Artist Statement: Materials and Technique
As a longtime resident of the northern mountains, my work is inspired by the region’s stark winters, lush springs, exuberant summers, and vibrant autumns, as well as my deep connection to the natural world. Each piece is a synthesis of observations over time, often inspired by the light at dawn or dusk.
In my recent paintings, I begin each piece with watercolors and inks on a panel coated with encaustic gesso. I then coat the piece with layers of encaustic medium followed by a variety of opaque and transparent encaustic paints. After smoothing, carving and scratching into the layers with razor blades, knives and woodcut tools to create depth and texture, I fuse some areas lightly with a heat gun and other areas using a more sustained application of heat. Next, I apply oils mixed with beeswax, enhancing the texture and luminosity, and then fuse into the encaustic layers.
Throughout layering and scraping processes, I attempt to conserve or unearth remnants of the underlying layers, all the way back to the watercolor base, much the way geological and weathering processes obscure and expose evidence of prior eras, and as visual memories come into focus even as they fade away.
Regina holds a Special Studies in Fine Arts degree from Trinity College where she received the Peyser Art Award, first prize, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont. Her art career encompasses theatrical set design, painting, murals, photography, ceramics, and printmaking. Regina is also an educator who has worked at the elementary, secondary and university levels specializing in mathematics. She exhibits her work at museums, galleries, and art centers across the United States and hopes that those viewing her work experience a renewed connection to our endangered planet.
This piece I created for one of my Hero’s, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish Diplomat and
Humanitarian. I started by painting the cradled birch panel with Black paint. Then I drew
hundreds of tears using NeoColors ( Beeswax crayons from Switzerland ). Then layers of
Encaustic medium ( 8 parts beeswax, 2 parts damar crystal). Scraping the painting and
sculpted Petals to hold the Tears. Sculpted tiny handles out of the scrapings to hold my hair
beaded with real Moonstone Teardrops.
This piece is multiple layers of the bio luminescent pigments painted, gently fused (no torch,
just small heat gun). Then I had slivers from previous paintings saved that I loved. They are the
small shapes with black lines. I just pushed them on warm from my hand. And added a few
crystals. This one glows in the dark.
This piece has around 12-15 Layers on a Cradled Birch Panel. Each layer a transparent
different color of Encaustic (Molten Beeswax) pigmented with bioluminescent pigments. Then
many layers of pressed flowers in between layers of wax. Then added Swarovski Crystals to
embellish. It glows in the dark.
This piece is created using watercolor paper that I had in a Waterbath using Sennilier Shellac
based inks to achieve deep color. I then tore the paper and glued to a cradled panel and did an
Encaustic painting on top. Lots of fusing on this one to get the melted sky. This one is my
favorite. Its a combo imaginary earth from above Ireland.