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Janet Amundson-Splidsboel (MAP #63)

Saucy
Encaustic on board
18″ x 18″

Bright Personality
Encaustic on board
12″ x 12″

Coffee Break
Encaustic on board
12″ x 12″

My Master of Arts degree in Education led to a career in teaching and business, followed in later years by my pursuit to become a painter. I paint landscapes, both plein air and in the studio, but my main focus is currently figurative works based on drawing and oil sketches I do from live models. This year a new focus is experimentation and painting still life arrangements. I primarily paint in oils, or encaustic, and each medium is an entirely separate process; sometimes a person asks if I paint an oil painting and then brush wax on top but such is not the case. My encaustic process is to dip a brush into molten, pigmented beeswax and paint it onto a hard surface. This must be done quickly because the molten wax hardens as it cools. Each new layer of applied wax is then fused into the previous layers with a propane torch. All detail in my work comes from applied wax; I do not use photocopy or collage in my encaustic painting. Working as an artist I am in a peaceful and fulfilled state doing what I believe I was ultimately intended to do.

Website: www.janet-janetsartstudio.blogspot.com

Media: encaustic, oil