study of plants and how intricate patterns coexist and create a beautiful web of designs for us to admire. Leaves are often the focus of her work, expressing movement and symbolizing resilience. 

“I am obsessed with leaves, whether I find them on houseplants, in the garden, or on the trees. I try to capture each unique shape, color and texture, which changes with every season and the light condition in which they exist. I am inspired by how fortunate we are to have foliage all around us and available for us to see, touch, appreciate and grow in our own backyards.”

Linda creates her work using an array of mediums and techniques including encaustic wax and oil monotype. To create her monotypes, Linda begins by drawing or placing the actual plant or leaves on a gel plate to use for printing. Each print or monotype is one of a kind, creating unique patterns found in nature, much like a fingerprint. Linda collects leaves from her own garden or on trail walks around the city of Burlington. Each piece involves intricate layers of oil monotype, finished with encaustic wax to create a smooth, buttery finish. 

Linda paints everyday in her home studio in Burlington, ON. Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, England, and Europe. Her work is also included in the book Cold Wax Medium Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin.