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She’s in her element

Published on October 10, 2017 3:36PM

There is still time to see Washington artist Lara Blair’s exhibit of encaustic works, “Earth. Water. Sky.,” at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Blair is a photographer who discovered years ago that encaustic wax could enhance her work. After much experimenting, she realized that painting satellite views of the beach with encaustic medium was extremely fulfilling. This led to a studio filled with coastal creations done on birch panels and a career as an encaustic artist.

“Earth, water, and sky are the three essentials that inspire me to create art from a bird’s eye view,” she said. “I was always the child craning her neck to see the world from an airplane window. So I choose to take small pieces of this beauty, using wax, oil paint and various mediums, molding them into how I see the world — one piece at a time.”

Blair lives with her husband and two daughters on forested acres in Southwest Washington and enjoys teaching in the creative environment of a project-based Camas middle school.

The exhibit is available to view from 3 to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue.

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