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Deanne Row grew up in a family of graphic artists and jazz musicians, which influenced her interest in the arts from an early age. Combining the clarity of design with the improvisations 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 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 professional picture framer certified in conservation materials and 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 beeswax, which was different from the paraffin that she used in candle making.
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. Most of her paintings and sculpture now incorporate beeswax in the form of encaustic or cold wax mediums. 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.
MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:International Encaustic Artists Portrait Society of America National Sculpture Society Art Saint Louis Missouri Fiber Artists Encaustic Art Institute Saint Louis Artists' Guild
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