Beeswax has a mind of its own and that's just one of the many reasons why Margaret Berry loves to work with it. She's been an encaustic artist for the past decade and it all got started after she managed to survive a life-threatening car accident.
Margaret's wax-based passion was discovered completely by accident, "First of all, I was involved in a real accident at 40th and normal where a truck ran a red light and put me out of commission for about 4 months."
Doctors say Margaret was lucky to be alive, "Because most people either die or are on a ventilator for life when they have this type of injury."
Margaret was rehabbing her broken neck in 2001 when she accidentally came across a book about encaustic, "I was looking for something creative to do to not put off my creative life any longer."
And that new found creative life included equal parts beeswax, tree sap, oil paint and imagination, "I just fell in love with it immediately."
Margaret has become a pioneer in the national resurgence of this ancient medium, "The thing about encaustic is that it's very seductive, there's the smell and the feel of it and the look of it so it appeals across all of the senses."
Margaret enjoys sharing her advice on wax art and life, "Dramatically in seconds things can change so do appreciate today, the people you're with today, the things you're doing. Do what you love because you might not get the second chance like I did.
Margaret will be sharing her encaustic skills with aspiring artists in the upcoming month. On January 28th, she will teach a workshop at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln. And if you'd like to see some of her incredible work, she has an exhibition opening in Norfork next week. And a little closer to the Capital City, she will have an exhibition opening at the Lincoln Country Club in mid-January.
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