I am a mixed media encaustic artist and creative soul igniter. Encausitc is the ancient art form of painting with molten wax..yes, wax! Before I explain in detail what encaustic is for those who do not know, let me tell you a little about my story...
Sometimes in life you need to slow down, to connect to your soul, to feed your creative hunger. My name was chosen by lighting two candles, each one representing a different name in a competition to see which one would burn the fastest....the burning candle became my official name, the name I was called in school...the slower candle became my nickname, Joya. Joya is what people all my life have called me and I resonate with this name more than my official name. Joya represents my creative soul, my joy for life and my heart. For years, I was the fast burning candle....full of endless thoughts and unaware of the toll that being in a rush was taking on me.....until one day the candle burned out....now I light up my life as Joya, the slow burning candle ....fully embracing my creative soul and I want to help others ignite their creative soul through art. I believe art is a form of meditation and is a means to creating incredible healing in your soul ....you can be found while you get lost in the process of creation....time just passes, your thoughts are put on hold and you enter a world of imagination and dreams...
Up until April 2015, I was led by the fast burning candle working in the banking industry in Canada in finance as a technical accountant. For many years I lived for the future, the weekend....don't get me wrong, I had lots of fun and enjoyed my work most of the time, but something was missing. I loved working with people, that was probably my biggest strength...my connection to people. 10 years ago in a journey of healing and self discovery, I re-ignited my creative spirit and taught myself how to paint using on line step by step lessons in acrylic painting. I always was creative as a child....drawing, writing poetry and short stories, pottery, watercolour....jewelry making...I tried it all...learning how to paint was a journey that eventually led to encaustic painting when I saw art made with wax and layers upon layers of imagery and depth and texture...I knew when I took my workshop in encaustic that this medium was for me. 8 years ago, I started making my own vision boards. For those who do not know what this is, it is a way to visually express your desires and dreams. On my vision board, I wrote "full time artist", "serenity" "family"....all the goals I had for my vision and my path in life. I am a strong believer in the power of intention. Every day I would look at my vision board and I am happy to say all of those visions manifested! It's a sort of magic in this universe that you attract that which you focus on...call it the law of attraction or just the power of intention and belief in oneself. I want to build a vision board club to help people focus on their goals and dreams....let's go on this journey together.
I lead workshops in encaustic mixed media in my Toronto studio at the Distillery District, Second Door Studio. I will guide you from start to finish in making your own inspirational artwork.... whether you are a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, you will be amazed at what you can create....let's ignite your creativity and light your soul together.
Encaustic is the ancient art of painting with melted wax. It is a 3000 year old technique that has seen a resurgence due to the ease of heating up the wax with modern instruments....heat guns, hot plates, irons....these tools are integral to the process of painting with wax....what drew me to the medium is its translucent quality....it can be so dreamy! My work has often been described as dreamlike and ethereal. The medium is so forgiving and so wonderful to use with many different mediums. I do occasionally paint with acrylic paints and oils and other mixed media, but encaustic holds a special place in my heart. People often ask how many layers does each of my paintings usually have. The answer varies...depending on the process and if I use photography in my work or if I use other media....sometimes as little as 5 layers, but in one painting I had a good 20-30 layers of wax, collage, pigments, and other fun stuff! So much to discover and I continue to learn even after all this time.