Abra’s artwork is an exploration into the limits of encaustic wax, oils, and realism. Her encaustic work utilizes large and small strokes to create varying textures, and layering wax for depth and transparency. Her oils explore smooth blending and enhanced colors for light and realism. A unique addition to your collection.
Her artwork also includes larger pieces centered around her everyday interests. She is available for commissions, and specializes in pets, horses, and still life.
Abra Johnson lives in Georgia where she works primarily in encaustics, or wax, and oils. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Arts. She also took classes at the Queensland College of art in Brisbane, Australia.
What is encaustic?
Encaustic medium is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin (tree sap), and in my case, a little soy wax as well. It’s a semi-soft medium, but extremely archival. There are encaustic paintings dating back thousands of years, still in existence.
The damar makes the wax harder and increases the melting point. Beeswax melts at about 135-145, damar at about 220. It is for this reason that encaustic art requires special care to weather and packaging when shipping, but the depth and look of encaustic is unparalleled and worth the risk.
Encaustic is a medium rapidly making a comeback in mainstream. Where many artists use it in collage and abstract art, I prefer the challenge of more realistic ambitions.
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