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I am Jannet Haitas, a Toronto based artist, inspired by creating art that encourages others to self reflect and honour their life journey.
I grew up with fierce parents who showed me that if you work hard you can make anything happen. So in 2008 when I saw my first encaustic painting, I knew I had to commit to exploring this medium. I’ve always felt artistic, but up until that point, I never found “my thing”. With this life lesson from my parents and my innate curious and determined nature, a love affair began and I was instantly lost in this medium, and its magic.
Painting has been a source of healing for me. It has helped me awaken parts of myself that I didn't know existed and it has helped me try on new ways of being . Painting makes me feel present in the world and the most at home within myself. The time I spend in my studio is an extraordinary gift, which I don’t often get to experience - it is time solely focused on me.
As I found my voice through my art, I was encouraged by my loved ones to share my work with others. When I decided to show my work at my first show, I knew I had found a new means to connect with others. I’ve always been one who is naturally drawn to deeply understanding the people that cross my path. To seeing them, to really knowing who they are, and to celebrating their life's path
I’ve had the great honour of seeing people tear up in my presence while experiencing my art. I strive to intentionally create art that serves as a tool to acknowledge an important life event, a nostalgic memory, or to remind someone of a desire that is yet to be filled. I so deeply want others to know that they are seen and to know their journey is being honoured.
I have two primary approaches to my work: abstract and photography. My pieces are crafted with materials such as pigmented wax, photos, ink, and other delicious finds. Each piece has from 10 to 40 layers of beeswax.
Some facts about me:
My favourite place in the world is my home.
I love snuggling with my adorable and supportive partner and four furry babies.
I spend a lot of time painting in my dreamy studio welcomed by my two kitties Oakley and Oliver, my studio mates.
Most people would be surprised to know I’m an introvert.
I have a very small and carefully selected group of beloved friends.
I am intuitive.
I am fiercely loyal.
I love hard.
I have great boundaries, but not when it comes to my parent’s.
My furry babies are my weakness.
My worst fear is public speaking.
I love love love reality tv.
Finally, my favourite cocktail is by far a spicy cucumber margarita.
Encaustic has a long history, dating back to 100BC. It is an ancient process developed by the Greeks and literally means "to burn" or to "burn in". Encaustic involves melting beeswax with damar resin (crystalized tree sap) to create the medium then adding pigment to create the paint. The paint is then brushed on when it is hot and each layer is fused (or re-melted) to adhere the layers together.
Because the beeswax is sealed to moisture, encaustic paintings will not deteriorate. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The beeswax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 160 degrees fahrenheit.
Hanging a painting in front of a window with direct sunlight is not advisable. Some encaustic colours may tend to become cloudy over time. If this occurs, simply rub the surface with a soft cotton cloth or a nylon stocking. Over time the surface remains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden up to 3 years.
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