Angela White is another artist who will bring her studio to Artists & Makers soon, and it was my pleasure to get to know her before we all move in!
Angela White holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Painting, a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. She has also attended numerous encaustic painting courses in New York and a painting course in Florence, Italy. Her work is included in private and corporate collections.
Frequent trips to explore the great outdoors and watery landscapes deeply influence her work. One of her goals is to communicate memories of the physical world, as well as emotional and physical responses to one's unique experience of a place. Her philosophy is that everything is in a state of constant motion and change. Whether exploring the motif of the human body, bodies of water, landscapes, abstractions, or a combination of all, she strives to convey the language of spirit and these universal ideas.
Tell us about your work.
Lately I work mostly in encaustic and love to teach encaustic workshops in my studio. I also paint in oil and create mixed media work. The subject matter and inspiration often change, but there is usually a theme of movement. I generally know what I have in mind to create when I go to the studio, but then there are always happy surprises that happen in the work.
What's something people who aren't familiar with you/your work should know about you?
My first painting lessons consisted of private instruction in Chinese Painting, and I've been told many times that my work often returns to that aesthetic.
Encaustic on Wood
24 x 30 Inches
Who are your biggest influences and why?
Artists I am most influenced by at this time are Cecily Brown, Anselm Kiefer, Jennifer Bartlett and JMW Turner. These and others have inspired me to take different paths in my art, sometimes in the subtlest of ways. Some people are surprised that I have also studied some of the healing arts and work as a massage therapist part time. I believe there is a relationship with sharing your energy in the visual arts as well as in the healing arts.
How do you pay it forward with other artists or people interested in art?
In addition to teaching encaustic painting workshops in my studio to adults, I have teaching experience as a K-12 art educator for 28 years which has given me the opportunity to 'mentor' many young people who have gone on to study art in colleges and art schools. I believe it has always helped them that I encouraged them to be individuals and recognize art as one of the few places where they still can be that. I've had very close artist friends most of my adult life. We have critiqued, mentored, shared studios and encouraged each other over the years.
Encaustic on Wood
18 x 24 Inches
What advice do you have for artists new to the metro DC scene?
Stay connected with each other. Get out as much as you can and go to museum exhibitions, gallery openings, and open studios to view the art of other people. Spend some time sincerely talking with other artists about their process and how their work is going. When you can afford it, buy art from other artists even if it’s a small piece. Don't be afraid to buy what you like. Be welcoming and generous when people visit your studio and they show an interest in your work. You never know when and how your paths may cross again.
Great advice, Angela, and I'm glad we connected! Please check out her group exhibit "Process and Purpose" at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, Maryland. It runs January 17th through February 14th, 2015 with an art reception on Saturday, January 17th, 4:00 - 7:00pm
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