Tamera Abate

     Using the ancient technique of encaustic, a Greek word meaning “to burn in”, Abaté creates abstract images with sometimes as may as 30 layers of fluid beeswax, tree sap and pigment. With the heat from a propane torch, she allows shapes to arise organically within specific fields of color. As the wax and pigments merge to form a single entity, there is a visible push and pull of energy, allowing the life-force of the materials to enter the painting.

     As abstract as her paintings are, there is no doubt that her images arise from her reverence of the natural world. Raised under the vast open sky and ever-changing tapestry of wheat fields in Eastern Washington, she responds to the dynamic of the horizon line separating yet pairing fields of color. With these methods she produces a tangible record of her experiences as an explorer and student of her surroundings. Her journeys abroad and fascination with the fluidity of the sea are evident in her current body of work.

     Abaté presently concentrates on encaustic painting, but she has also worked in mixed media, oils, and clay. She works full-time as an artist in her home studio in the mountains of North Central Washington and is represented by several galleries. She exhibits her work in group and solo shows, and sells her work on-line. Her art is held in private collections both national and international, and her work has been published in books and magazines.

Viewers are drawn to her work for their rich textures and colors and for the deeply felt layers of experience that are apparent in the inward workings of the image she creates. There is a studied awe imbued in her work that she seeks to share with her viewers as she continues to find inspiration in the natural world.