beth schaeffer | paintings
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This series mixes digital photography with encaustic painting. With these photo-encaustics, I try to to use the photographic image as a starting point and then blend the painting and photo together. The wax of the encaustic builds up and breaks away from the flatness of painting, in a tactile way. At the same time, the photographic underlay brings a third dimension, through the ephemeral quality of light.

The way I approach photography is the way I approach painting. To distill down images to their essence, so that they become abstractions. It's all about color texture and pattern, no matter what the subject. I see a certain composition when viewing a subject, and shoot what my eye focuses in on. This is all digital photography, which adds spontaneity to the process.

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