Verity paints primarily in encaustic. Encaustic or pigmented beeswax is 2000 yrs old - it is an ancient technique which was revived in the 20th century by major artists including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenburg and subsequently gained currency both internationally and particularly in the US.
Originally self-taught in encaustic, over the last decade Verity has attended and participated in numerous workshops, exhibitions and encaustic conferences in the US. Her earlier career was as a film set decorator.
Verity has further adapted the encaustic process, adding media such as wax pencils, digital print transfers and inks. This extraordinarily versatile medium enables the artist to exploit both the opaque and transparent qualities of the wax by layering it – this being a particular feature of the encaustic process. Whether smooth and translucent or thickly textural, the wax forms an emotionally charged surface.
Her inspiration derives from her travels – her travelscapes – recollections both vivid and allusive are built over time. Each painting with its complex layered surface aims to elicit a response: reshaping its own new history.
She spends time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she is represented by Calderoni Studio in Fábrica La Aurora. She exhibits in Sydney at Art2Muse Gallery and is collected both in Australia and intenationally.
Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment. It is applied to a porous surface and then fused by heat. The word ‘Encaustic’ comes from the Greek word, which means “to burn in” – referring to the process of fusing the paint. I do it with an open flame, some do it with a heat gun.
Encaustic is perhaps the most beautiful of all artists’ paints and it is as versatile as any 21st century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modelled, sculpted, textured and combined with oil. It cools immediately – so there is no drying time yet can always be reworked.
Encaustic is also the most durable of artist’s paints. This is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture and is a preservative. Because of this, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass but when transported, should first be covered by wax paper before wrapping in bubble.
Encaustic is a beeswax-based painting medium with a small amount of damar resin – this acts as a hardener. It can be used as a luminous traditional painting medium. The cooled paint can be buffed to bring up the lustre of the wax and resin.
August 2018 Raglan Gallery, Cooma
September 2017 Art2Muse, Double Bay
September2017 Breathing Colours, Balmain
Dec 2016 Art2Muse, Double Bay
June 2014 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
October 2016 The Other Art Fair, Sydney
June 2013 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
November 2009 Breathing Colours, Balmain
September 2009 Breathing Colours, Balmain
August 2008 National Grid, Dee Why
July 2008 Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle
August 2006 Primrose Park Cremorne
ART EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
2018 12th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.
2018 Cold Wax Medium 5 day Masterclass with Pamela Caughey
2017 Lorraine Glassner, Gestural Intensive, Castle Hill, Truro, Massachusetts USA
2017 11th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts USA
2017 Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin, Cold Wax Medium Masterclass, New Zealand
2016 The Other Art Fair, Sydney
2016 Susan Lasch Krevitt, Encaustic & Cyanotypes
2016 Corina Alvarezdelugo, Texture & 3D Encaustic
2016 Lorraine Glassner, Intensive Layering
2016 10th Int’l Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts
2006 – 2014 Annette Pringle, Mixed Media Courses
2014 Shawna Moore, National Art School Sydney
2013 Paula Roland, Encaustic Monotypes & Carbon Lab, Santa Fe New Mexico
2013 EncaustiCon Santa Fe, New Mexico
2013 WaxWorksWest, Intensive Advanced, Santa Cruz, California USA
2012 Raé Miller, Encaustic on Paper, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2012 San Antonio School of Art, Texas USA
EncaustiCon San Antonio, Texas USA
2011 Eschwan Winding, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2010 Daniella Woolf, Encaustic Workshop
Chapman & Bailey, Brisbane