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ARTIST STATEMENT:

Through the framework of landscape, I paint expressively to unearth meaningful emotions. Guided by my intuition and reflecting on a sense of place, I apply soft, luminous layers of melted beeswax, resin, and pigment to wood panels, building depth and texture. I fuse each layer of encaustic medium with a torch before adding another. By carving, smoothing, and melting, I reveal unique elements of light and color.With its dimensional surface and natural fragrance of organic beeswax, the paintings ignite my sense of touch, smell, and sight, awakening me into a deeper connection with the depths of my spirit.

BIOGRAPHY:

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Kari Hall (Guziec) earned a BA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was there Kari was first introduced to encaustic painting and has kept her concentration on developing work in this medium. She worked successfully as a graphic designer for ten years before leaving to pursue her passion as a full-time artist in 2014. Her work has been shown in many galleries primarily in the Midwest and East Coast. Now based out of the Houston area, when she isn’t in the studio painting, she is spending time with her husband Drew, daughter Rosie, and Bloodhound Harvey.