Tom Brydelsky

“My mixed-media encaustic paintings are an investigation into the emotional responses generated by the natural environment. Composition, atmosphere, and the unique settings I encounter all contribute to these works.
Initially, using a series of photographs I have taken, I manipulate a picture digitally, incorporating various textures and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular environment or object evoked. The resulting image is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting. The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory.”