"Doing art is like running away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp
I am lucky to be living my life as an artist these days. While I was always dreaming of being an artist and "piddling" with it throughout my life I chose shelter, sustenance and security. My creative life was often secretive, especially from my Art Center Director mother. 1 did choose theater arts for years. However, as I began to look forward to retirement in 2000 1 knew I needed to begin a life chapter for which I had been longing. And so my life as a painter began.
I enjoyed oil painting for years particularly en plein aire. During 2007 my quest for "anything art" took an important turn when the Waxworks West school in Corralitos and their talented teachers Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, and Dan iella Woolf introduced me to encaustic painting. Wax has become my medium. It nurtures, excites and compels me to paint as much as possible. The luminosity it provides launches a new dynamic that is both playful and experimental. I never tire of the surprise element of the process. The process of painting with molten wax and fusing with a blowtorch or iron is absolutely sensory; visual, olfactory, kinesthetic...all happening at once. The organic nature of encaustics painting is also attractive to me. Beeswax comes from bees, dammar resin drips out of pine trees, pigments are mostly organic and substrates that are made of natural wood all converge to the making of these pieces. Encaustic is not a new medium...there are examples of encaustic paintings dating back to the 5th century. The
word "encaustic" comes from the Greek wordencaustikosmeaning "to burn in". The "burning in" or fusing is important to the process of creating this type of painting.
I believe that being an active part of the art community is an indispensible part of tending to my creative life. I volunteer, curate shows and actively support this community of artists and in doing so it keeps me plugged in and grounded.
I am currently published in American Art Collector and Studio Visit Books.
Susanna Waddell (831) 768-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org