Virginia Parks

Media: encaustic & mixed media

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 art form has experienced a resurgence in recent years and I embrace 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!

Visit artist’s website

Address: 9770 SW Pembrook St Tigard Show in Google Maps

Directions: FROM 99W IN TIGARD East onto McDonald St. Turn R (south) onto 97th Ave.Take the 2nd R onto Pembrook St; house is the third on the left. Follow the path along the left side of the house to the studio in the backyard.