by Susan Gregory
Encaustic, oil and charcoal on wood
21.5″ x 21.5″
Art By Susan Gregory
Born in Augusta, GA (1974) and raised in South Carolina, Gregory currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Seriously practicing art throughout her youth, she began oil painting in 1988. After receiving a degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, Gregory pursued her creative interest formally at Western Carolina University (NC), receiving her B.F.A. in Painting and Ceramics. In the summer of 2009, she studied encaustic painting with Fawn Potash at Penland School (NC) and has since committed her work to this medium.
Working in both fine art and craft, Gregory also shares a clay studio and gallery, cone 10 studios, in uptown Charleston, SC. She is a potter and instructor intermittently there while maintaining a painting studio in San Francisco. Gregory’s paintings exhibited recently in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New York and California.
I am an encaustic painter working with layers in oil and transferred imagery. My process includes building a surface in wax with a landscape language, adding an image in carbon or pastel and reworking the entirety of the picture plane with elements in oil. My images are harvested from daily moments either captured photographically and printed in carbon or taken from rubbings of the object directly in pastel and charcoal. Having studied traditionally, it is important to me that the paintings offer a visual refuge in color play and space development. Juxtapositions with the ancient medium of wax and layers in contemporary imagery also interest me. The painting surface is anchored in our connection to place while the objects speak to our shared human experience. As I am passing youth, I note the significance of sentiment and reflection in my life and people universally.