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.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Gina Louthian-Stanley- Cold Wax and Oil-NEW CLASS LOCATION-FLOYD, VA


The Happy Shack Art Studio Cold Wax and Oil Painting- 

2 days: September 28 and 29 • 10:00 a-3:00 p.

Discover the beautiful layers, textures, and marks that only oil and cold wax can achieve
finding inspiration within your own marks, compositions and intuition using non-traditional ol techniques. We will explore various techniques such as working methods, substrates, drying times, opaque and transparent color, pigments and powders, blending, color schemes, glazing, solvent reduction, transfer and printmaking techniques, creating textures, adding collage and more. Plenty of demos and individual discussions. A great class for beginners and those who want a refresher with advanced options. Gina will provide cold wax, some oils, tools, and R&F pigment sticks for class use, samples of Arches Oil paper, birch panels, various mark making tools and other samples of substrates.

Additional tools and wax will be available for sale.
Participants are welcome to bring beverages, snacks and lunches. 

The kitchenette in The Happy Shack will be available with refrigerator and microwave.
279 Bobcat Trail NW, Floyd, VACall 540-763-3202 (leave a message) 
or email Selena at with questions
or to register.

or Gina at 
Upon registration you’ll be provided a short material list.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Painting With Fire 2024-2025 Lessons with Gina Louthian-Stanley

Good day friends,

I’m super excited to be invited back for my second year as a featured artist and instructor in Painting with Fire!

Thanks for purchasing a previous session from me.

I hope you'll choose to purchase Painting With Fire 2024 through my affiliate link, You’ll also find that link on my website, email, and social media as well as updates on classes and workshops. 

BONUS: My 2024 bonus is a chance to win one of 5 creative coaching sessions with me! We’ll chat one-on-one over Zoom about any art topic of your choice for 30-minutes. I’m excited to connect and help. When you join PWF, you will also get materials discounts, a private facebook page where we can all connect and gather support, and more. 

I look forward to sharing another year of exciting classes, great artists, and an encouraging online community. Don’t worry if you haven’t watched all of the classes from the previous season(s). You’re not behind! Think of it as instant access to a reference library with lifetime access to instruction and advice from professional artists around the world. I hope to create with you this year. 

Here are the lessons I will be teaching:

Intuitive Nature!

These lessons will focus on the use of thumbnail sketching and viewfinder technique, specifically for observing and considering nature at a variety of scales. 

We will begin in the garden looking at the flowers and foliage creating thumbnails in our sketchbooks. 

We will then take those thumbnails and we will add color using collage and a variety of materials. 



Lesson Two: 

Intuitive Nature - Part 2

From the ‘Thumb’ to the Substrate. 

We will return to our sketchbooks from Intuitive Nature Part 1 and choose an image(s) and create on to the substrate using encaustic mediums and pigments along with 

mixed media and a plethora of tools to create and enhance our pieces to create the cultivation and evolution of our own botanical visualizations. 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Humanistic Geography: A Sense of Place Eleanor D. Wilson Museum @ Hollins University- Gina Louthian-Stanley - August-December 2023

Humanistic Geography: A Sense of Place 

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum @ Hollins University
Gina Louthian-Stanley
August-December 10,  2023

About encaustic:


I began experimenting with the ancient technique of encaustic painting 16 years ago. Encaustic painting dates to the 5th century B.C. and involves fusing together numerous layers of molten beeswax, tree resin and pigments. Each layer of encaustic medium is applied and then fused to the previous layer using a blowtorch. The surface is then scraped or scratched or rubbed with oil paints to create various effects. Unlike other paint mediums, encaustic has this sculptural, corporeal component to it.




Long before I considered myself and artist, I made marks on a surface I could find, used creek-mud to draw lines, textures, patterns and an occasional structure with this abundant ‘medium’.

I collected odd pieces of metal, rocks, insects, and just about anything that was in my environment. The sounds of peepers and the songs of birds captured my attention for hours. 


‘A Sense Of Place’, was inspired by my sustained intrigue of this natural world, these images come as often from within informed significantly by an emotional response to a place, a narrative of a place, or a biologic remembrance, etc. I am entranced in moments of elemental experiences that feel significant to remember, like a dream or recollection of place. Sometimes the forces of our world seem to align, and the rising mist of transcendent, the Humanistic Geometry: A Sense of Place, the slow-fading, graded values of the astonishing nocturnal blues lend a feeling of otherworldliness, yet something previously familiar and restful. Moments such as these are often unnoticed magic moving along the surface of an ordinary day. These are the moments constructing my work. 

Most of us probably don’t realize just how much a place can influence your sense of who you are, or how essential it is for your inner well-being.




