Deann Mills

Deann Mills
Stay On the Trail

48" x 36", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

King of the Early

48" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

Family of Five

60" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

 

 

Watering the Grass

60" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

Technical Difficulties

48" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

New Rules

48" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

A Wise Use of Resources

48" x 48", encaustic on wood panel, 2019

Wonderland

60" x 48", encaustic on wodd panel, 2019

As a painter, my primary motivation is to create something I have never seen before. This continual push to find expression, surprise, and delight with wax on wood and paint on canvas is what powers my work. Color, line, shapes, layers, transparency, and even mistakes are all language I use, all elements that make a painting interesting and unique. I delight in melting the wax, moving it quickly across the wood panels, fusing the wax with a blowtorch, scraping and carving the wax, and drawing with wax pencils. Equally wonderful is feeling oil paint move on canvas, using a palette knife, a brush, oil sticks, spatulas, and other odd tools to see what can happen. 

This past year, I learned encaustic painting, an ancient technique of painting with hot wax.  My summer was spent painting in my old barn on the coast of Maine.  It was all a wonderland.