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Encaustic painting is an ancient process developed by the Greeks. The word encaustic is Greek and it means "to burn" or "burn in."
In its simplest form, encaustic involves melting wax with a resin to create encaustic medium. Pigment is then added to create encaustic paint. The paint or medium is brushed on when it's hot and each layer is fused to the surface with a heat gun, torch, or iron.
The wax can be built up, scraped into, and objects can be embedded into the surface.
Cold Wax is soft paste formulated to knife consistency. We use Gamblin's Cold Wax Medium made from naturally white unbleached beeswax, alkyd resin, and odorless mineral spirits. It is used to make oil colors thicker and more matte. The surface is lusturous and great for working back into with various tools, mark making supplies and layering.
Leibowitz produces objects, installations and paintings utilizing a multitude of materials in ways that often disguise their origin, blurring the boundaries between the manufactured and the natural.
Her solo exhibitions include The Art Gallery - Collin College, Plano, TX., Terrain Dallas, Dallas, TX., Baugh Center for the Visual Arts at Mary Hardin-Baylor University, Belton TX., No.4 Studio in Brooklyn, NY, The Neon Heater in Findlay, OH., Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, TX, Art Cube Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, The Museum of Art, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. and Cohn Drennan Contemporary in Dallas, TX.
Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including; Exquisite Corpse at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Chaos at Ro2 Art in Dallas, The State of Sculpture exhibition at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, What on Earth curated by Debra Brehmer, Milwaukee, WI, Embody curated by Krista Scenna at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT and Art in America at Art Basel Satellite Art Fair, Miami, Florida. Online: Mostly Monochrome curated by Christina Massey, Site: Brooklyn, Painting 2011-2021, curated by Peter Frank, Drawing Challenge XXII at Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC, Changing a Point of View, Sculpture & Installation curated by Christina Massey at All She Makes
In 2020 Leibowitz created a conceptual installation series: The Visitation Project incorporating her work, digitally, into images of environments sent by invited artists from all over the world.
In 2019 Leibowitz’s work was featured in New American Paintings.
Leibowitz has participated in residencies with Judy Pfaff and Michael David culminating in group exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY at M. David & Co.
Reviews and interviews of her work have been featured in Art Uncovered podcast with Kimberly Ruth, ATOA with Barry Kostrinsky, Art Spiel with Etty Yaniv, Visionary Art Projects, Winging It podcast with Charles Hackbarth and Marc Cohen, Studio Visit with Jason Reynaga Wade College, The Houston Review with Matthew Mendez, Vassari21 with Ann Landi, Maake Magazine, Pleat, Studio Critical with Valerie Brennan, Curating Contemporary with Brian Edmonds, Mixed Media Tapes with Phillip J. Mellen, Luxe Magazine, Modern Dallas, Dallas Morning News with Michael Granberry, Art Funk with Rachel and Ryan Rushing and Papercity.
Originally from Philadelphia, Leibowitz lives in Dallas, TX. where she maintains her studio practice.
Teaching and painting for more than 9 years, Leigh Harrison has enjoyed working with students of all ages as they apply their creativity and explore the art process. Currently, Leigh is creating more abstract, painterly or collage-oriented artwork, in oil or encaustic. When working on collage-oriented works, she uses textiles, found items, her own photographs and various papers and encaustic monotypes. Leigh is fascinated by the art process and loves the use of color, line and texture to create artwork that is exploratory in combining a variety of complimentary materials. In addition to teaching art and art history to high school students, she also curates art shows as part of the volunteer managing committee for the Umbrella Gallery in Deep Ellum. Leigh earned an associates degree in Applied Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from Midwestern State. She has continued her art education by participating in workshops under the tutelage of a variety of talented artists generous enough to share their process.
Born in Houston, Deanna Wood spent most of her childhood moving around the country with her family, returning to Texas in high school. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in graphic design, both from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. After leaving the corporate world, she decided to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in December of 2004.She's been working with encaustic since 2004. Her solo exhibition, Seeking Shelter, has been exhibited in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Reno, Nevada; Manhattan, Kansas; Lamoni, Iowa; and Douglasville, Georgia. Deanna's website
In 2011 the La Vendéenne [la vahn day en] Awards were created in honour of the fourth century AD female encaustic artist, Laia, whose remains were found, along with the tools of her art, in La Vendée [la vahn day] region of France. The Awards are intended to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art.
The Encasutic Center featured in the International Encaustic Artists' magazine; Wax Fusion; The Encaustic Center celebrates 10 years!
Click on the magazine link to see some of the amazing artists who have come to give workshops along with links to their sites and images from the workshops they’ve given here at The Encaustic Center (pages 34 to 43).
International Encaustic Conference
Blue Heron Arts (mulberry paper)
Pin clips - Washi Arts
Contemporary Sumi-e and Fine Art Tools
wood panels - Brian Hartig at: 214-762-8964 and tell him we sent you.
Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Ashley Rooney and Anne Lee
The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera
Embracing Encaustic by Linda Womack
Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creative Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin
Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf
The Encaustic Studio: A Wax Workshop in Mixed-Media Art by Daniella Woolf
Encaustic Mixed Media by Patricia Seggebruch
Drawing and Painting Media
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks
Hickory Hill Arts Handcrafted Walnut Ink
Sculptural Media and Wire
Creative Mark fine and coarse Wire Mesh
Creative Mark Aluminum Wire Mesh
Activa Activ-Wire Mesh Sculptural & Modeling Wire Mesh
Drawing and Painting Surfaces
Blue Heron Arts (mulberry paper)
Brushes and Scrapers
Fibers and Textiles
Flypaper Textures Downloads for use in Photoshop
Golden GAC 400 Fabric Stiffener