Friday Faves: Wax On, Wax Off

19 Aug

Encaustic painting is a favorite medium of mine.  Their waxy, frosting-like texture sends me over the moon.  Every time I’m in a gallery, I will be drawn to the encaustics, guaranteed.  So for this Friday round-up, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite waxy painters.

Why Stream Upstream by Mary Farmer, encaustic on canvas, 40×40

Whirl #1 by Wendy Franklund Miller, encaustic on wood, 12x12

River's Edge by Paula Blackwell, encaustic and oil on wood panel, 12x12

Interplay by Nancy Natale, encaustic with fiber, oilstick and oil paint on birch, 24x24

Do you have any favorite encaustic artists I should know about?  Do tell!  To see more work from these fabulous encaustic artists, please visit their websites.

1.  Mary Farmer

2.  Wendy Franklund Miller

3.  Paula Blackwell

4.  Nancy Natale 

Featured image is Crossroads by Nancy Natale.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s websites.

PS– As the hubby and I prepare to move from Aberdeen to his new assignment in Grants Pass, OR AND enjoy some camping and a visit from my mom-in-law, Artsy Forager will be rerunning some older posts over the next two weeks.  Hopefully, this will give new readers a chance to see some artists that were featured back when the only people reading were my family and friends. 🙂

10 Responses to “Friday Faves: Wax On, Wax Off”

  1. Ken Hamilton August 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Beautiful work, I really enjoy the colors……………..Next couple of weeks goin’ be very busy for you two, Good Luck and have fun!

  2. Art Toys August 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks for yet another great post!

    An encaustic artist you might enjoy is Hamid Zavareei. He’s got a Shutterfly site with lots of his work posted (; additional art, links to more of his work and a brief bio can be found here:

    Best of luck with your move, and have a great time camping!

    • Lesley August 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Suzanne! I will check his site out!

  3. Rachael Pinks August 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm #


    • Lesley August 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      Glad you liked them, Rachael!

  4. Becky August 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Nice! I’ll have to check these artists out. Two of my favorite encaustic artists are Stephanie Hargrave ( and Larry Calkins ( And they’re local! Stephanie’s work has such subtleties in her soft palette that they must be seen in person to truly appreciate all of the richness and layering. And Larry’s current work is with an encaustic pen so he gets all kinds of details in–they have a folk art feel.

    • Lesley August 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks, Becky! I’ve seen Larry Calkins’ name mentioned several times by Seattle artists– think I checked out his website but then for some reason, missed putting him on my list of artists to feature! Will check out Stephanie’s work, too. Thank you for the suggestions, keep ’em coming!

      • Becky August 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

        An easy way to check out Larry’s work in person is at UP Front Gallery in downtown Issaquah, 95 Front St. North. And Stephanie’s work is at Patricia Rovzar Gallery on 2nd Avenue in downtown Seattle. Her show just ended, but she’s represented there, so you can ask to see her work.

  5. Jessica R. August 23, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    You need to check out the encaustic paintings by Jo sinclair. She is a vibrant, mixed media artist and uses her husbands beeswax (he is a local bee keeper) for her encaustics. Love, love, love

    • Lesley August 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      I definitely will! Thanks for the suggestion, Jessica!


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