Frustration drove me into art store for my initial art supplies in 2005. We exhausted our gallery search for an original landscape painting and agreed to paint something for ourselves. Silly since I had never painted. That evening I was entranced painting for the first time. I put down my brush and stood back to view what I had created. It was beautiful as was the feeling while painting it. I could not remember the process but the painting was my proof. It still hangs in our dining room as my daily reminder to,
“Be brave, try something new!”
More than a decade later I continue to experiment as a self-taught artist. Good-bye self-doubt, self-judement, self-protection. When I paint I throw all caution into the wind cultivating soul-space for exploration and delight. It’s when I completely surrender, no expectations, that the best in me flows.
My works continue to evolve from looking inwards. Self-confrontation is hard work. I have reached down into my depths, whatever is hidden in me I bring out into the open. I commit myself to seeing and exposing it on canvas. This deepens my journey into each painting. I create visually engaging and tactile complex abstract landscape and abstract paintings. My paintings are distinctively textured. As I intensively scrape at these layers I emulate the power and indiscriminate weathering of Mother Nature’s elements. She is my teacher and painting Her grounds me. Each of my works are then finished with Epoxy Resin.
I have been commissioned on clients’ projects since 2009.
My paintings can be found in various private and corporate collections.
“Soft lines overlayed by resin’s high gloss distinction defines Heidi Wienike’s unique approach to modern Impressionistic painting. Using the intrinsic quality of acrylic paint, Heidi’s abstracts and landscape-abstracts come alive in a three-dimensional play of light and form. Her orchestra of vast color palettes and textures convey the element of sound and movement into her style of balanced, harmonious works. With influences from Monet, Richter and The Group of Seven, Heidi’s vision captures the two worlds within which she resides; her resilient European roots entwined with the rugged rawness of natural Canada. Her style is consistent yet each painting stands alone in its unique representation. Hence Heidi has been working on client commissions since 2009. Her paintings can be found in various private and corporate collections.“
BY SANDRA CARYL,
1988 – 1992 | IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Neuchatel, Switzerland
EXHIBITION + COMMISSIONED WORK
Feb 2017 – Sept 2017 | Wildbird Toronto
Oct 2016 – Apr 2017 | Albany Club Toronto
Apr – Oct 2016 | Albany Club Toronto
Sept 2015 – Mar 2016 | Albany Club Toronto
June – Sept 2015 | Albany Club Toronto
June 18 2015 | Opening Event for Albany Club Art Society
2009 – Present | Working full time on client commissions
2008 | Work on display at Grace Gallery, Toronto
2007 | Work on display at Grace Gallery, Toronto
2007 | EXHALE ART EXHIBIT, Papermill Gallery, Toronto
2005, 2007, 2008 | CityTV’s CityLine, Toronto
2007 | Middlemiss, Jim. “Night of the Stars”. National Post (Toronto) September 26
Jan 2016 | www.lifeasahuman.com “Do Not Repair Please.” by Heidi Wienike
Mawer Investment Management Ltd.
Stephenson Design Associates, Toronto
Partners in Art, Toronto
Greenspan Humphrey Lavine Barristers, Toronto
Eastern Construction, Toronto
Alpha Trading Partners, Toronto [acquired by TMX Group]
Innermedica Health Group, Oakville
SGH Design Partners, Toronto
Britacan Facilities Management Group, Toronto
Ellington Real Estate Ltd., Toronto
Some paintings take years, some take months and the odd one takes days.
Taylor Statten Camps Bursary Fund
Havergal College School Bursary Fund
Montcrest School Bursary Fund
• Large studio in Toronto’s west-end
• My trailer-studio 2 hours from Toronto
My painting ritual has remained consistent since I started painting in 2005. I never start a painting with a plan. I hug the canvas before me, bow my head in reverence and kiss it. Gratitude. Then I start.
THEY TELL ME WHERE TO GO
My paintings are distinctively textured with Molding Paste using palette knives and my fingers. Each bump and groove speaks to me. I follow. As I intensively scrape at these layers I emulate the power and indiscriminate weathering of Mother Nature’s elements. I then layer with acrylic paint adding Mixed Media into various works. Most of my paintings are finished in Epoxy Resin. The Resin’s volatile application and drying process is a technique of risk. The WHOLE process is a risk of breaking yourself open and exposing your essence.
Some paintings take years, some take months and the odd one takes days. Sometimes I don’t know how I got to the end of the painting. I always know when the painting is done and then I stop. I usually cry.