Encaustic Painting by Anne Stine

Temperature Rising, 24″x36″, encaustic on birch panel


A painting by Virginia artist, Anne Stine, was installed in May 2021, as part of the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Encaustic Art in Cerrillos, New Mexico. The piece, titled, “Temperature’s Rising,” is a 24”x36” landscape created in encaustic wax on wood panel. It depicts a bridge over icy waters, as the sun is setting on the bay in Duxbury, Massachusetts, which is a favorite vacation spot of the artist.

Anne Stine, a fine artist living in Purcellville, VA, is best known for her contemporary landscape paintings created with vivid color and dramatic texture in the ancient medium of encaustic wax. Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Encaustic artwork is painted with pigmented beeswax mixed with a natural damar resin (crystallized tree sap) onto a wood panel and then fused using a heat source, such as a heat gun or propane torch. Stine paints her landscapes using this technique and adds other media such as pigmented shellac, alcohol inks, rice paper, and found objects to her paintings.

Stine was contacted this past spring by the Museum’s founder, Douglas Mehrens, and invited to participate in their permanent collection, which is on display at their Cerrillos location.

Mehrens states, “Anne Stine’s recent acquisition, ‘Temperature’s Rising,’ into the Museum of Encaustic Art, is a perfect addition to the diversity of the museum’s permanent collection.  Anne’s expertise in the encaustic medium draws the eye not only into her composition but also with the moody luminosity of the medium itself.  Her subject matter is reflective of our yearly themed national juried exhibition ‘Global Warming is REAL and gives the viewer something to ponder.”

The Museum of Encaustic Art’s Permanent Collection was created to archive an eclectic variety of styles and techniques in encaustic wax art and to further promote the medium. The Museum, with over 450 works of art in its Permanent Collection archive, rotates its exhibited collection of 124 pieces of artwork in the Cerrillos location and its online gallery found at https://www.eainm.com/museum-of-encaustic-art-permanent-collection/.

“Encaustic allows me to express the intensity, fluidity, and varied textures found in nature more realistically than any other medium,” states Stine. “It’s truly an honor to have my work exhibited in the only museum in the nation dedicated to encaustic art and play a part in promoting the medium in the DC area.”

Stine’s work can be found in private and public collections across the county, and in the permanent collection at District Arts contemporary art gallery in Frederick, MD. You can see more of Stine’s work in a solo exhibition at Otium Cellars winery located in Purcellville, VA, now until the end of November.  An Artist Reception is scheduled for  Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6:00-8:00 pm, “Artist Talk” at 7 pm at the winery.  Visit Stine’s  website https://www.annestine.com for details about her current collection.