Vennema has been painting with Wax Mediums for thirty years. Her most recent series, “Circle of Books”, incorporates text and snippets of illustrations from books that have meaning for her in her life, or have interesting visual elements. The title of this series is symbolic for the passage of time, and how books can mark time for us, and connect us to those we love. The circle shape is used repeatedly in this series, evoking the celestial planets and stars, seeds sprouting from the earth, and the continuity of life.
Willa Vennema grew up in Greenwich Village, NYC. She received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College, and her BFA from The Cooper Union. Vennema now resides with her family in Portland Maine, and spends her summers on Swans Island 8 miles off the coast of Mount Desert Island. Vennema has work in the collections of Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Community College, Avesta Housing, and over 180 private collections nationwide. Vennema has been using wax mediums for over thirty years, and continues to be inspired by the versatility and beauty of this medium.