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About the Artist


2019 Museum of Encaustic Art, “Permanent Collection Exhibition: 50 States/200 Artists,” Santa Fe, NM 

2019 Art Saint Louis, "Honor Awards Exhibit 2019," St. Louis, MO

2019 Encaustic Art Institute, “No Creative Boundaries – Anything Goes,” Santa Fe, NM (Juror: Ellen Koment)

2019 University of Connecticut Art Gallery, “National Encaustic Exhibition,” Stamford, CT (Curated by Dorothea Osborn)

2018 OA Gallery, "4th Annual ManyMini Exhibit," Kirkwood, MO

2018 d'Art Center, "Merged,"  Norfolk, VA (Juror: Peter Eudenbach)

2018 Art Saint Louis, "Pink Pearl,"  St. Louis, MO (Jurors: Mary Borgman and Brigham Dimick)

2018 Foundry Art Centre, "Micro Macro,"  St. Charles, MO (Juror: Peg Fetter)


2012 E.A.S.T., Cepeda Branch Public Library, Austin, TX


“Eye of the Hurricane,” Sculpture Collection, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM - 2019


Award of Excellence, Art Saint Louis, 2018



The layers of paper and found objects in my sculptures represent the life experiences that shape our minds and bodies. If the surface quality of the paper (the written content, color and images) visually describes the character I am creating, then the inner skeleton of paper becomes the unseen layers of a person’s psyche. 

I enjoy the process of mixing the visible surface-level content with the secret, unseen content of the materials used for structure and bulk to give my characters their own private moments and secret thoughts. Just as with people, sometimes these secrets are private jokes and sometimes they are much darker.


Encaustic Art Institute, 2018
Portrait Society of America, 2019
Missouri Fiber Artists, 2019
Art Saint Louis, 2019
Saint Louis Artist's Guild, 2019





Deanne Row grew up in a family of graphic artists and jazz musicians, which certainly influenced her interest in the arts from an early age. Combining the clarity of design with the improvisation of the jazz and blues around her, her lifelong love of representational portraits and figures has become more expressive as she explores new media and techniques.

She studied French language and art at the Lycee Saint Exupery, in Bellegarde, France, then continued her focus on painting, drawing and art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design. While in college, she worked as a traditional candle carver to pay for art supplies; little did she know that wax would come back into her artistic life much later.

After college, Deanne studied to become a Picture Framer certified in conservation techniques, and framed fine art for a decade before discovering encaustic painting in a client's gallery. She fell in love with the look and feel of the bees wax, which was different from the paraffin that she had used in candle carving. Bees wax has now found its way into almost all of her work, whether two or three dimensional

As her picture framing work began to include building three-dimensional exhibition and museum displays, her artistic practice also expanded into creating assemblage pieces and sculpture. Of course, she still loves charcoal, oil and acrylic, and occasionally explores a theme in various media at the same time, to allow the techniques and color palettes of each to cross pollinate the others.



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