Since I first encountered encaustic over 25 years ago I have watched it grow from an obscure ancient painting method to a widely popular and recognized fine art medium.
With interest in encaustic continuing to expand, I receive daily inquiries from other artists about my painting methods and techniques: How do you do it? What materials are you using? Will you teach me how? ... and so on. I feel quite honored that so many of you seek my advice and I want to reply to your questions in a thoughtful, respectful and informative manner.
|Detail from Carnival Vista - Encaustic w/mixed media - 24" x 48" -Alicia Tormey 2015|
For the past 15 years I have worked exclusively with encaustic and my work is known for the distinct surface patterning and web-like textures that appear in all of my paintings. The most common misperception about my art is that it is entirely based on materials and process alone. But there is much more to it than some secret recipe or technique. It's the act of painting and my commitment and intention as an artist that allows me to achieve the results you see in my work. The truth is... I labor over each and every piece to achieve my signature effects. The irony is: It takes a lot of hard work to make a painting feel effortless and to create something that is truly unique and distinctive.
Experiment... play... and find that voice that makes your work unique to you.
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Wishing you all the best.
Cheers! ~ Alicia