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Oil, Encaustic, and Watercolour art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An abstracted painting of a deerIn Motion, encaustic

Catherine Radix Mansell is an artist based in Rhode Island. The artist paints in a variety of media, including oil, encaustic, and watercolour, with the latter works employing a style influenced by traditional Asian painting techniques. 

An abstract artwork made in oil and cold wax mediumSail Away, oil and cold wax


Even organized into galleries according to very different media and techniques, there’s still a sense of cohesion in Catherine’s portfolio that I find quite satisfying. The artist leans into pastel colour palettes in many of her works -- her encaustic and oil pieces provide a beautiful contrast between the heavy, almost sculptural medium and airy shades of light blue and yellow. In many cases, the artist blends together multiple media and styles, producing works in oil and encaustic that draw on traditional watercolour techniques, serving as interesting visual experiments. 

The front page of Catherine Radix Mansel's art portfolio


I also appreciate the balance between abstract and figurative work in Catherine’s portfolio. Many pieces toe the line between the two disciplines, suggesting figures that never quite resolve. In other works, the artist builds up abstract shapes that become figures in their own right.

A painting of forest scene made in a traditional Asian styleBreak, watercolour

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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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