Crows #2
Crows #2

Encaustic,mixed media on birch panel. 8"x8"

Self-portrait
Self-portrait

Encaustic, mixed media. 12"x12"

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Joan Lowden, Artist:

My main artistic passion is music, jazz bass in particular, but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago.  Encaustic (from the Greek, "to burn") painting combines hot beeswax with colored pigments and dates back thousands of years. I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting, and the way that I can merge this ancient art with modern technology, such as digital photography, to create unique works of art.


Encaustic painting is quite similar to jazz because it is very improvisational - you might start with a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials ultimately guide the journey.

I joined the 20 member Eastport Gallery, a constituent of the Eastport Arts Center, in 2019 and assumed the role of president for the 2020/2021 season.  I am excited to continue to explore the creative opportunities that the Gallery has offered me, both as an artist and musician!

Monochrome
Monochrome

Encaustic paint, mixed media 10"x10"

Ocean
Ocean

Encaustic paint, 8" x 8"

Lava Flow
Lava Flow

Encaustic paint, shellac burn

Sunset
Sunset

Encaustic,mixed media on birch panel. 8"x16"

Twilight
Twilight

Encaustic, mixed media on birch panel. 8"x16"

Water St. Birches
Water St. Birches

Encaustic, mixed media on birch panel. 8"x16"

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