Larain Matheson

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Encaustic, Collage, Mixed Media

My work is inspired by nature. I paint colorful landscapes and abstracts using oils in encaustic wax. I paint and fuse each layer of paint to create an original work of art.

Larain Matheson, artist at work.
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See my art at the Discovery Gallery and at the Dolphin Gallery

     My inspiration and passion come from the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water; and from nature, where rocks, landscapes, skies, and ocean influence me. As Matisse said, “the artist is an explorer.” That I am! I love to explore the medium of encaustic and collage.

     Creating new compositions from living on the northern California coast is endless. It influences my imagery from realism to abstract. I love to abstract from nature with oil paint and beeswax, and then fuse each layer with a torch to create transparencies of layers. This Encaustic process takes on many layers -- 5-20 -- and the sensuality of the wax and oil moving keeps my focus.

     Encaustic painting is labor intensive where I am mixing my own oil paint into bars of wax as well as liquid medium.

     I received an M.F.A from UCLA where I was fortunate to study with Richard Diebenkorn. I studied with J. De Feo from the San Francisco Art Institute, both well-known contemporary California artists.

     I have exhibited my work nationally, in many galleries and museums. San Pedro Museum of Art in L.A, Colorado and in Santa Fe, N.M. with the Encaustic Art Institute. Locally, in Gualala, I am in the Dolphin Gallery and a member of the Discovery Gallery Collective, Gualala Art Center, and Mendocino Art Center. 

     I am painting inner and outer landscapes and am influenced by the natural architecture of the land. Connecting to life through line, color and form, I try to capture the magic moment where the seen and unseen is made more visible. I welcome you to my ocean studio for the tour and look forward to sharing my work with you.