“I would like to paint the way a bird sings” ~ Monet
My broad spectrum of work includes still life, landscape and plein air paintings in oil and encaustic. When out painting in the field, Mother Nature is in charge. However when painting a still life, I am able to create my own small universe. These elegant arrangements are a juxtaposition of nature-made and man-made objects and most always include birds. Often metaphorical paintings, they echo the delicate balance between nature and man.
Painting with molten encaustic wax is challenging and takes a unique combination of courage and humility. I have gained a healthy respect for the hot wax medium and the various tools which often include open flames and toxic techniques to achieve the desired results. In doing so, my creative process has become a delicate balancing act between controlling the wax and surrendering to it. Much like a dance, at times I lead, and other times the wax leads me.
Whether it is a landscape, still life, or encaustic painting, I respond to the effects of color, light or atmosphere on the subject. Much of what I paint is connected to my past. ~Lori McNee