This spring, an artist residency on the island of Maui presented the perfect backdrop for my new series of layered encaustic abstract paintings. My love of travel and discovery is the thread that connects all my paintings, and as I traversed the islands of Kauai and Maui, I discovered places that were full of possibility and inspiration. Being an ardent observer, I found hidden coves teeming with fish, sunbathers, surfers, sea turtles, and sailboats, all soaked in Hawaiian-infused colors. On other days, I walked barefoot on solitary beaches and watched lone birds flying low over the surf.

Space Gallery

Space Gallery

My painting technique includes working with warm (180-degree) pigmented beeswax on a heated palette, adding inks and mixed media. Using brushes, razors, kitchen tools, and torches, each painting has approximately 15 layers of fused, pigmented wax applied to the panel. Through additive and subtractive painting techniques, each work takes anywhere from one month to six weeks to complete. I typically rotate working on three paintings at a time, letting each one cool completely before returning to it to add another wax layer.

Patricia Aaron  July 2015



Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

   -Mary Oliver