Elise Wagner

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I am Elise Wagner, and a member of a rare and breed: a sole-supported woman artist in America. No partner, trust fund, retirement or inheritance coming, just me. I put myself through college and have worked for everything I have in my life. I have survived a lot these 53 years. I have a darling 14 year old dog, Cleo and a sweet cat, Rothko. Needing to press the reset button on my life at the age of 19, I took a risk and moved to a place called Portland, Oregon in 1986 from Jersey City, New Jersey. Having grown up in a densely populated city near New York, Oregon was a welcome shock to my system. Over time, the geology and wild majestic nature of the Pacific Northwest, and its indifference to human concerns, are of paramount importance in my work.

In 2002, I bought my house which came with a newly built garage that quickly transformed into my studio and a classroom for workshops. I feel lucky to have found my corner of the world to call home to do this art life. I work for myself, but not without the help of an amazing network of friends, mentors, students and supporters. Day to day around my place, which I’ve to call "Wagnerica", I am my own art-maker, marketer, promotion strategist, grant writer, archivist, art restorer, manufacturer, teacher, host, mentor, webmaster, social media manager, videographer, stage manager and purchasing and shipping department. That's my short list!

Over the past eight years since I quit my day job in higher education, I have been able to support myself through selling my encaustic paintings and prints through galleries and by teaching. I am (was) also an Airbnb host, which enables me to host students who come from all over the country and the world the study with me. I juggle a lot to support my dream to do what I love each day. Now that dream is threatened, and has required me to completely pivot my business model to online teaching and sales of my work. Having the support of an amazing community of friends, family, students and patrons, has fostered the continuation of my life as an artist. I simply could not do it without you!

I work in the ancient medium of encaustic; a combination of natural beeswax, pigment and resin. My paintings are inspired by the wonders of science; astronomy, physics, geology, the celestial, and most recently, the receding glaciers. I also innovated a way to make limited edition monoprints from the texture of encaustic wax through the creation of collagraphs. I have been teaching encaustic painting and my unique printmaking technique in my Portland studio for nearly two decades. I have been invited to teach printmaking at various facilities and institutions throughout the country, in Mexico and Canada. By becoming a patron, you see my most up to date work in progress, and be a member of my exclusive community.

As I and so many other artists adjust to living in the new reality of COVD-19, the support of my community is more vital than ever. Artists around the world are stepping up to this challenge by engaging their audiences on social media through online and live classes, performances and through other means. Since my classes and all other streams of income have been delayed and canceled, I have decided to embark on online classes, demonstrations and studio visits with my students. While we are all stuck at home, I want to occupy your time with being creative. I see this as an opportunity to invite the world into my studio and to do the healing work of creating art. Your support would help greatly for acquiring the business tools and art supplies I need to deliver my vision and my story to the globe.
Thank you for considering being a part of my Patreon community! Take a moment to peruse the reward tiers to see which one is right for you. You can cancel at any time!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about how all this works. I also welcome your feedback . Be well and safe, love on your family, pets and all that you are grateful for in this new and challenging world.

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