Second Saturday Event July 11: Meet the Artists Joan North and Pat Gaska 10-2.
I am a beeswax artist, an art festival exhibitor, and a workshop instructor.
I paint because I was raised surrounded by a creative and arty family
who always supported my artistic talent. I am inspired by random moments
and I paint what I find to be calming beauty in my busy life. The one
common denominator in my beeswax paintings is vibrant and saturated
I began primarily using encaustics (molten beeswax, pigments, and tree
resin) because I was captivated by its ancient history and was
challenged by its process of heating and cooling which captures the
dynamic of chaos and demands control unlike that of any other painting
medium. The process of encaustic demands a confident hand as well as a
hand that can allow the spontaneity of the flow of the wax. This
balance of discipline and disconformities are reflected in my work as
well as my life.