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Emotionscapes: Watercolor art by Wanda Hawse

A watercolor painting of the interior of a fishing shackFish Shack, watercolor

Wanda Hawse creates incredibly detailed watercolor paintings that she calls “Emotionscapes.” Having lived all over Canada throughout her life, Wanda combines inspiration from 20th-century artists with inspiration drawn from natural landscapes.


A watercolor painting of a winter landscapeFallen, watercolor


I’m quite impressed with the amount of detail that Wanda captures in all of her watercolor paintings. In many cases, the scope of a painting is vast, yet fine moments within each painting capture tiny things like individual tree branches or particular shadows on snow drifts. I particularly love Wanda’s Winterscapes, which are done using primarily blue tones and shadows on white paper, yet capture stunningly realistic scenes.


A screen capture of Wanda Hawse's


On her portfolio website, Wanda also showcases a series of miniatures – tiny watercolor paintings, each no more than a couple of inches wide. These paintings, while naturally a little looser and more  gestural than the landscapes, capture a different facet of Wanda’s practice and function like glimpses into tiny worlds.  


A miniature watercolor depicting a landscapeCoquihalla Spring, matted watercolor

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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