theStudio Artist of the Week…


Suzanne Hauerstein, Encaustic Painter, Sterling, MA

We are enjoying the work of Suzanne Hauerstein. Her original encaustic paintings of insects and flowers paired with deconstructed old etchings are one-of-a-kind compositions.  We love finding artists that use unique techniques in art. Encaustic is a technique in which melted pigmented bees wax is used as paint.

Artist Statement: I have always been fascinated by the fluctuating beauty, textures and colors found in nature. Botanical, insect and avian subject matter have held my imagination since childhood. I like to capture moments or bits of visual stories I see in the natural world. I think of each piece as an image of a fleeting moment that may contain tension, movement or humor.

I deconstruct multiple lithographic images and recombine them to form original compositions which I print onto an encaustic or bees wax surface. Many of the finished pieces are reminiscent of childhood recollections, walks I’ve taken, or something seen through a window pane. The hazy, smooth plane of the wax juxtaposed with the dark, saturated graphic image lends itself to the telling of visual memories, some of which may not be quite clear in all of their details.

For more on Suzanne’s paintings visit her on the web.


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