I am a Louisville, Kentucky native and have been creating all of my life. My earliest memories are of paper and paint and cloth. It is in my genes. My father was a wood worker. Grandmothers were quilters. Brother a painter. Mother a crocheter. Aunt a weaver. If it was a craft, my family was involved. I grew up in a family that makes things. So I make things.
I find my inspiration in materials. The mediums and means of making. I am also hopelessly in love with the shapes, textures, and glaze techniques of Japanese pottery, and try to emulate those characteristics in my paintings.
My preferred color palettes are neutral. The colors are meant to enhance, but never compete, with the composition of a piece. My hope is to elicit a desire to look closer, or even touch the work, in an attempt to discern its details. That the beauty is not in the boldness of the piece, but in the subtle beauty of its character.
My works are now primarily in encaustic, although I am continually experimenting with new processes and materials to enhance my artistic practice. I consider all my creative endeavors to be adventures in discovery. To find new ways to look at traditional practices. Experiments to push my own knowledge of materials and tools. I am self taught. Unafraid to fail (in the studio), and a life-long student of this wonderful world of making.
To see more of my work and process follow me on Instagram @tamara_lepianka_art