About the Artist:
Our lives are made up of serendipity and twists of fate; a series of choices we make and choices made for us by others; and finding and being found. For me, these paths have converged to define me as the person and the artist I am today.
My art is inspired by life’s moments along these paths. Living and traveling through England, Scotland, and Ireland. Musical concepts. Literary works. Everyday objects. Photography. Complex and rewarding relationships. Colour, lines, contrast, form and movement.
I didn't set out to be a specific type of artist, but as my portfolio evolved so did my exploration of colour and art mediums. I began to notice patterns I hadn't intended but am now pleased with. My unique colour palate combined with both traditional and non-traditional methodologies result in abstract, intuitive art where colour and line playfully interact. This allows me to explore colour and its saturation for colour’s sake.
My current series, Beautifully Broken Things, is rooted in the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which treats the breakage and repair of an object as part of its history rather than something to disguise. I have extended this to include all of us, beautiful in our fragility, broken physically or emotionally, and more beautiful for having had these experiences.
Francine J Bauer currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida.
About the Workshop:
Beginning Paperclay and Encaustic Workshop
Encaustic is a fun and versatile medium made from beeswax and damar resin. Colour can also be added to your clear medium and is applied while heated to approximately 220 degrees. The medium is then applied in layers and fused with a heat gun between each layer.
Students will learn the basics of encaustics, and techniques to use in working on a 3D piece. In addition, they will learn sculpting techniques, one involving scraping a prepared board. They will make and complete 2 projects, a vase sculpted by them with paperclay, and a piece on a 6 x 6 cradled board.
What to Bring:
Prior to the workshop, students will be sent a list of ideas for found objects to use in creating their pieces. All encaustic supplies will be provided by TRA.
Something to drink and a bag lunch to eat.
$50 for members, $65 for non members.
An estimated $30 (or less) materials fee will be due the day of the workshop.
Click the button below or email Patti Kenney to register for this workshop.