You’re never too old to enhance your life with art. I was 73 when I fell in love with photography and all it’s aspects and for 7 years I went on field trips and took workshops and entered competitions. Three years ago I discovered something new, Encaustics. The word means to burn in. It is painting with hot wax. I was intrigued with the dimensional affect it gave. My first workshop was at the Sante Fe Workshops in New Mexico. Next I went to the R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston New York for a workshop. They are the people who make the wax and the pigment sticks. I went to the Encaustic Conference in 2012 in Provincetown Maine. Other workshops: Jill Burkholder in Palenville New York, Kim Bernard in Kennebunkport Ma.,Bev Ryan at the Torpedo Factory and a workshop at the Armory Art Center in Palm Beach Florida.
I have had a solo show at Baywoods in Annapolis, The Fairfax County Government Center and Showing at the Art league exhibits, where I have received two honorable mentions, and bin room for three years, Gallery West, Art in City Hall, Meadowlark Park, Green Springs, Glen Echo and most of the Vienna Art Society’s venues. The Mclean Art Society invited me to give a presentation on Encaustics with Photography in October 2015. I also gave a demonstration at the April 2017 meeting for the Vienna Arts Society.
For the past 3 years I have been painting with pastels. I’ve been taking classes with Nancy Freeman at the Torpedo Factory. Also a class with Jean Hiron and a workshop with Marla Bagetta. I really love doing this. My painting “Moon Over N.J. was accepted into the Art League Gallery at the Forpedo Factory for the May 2017 exhibit.
Contact Jan: HOMJMS@aol.com