Virginia Parks 2016

Media: Encaustic and mixed media

Address: 9770 SW Pembrook Street Tigard OR 97140 Show in Google Maps

Directions: From Highway 99W heading south turn east (left) onto McDonald. Turn right onto SW 97th. Turn right onto SW Pembrook Street to the third house on the left. Follow the path to the left of the garage to the studio.

Artist’s Statement: As an archaeologist by day I was first drawn to encaustic painting by its antiquity. Beeswax was originally used by shipbuilders to waterproof ships in ancient Greece. In the following centuries and millennia the addition of dammar resin and pigment to melted beeswax became an important technique for painting death portraits religious icons and other expressions of artistic creativity. The artform has experienced a resurgence in recent years and I embraced it both for its unpredictability and its adaptability. I am drawn to exploring ways to portray the natural world through color line texture and multimedia applications. Birds landscapes trees and flowers (some might call them weeds) are among my favorite subjects to interpret. The learning process is ongoing bringing me joy every time I put wax to wood!
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