Andrea Benson is a Portland-based encaustic painter whose work is appealing for its lovely, narrative quality. In encaustic painting, collaged artwork is sometimes embedded into the painting, employing molten wax and resin based paint. Dimension is created by carving and layering the wax and pigment, and fusing these layers to wood with a propane torch. This layering technique gives encaustic paintings their luminous depth and beauty.
We have offered Benson’s work at the Gallery since July and are excited to have some new pieces to show. Her unique and beautiful paintings have been featured in the book Embracing Encaustic and in Oregon Home magazine. Benson teaches classes in encaustic technique in her Portland art studio and will be featured in a solo show here at 23 Sandy in May 2010.
Be sure to come by the gallery and take a look at these fascinating pieces. Click here to see a catalog of Benson’s work.