Excavating Abstract Histories and Ruins in Oil and Cold Wax: Artist Serena Barton Shares Her Layered Painting Technique
Artist Serena Barton says she's an archeologist at heart. Ruins, history and forgotten pasts inspire her layered oil and cold wax abstract paintings. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, actively teaching and exhibiting all around the city, including an online oil and cold wax course and shows at Gallery 114 in the Pearl District. She'll be a participating artist in the annual Portland Open Studios Tour which will be virtual this year due to the pandemic. Without further ado, let's watch Serena's amazing layering and texture painting technique. We love seeing her roll, brush, scrape and chisel away until the painting is perfect.
Tell us briefly about your art:
I build up many layers of paint mixed with cold wax medium, creating a complex and nuanced surface. I reveal some of what came before by incising and scraping back areas of the painting. Painting allows me to share what I can't say in words, allowing each piece to tell its own story.
What is your main medium of art?
Oil/Cold Wax Painting
What are your website and links?
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