Anne Smidt

Artist Working with Encaustic
Whidbey Island, Washington

I am continually fascinated by the process of encaustic art. Whether effortless or challenging; it seems as though each piece tells me where it needs to go! This new body of work pushed my creative inspiration I see in nature and continually in the beauty of Whidbey Island. Playing with nature’s shapes and color, I seem to have found an interesting balance. I hope you enjoy these new creations made especially for the New Year.

I fell in love with the encaustic process almost 10 years ago, using beeswax hardened with damar resin and mixed with pigment or oil paint. This engaging art was made for me. It allows for a dynamic relationship between the artist and the medium- sometimes taking several months to complete. It’s a constant push-pull layer upon layer: covering and scraping; adding and subtracting…

My recent work includes three-dimensional pieces, encaustic monotypes, scrolls and books. Recently, I co-developed a 32-artist collaboration called HARMONY, whose profits were donated to charity.

I am an active member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), the Encaustic Art Institute of New Mexico (EAI) and a member of the Whidbey Island Working Artists (WWA).

I have participated in many seasonal art shows on the island and have exhibited at MUSEO, a fine art gallery in Langley.

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
Van Gogh

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