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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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