Abstract Landscape Paintings
These "mountain inspirations" are abstract mountain landscape paintings inspired from the mountains near Asheville, NC.
How Julia Got into Encaustic Art
Encaustic- the word makes you curious and that’s how I became an encaustic painter. When I was painting with oils, someone said my work reminded them of encaustic. This is how my career in encaustics started. I now can say after many years “why” I paint, it’s the journey of each wax painting. I let the wax painting tell me where I am going. It can be fun, exhilarating, exhausting and moment changing or it just simply happens, immediately. But I trust it, because its more than just me, it’s a visual story, feeling, statement or emotion.
Painting lets me communicate through a visual conversation. I love to tell a story in a painting and hope that the viewers enjoy listening visually. I started painting in the late 80’s and discovered my passion for working in encaustics (beeswax, resin and pigment) in 2003.
Creating Mountain Landscape Paintings
There is something about the texture, the translucencies and the way the light is held in the wax. I love the challenges of painting with wax as it goes from liquid to solid quickly. Most of my Abstract Mountain Paintings have 15 to 25 layers of wax.
I believe in creating work with a solid structure, not unlike building a house, the layers act like footers. This allows me the ability to dig, scrap and use a lot of heat to develop a smooth surface. I believe the ceramic like shine on my works is from my technique and the way I heat the wax.
"Julia is an incredible artist. She uses a very unique medium that I had never heard of before she introduced me to it during a visit to Asheville. I think this video provides not only an insight into encaustic art but also Julia's passion for it. You also get to see some of her beautiful pieces. If you are in Asheville, NC, her studio is a must see!"
- Ridge Schwartz