Claire Rooney

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Originally from Kyle of Lochalsh, I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2006 with a BA(hons) in Fine Art (painting).

Living in Glasgow I worked as a community artist with Artlink Central. I worked with groups of individuals who experience disability or disadvantage, helping to give creative workshops in prisons, hospitals and community centres.

I have exhibited work in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and with a touring exhibition in the Highlands.

Moving to Inverness in 2009 and inspired by the stunning scenery I began to concentrate on my own work, rediscovering and familiarising myself with the light and atmosphere of the highlands.

Looking for a medium that would express this ever changing environment I discovered encaustic painting and was immediately captured by its beautiful translucent and sculptural qualities.

Encaustic painting is an ancient process of melting beeswax with resin. A technique used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, and can still be seen today!
The encaustic wax can be coloured using natural powder pigments or oil paint. The heated wax is brushed on to a prepared surface; heat is then applied to fuse the layers together. The wax can be built up, carved, sculpted or melted to create a variety of different textures and effects.
I like to experiment with a number of techniques; inlaying text, images, old postcards, using spray paint, wire, nails, found objects… the list is endless!
I find this a satisfyingly physical process that tolerates trial, error and change, creating complex surface qualities and allows each work to establish its identity in unexpected ways.

“Care of Encaustic Art:- these paintings are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving a painting in a car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustic colours tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your painting appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.”

For more information please see the artists own website Claire Rooney


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