Using a blowtorch like a paintbrush, I create abstract encaustic paintings – organic interpretations of minerals, landscapes, and celestial forms. Encaustic allows me to slowly construct and hide imagery, as if we’re looking at something under the surface of a frozen lake or discovering the secrets embedded in an agate. I’m interested in the dualities of revelation and concealment, depth and surface, past and present.
My process is intuitive and experimental, but strongly connected to history. I use traditional encaustic materials and processes – beeswax, damar resin, and colored pigment on wood panels – combining tradition with contemporary expressionism and hints of personal narrative.
I experiment with scale as well. Larger panels (up to 60 inches across) surround us in ethereal topographies and smaller (12 inch) works draw us into intimate encounters with texture and depth.
While my paintings are not literal, they can refer to personal memories or physical encounters with the natural world. I frequently draw on my involvement in street culture, the underground music scene and my love of the rugged natural environment of the Pacific Northwest. Titles such as Sex with Drake or Crash of Winter allude to these personal connections but it is also important that the works open up far beyond myself.
I strive to create paintings that are, themselves, immersive experiences, evoking sensations that are fluid and meditative but edged with intensity. I am often inspired by loose, soft, natural phenomena but like to combine these elements with stronger forces. Again, contrasts appeal to me, like the beauty of a decaying, fallen tree or a painful memory softened over time.
About the paintings
Encaustic paint is a combination of beeswax, damar resin, and colored pigment. The paint is melted on a warm pallet, and then applied in layers to a specially constructed wood panel using a blowtorch. Multiple layers are typically applied to create the finished artwork.
My paintings reflect an organic interpretation of minerals, water, and space. I am drawn to the loose, soft version of what naturally occurs in nature, sometimes combining this with stronger elements like stormy skies, powerful celestial events, shadows and mist, or leaves swirling in the wind. My paintings are built slowly, made in layers , concealing what was..with the optimism of a better future.
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Jennifer Ament’s linocut prints and encaustic paintings have been featured in solo and group show exhibitions throughout the U.S.: including; The Seattle Art Fair, Pulse Miami, Out of Sight and The Vera Project.
Commercial work includes; Starbucks Stores throughout the world, Frankie and Jo’s, The Derschang Group, and a Wine label for Grand Coeur Wines.
Ament also has permanent collections at several luxury high rise condominiums, notable restaurants, and Seattle’s Seatac Airport.
Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Seattle Magazine,City Arts, Gray Magazine, Luxe Magazine, and many online publications.
She is also the founder of Artist for Progress; a non-profit that has raised over $75,000 for the ACLU and The Northwest Immigrant Rights Society.
Jennifer lives with her family in Seattle.