New encaustics & oils
Opening reception Friday Aug 2, 5-7
show runs daily 11-5 until August 14.
Dorothy Tinman paints landscapes and seascapes in a modern semi-abstract style using thick impasto oils, often contrasted with areas of transparent glazes. Her paintings are influenced by the dramatic changes of weather from the intense white light of a low winter sun, to the darkest blue of an approaching storm.
Dorothy is an elected member of the Ulster Society of Woman Artists and the Arts Society of Ulster and exhibits regularly with them. In addition, her work has been selected on 6 occasions for the annual exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy.
She is also a member of the Salt Spring Arts Council.
Her paintings are included in many collections including the First Trust Bank, Ireland and in the British Isles, Canada, USA and Salt Spring Island.
This year she has broadened her range to include encaustic wax and oils creating texture and relishing the tactility of the medium to draw the viewer in.
About Encaustic Painting
Encaustic is an ancient painting method in which wax and pigment are fused onto a surface with heat.
The word originates from the Greek word enkaustikos meaning to burn in. Earliest examples of this technique are probably the Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits which date back to 1st century BC.
Encaustic painting is also known as hot wax painting and involves using heated beeswax to which is added oil paint. This is then applied in layers to prepared wood with each layer being fused to the previous one with a blow torch or heat gun. The resulting finish is as hard and as permanent as a ceramic tile with a dimensional texture and luminous quality.
Probably the most famous artists to paint with encaustic are the Canadian Tony Scherman and Jasper Johns USA.