Sunday, June 13, 2010

Robin VanHoozer: Artist Interview —
Flow and Control Show

Robin VanHoozer in her studio

Lynette: Can you share with my readers a little about yourself?
Robin: I’m a native of Missouri was raised in a background rich in history and nature.  I began painting in encaustic paint when I was working on my Master’s degree.  I studied Materials and Techniques under the head painting conservator at the Nelson/Atkins Museum of Art, Mr. Forrest Bailey.  He brought out an ancient Fayum portrait for me to examine up close and I could imagine still smelling the honey!  I was hooked! Another painting instructor noticed my interest in wax and shared a magazine article about an encaustic artist in which R and F Handmade Paints was mentioned.  I received a grant to begin my encaustic studio.  My studio is located in the historic Museum Hill District of St. Joseph, Missouri.

I received my MA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and have attended encaustic workshops at San Francisco through R and F Handmade Paints and at the Women’s Studio Workshop at Rosendale, New York.  Recently my work was on display in the office of Senator Claire McCaskill in Washington, D.C.  My work has also been featured on the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I have exhibited in several local venues in the Kansas City area including the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph.
This is my first time at the Encaustic Conference!

Lynette: Please describe a bit about your process.
Robin: My creative process begins first and foremost with drawing.  Drawing is at the heart of what I create.  Mark making is fundamental.  I want the marks that I put in the surface of the wax to be beautiful, have strength about them, and tell a story.  Even fine delicate marks should have power.  The marks made in a painting should engage the viewer.  In By Day II, special attention was given to the marks and surface texture.  Mark making is one of my strengths.

By Day II, 2009
15" x 45" encaustic on panel

Robin: This work is part of a series of 10 paintings for a show I had this spring in Mission, Kansas. The show was titled By Day and By Night.  Each piece reflected the continuity of day into night.  More information on this show is available if you want.

Lynette: Do you have other jobs other than making art?
Robin: Yes, I’m a teacher.

You can see more of Robin's work at: www.robinvanhoozerart.com 
Thank you Robin!

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