Artist Statement


Paintings & Drawings

Battle, charcoal & gesso on paper, 40 x 60 inches | Teresa Prater Studio


photo: Lady in the Field—encaustic—Teresa PraterOver the past four years I have explored the encaustic wax method of painting and enjoy its ability to create ethereal visual effects through its transparency and layering process. In addition to direct painting I experiment with a variety of photographic, collage, and transfer methods. The encaustic paintings have multiple layers of both clear and pigmented wax and the surface is manipulated with a torch, hot gun, and other hand tools to create a unique final effect. With direct painting, wax is applied directly to the panel as one would with any painting technique. However the wax is liquefied through heat and manipulated intensely with brushes and torches.

Figure work—I have always been an artist who enjoys working with the human figure, specifically women. I am interested in mystery and the sacred. Many of my works are meant to convey the archetypes within our culture, exploring the many roles that women play throughout their lives.

What is encaustic painting?
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid is then applied to a surface, usually prepared wood. Metal tools and brushes are used to shape the paint before it cools, or heating tools such as torches and heat guns can be used to manipulate the wax once it is cooled. Other materials can also be encased or collaged into the wax. This technique has been dated to as early as the fourth century B.C. This technique was used in the Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300 AD.

Artist books

Chronicles, detail ~ Artist Book ~ Teresa Prater StudioAll of my artist books are one of a kind and use a variety of materials and binding techniques.

I am available to teach workshops in book arts and encaustic wax paintings.



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