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The Encaustic and Calligraphy Portfolio of Michele Barnes

A wax painting of some red jellyfishRed Jellyfish, encaustic

Virginia Beach artist Michele Barnes is trained in encaustic and calligraphy techniques. Her portfolio encompasses these, and other artistic techniques, such as plein air painting and bookmaking.

An encaustic painting of an underwater sceneBlue and Red Jellyfish, encaustic


I’m taken by the incredibly vibrant colors that Michele achieves through her encaustic works. The artist tends to favor plant and animal subject matter, and scenes from nature – some of the artist’s recent wax artworks depict underwater landscapes, and creatures such as crabs and jellyfish. I enjoy the way Michele toes the line between realism and surrealism, rendering forms in mostly realistic detail, but taking colors just outside the realm of the real and natural.

A screen capture of Michele Barnes' art


There’s an experimental edge to much of the work in Michele’s portfolio, like in her drawings and prints, where a variety of different techniques produce an equal variety of different aesthetics. Abstractions that flow across the entirety of the substrate appear frequently, created via different processes.

An abstract monotype print with curling lines of red and blackConvoluted Monotype, monotype with paper lithography

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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