Laura Oakes - Featured Artist at River Muse Gallery
Exhibit runs into December 31st
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)
At the opening the talented artist sold 10 pieces, she is off to create more, check it out through December 31.
The featured artist for the months of November and December at River Muse Gallery in Clayton, New York.
Self-taught artist, Laura Oakes has lived a creative life. Laura’s works include painting and drawing, graphic illustration and creating theatrical props, costumes and scenery painting for Community Theater. Laura has also served the arts community as both Vice President and President of The North Country Arts Council and Arts On The Square Gallery Manager.
Laura discovered the beauty of encaustic work from former Northern NY Artist, Penny Flick, and embraced the opportunity to take instruction from jewelry designer and encaustic artist, Sandy Simonian, while living in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Laura creates intriguing and beautiful encaustic work, a spontaneous medium where beeswax and damar resin are melted then combined with pigment and applied to heat-resistant substrates. Laura layers her wax beautifully creating both opaque and translucent effects and combining colored wax with collage materials (like sand, shells, drawings, foils, photos, and paper). Often working to create a variety of finishes by revealing layers below with wax being scraped and building textures then polishing the cured and hardened medium to a gloss.
Laura Oakes’ encaustic paintings are abstract and realistic, subtle and bold, always inspiring.
I have been a creative being since childhood and believe that the work is often its own reward. When I am making, time moves quickly and I feel my purpose. I’m not always sure where the piece will go and sometimes surprise even myself with the result.
At the River Muse Gallery, 229 John Street, Clayton NY
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