Out a surrealist palette of deep maroon, hot pink, and burnt orange, Cathy Nichols creates an enchanted forest that stands out against an calming, indigo night sky. At the center of this vivid thicket stands a tent that appears to glow softly suggesting the joy and camaraderie of the happy campers nestled inside.
Cathy creates each vibrant artwork using beeswax encaustic paint. Used by ancient Greek and Egyptian portrait makers, encaustic is a centuries-old art making technique that uses melted colored beeswax to create glossy drawings. She then takes high-resolutions scans of the original paintings. She prints the images using an artisan printer and then adheres the prints onto the birch panels using acrylic medium. To finish, she hand-embellishes each print with glittering rhinestones and uses a rubber-tipped tool to create an intriguing and one-of-a-kind texture. Handmade in Asheville, North Carolina, and signed by the artist.