Born in Honolulu Hawaii and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Artist Claudette McDermott enters juried exhibitions and hangs her work at various galleries and private collections nationally.
As an Artist I work with many materials and love to experience and experiment with a multitude of art forms. Most recently with Encaustic Hot Wax, Resin Painting & Pours and TableTops that can be used as Stand Alone Side Tables, Coffee Tables and Charcuterie Platters. I also work with Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Metal, changing it up now and then to keep it interesting.
Working with Encaustic Hot Wax which is a mixture of Bees Wax and Damar Resin is my latest favorite medium. The Process: Melting the Natural Clear Encaustic wax and Layering it at times for a translucent effect between the Tinted heated molten wax layers. Tinting the wax with paint, inks and powders for color, layering the wax thinly andstrategically, begins the process of each painting I create. Numerous layers easily from 25 -50 thin layers or more are needed to complete each piece big or small. Using a heat gun or hand torch between each layer to bond to the previously layer. In the studio I work with an open window and natural light filtering into the room. The fragrance and warmth is an embrace that fills me with joy each and every time and keeps me working until I have to stop, with an aching back and growling stomach. When I am working I am driven and hardly notice what else is going on around me and at times only the rising sun motivates me to stop.