LISA ROWLEYCONTEMPORARY FINE ART
Winter

About

 

I have been a contemporary abstract painter for the last 20 years. In addition to working with watercolor, I have become increasingly interested in encaustic painting, which now forms a large part of my work. I am intrigued by the possibilities of painting with this organic and sustainable material.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 CE, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-century American artists, including Jasper Johns.(Wikipedia)

To get started I mix my own medium of beeswax and tree resin, and then I add pigment and heat. I fuse the layers together with a propane torch, which results in a shiny and smooth finish. Intuitively and spontaneously, I create patterns of nature with dreamy backgrounds and translucent layers of color, sometimes adding sticks of bamboo, ginkgo leaves or carving leaves of ivy. I love the way the waxes melting together create unexpected textures and a depth of imagery which is hard to duplicate with other mediums. I find the possibilites of painting with this organic material to be limitless.

It is important to me that my artwork is approachable, and my hope is that it appeals to a broad audience, not only admirers of contemporary art. It is because of this that I try to create a wide range of color palettes and designs.

I teach encaustic workshops in my studio which is located in San Diego California.

Please contact artist for pricing. Images on website will change peridically, as new paintings are created.

Commissions are welcome!