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A Portfolio of Encaustic Media by Michele Barnes

A collage with large shapes of flat colourCollage of WCU Creek

Michele Barnes was born in California, studied art in New York, and currently lives and works in Virginia. The artist is fascinated with nature and biology, and uses encaustic media to explore the aesthetics and forms of the natural world. 

An encaustic painting depciting an autumnal treeFall, encaustic


I like the way that Michele uses encaustics to her advantage in portraying not only the forms of her subjects, but also their unique textures. Encaustic -- a painting technique that utilizes molten beeswax mixed with pigment and fused to the artistic substrate -- allows for the buildup of sculptural moments on otherwise two-dimensional artworks. Michele’s works often feature textures like tree branches and flower petals with slightly raised detailing to create a more tactile viewing experience.

A screen capture of Michele Barnes' art portfolio


Michele works in a variety of other media across her portfolio. Her acrylic and mixed media artworks capture elements of nature with a fragmentary, collaged aesthetic, emphasizing impressions of subjects rather than focusing on detail.

An encaustic painting of an echinacea flowerEchinacea, encaustic

About the author

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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