Lois Giles is a self taught Bandsaw Artist. Giles creates her pieces as a way of capturing memories and making connections to places that surround her, reimagining them as they are cut into wood.
The use of a blade is comparable to the artist's pencil or paint brush for Giles, the blade acts as an extension of Giles's hand, giving way to a 3D repersentation of her vision. Inspired by Canadian landscape painters and nature itself to Giles it was natural to gravitate to using a piece of the landscape she looks to capture.
It is with gartitued and admiration for what mother nature has already provided that Giles uses wood she has found in the local forest or beach, mixed with commercially gathered pieces to create depth in not only colour but in gains.
Works are finished with stains to enrich the finished piece, and food safe oils are used, while as much of the natural raw wood is left to show the beauty of what nature has already provided.
Giles works have been accepted in juried competitions throughout the GTA, including the Robert McLaughlin and the McMichael Art Gallery's virtual show and sale.