6 Questions with encaustic painting artist Lori Austill


Encaustic (beeswax) painting artist Lori Austill is set to appear in the Art Providence Show November 8-10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

What do you love most about making your work?          

I love following my heart and the process of listening to what happens at each moment as I create. I think of creating as being a conversation between myself and the painting, and I love seeing the life of a painting evolve until it says "Hello, I've arrived!!”


Tell us about your creative process. How do you decide what to make/do when you go into your studio?
It's mostly an intuitive process. Even though I've been creating all my life, I still find the "blank canvas"" daunting, so I've found it helpful to start and work on numerous pieces over time.      


Who or what has had the most influence on your work?

Dancing, music, gardening, absorbing the magic of our beautiful planet, and being closely connected to people in my life all makes a huge difference for my creative being. Bonnard, Monet, Degas, Diebenkorn, and many other artists have influenced me greatly. Learning to trust and enjoy my own mind and not be urgent about the results, enjoying the journey, has also been a crucial influence on my work.


What sets your work apart from that of others in the same category? 

I would say that I am a painter first and foremost and for many encaustic artists their work is more about the wax than it is about the painting. However, the craft of painting with wax is incredibly interesting and an integral part of my work.


Current Playlist - what do you listen to while making your work?

My husband is a fabulous jazz guitarist, so I am blessed with lots of live jazz in my home/studio!!


What’s your philosophy on keeping craft alive?

Honestly, I think any way we can address the climate crisis is crucial to keeping my craft alive, along with the rest of the planet! Encaustic painting has existed since the ancient Egyptians and is an amazing medium to work with. It's also a lovely way to promote yet another way that bees are magic and crucial to our happiness and survival.


Lori’s work appears on this year’s tickets!






Laura Burkett