Sandra Alderman

Encaustics, an ancient art technique with a modern twist

Encaustics - An ancient art technique with a modern twist

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Sandra Alderman is an accomplished artist who has been passionate about creating art since a young age. With over 23 years of experience in the art industry, Sandra has honed her skills in various mediums such as encaustic, oil paints, acrylics, photography and mixed media.

Moving to the West Coast after having lived in the heart of the Creative ViBe District in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sandra looks forward to exploring and participating in the art scene of the Pacific Northwest.

Born and raised in a family of artists, Sandra has always been inspired by the beauty of nature and different cultures. She spent much of her childhood and adulthood traveling throughout the United States and several foreign countries, soaking up the sights and sounds of new places. These experiences have been instrumental in shaping her artistic vision, which is reflected in the unique style of her work.

Sandra's portfolio includes a diverse range of artwork, including vibrant landscapes, abstract paintings, and encaustic works using re-purposed materials in a very unique way. She loves to show the diversity of taking things unwanted and discarded to add depth and character to her work. Her works have been exhibited in galleries across the United States and she has received numerous awards and accolades for her exceptional talent.

Sandra had a passion for sharing creative ideas with others and enjoys the process of watching others grow in their work alongside her. Her teaching style is highly interactive and she encourages her students to experiment with different mediums and techniques to unlock their own creativity.

With her passion for art and commitment to excellence, Sandra Alderman has established herself as a high sought-after artist and mentor in the art world. 

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Sandra's Artist Statement

Encaustic and Mixed Media Artist. I am propelled in my work by the journey of discovery through the process rather than just the result. My intention is to draw you, the viewer, to your own personal thoughts and spark memories of your own. Using a variety of unusual materials and a depth of texture, I connect my innermost being to the feast of opportunity before me, that to become one with my work will evolve with new meaning. The influence on my work comes not only from nature: sea, earth and sky, but from the emotion brought on by the various people that hold a footprint in my path. The encaustic work that I do, using molten beeswax, resin and pigment with a torch to apply, has a history dating back from ancient Egypt around 100- 300 AD. The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to burn in. The process is fascinating, the fluid and sculptural qualities of the wax, becoming a part of the natural beauty. The physical tearing down and building up of molten beeswax, mixed with damar resin, the end results all part of the work speaking my voice from within.

As an artist of many mediums, with my focus in Encaustics, I strive to capture the universal and emotional connection to my surroundings by embedding natural materials and found objects in a intuitive fashion, letting the work speak its own story into your life and mine, as I continue to make my way to new places yet undiscovered. Alderman is an award-winning artist in encaustics, photography and mixed media.