Foster Harrison, Victoria

Studio: Curly Girl Art Studio
Studio & Mail Address: 263 Greenview Lane, Port Ludlow, WA 98365
Phone: 206-779-0154
Email: artist@VictoriaFosterHarrison.com
Website: www.VictoriaFosterHarrison.com
Teacher/Instructor: Yes (see bottom of page)
Media: mixed media, encaustic, print making

Exhibits and events with Northwind

2017, 2016 Art Port Townsend Studio Tour | 2016, 2015 Art in the Library | 2015 The Printmakers Hand

Artist Statement

I garden just to get my hands full of dirt. I love wrinkled elbows. My hair is curly and has a mind of its own and never behaves. I adore making messes in my art studio and bravely choose not to apologize for the jumble.

My whole personality includes being a “right brain – left brain thinker”. Intuitive and analytical. Thoughtful and logical. Leaving my “left brain” qualities at the studio door helps me find deeper intuition.

Encaustic printmaking takes me into a spontaneous realm with warp speed. It’s fast, unstructured and free. I release my sense of precision to enjoy the wild ride. The beauty of nature eternally inspires me, but my only real motivation is BABY, I JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN.

Biography

Victoria works with Encaustic Printmaking in her Port Ludlow, WA home studio. With a passion for printmaking and paper mixed in with an acrylic painting background, she adores creating free-flowing and intuitive prints.

A member of Women Painters of Washington in Seattle, the Northwind Arts Center and Port Ludlow Artists League, she also shows her work at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Encaustic printmaking, a new and appealing technique in the encaustic world, involves applying pigmented beeswax to a warmed aluminum plate, then manipulating the melting wax with a variety of strokes and tools. A sheet of Japanese paper is laid on the palette and the beeswax image is embedded. Once the paper is lifted off, a hand-pulled monotype has
been created. The original prints can be done with one pull, multiples pulls, and also might be drenched in clear beeswax to create additional transparency.

The artist embraces the Japanese wabi-sabi theory of finding the “beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”; wrinkles, spots and blobs are welcome features in her encaustic prints.

Victoria is currently working on new mixed-media panels that combine rusted Japanese paper, rusted/dyed silk and encaustic monotypes.

Art Instructor/Teacher

Victoria teaches Beginning Encaustic Printmaking. Classes currently taught at the Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island and at her home studio in Port Ludlow. Encaustic printmaking involves a heated surface, anywhere from a pancake griddle to a professional aluminum printing palette, without the use of a printing press. Pigmented beeswax is applied directly to the warm plate, and moved around with a variety of tools – kitchen spatula, string, brushes – whatever the imagination can drum up. A sheet of paper is laid on the surface of wax, and lifted to create a monotype of beeswax imbedded in paper. Encaustic printmaking encourages go-with-the-flow spontaneous work, particularly excellent for the artist who wants to loosen up, and great for the non-artist who wants a new experience. Perfect for anyone who has the urge to play and explore.

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