Opening at Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA


First Portrait of 2012

Sylvie, encaustic and mixed media, 40x40" ©Marybeth Rothman

Sylvie has emerged first in this new year from a group of paintings that I was working on at the end of 2011. Disclaimer: photographed under studio lighting with a point and shoot, the color is a bit off.  I love being in my studio in the winter, got to get back to work.

Best Wishes for Happy and Healthy New Year

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness  and just be happy.  Guillaume Apollinaire

The Clarksburg Decision, encaustic and mixed media, 40×40″ © Marybeth Rothman 2011

Encaustic and Mixed Media Painting Studio Newsletter

I just finished my first quarterly Studio Newsletter and would like to send it to you. I just found out that Constant Contact will cancel my account if I enter your email address and send the newsletter to you without your permission. I’m sending it out tonight and will send the next one  in April.   Click here to subscribe to my quarterly Studio Newsletter.

Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism

"Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism", encaustic and mixed media, 40"x40" ©Marybeth Rothman

Typically my encaustic mixed media portraits, include vintage photography. Recently I decided to branch out and use my own photography. Posted here is a portrait of one of my sons.

After many months of following my son Jack with a camera, I realized this would not only be portrait of him, but also his autism. I recorded the severity of this disorder that has defined his place in the world, excluded him from society, and denied him the beauty and subtleties of life.  Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism is a story told from a distant, isolated and awkward place. Armed with a only a few utterances, Jack wanders through the world overwhelmed by words and sounds that he cannot understand and people he will never know.  Jack responds to the world viscerally, indifferent and at times with small sparks of recognition.   The photograph that I chose for this painting portrays my son as he blocks out the sound in an ordinary situation, which for him is a swirling storm that he cannot navigate.

My encaustic and mixed media approach to portraits is cumulative, adding many subtle layers of paint, paper, and photographs to form an amalgam of biographical texture. In response to this intensive examination in Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism, I worked more intuitively. I observed that I had unconsciously added more layers than usual of biographical annotation, more vigorous incising, scraping and a rougher surface. I sculpted and enlarged the image to allow for more intimacy between the viewer and the work. The interplay of the opacity and translucency of the encaustic paint became an essential element in this narrative portrait. The many-layered process created a visual depth that uniquely describes the complex life of this young man.

Exhibiting at Clark University

Above left: Camile 7:17 pm, encaustic and mixed media.

Exhibiting in New Views of Encaustic Art

The Clarksburg Decision, encaustic and mixed media, 40"x40". ©2011 Marybeth Rothman

I am exhibiting in New Views of Encaustic Art at the Carroll House Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, September 5- October 2, 2011.  This exhibition was curated by Peter Roos, and includes work by Laura Moriarty, Kevin Frank, Francisco Benitez and Leah MacDonald.

I’m Ready Irene

I am 9 miles north of NYC and awaiting Irene’s arrival with 80 mph winds in a few hours. Today I dragged it in or tied it down, filled the tub, bought water, flashlights and made chocolate cupcakes. I moved my paintings out of the studio and covered them… maybe a little belt and suspenders. I also moved my drawers of encaustic paint…ahh so beautiful.  Fingers crossed.  I’m ready Irene.

Summer Work in Progress

Fern, triptych 30"x72", encaustic and mixed media

I always work on several paintings at the same time so that I can maintain some sort of critical perspective. This tryptich, Fern has been appearing on my work table off and on throughout the summer. She’s a work in progress. The color is a bit off in this photo because it was taken by me.

>Juror’s Award, 5th International Encaustic Conference


Self Portrait
encaustic and mixed media,  2011

Last weekend, I was given the Juror’s Award  for my encaustic and mixed media painting, Self Portrait  in the Beeline Exhibition at the 5th International Encaustic Conference by Francine D’Olimpio, juror and owner of the Kobalt Gallery on Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts.  The painting will be on exhibition through 6.17.11 at the Kobalt Gallery.  The International Encaustic Conference, founded by artist,  Joanne Mattera is now is conjunction with Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.  The Encaustic Conference draws from an international roster of exhibiting artists who are fully engaged with the medium of pigmented wax for a three day weekend of lectures and demonstrations in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Additionally, there are five days of post conference workshops.   I had a fabulous time at the conference. There were great lectures, demos, wonderful artists, sun, sea and lots of Lobstah.