New Artist Bio: Jakki Annerino

This is an updated bio for Art Walk regular Jakki Annerino.

Jakki Annerino is a mixed-media artist and singer/songwriter living in Kitchener, ON. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona.
Making art has been a lifelong passion for Jakki. She creates encaustic paintings, altered art jewelry and greeting cards. She incorporated various remnants and relics, both natural and vintage into her work.
She finds encaustic an intriguing medium as it allows for layering, creating textures and luminosity. Encaustic medium is made with beeswax and damar resin. Oil paint is then added for colour.
She likes to convey a sense of whimsy and memory in many of her pieces.
She is inspired by nature, literature, music and personal relationships.

See other examples of her work on this site:
Artist Bio: Jakki Annerino
Portrait of the Artist: Jakki Annerino

Artist Bio: Ralf Wall

Ralf Wall is an artist who specializes in mural painting and watercolours. He is a welcome new addition to the 2011 Central Art Walk.

I begin my paintings or sketches by going out into the field: a walk in the woods, down by the lake or river. I find a spot that seems to call out to me and I sit or stand for several minutes, as the geography allows, and absorb the energy around me. I want to capture the feeling of being in that exact spot, not necessarily the details of the physical, but more the emotional. I look at the colours, the play of shadow and light, and then I compose my image.


My watercolour sketches are quick and I try to work fast so that I maintain the same emotion throughout. My ink sketches are also quickly drawn so that I can allow for some chaotic freedom of my tools. Nature is not precise and I try to be loose with my imagery while still maintaining a sense of realism.


I deem a painting or drawing to be good when it either looks on canvas just as I envisioned it in my mind, or probably more importantly, I get an emotional response when someone sees it for the first time. Nothing is more satisfying as an artist when I get shushed because someone is staring deeply into my work.


My artwork is continually evolving as I try to release myself from the restraints of “what I think I should do” versus the freedom of my creative intuition. It is a fantastic journey that gets more exciting with every bend in the road.

Raflar the Wanderer
Green Griffin Studio