It’s day 18 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

Purple starfish along the Oregon coast are the inspiration for my painting today. I enveloped this smooth, black and tan piece of driftwood in a sea of purple encaustic wax based on the beautiful hue of these echinoderms. I’ve heard that these creatures are disappearing from the coast and no one knows why. I have to be honest with you, I’m too scared to actually google whether that statement is true because I don’t want it to be. It further reinforces why the driftwood, pine cones and burned tree bark I put in my paintings are so important. They are part of our environment and if we aren’t careful they could all disappear.

“On the Coast VIIII”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and driftwood on wood panel
Origin: Yachats, Oregon
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Purple and Orange Starfish along the Pacific Coast in Oregon

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.