“Life in Washington County: Grackles”, part of StageEast’s collaborative short video project. Lora Whelan-writer, Kathleen Dunbar-actor, John Newell-composer/pianist, Joan Lowden-visual artist. Project conceived and edited by Mark Macey for the Eastport Arts Center, 2020.
My main artistic passion is music, jazz bass in particular, but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago. Encaustic (from the Greek, "to burn") painting combines hot beeswax with colored pigments and dates back thousands of years. I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting, and the way that I can merge this ancient art with modern technology, such as digital photography, to create unique works of art.
Encaustic painting is quite similar to jazz because it is very improvisational - you might start with a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials ultimately guide the journey.