Layers of Light and Color: Discovering Jennifer Wilson’s Encaustic Wax Works

Get to know encaustic artist Jennifer Wilson from Denver, Colorado as she prepares a vibrant new collection for the latest virtual art show experience from Artburst Studios!

To Be Featured In:  Stories We Tell (Feb, 2024)
Learn More & View Work Examples:  Artburst Studios Artist Profile

We are thrilled to introduce Jennifer Wilson, an extraordinarily talented artist who will be featured in our upcoming virtual art show, “Stories We Tell.” Jennifer’s paintings are created with encaustic, an ancient painting medium primarily made of beeswax and tree resin. Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. and the process still involves mixing the melted medium with colored pigments and then applying it to a substrate with brushes or other tools.

“I hope when someone sees my art, they want more, but I also hope it inspires them to create something of their own.” ~ Jennifer Wilson

Encaustic wax stands out for its luminous texture and depth, offering a distinctive interplay of light and color that is not achievable with traditional painting. It allows Jennifer to build up layers upon layers, each contributing to a sense of depth and adding to the intrigue of her artwork.

The world of oil and watercolor painting was Jennifer’s preferred medium until a friend introduced her to encaustic wax painting. From her first encounter with this medium at the Art Students League of Denver, it was “love at first fuse,” and she’s never looked back.

Jennifer’s work is a mesmerizing blend of vibrant colors, intricate layers, and an aesthetic tied to her deep connection and resonance with nature. Her paintings, infused with the beauty of Colorado’s mountains and forests or her longing for the ocean, bring to life imagined landscapes, botanicals, and abstracts. Each piece is a masterful example of the encaustic medium – natural beeswax and dammar resin – meticulously melted, applied, and fused to bring her visions to life.

Jennifer’s process is a physical and creative interplay, where adding and scraping away, building, and revealing, are all part of the dance. For Jennifer, the joy lies in this process, in the flexibility and versatility of encaustic painting. It’s a journey of discovery, where each layer of wax brings new opportunities for expression and storytelling.

Encaustic paintings are not just beautiful; they are also remarkably durable. For those lucky enough to own a piece of Jennifer’s art, it’s a treasure that requires simple yet mindful upkeep. Polishing for a glossy finish or dusting for a matte appearance, the care process is as unique as the artwork itself. And when it comes to display, the key is to avoid extremes – no direct sunlight or proximity to heat sources.

Jennifer has been busy in her studio (Wilson by Design) creating a new and exclusive collection for our upcoming virtual art show “Stories We Tell” (February 22-24).  Get ready for the show now by opening your very own Collector or Collector Plus account so that the moment Jennifer’s pieces become available, you’ll have the best chance to nab your favorite!

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