Lola Baltzell

We all have the need to understand ourselves on a deeper level, and an often unspoken desire to express ourselves. The difficult part is to move inside, identify your soul’s call, and to move from inside to find your expression. When you are truly absorbed in making art, it becomes a meditation. You are transported beyond the analytical, critical mind. From that place, the art makes itself. I see the “artist” as a channel, so that if we get out of our own way and let the creativity flow, we can tap into something wonderful, something beyond our limited sense of self. There are many expressions of Spirit, and my work is about making those connections, and bridging the spaces – within ourselves, and between each other.

I am a self-taught artist, psychotherapist and meditator/yogini. All of this informs my studio practice. I have worked in different media over the years including photography, collage, oil painting and mixed media assemblage. My Russian grandfather was a junk dealer, so I also enjoy scavenging for cast-off materials. My first exposure to encaustics was at South End Open Studios many years ago when I saw the work of New England Wax Charyl Weissbach. That changed the course of my creative life and I have been exploring encaustics ever since.