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A smoldering display

Published on November 7, 2017 11:52AM

Cynthia Longhat Adams is the featured artist throughout November at Lincoln City’s Beachstone Gallery, displaying examples of pyrography on both wood and canvas.

Also known as firepainting, pyrography is a very slow process in which the artist burns images into the canvas with a very hot electric pen. The depth of the burn is controlled to create the many shades of a painting.

Adams, who lives in Depoe Bay, has worked on her pyrographic technique and skills for a decade.

“It is time consuming,” she said, “but the amazing rewards it offers are unmatchable, as I layer up my burn, working with a very low heat and a slow process, then lightly enhance with inks and water colors.”

Self-taught, Adams has experimented with scrimshaw, watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, and woodworking throughout the years.

Her mother’s ingenuity — creating a “paintbrush” from a toothpick, for example — inspired her to constantly learn and experiment, seeking solutions to problems.

“The real challenge is getting it as perfect as nature did,” she said; “an impossible feat but a fun journey.”

Adams will also be the featured artist for the annual Artistry in Wood show at Chinook Winds Casino Resort on January 16 and 17.

The Beachstone Gallery is located inside the Artists’ Studio Association at 620 NE Hwy. 101.

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