Johanne Lamarche


Using tools other than traditional brushes, my approach to art is process-driven, rooted in imagination, emotion and intuition. Using the ancient art of beeswax in oil paint, my technique is as additive as it is substractive, building layers then scraping them back to reveal surprises. Beeswax allows for the creation of gorgeous patina, texture, depth and luminosity. Intentions, phrases and patterns often hide in the layers. Rather than paint what I see, my goal is to create an abstract interpretation of the world, a visual poetry that seeks to make an intimate connection with the viewer whose own emotional response to the work completes the painting. My work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM and in private collections in the US, Canada and Europe. I was one of the artists chosen to represent Pennsylvania in the 200 Artists/50 States show at MEA in Santa Fe, NM in 2019. My work has appeared in juried shows locally, nationally and internationally. I am proud to be included in the 47th Art Show and Sale at the Academy of Notre Dame.