Dusty is an encaustic* artist based out of Georgia who has been creating art for over 20 years. His goal as an artist is to have the viewer become aware that through a three dimensional world we have access to a world that can’t be seen. His work are unique creations that use depth, form, and color to explore and mirror life. His work lives in many private and public collections around the world, including Delta Airlines, The Ritz Carlton, and Neiman Marcus.
What draws you to working in encaustics, wax, and other mixed media?
I was drawn to encaustics because of the luminescent qualities beeswax offers when poured on plexiglass panels in thin layers. Light passes through these luminescent layers into the space behind the surface of the wax where color can be applied creating three dimension on a two dimensional work of art.
What three words would you use to describe your artwork?
Peaceful, serene, and dimensional
You operate a zero-waste studio. Can you describe “upcycling” and how that factors into your work?
Among plexiglass, I also use found objects such as old doors and wood scrap and cut them down to size. Every piece of plexi and wax that is cut has a scrap piece left over that gets reused in the next piece of art. It’s the old saying “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
If you could have coffee with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
The Father in Heaven is the ultimate artist and where I get my inspiration from daily. He’s actually a good listener. The trick is to slow down enough to be able to listen to Him. Every artist that ever lived got their inspiration from Him as well, whether they knew it or not.
In keeping with the theme of your current exhibition WARM WATERS, where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world?
I’m an island junkie! Anywhere island. They afford a different pallet on the horizon every sunset.
To learn more about Dusty and to see what work we have available in the gallery, click here. His WARM WATERS work will be hanging until August 28th and he is also available for commissions.
*Encaustic painting is a mixed media technique that involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, although canvas and other materials are often used. The term is derived from Greek, meaning a burning in.
— Logan Sutton, Gallery Curator