My mixed media encaustic work is inspired by the process of going through boxes of letters, diaries and other mementos from my childhood. I enjoy delving into long forgotten memories, seeing the handwriting and hearing the voice of relatives that are no longer with us through old letters, maps and other keepsakes. I have been drawn to painting birds, childhood pets that have always captivated me for their personalities, expressions and for the many cultures that associate them as spiritual messengers from the dead. The encaustic medium allows for layers and also seals and veils images, much like hazy remembrances of times and people from my history. I enjoy incorporating little snippets of old letters, maps of places I have spent time, antique books and magazine pages- giving new life to these ‘old’ things, serving as a bridge and connecting the past to the present. These little paintings feel like letters from a long time ago, hazy in their faded imagery and slightly bittersweet.
My illustrations are inspired by the natural world, parenthood, teaching and my daily painting practice. Sometimes my quicker paintings turn into something larger, but often they exist on their own as a 20-30 minutes meditation on my day. I’ve found that searching for something to paint at the end of a long day has helped me to appreciate and find beauty in the world around me.
I earned my MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in 2004 and have also studied at the Art Students League, SVA, SMFA and Lesley University. I have been teaching high school art since 2006. I am currently a member of the Fine Arts Department Faculty at Wayland High School.
To see more of my work please visit my website at veroniquelatimer.com