Name: Kate Miller
Address: 4301 Seagate Lane N. St. Augustine, FL 32083
Gallery affiliation: Butterfield Too
Bio: MFA- Univ of S. Fla
Public school art teacher in Polk and Hillsborough counties-8 year
Adjunct Art Professor at Fla Southern College, Hillsborough CC, Univ S. Fl,
Full time Art professor at Fl Keys CC 2000-2009
In spring 2009 I moved from the Keys to N. Fla. and began spending time on my own work and teaching workshops in Encaustic at Butterfield Too in St. Augustine
I am scheduled to teach an Encaustics workshop at MOCA in Oct 2010 and some classes at UNF beginning in August 2010.
allowing yourself to watch, seek and make the connections.
Encaustic painting is an ancient medium of applying molten or melted beeswax and resin to an absorbent surface. It began in Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Jackson Johns and others brought it back to popularity in the 50s and 60s and today it is enjoying a new popularity among serious artists and creative people. It can be used with pigment, oil paints and other mixed media, it is a great medium for collage and transfer and its surface can be manipulated in a variety of ways on both 2 and 3-D surfaces. It is also delicious to work with, like burning beeswax candles.
I am a mixed media artist. I work in any medium that captures my interest and accomplishes the needs of the current work. I begin with a thought, an image, a found object, something I overhear or read. Sometimes the stimulous for a piece or a series comes from an emotional state of mind. Relationships occur in random happenstance. I rely on serendipity, coincidental or intentional, Im never exactly sure. Chance, choice and the process of trial and error eventually makes a connection, I stop. It is a piece. Currently I am infatuated with wax, it is luxurious and sensuous, it melts, melds and creates a membrane for my work. It is indeed the tissue that holds the mirad of stuff that is my work. It is like skin. As I work, juxtapositions that seem to randomly happen give reason to vast disconnection I feel in everyday life I observe, and listen, draw and paint, I read, write and make things. I watch, seek and connect. My work continually reinvents who and what I am . It is a construction of self.