Sandra Sedmak Engel
NEW ARTWORK ARRIVES DECEMBER 1st
Art was a means of communicating without speaking when I was young and painfully shy. Figurative elements have always found their way into my work, regardless of subject matter. I want the viewer to see how the lines and energy I use relate to humanity. How we are all connected through life’s cycle.
I choose to paint with encaustics – painting with layer upon pigmented layer of beeswax. The physicality of the process – carving, scraping, burning into the wax – allows me to release the energy inside of me, incorporating light and depth into my work. Digging deep into the wax mimics my intent to dig deep within a person to show who they really are.
I often paint Rubanesque women. Capturing the twist of a hip, the lovely line of a neck, frees me. My figures are real and truthful. Curves are celebrated. I paint moments, hoping the viewer embraces the beauty we all feel inside.
A Maryland native, Sandra has lived in Baltimore, Md for the last 19 years. She holds a BFA with honors from the University of Maryland, and is very involved in many local arts organizations. While serving on the board of School 33 Arts Center as the Artists Representative, she was an integral part of initiating the Member's Gallery. She is an honorary member of The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show in Philadelphia, Pa.
Sandra is currently teaching encaustic painting workshops at both art centers, as well as in studio.