Penny Treese

Penny Treese, Encaustic Painter

The healing arts saved me during my darkest times and I am dedicated to giving back by using my talents in teaching, guiding and loving through art.


Encaustic painting and collage. Any medium used to teach children's projects.


Artist Statement

Are beauty and aging contradictions in terms?

Penny Treese’s masterful encaustic works invite an answer to this question.
Observing the way our culture treats aging as an evil to avoid, Treese’s technique begins with an out-of-focus photograph of a nude woman on thin paper. She distresses the image with water, wine, coffee, salt and cold—natural elements that age the human body. Finally, applying heat to layers of molten unbleached beeswax and vivid pigment, Treese creates a beauty and integrity from her “aged” work—ultimately answering the afore mentioned question with an empathic and absolute No.

Themes of stillness, presence and reflection are revealed throughout Penny Treese’s paintings, in both her figurative work and sea/landscapes. The interplay of molten unbleached beeswax and lustrous pigment creates images of land and sea, sea and sky, body and figure as field. Using an iron to apply heat and delicate pressure, Treese transforms meticulously manipulated wax and paint. The work occupies a space, fluid between landscape and portraiture, the body as field.

About the Artist - Biography
With encaustic, Penny Treese discovered an unrestricted way of painting that has led her far beyond her training (BS degree in Graphic Design and art, cum laude with honors) and experience in graphic design and traditional instruction in the arts. She stumbled upon the works of an encaustic artist and was taken with the “vibrant pigments, translucency in layering and sensual textures” of the medium. She was, at the same time, exploring how to paint freely and tap into an inner source to paint intuitively. As a result, she left her career as an art director in advertising to follow the path in fine art that opened up to her.

Since, what she terms, her “revelations,” she has realized a long-held dream to be a fine artist and art instructor even as she balances the demands of her life as a wife and mother of three children. She has recently taught within Binder’s Art Supply, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, The Art School of Sandy Springs, Garage Door Studios, Paint Love, Red Deer College-Canada, Spruill Center for the Arts and with nationally known encaustic artist, Michael David’s F.A.W.S.-Fine Arts Workshop & Atelier. In addition, she has attended national conferences of encaustic painting led by prominent artists working in the medium.

In a relatively short time, Penny has been accepted and won awards in a number of juried exhibitions including, most recently, winning Best of Show in a group show and competition at the Decatur Market and Gallery, juried by internationally renowned art critic Bill Arnett. Her paintings hang in numerous private and public collections.


Penny's Projects