|Biography from Elliott Louis Gallery:|
"Encaustic painting is an ancient medium in which pigment is applied in
layers of melted wax. It can be a floating veil, gauzy and satin
smooth, or, it can be something infinitely more primal, ropey as a lava
flow — just as it is in my landscape images.
I create with a
mantle of encaustic so thick that it takes on the quality of sculpture,
as if the landscapes have only just erupted, half molten from the
earth's core and are even now solidifying in thick, swirling eddies.
You feel tectonic forces at work, in these corroded landscapes of
iodine and angry orange — forest vistas abraded to the point of
erasure, glowering with pin pricks of colour where some older, hotter
intention shows through; or clouds of ash and steam and showers of
sparks against vermilion skies, like a glimpse into Vulcan's forge.
the more settled landscapes — a view of dusk-dark trees along a river's
back water, for instance, or, an estuary reaching to a line of barrier
islands and the distant sea beyond — writhe beneath a quilted blanket
of wax. In my encaustics, the physical act of painting may be finished,
but the recorded movement of arm and brush hovers, as if still
ongoing. Skies well up and pool, like the great arcs of liquid
that they are; water surfaces scud beneath unseen breezes; and veils of
texture pour down with a liveliness that pigment alone, with its opaque
nature cannot duplicate.
With my painting I try to say something
about the ephemeral, capturing a moment of observation. What fascinates
me most about nature is that it is never static, and that any single
instant, well described, can embody so many human emotions. And that
every observed moment is trembling on the cusp of becoming something
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