Jane Burgess Artist

Jane Burgess is an artist and instructor working from a studio in Elora, Ontario.  Jane works primarily in encaustic.  She also works with oil, acrylic and cold wax mediums.

Artist Statement

When I am in my studio creating I am present with myself. I am IN love and looking after myself. I am feeding and nurturing who I am and giving that person a voice, an image, a way out. Making art feels like I am writing in my journal or meditating. It feels like a constant opening of new space. Creating is very much a process of connecting with what is inside me. Listening to this and respecting this feels magical. In this space, there are no rules and no expectations except to show up for what is inside me. My arm, my brush, my medium are like words of truth and love. It can sometimes feel painful but it is always the truth. There is no right and wrong. Doing the right thing with the right intention cannot have a right or wrong attached to it.

The medium I choose to work with most often is Encaustic. This is a mixture of beeswax, a resin and oil paint for pigment. Often I put wax on top of my oil or acrylic paintings. The beeswax is incredibly interactive in that I feel it is offering input as I move it around a piece. We have conversations about where we want to go. This feels like part of the listening in this process.

As well as being driven by my soul my art is also inspired by nature in my colour, shape and texture choices. The smell texture and warmth of this medium offer endless pleasure to the senses. I invite you to touch it and smell it. How grateful I am to be able to hear, see, feel and touch what is inside me through this process.


July 31- August 8, 2019CRE8TIVE - An Exploration in Mixed Media | Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
Sept. 22-30, 2018Studio Tour / The Elora Fergus Studio Tour - Elora Centre for the Arts
Sept. 13-30, 2018Group Exhibition / Elora Fergus Studio Tour Exhibit - Elora Centre for the Arts
May 5 - July 29 2018Invitational Group Show / "Waxing Poetic " / The Hive Encaustic Studio in the Alton Mills Centre - ON
Sept. 2017Studio Tour / Elora Fergus Studio Tour and Exhibit
August 2017Group Show / Lions Head Art Show
July 2017Solo Show / Perceptions of Love / The Art Gallery of Bancroft
2016Group Show / Death Perceptions Exhibition / Wellington County Museum - Centre Wellington
2012-2016Studio Tour / Autumn Leaves Studio Tour