Willa Vennema

Artwork

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in (40.64 x 40.64 cm)

$1,200

Boat Series: Two Dories

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Two Dories

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

$900

House Series: The Peaceful Use of Walls #2

Willa Vennema

House Series: The Peaceful Use of Walls #2

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 24 in (60.96 x 60.96 cm)

$2,500

Island and Ocean Series: Sunset

Willa Vennema

Island and Ocean Series: Sunset

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in (40.64 x 40.64 cm)

$1,200

Islands and Ocean Series: Morning Mist #3

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Islands and Ocean Series: Morning Mist #3

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 24 in (60.96 x 60.96 cm)

$2,500

Ocean and Island Series: Morning Mist

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Ocean and Island Series: Morning Mist

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

$3,800

Ocean Spray #1

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Ocean Spray #1

Encaustic on Panel, Triptych

12 x 36 in (30.48 x 91.44 cm)

$2,700

The Peaceful Use of Walls #4

Willa Vennema

The Peaceful Use of Walls #4

Encaustic and Mixed Media on Panel

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

$3,800

Ocean Mist #1

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Ocean Mist #1

Encaustic on Panel, Triptych

12 x 36 in (30.48 x 91.44 cm)

$2,200

Ocean Mist #3

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Ocean Mist #3

Encaustic on Panel, Diptych

16 x 32 in (40.64 x 81.28 cm)

$2,400

Islands on a Misty Day

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Islands on a Misty Day

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 48 in (60.96 x 121.92 cm)

$4,500

Boat Series: Turquoise Dory

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Turquoise Dory

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 14 in (35.56 x 35.56 cm)

$1,000

Boat Series: Warm Mist

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Warm Mist

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

$900

First Snow

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First Snow

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

$6,250

Islands and Ocean Series: Warm Light

Willa Vennema

Islands and Ocean Series: Warm Light

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 36 in (91.44 x 91.44 cm)

$4,250

Boat Series: Yellow Dory with Billowing Clouds

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Yellow Dory with Billowing Clouds

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 36 in (91.44 x 91.44 cm)

$4,250

Boat Series: Choppy Water II

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Choppy Water II

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 14 in (35.56 x 35.56 cm)

$1,800

Boat Series: Afternoon Sun Sparkle

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Boat Series: Afternoon Sun Sparkle

Encaustic Mixed Media on Panel

36 x 36 in (91.44 x 91.44 cm)

$4,250

Boat Series: Three Dories with Moon Light

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Three Dories with Moon Light

Encaustic on Panel

30 x 30 in (76.20 x 76.20 cm)

$3,800

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Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

Boat Series: Choppy Water

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Boat Series: Choppy Water

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 28 in (35.56 x 71.12 cm)

Boat Series:  Dory at Rest

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Dory at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

8 x 8 in (20.32 x 20.32 cm)

Three Boats, Purple Sea - Commission

Willa Vennema

Three Boats, Purple Sea - Commission

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Boat Series: Three Dories

Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Three Dories

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 x 2 in (30.48 x 30.48 x 5.08 cm)

Boat Series: White and Green

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Boat Series: White and Green

Encaustic on Panel

18 x 24 in (45.72 x 60.96 cm)

Boat Series:Springtime Dories

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Boat Series:Springtime Dories

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in (40.64 x 40.64 cm)

Boat Series: Golden Light

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Boat Series: Golden Light

Encaustic on Panel

30 x 30 in (76.20 x 76.20 cm)

Boat Series: Changing Tide

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Boat Series: Changing Tide

encaustic on panel

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

Island and Ocean Series: Golden Light #3

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Island and Ocean Series: Golden Light #3

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 96 in (91.44 x 243.84 cm)

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Willa Vennema
Vennema works in the encaustic medium to create luminous multilayered works made from a molten mixture of beeswax, damar crystals, pigments, and found materials. Vennema’s work is always evolving, and her paintings range from the abstract, as in her recent series “Hand Work”, to the semi-representational as in “The Boat Series” or “House Series”. Vennema’s inspiration comes from both the magnificent beauty of the Maine Coast as well as from the process and materials used in encaustic painting. In the “Boat Series”, on going now for over 10 years, she explores the evocative qualities of the archetypal fishing boat, the dory. These boats can still be seen along the Maine coastline and Vennema employs them in her work as a metaphor for the passage of time, for the contrasting desires for adventure and stillness, and for the emotions of hope and loss. Vennema’s recent abstract series, “Hand Work”, utilizes several of the many techniques available to encaustic artists, including the ability to embed objects into the wax, as well as to use an object, such as a piece of lace, or doily, to make an impression into the wax. This series celebrates the beauty of these delicate objects, repurposes them, and elevates them to the domain of “Fine Art”, from that of the oft look down upon “craft”. Vennema has shown in galleries throughout Maine and New England. In addition to Portland Art Gallery, she is also represented at the Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland Maine. Vennema is a long term member of the professional artist’s group New England Wax, and shows regularly with this group in museums and university galleries throughout New England. Her work is in well over 100 private collections, as well as Maine Medical Center, Avesta Housing, and Southern Maine Community College. Vennema has a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College, and a BFA from the Cooper Union. She resides in both Portland and Swans Island Maine.
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