Tamara Lepianka is a contemporary artist from central Kentucky, USA working primarily with encaustic medium to create textured, abstract paintings. The works are reminiscent of aerial landscapes, the striations of geographical formations, or revealing the recesses and alcoves of hidden worlds. Each piece is created using complex brushwork and torch techniques enhanced with mixed media materials resulting in organic, natural pieces that compliment both modern and traditional spaces. Her work is in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Australia.
A PAINT MADE FROM BEESWAX AND TREE SAP
Encaustic medium is a mixture of beewax and damar resin, a tree sap. This combination creates a durable, 100% natural, archival medium used by artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. Originally used to waterproof ships, coloring the wax with pigments eventually led to decorating ships with iconography. There are surviving encaustic paintings that are over 3,500 years old, some of which are part of the Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and museums around the world.