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  • "I have a love for nature and all that it represents-calm, peace, love, joy, beauty, change, and new life.  I hope to channel these feelings into all who view my paintings."

    *Artist: Ashley Dull

    Biography

     
    Growing up on a small farm in picturesque Northeast Iowa. Ashley has had a desire to create since she can remember. She took advantage of every opportunity to develop her talent, and by age nine had her first piece of artwork on public display. The beauty of nature that surrounded Ashley while growing up inspired many of her first works of art, and still serves as a basis for detail in many of her paintings. Knowing in her heart what her calling was, Ashley earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Working today as a young and emerging artist, Ashley is located in the Twin Cities area.
     


    Artist Statement

     
    “Painting has brought me a sense of peace that I can find no where else. Somewhere between my head and my hand, the feeling of a connection to the earth and the images in my paintings come alive. I have a love for nature and all that it represents – calm, peace, love, joy, beauty, change, and new life. I hope to channel these feelings into all who view my work. We live in such a busy world where few places of simplicity and serenity seem to exist. Often we forget to slow down, step back, and enjoy the simple pleasures we are surrounded by each day. I want to be able to give people inspiration and a sense of reassurance that as we are all rooted in nature, and part of a bigger thing, faith will follow through in the end.
    As I slow my own life down to paint and let my passion help others come forth, I am always drawn back to the connection we, as humans, have to nature and the power it holds. As you will notice in many of my pieces, trees fascinate me and have become a huge part of how I paint and how I feel when I paint. The strength of a tree is amazingly similar to the strength of the human spirit and the constancy of God. Trees are always changing through the seasons and through cycles of life-they must adapt, heal, grow, sing, and dance. Yet, each day, they remain a sky-reaching pillar of strength. This peace, vigor, and new hope is what I wish to give to audiences. If I can help someone feel a connection to the world around us and a sense of purpose in this life, then I know I have done right by my talent.”
     


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  • Popping Pop

    *Artist: Sylvia Benson

    Biography

    I am a university watercolor professor from Mahtomedi MN, who fell in love with encaustic.  It is my goal to share this remarkable, ancient Greek art form with those who appreciate the “old” becoming contemporary.
    I believe art represents society’s aspiration for the highest interaction a culture can attain. Art is originating from the love of creating and the essence of the higher self. Encaustic art represents my way of enjoying and making the world a more beautiful place in which to live.

    Encaustic Painting Process

    Encaustic is a beeswax based paint that is kept molten on a heated palette.  Encaustic paint is simply beeswax, resin, and pigment.  It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish.  The ancient Greeks developed encaustic over 2,000 years ago.  The word encaustic derives from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning “to heat” or “to burn”.  The wax layers of an encaustic painting need to be “burned in”.  This simply means fusing the layers of wax together with heat to ensure that the different layers of wax are bonded together and will not flake apart.  When cool the painting is finished, no further changes ever take place.

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    Popping Poppies | 8 x 12 | Original Wax Encaustic
    Available at the Hudson, WI Gallery


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  • A Simple Path 7x5 Framed

    A Simple Path

    A Simple Path | 7 x 5 | Oil Framed
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • After the Storm- Above Brown's Creek by Ben Bauer, 36x18 Oil, Framed

    After the Storm- Above Brown’s Creek

    After the Storm- Above Brown’s Creek | 36 x 18 | Oil Framed
    at the Woodbury, MN Gallery


    I am most interested as an artist in being inspired by a real situation and or idea and making my own reality of that specific moment, whether it be on location and or in the studio. Taking information from these ideas and making it/them lucid for the viewer which can in terms relate to a memory and or collective thought is always my driving factor.

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  • Afternoon on the River 12x8 Oil $395

    Afternoon on the River

    Afternoon on the River | 12 x 8 | Oil Framed
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • Autumn Colors 5x7 Framed

    Autumn Colors

    Autumn Colors | 5 x 7 | Oil Framed
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • Baileys Harbor Shorefront by Ben Bauer, 12x9 Oil, Framed

    Baileys Harbor Shorefront

    Baileys Harbor Shorefront | 12 x 9 | Oil Framed
    at the Woodbury, MN Gallery


    I am most interested as an artist in being inspired by a real situation and or idea and making my own reality of that specific moment, whether it be on location and or in the studio. Taking information from these ideas and making it/them lucid for the viewer which can in terms relate to a memory and or collective thought is always my driving factor.

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  • Dull-Beautiful-New-Journey-web

    Beautiful New Journey

    Hand Embellished Giclee Canvas

    Giclee Canvas: Available Sizes
    21×16: Hand-embellished by the artist. Artist Proof, limited-edition size of 50.
    36×27: Hand-embellished by the artist. Artist Proof, limited-edition size of 50.
    48×36: Hand-embellished by the artist. Artist Proof, limited-edition size of 50.

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  • Bike Path Trussel - edit

    Bike Path Trussel

    Bike Path Trussel | 20 x 16 | Giclee Canvas
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • Birch of Red Trees 8x12

    Birch of Red Trees


    Birch of Red Trees | 8 x 12 | Wax Encaustic
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • Benson--Birch-Tree-III,-8x1

    Birch Trees III

    Birch Trees III | 8 x 12 | Original Wax Encaustic
    Available at the Woodbury, MN Gallery

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  • Bleeding Hearts Canvas 20x16

    Bleeding Hearts

    Bleeding Hearts | 20 x 16 | Giclee Canvas
    at the Hudson, WI Gallery

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