Gina Louthian-Stanley is a Roanoke, Virginia native. Louthian-Stanley has been creating for as long as she remembers, having the good fortune to have been mentored and taught by some of the finest artists. While she has working with encaustic and cold wax artist since 2006, her most recent works are explorations in combining various mediums and techniques to create the 'atmospheric and textural' qualities, which are symbolic to her works.  She has been able to assemble bits and pieces of her lifelong learning and intimate experiences to create her own artistic style.  Louthian-Stanley's works represent the physical and emotional sensations, which carry the viewer into an intimate visual narrative.

Voices of Fire- Encaustic Collaborative Show-Alexander Heath Gallery November 3, 2023 opening!

Voices of Fire- Encaustic Collaborative Show
Alexander Heath Gallery 
November 3, 2023 opening!

I have been curating this collaborative encaustic show for about a year now. 
November 3, 2023 from 5-9 PM the opening will occur!
Please mark your calendars as this is the largest representation of a plethora of styles and techniques
from encaustic artists from around the country. 
My goal is to add even more artists in the future!

A special thank you to all the artists and to 
Ed Hettig from Alexander Heath Gallery for making this happen. 

Encaustic is an amazing medium and it was my goal to show as 
many of the encaustic artists that I could. 
Come out and hear the Voices of Fire!
Below is just a snippet of what you will see. 






Saturday, March 11, 2023

Painting With Fire- Essence of Mulranny 2023-2024-Gina louthian-Stanley

 Painting With Fire Link

Hi friends,
I'm excited to be teaching for Painting with Fire 2023! 
Click above for more info and to register.
Painting With Fire is a year of 52 new classes (at least one hour long) that will be emailed to you weekly!
There are 26 well known artists who deliver 2 lessons each. (color theory and value, composition, bookmaking, paper sculpture, and more.)
I will be teaching two classes, one hour each.
1-Gathered Inspirations and Building Foundations and  
2-Embracing the Journey-Creating 2-D and 3-D Works
In my lessons, we will explore ways to take a plethora of materials including encaustic medium, mixed media, traditional and non-traditional substrates and translate them into visual artifacts and landscapes in 2-D and 3-D. Along with technical instruction that will cover working from visual images, arrangements of found objects, ephemera and papers, using encaustic, connections of metal objects and various mark-making techniques, we will explore the important intuitive aspects of art making: intent and content.
BONUSES: Email me for support and questions. A discount on my home studio classes and more….just drop me a line to let me know you used this link. ❤️
REGISTRATION: Check the link for all info.
Gathered Inspirations and Foundations of Inspiration and Embracing the Journey-Creating 2-D and 3-D Works
This will be another great year for Painting with Fire, and I’d love to have you benefit from all these amazing classes!
As always, thanks for your support,
P.S.These courses are like having a library card with lifetime access to instruction and advice from professional artists around the world.
Non-encaustic artists will benefit as well. There are insights on the business of art and other mediums.
The best part is that these resources are available whenever you want and need them, and they never expire!
I hope you’ll join me this year.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Gina Louthan-Stanley Art Classes and Workshops 2022-23 (Encaustic, Mixed Media, Cold Wax and Oil)

CLASS LISTINGS:Gina Louthian-Stanley

Location:  The Studio School, Roanoke, VA

Teen and Adult Classes Offered

Upper Level Towers Mall  

  • Adult Classes​​:

  • Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studio Workshop                                                                                                                                                    2 days, Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15, 2023 10:00 AM-4:00 PM                                                                                               Explore the endless possibilities of painting with cold wax and oil! Take an intuitive approach into the many uses of luminous cold wax with oil paint, pastel, mark-making tools, brushes, scrapers and more. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, form and depth. We will create orginal pieces and explore effects possible with the oil and cold wax medium by using it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages (including copied photos), and incorporate mixed media by adding oil and cold wax with various ‘found’ tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners. For previous cold wax participants, Gina will offer critiques, and be there to assist in developing your visual journey. *Bring your oil paints,  Multimedia board, or recommended 8” x 8” birch boards, gessoed boards, or clayboard panels, palette paper, wax paper, paper towels, Wet Ones, and a 12” palette knife or icing spreader. Gina will bring a plethora tools to share and furnish one 4 oz.jar of cold wax and Arches oil paper and blue painter's tape. There is a materials list with other items that will enhance your experience.  Lunch breaks included. (Needs 4 to make) All levels welcome! Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration,

  • Independant Studies in Mixed Media and Collage and Open Studio                                                                                                                         6 classes: Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26,and Feb. 2, 2023    5:30PM - 8:00PM                                                                                                 In this class, we will use various mixed media and collage techniques to create art. Gina will begin each class with sharing art from various artists, past and present as  guides to inspire. She will introduce new materials and ways to incorporate them in your work. We will also explore elements of art and composition. Gina will introduce many ways to collage and use mixed media, demo and will offer individual feedback, critiques, and guidance. Bring your own collage materials (ephemera, decorative papers, etc), mixed media of choice (watercolor, acrylic, inks, etc), brushes and gel medium. Gina will also have some materials to share. All levels welcome! 

  • Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration,

  • Teen Classes:

    Basic Drawing for Teens-Gina Louthian-Stanley

       4 Mondays, November 14th, 21st, December 5th, 12th   5:30-7PM

       (Teens 13 and up)

       In this 4-week class, we will explore exercises and very basic fundamentals and techniques of drawing, encouraging us how to ‘see’. We will          begin with contour and gesture drawings, value studies, form, negative and positive space, and perspective (if time allows). Some time                    outside of class will be needed. 

       Students will need to bring an 11” x 14” drawing sketchbook. The Canson or Strathmore 300 to 400 series is preferred, a set of drawing                  pencils (H, B, 2B, 4B, 2H, 4H), a white hard rubber or kneaded eraser, paper stumps (tortillions), a ruler, and a pencil sharpener that holds              shavings. Gina will supply other items as needed and a folio of notes. *Email Gina with questions and to confirm                                          

       registration. Needs 4 to make, limit 10. 


Location:  310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.



  • Cold Wax Alchemy-                                                                                                                                                                        

Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th - 10AM to 4PM                                                                                                                             Includes some materials, see below for additional supplies.

Discover the beautiful layers, textures, and marks that only oil and cold wax can achieve finding inspiration within our own marks, compositions and intuition. We will explore various techniques, working methods, surfaces, and effects possible with the cold wax medium and oil as a surface treatment to create completed paintings. Plenty of demos! All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners.

Gina will provide cold wax, some oils, samples of Arches Oil paper, birch panels, and other samples of substrates, and some shared tools.

Additional tools will be available for sale.

  • New Dimensions With Encaustic: Taking Encaustic 3D -                                                                                               July 10 and 11, 2023 (10AM to 4PM ET)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pricing includes materials, tools and equipment.                                                                                                                                           Beginners welcome. And if you have prior experience with Encaustic you can enhance your skills and go to a new level with your work!. Gina will cover safety and basics of Encaustics as needed. for all participants.A totem is considered something (such as an animal or plant) that is the symbol for a family, tribe, etc., especially among Native Americans or a carved or painted form, or a person or thing that represents an idea.In this workshop we will dive right in exploring the sculptural possibilities of plaster cloth, wax and encaustic making a totem and shield which best represents your personal idea or creative desire. Rigid and absorbent when dry, plaster cloth makes a wonderful support for dimensional encaustic work. Once the form is created, we will apply Encaustic medium and fuse it to the sculptural composition using a variety of techniques. In the class, we will have a 12” disc and 12” rectangular shape to use as a base for the plaster cloth. As the structures near completion, you will learn how to add found or small personal objects into the sculptures to create your ‘totem’ and discuss ways to finish and display your totem. As we create, we will contemplate our forms and their meanings to us personally - you can even to go abstract.           Gina will bring the two forms, plaster cloth, decorative papers, Encaustic Medium and pigments, oil sticks, oil pastels, and tools.                           
  • Optional - Bring your own decorative papers, ephemera, small nails, thin fabrics, found objects, dried organic matter such as seed pods small twigs and leaves, buttons, etc. Bring paper towels, Wet Ones, and Scissors.

  • Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Accordion and Bound Books with Gina Louthian-Stanley 2023

10-4 pm June 6th and 7th, 2023 
This is a great way to create enchanting, mystical mixed media works and fold and bind them into small books or journals! 

The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. 

Learn a new way to approach mixed media collage! We will also learn three ways to create image transfers. 

Each participant will have access to sponge brushes, a variety of patterned, and fibrous papers, and two large base sheets of watercolor paper 

to collage onto, gel medium, permanent waterproof pens, various inks, acrylics, and stains will be shared with the class. 

The bookbinding materials will also be provided. 

The first day, we will make pages and covers, the second day you will make one bound book and one accordion book. 


Please bring scissors, paper towels, and wet ones. If you have these on hand: vintage papers, ephemera, feathers, beads, charms, handwritten paper, laser copies with small images 

(3” or less to fit the base papers) You can never have enough paper!

Beginners welcome. 


AT Market Gallery

  • Coming Soon:     Contact Gina for more info!  

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Fabulous Wabi Sabi Landscape Collage Workshop-Gina Louthian-Stanley

Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching the most fabulous group of creatives! We gathered to create freeing, intuitive landscapes in the Wabi-Sabi style. 
Here are a few of the results!
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What is Wabi-Sabi?