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Intro to Encaustics-Two Summer Sessions Now Open for Enrollment at Valley Art Center

Did you miss out on my previous Intro to Encaustics Workshop? Two more summer sessions are now open for enrollment at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Join me as we explore creating with the encaustic process (painting with molten beeswax) in this fascinating two hour workshop. We will cover the ancient origins and history of encaustics, modern working methods and materials, basic studio set up, equipment, and safety. You will gain hands-on experience with encaustic paint, oil sticks and oil paints. Some of the techniques covered will be layering, scraping, incising, stenciling, collage and photocopy transfer. You will leave this fun and informative workshop with a basic working kn

You Are Invited-The Wax Collective Group Show

I’m so pleased to invite you to the inaugural exhibition of The Wax Collective at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College! The members of The Wax Collective include myself, Sheri Goldsmith, Mary Beth Shaw, Julie Snidle and Mark Witzling. We are a group of St. Louis-based artists who share a passion for creating contemporary art with beeswax as a common denominator. Whether using encaustic (molten) wax or cold wax techniques each of us utilizes the unique qualities of wax as a key element to create paintings which capture the imagination. Over the past several years we met periodically to collaborate and support each other’s creative efforts and we are th

Mansfield Art Center 72nd Annual May Show Opening-Honorable Mention

Last week’s opening reception at the Mansfield Art Center’s 72nd Annual May Show was a big success. The two-story exhibition space was so crowded it was hard to walk around. We were lucky to find the last space in the parking lot! Juror Tom Hale did a wonderful job curating 176 pieces, in all media, from 96 Ohio artists. I was honored to have 4 pieces from my Lilith’s Path series chosen for Honorable Mention. (a complete list of May Show winners is at the end of this post.) That's me (below)...receiving my honorable mention... This was the first time I had visited the MAC and I was immediately drawn to the modern two-story architecture and wooded setting surrounding the center. You can find

Intro to Encaustic Workshop at Valley Art Center-Only One Spot Left!

Have you heard of encaustic art and always wondered what it is? Have you seen the beauty of artwork created using this age-old technique and wanted to learn more about how to create your own? Then my two hour Intro to Encaustics Workshop at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls is for you. We will cover: Basic encaustic materials Encaustic tools and equipment Studio set up and safe working practices Variety of working methods and techniques We will create at least one encaustic piece in this hands-on workshop. Participants will be provided with a variety of handouts and resources for further exploration of this beautiful and versatile hot wax painting process. Follow this link to Valley Art Cen


The artist’s way is a continual journey of discovery. For the last six months or so I have been going back to pieces I thought were finished and revising them. One of the great things about working with encaustic is the ability to dig away layers and build up new ones. There is nothing more satisfying than excavating into surfaces put down months or years ago. It’s like looking back through a diary or photo album, seeing your younger self and remembering things you forgot about. It’s also a bit like unwrapping a gift because the revision is always a surprise and usually better than the original vision. Revision brings a satisfying element of second, third and fourth chances to my artistic p

72nd Annual May Show | Mansfield Art Center

I’m honored to share that my series “Lilith’s Path” has been juried into the 72nd Annual May Show at the beautiful Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield, Ohio. Guest juror and Michigan artist, Tom Hale, reviewed 432 entries and selected 176 pieces from 96 Ohio artists. A wide variety of media is represented including oil painting, pottery, sculpture and fibers. I’m looking forward to seeing these exceptional pieces and getting to know the other artists. Opening reception is Saturday, May 6 from 7-9 pm. Awards will be presented at 8 pm. Guests attending the opening will be able to vote via the Center’s new mobile app for their favorite pieces. The exhibition runs through June 4. Mansfield Art Ce

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