Artist's Bio

Janet C Hickok

Janet C Hickok

has been working exclusively in encaustic painting for the last 7 years. Hickok is the current President of the Alaska Chapter of International Encaustic Artists and also the Chapter Development Director for IEA. She teaches the process of encaustic painting in her west Anchorage Shorecrest Studios. She continues to explore and develop technique with the wax and uses mixed media to highlight and accent her work. In addition to privately commissioned works and participation in juried art shows, she has had solo and group shows at Doriola's, Virtu Gallery, Ptarmigan Gallery as well as galleries in Oregon and California. Her paintings hang in many private collections, as well as public and corporate collections around the world. She is represented locally at Stephans Fine Art gallery in the Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska.

Artist's Statement:

I have worked primarily in watercolor, pastel and thrown pottery throughout my life, but my most recent passion and interest is painting with encaustic. Working with heated and pigmented beeswax is captivating because its fluidity, translucency, luminosity and inherent charm leave countless opportunities for inspiration. I relish interacting with the painting by working and re-working the wax, most often in an unstructured and impulsive manner, until if feels finished. "I feel as though I can completely express myself and my ideas with a zeal and 'lack of restrictions' that I've not experienced in other media. Encaustic paints allow me to let go of my usual reticence and set-methods of painting - to work without restraints, all-out, with no reserve - It is astounding and inexplicably liberating."