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about Chris
About Chris

I bring a peripatetic lifetime of experience to my art. Living in different parts of the world, experimenting with different forms of art, mingling with a wide range of artists and non-artists, I’ve developed an unusual vision for my work. I love a naturalistic form while employing a more impressionistic use and application of color with a nod to Monet and Van Gogh. My medium is encaustic (beeswax) paint which provides vibrant color and strong textural possibilities.

I use two methods in applying the paint. For larger works I use frenetic, quick brush strokes that are continually reheated and reworked. I work directly from solid, pigmented beeswax bars heating only what I need for that particular series of strokes. To begin, I have a strong concept of what I want to accomplish but this changes and develops throughout the painting process. There is little if any sketching involved.

In addition, I create most of my smaller works without the use of brush. Instead I employ a modified wood burning tool and calligraphy pen tip for precise application and unique blending of the paint. The result is that I mix my colors quickly and on-the-fly. This gives my work a greater textural feel and the color blend holds a greater immediacy of intensity. I will spend up to half of my time on the piece in sketching and rarely deviate from the sketched work.

I will on occasion create a hybrid piece using both brush and pen tip in the same piece.

I am fiercely self-taught and work out of my Franklin, Tennessee studio.

Feel free to contact me with thoughts or comments.

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About encaustic painting

Encaustic paint is a millenia old medium composed of beeswax, resin, and pigment. It is commonly applied with a brush while in a heated and therefore liquid state.  It is applied to a surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. Although they come from the same root word, ‘encaustic’ should not be confused with ‘caustic’, which refers to a corrosive chemical reaction. The paint is as safe as its main component beeswax and in fact can give off a faint smell of honey when heated.

Encaustic paintings do not need varnish or to be kept under glass because wax is impervious to moisture. As with any painting, the finished piece should be kept out of direct sunlight and any reasonable room temperature poses no problem to the work.  The paint doesn’t yellow or darken.

Chris painting at Ansbach Artisans