Willa Vennema

Artwork

The Peaceful Use of Walls #4
Willa Vennema

The Peaceful Use of Walls #4

Encaustic and Mixed Media on Panel

24 x 36 in

$3,800.00

Ocean Mist #1
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Ocean Mist #1

Encaustic on Panel, Triptych

12 x 36 in

$2,200.00

Ocean Mist #3
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Ocean Mist #3

Encaustic on Panel, Diptych

16 x 32 in

$2,400.00

Islands on a Misty Day
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Islands on a Misty Day

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 48 in

$4,500.00

Ocean Spray #1
Willa Vennema

Ocean Spray #1

Encaustic on Panel, Triptych

12 x 36 in

$2,700.00

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

$2,500.00

Boat Series: A Sailing Day
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: A Sailing Day

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in

$1,200.00

Ocean and Island Series: Morning Mist
Willa Vennema

Ocean and Island Series: Morning Mist

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 36 in

$3,800.00

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

$2,500.00

Boat Series: Two Dories
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Boat Series: Two Dories

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in

$900.00

Island and Ocean Series: Sunset
Willa Vennema

Island and Ocean Series: Sunset

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in

$1,200.00

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in

$1,200.00

Boat Series: Turquoise Dory
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Boat Series: Turquoise Dory

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 14 in

$1,000.00

Boat Series: Warm Mist
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Warm Mist

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in

$900.00

A Peaceful Use of Walls
Willa Vennema

A Peaceful Use of Walls

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 36 in

$4,250.00

First Snow
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First Snow

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in

$6,250.00

Islands and Ocean Series: Warm Light
Willa Vennema

Islands and Ocean Series: Warm Light

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 36 in

$4,250.00

Boat Series: Yellow Dory with Billowing Clouds
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Yellow Dory with Billowing Clouds

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 36 in

$4,250.00

Boat Series: Choppy Water II
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Boat Series: Choppy Water II

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 14 in

$1,800.00

Boat Series: Calm Morning
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Boat Series: Calm Morning

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 24 in

$1,600.00

Boat Series: Rising Moon
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Rising Moon

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in

$6,250.00

Boat Series: Dories with Colorful Sky
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Dories with Colorful Sky

Encaustic on Panel

8 x 8 in

$450.00

Ocean and Islands Series: Morning Mist
Willa Vennema

Ocean and Islands Series: Morning Mist

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 72 in

$8,500.00

Boat Series: Jericho Bay Sail
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Boat Series: Jericho Bay Sail

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in

$900.00

Boat Series: Blustery Day
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Boat Series: Blustery Day

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in

$900.00

Boat Series: Turqoise Dory
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Boat Series: Turqoise Dory

Encaustic on Panel

24 x 24 in

$2,500.00

Boat Series: Three Dories at Rest
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Three Dories at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in

$1,200.00

Boat Series: Afternoon Sun Sparkle
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Afternoon Sun Sparkle

Encaustic Mixed Media on Panel

36 x 36 in

$4,250.00

Boat Series:Black Boat at Rest
Willa Vennema

Boat Series:Black Boat at Rest

encaustic on panel

24 x 24 in

$2,500.00

Boat Series: Spring
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Boat Series: Spring

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in

$6,250.00

Boat Series: Three Dories with Moon Light
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Three Dories with Moon Light

Encaustic on Panel

30 x 30 in

$3,800.00

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Row Boat at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 in

SOLD

Boat Series: Choppy Water
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Choppy Water

Encaustic on Panel

14 x 28 in

SOLD

Boat Series:  Dory at Rest
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Dory at Rest

Encaustic on Panel

8 x 8 in

SOLD

Three Boats, Purple Sea - Commission
Willa Vennema

Three Boats, Purple Sea - Commission

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 48 in

SOLD

Boat Series: Three Dories
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Three Dories

Encaustic on Panel

12 x 12 x 2 in

SOLD

Boat Series: White and Green
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: White and Green

Encaustic on Panel

18 x 24 in

SOLD

Boat Series:Springtime Dories
Willa Vennema

Boat Series:Springtime Dories

Encaustic on Panel

16 x 16 in

SOLD

Boat Series: Golden Light
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Boat Series: Golden Light

Encaustic on Panel

30 x 30 in

SOLD

Boat Series: Changing Tide
Willa Vennema

Boat Series: Changing Tide

encaustic on panel

24 x 36 in

SOLD

Island and Ocean Series: Golden Light #3
Willa Vennema

Island and Ocean Series: Golden Light #3

Encaustic on Panel

36 x 96 in

SOLD

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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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