The Beauty of Happenstance

Years ago, after having lunch with a dear friend (Susan Arens), I stopped by an encaustic demonstration at my beloved local Bainbridge Island art supply store, formerly owned by Richard Nelson. I remember holding myself back from shouting when I muttered “where has this art medium been all my life?”

After years of working in layers upon layers with acrylic paints, I knew that working with encaustic wax was going to be just down my alley and attendance at several workshops followed. Further research helped me zone into a lesser-known encaustic technique with wax and printmaking. Really now…creating original one-of-a-kind prints with beeswax??? I flew out to Santa Fe to attend Paula Roland’s workshop on Beginning Encaustic Printmaking and boy, was I smitten.

The happenstance years ago sent me scurrying to a new focus…and so appreciative of stumbling upon Richard as he demo’d…

I found Paula Roland in this book!

I found Paula Roland in this book!

 
One of my first encaustic paintings, created at Richard Nelson's art store on Bainbridge Island, WA.

One of my first encaustic paintings, created at Richard Nelson's art store on Bainbridge Island, WA.

"Trade 1"  One of my first encaustic prints (wax and paper), created at Paula Roland's studio in Santa Fe, NM.

"Trade 1"
One of my first encaustic prints (wax and paper), created at Paula Roland's studio in Santa Fe, NM.