My work is the culmination of my lifelong passion for art.  My journey began in Santa Fe New Mexico, where I was raised by two full time artists.  I was exposed to art on a daily basis, and began illustrating children's magazines at the age of eleven.

 

I was initially taken with the luminosity and versatility of watercolor.  After much experimentation with other mediums, I discovered the amazing and harmonious combination of encaustic with watercolor.  Over time, I refined the process, which has evolved into my current technique.  

 

My paintings are a complex layering of encaustic and silkscreen over a watercolor painting.  There is a sense of mystery, a softness that emanates from the floating art forms within the transparent, waxy surface.  It creates an atmospheric work, a dreamy ethereal expression.

 

I am constantly inspired by the wildlife, forests and dark beauty of my home in Portland Oregon, but childhood memories of wandering the mesas in Santa Fe continue to compel my work.  I strive to capture those magical ephemeral moments we all experience, real or imagined.

MARY ALAYNE THOMAS

MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS