Larain Matheson - Acrylics, Encaustics, Oil,
Mixed Media, Jewelry

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My work has evolved from living on the northern coast of California. I paint into the colors and forms that emerge and how they connect to the elements,:earth, air, fire and water. ENCAUSTIC has become an inspirational medium for me for the past 6 years in expressing nature, the rocks, skies, ocean, and landscapes. Beeswax, oil paint and a torch are my tools. I love fusing the color I brush on with wax to create layers of transparencies. I experiment with various papers on wood. The process brings me to abstract from the natural architecture of the land and sea.

I studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1972. There, Richard Diebenkorn worked with me as a professor of art and I was influenced by his bold abstract work. I also studied at the San Francisco art Institute working with J. De Feo, a well-known abstract expressionist. Presently, my work has evolved and I continue to exhibit at galleries and art centers in California, Colorado and the Encaustic Art Gallery in Santa Fe. I presently teach encaustic workshops at my studio in Gualala. I have lived in Mexico and the Southwest, and worked with native people. Their unique colors and environment have influenced my work. I have won awards in the Bay Area at juried shows and more recently at the Mendocino Art Center Juried Members Show in January 2013.
I will be exhibiting many mediums at the Studio Discovery Tour; pastels, figurative drawings, acrylic, jewelry, as well as new encaustic wax and oil paintings. My journey is to create new works that expand my senses of place, opening up new spaces to fill with color, making the unseen more "visible".

Contact Information:

Larain Matheson
PO Box 1585
Gualala, CA 95445

Phone: 707-884-3660