A quick word with... encaustic artist Amie McCarron

A quick word with... encaustic artist Amie McCarron

Amie McCarron is busy getting ready to present new encaustic wax paintings at the upcoming ARTrove exhibition which opens on 5 September in Wellington. She took a few minutes to let us know a bit more about her and what inspires her to create.

My first job was... delivering circulars on my not so cool Raleigh Twenty.

And now the title on my business card is... encaustic artist.

Which really means... I cook up an encaustic medium using resin and beeswax to which I add coloured powdered pigments. Then I get to do the fun stuff of using torches, irons and heatguns to manipulate the wax paints on a wooden art panel.

My day starts with... a latte delivered to me in bed by my husband before getting up to switch on the encaustic hot plate. By the time I have finished breakfast the paints are melted and ready to use.

And ends with... a glass of wine on the couch with my husband, two dogs and two cats.

And in between, I... have to be busy accomplishing something. Working in my home studio, walking the dogs, trying out new recipes for dinner...

My first artistic memory is... watching my Grandmother paint with watercolours and wishing I could get my hands on them. Instead she gave me a pencil and taught me to sketch first which I loved.

If I wasn't doing this, I'd... be designing clothes. From age 11 made my own clothes until recent years when my love of painting took over.

I'm inspired by... nature and the universe. I imagine being able to capture the beauty around us in paint.

I can't live without... my husband or doing something creative.

True 'style' is... being true to yourself. Not letting others define you or your work.

My work in three words is... fiery, luminous and honest.

You can find out more about Amie's work by visiting her website and Facebook page. If you're in Wellington between 5 and 11 September, make sure you stop by the Asteron Life Centre where Amie, along with a number of other artists, will be exhibiting her encaustic wax artwork. A percentage of opening night sales will be donated to the Wellington based Surgical Research Trust who fund critical research into paediatrics, orthopaedics, diabetes and heart disease.