Smoothness, transparency, depth and patterns are fitting descriptions of my encaustic paintings. I am Deborah Llewellyn, an artist and professional photographer based in Atlanta, GA. I developed a love for painting with wax about 6 years ago and never looked back.
My paintings are a combination of beeswax and dammar medium, oil paint, cold wax and photography. I make the encaustic medium in order to control the mixing of colors. My work is physical as well as spontaneous to create. The wax medium has to be heated, melted then brushed or poured onto wood panels. A blow torch and/or heat gun are used to move the wax, scrapers and solvents are used to reveal underneath layers. Then more of the ancient medium is brushed on and smoothed, I transfer images onto the wax with heat, burnishing and physical pressure to create another layer, then more wax is brushed on, fused and smoothed. Sometimes as many as 12 or more layers are applied to give the depth and transparency I want in each painting. When expoloring my paintings up close you'll see images, marks, lines, words and movement from brushtrokes. You want to touch them.
Born in Montreal, raised in Connecticut, I started my artistic career with a full scholarship to Alvin Ailey Dane Theatre in New York City before moving on to commercial photography. Influential artists are Georgia O'keefe, Irving Penn, Michael David, Alan Katz, Mapplethorpe, Lawrence Carroll, Betsy Eby and Joyce Tenneson. I am in the studio daily working on my paintings when not shooting for a commercial client.
Paintings are in many Private and Corporate Collections