Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time Flies Encaustic, Wabi-Sabi Bookmaking, 3-D Encaustic Works, Cold Wax and Oil

What a busy summer...leading right into fall.
I have been astounded by all the wonderful classes, creative visions, and most of all new friendships.
My heart is full, yet I need time now to rejuvenate.

Feeling the need to work in new directions. Hoping the coming winter months provide me with
time to reflect and experiment in new ways. Time to look at developing new classes, and time to take some classes and travel.

It is also a time to purge. Time to evaluate older works and perhaps give them new homes, or a new life by working over them. I am looking forward to fall and winter in preparation for a new spring.

Here are a few highlights of the year.














Thursday, June 20, 2019

Asheville! 310 Art!

I just got back from a week in Asheville. I spent three glorious days teaching at 310 Art.
This year was my seventh year going to 310. I have been very fortunate to have made new friends and met so many creative souls.

This year was the first year for the Contemporary Shrine class with image transfers. WOW, such powerful stories at the end. A special thank you for sharing your story!

Here are a few of the images. I will add more soon.
In the meantime, I am planning a third NEW class.....Stay tuned for Spring 2020!
My heart is full!















Sunday, May 5, 2019

Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Works 2019

Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Works

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Encaustic, the ancient art that dates back to the Greeks and uses hot pigmented beeswax, has made a resurgence in the art world after a quiet 3,000 year hiatus.  This exhibit is a curated selection of artists from the mid-Atlantic who all use encaustic in their work in dynamic ways.
Even with a shared interest in this unique medium, the work itself has a wide range of approaches: from organic to geometric to the narrative and sculptural.  
Participating Artists:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sunday, October 28, 2018

New Works

Ah, I have been teaching and painting and trying to balance life in all areas....So fortunate for studio time....here is one of my latest cold wax pieces. 



This month I have had the pleasure of meeting several new folks in my classes! what a delight to see the creativity flow. when a person comes in and tells me they have never had an art class and then they leave with not one, but several pieces of work they (and I) adore, it makes my day complete. 

In the world today, I feel we just need more outlets for creative expression. All of us...in some form need, art, music, or dance....we need it. It's hearing, it makes the world stop for a while, and we feel refreshed....at least I know I do. 

If you are ready for a class, I am teaching this coming weekend in Lynchburg at the Art Box,
if you are interested, use the contact form above or contact the Art Bx, Lynchburg. Also, you can check out the new winter listings for the Studio School. I have several classes for the beginner and advanced student alike. 

Enjoy the fall.....
Happy creating!

Monday, September 3, 2018

New Works, Fall Shows

Wow, what a long hot summer!
I have had some great studio days and have been exploring new techniques and mediums.
Fall will be on us very quickly and I am ready for the next two shows on my agenda.


Emerald Cove (C) encaustic 8" x 8"


First will be the Lynchburg Art Show at E.C. Glass High School on September 15th (rain date September 16th) from 10-4. This is a wonderful show, in case you have not experienced it, and if you have I hope you come back and say hello!

Next, November 9th and 10th at Towers Mall, upper Level, the Studio School will present the Art Blast. This year we are in our new indoor location. So far we have 22 artists participating and we anticipate 20 more. This is also our grand opening since we moved to the Towers location. Hope you will come by and say hello and check out our new space.

Happy creating and stay cool!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Working in 3-D with Encaustic and Mixed Media Processes

A new direction! 
Last summer I began exploring 3-D with encaustic mediums. During this journey, I have been entranced with the house, bird, and the circle shapes. I plan on continuing this path. By encompassing the forms, I find I can bring a creative narrative to my work. As an artist, I have not yet been satisfied with direction, as I hear from other artists they too are always moving forward to find perfection. I feel now that I am on the right path. I am excited about the wax, materials, elements and feel of the works. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 






Artist Statement:

Houses:
The house can be a powerful symbol of the self, and often serves that purpose in dreams and art. This particular symbol perfectly captures the nature of the human self: we are all made of the same basic psychological stuff, but we’re all uniquely complex in our individual personalities and lifestyles.

My encaustic houses are a symbol of personal identity; these house sculptures are part of an inner dreamscape, deep thoughts, natural awakenings, and sensory mechanisms that are part of the soul, some of which I cannot even pretend to explain. The houses are the perfect vessel to be come a reliquary of sorts, to hold those moments or emotions captured within.  

















Encaustic Printmaking at the Studio School!





What a fantastic class!

About Encaustic:

Encaustic, a wax-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and lush surface, flourished more than 2,000 years ago in Greco-Roman Egypt.

Encaustic, from the Greek encuastikos, means to "heat" or "burn". Heat is use at every stage of encaustic painting. The medium consists of beeswax melted with a small amount of resin to impact harness and pigment for the rich colors adde to the molten wax.

Painting requires quick work, as the wax begins to harden the moment it leaves the heat source. The heat binds each layer to the one set own before it, so while the image my consist of discrete compositional elements, structurally the entire surface is one carefully crafted mass, a "whole ball of wax", if you will. 


About Monotypes:

Monotypes are prized because of their unique textual qualities. They are made by drawing on glass or a plate of smooth metal or stone with a greasy substance such as printer's ink or oil paint. Then the drawing is pressed by hand onto a sheet of absorbent paper or is printed on an etching press. 

For me, I find the process very meditative. Colors  and textures can be achieved in so many ways with Encaustic, but the paper, ah...the papers! So many possibilities! Here are just a few of the class examples!