Subject Tags: bees and birds, birds and bees, bumble bee, honeybees, beeswax, honey bees, honeybee, honey bee, bumblebees, bees, bumblebee, bee, hummingbirds, annas hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, costa rican birds, costa rica, carrie goller birds, nature insprired, nature inspired, nature, birds, exotic bird, bird, hummingbird
Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
What a pleasure to paint this beautiful exotic hummingbird. I never realized how beautiful birds are until I began painting them. Many birds later, I am still fascinated with these creatures. Especially hummingbirds.
Seattle area native multi-media artist Carrie Goller recalls being advised as a child to pursue a career in fine art, but it wasn’t until she battled breast cancer that she became a serious and dedicated artist. Creating art has become a necessity for me. It's both work and play - exhilarating yet restorative. It's the place where I find most balance, says Goller. Goller is lured by simple yet sensuous organic forms and the inspiring realm of colors, shapes and textures found in nature. Her thoughtful approach to subject matter can be evidenced from her tender still life work, along with a passion for rendering impressionist oils of daily life. She transitions easily within a wide range of genres and mixed media, including oil and pastel, as well as ancient mediums such as encaustic (molten pigmented beeswax) and egg tempera. Goller’s approach tends to be experimental with leanings toward the classical. Her work is held in U.S. and international private and corporate collections and she shows in several galleries and museums, including her own Carrie Goller Gallery in Poulsbo, Washington. Goller was featured on King 5 television news; her works have been selected for the Washington State Annual Collective Visions Gallery Shows and she was featured in national magazine, American Art Collector. She is one of ten artists interviewed and featured in Encaustic Art, by Jennifer Margell, published in August 2013. An instructional DVD has been developed of her encaustic painting demonstration and teaching methods and she instructs private groups and arts organizations. Additionally, Goller is one of 500 worldwide signature members juried into Artists for Conservation Foundation, a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. As a colorist, I truly appreciate Carrie Goller’s work. She has a wonderful talent for creative combinations that really do engage the eye, says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. WHAT IS ENCAUSTIC? First used by the Greeks over 2000 years ago, encaustic (beeswax medium) is one of the earliest known forms of painting. The amazing Fayum Mummy Portraits painted with encaustic by the Greeks in Egypt, (late 1st century BCE or the early 1st century CE) are still fresh, vibrant, and exhibited today in the world's greatest museums. Artist Jasper Johns is credited with the modern renaissance of encaustic fine art with his work that began in the 1950's. Painting with encaustic involves melting, applying, then heat fusing layers of beeswax mixed with various mediums. The technique generates a luminous, rich surface that brings visual beauty and depth to the wax. Back from obscurity, modern tools have made the process more practical for encaustic artistry. The protective nature of the beeswax helps maintain freshness and preservation of color, preventing the wax from darkening or turning yellow. Impervious to moisture, these pieces need not be varnished or put under glass. Carrie Goller interprets this ancient medium into contemporary works. Illuminated in brilliant color or delicate opalescence, her compositions encompass oversized serene seascapes & landscapes, to tiny whimsical country scenes. Goller states, "I do not consider myself an 'encaustic artist', although I have instructed and work in that method. I am an artist that works in a variety of media; encaustic just happens to be one of them. The idea and expression of the work inspires me more than the technique itself."