SECOND DOOR STUDIO ARTISTS

JOYA PAUL

Joya Paul is a mixed media visual artist. Her primary medium is encaustic (the ancient art of painting with molten wax and pigments).  After a long career in finance, she returned to her true passion in the arts in 2008 and has been exhibiting her work in art fairs, exhibitions and galleries in Canada. She is now working on her art on a full time basis, teaching, exhibiting and creating out of Second Door Studio. It is truly a dream come true.

She has worked with various techniques and has been holding workshops to share her knowledge since 2009.  Her work will often include a combination of collage, photography, found objects, pastel and oil paint. There are so many ways to paint with encaustic. The layers of wax often produces unexpected results that can take your breath away. It has an ethereal and dream like quality that speaks to the soul due to the translucent nature of wax. Her hope is to inspire others to discover art as a safe haven, a way to express emotions free from judgment and take joy in the journey of creation.

Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, USA and Europe. Her paintings are inspired by nature, her travels and her connection to music and literature.  

Please take a look at the workshop page for upcoming dates on workshops held at the Second Door Studio.

ANN SHIER

Ann Shier is an accomplished Toronto-based artist specializing in encaustic painting, an art form that involves stirring pigments into molten wax and then applying it to the surface of the support.

Her studies in fine arts, combined with her work as a potter and formal training as a graphic artist, influence her encaustic work. 

Over the past twelve years, Ann has left her artistic imprint on a wide range of spaces, including private collections in Canada, the United States and the UK.

Ann’s studio is located in the Historic Distillery District Ann pursued fine arts studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

She also studied English Literature at Ryerson University in Toronto and Communication Design at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.