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Encaustic painting - InfernoAfter discovering a love of painting, Amie McCarron left a successful corporate career in internet design and development to pursue her dream to be a full-time artist. Drawing inspiration from nature, the universe and the beauty of our country, Amie creates original paintings from her home studio located in Petone. Primarily self-taught, Amie has developed a unique style with an earthy quality reflecting the New Zealand environment. She has been recognised for her artwork many times in the media.

"The reason I paint is simply because I love the act of painting itself. It is important to me that my art has a positive quality and brings pleasure to the viewer."

Amie’s abstract works have resulted from discovering encaustic; an ancient yet beautiful medium of pigment suspended in a beeswax and resin base. Encaustic is one of the earliest known forms of paint and was first used by the Greeks over 2000 years ago. Many of these ancient paintings are exhibited today in the world’s greatest galleries, still being fresh and vibrant.

Encaustic by Amie McCarron Amie makes her own encaustic medium using raw beeswax and damar resin crystals, adding pure powdered pigments to create coloured paints. She then heats the paints until they are a molten liquid before applying to wooden surfaces. Tools such as heat guns, irons and butane torches are then used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. By building up layers of encaustic paint and fusing together with heat, sometimes scraping back to reveal the history, Amie creates paintings with brilliant luminosity and a rich delicate opalescence. Preferring a natural palette of deep rich colours, Amie's art is tactile, exudes warmth and often creates a sense of drama or romance.

“I find inner calm in the act of creating itself. Encaustic allows me to express myself without words, working intuitively allowing the images to reveal themselves in a way that is unpredictable but honest. Within my paintings are colours of warmth and sensuous beauty along with the delicious scent of pure beeswax wafting from their surface.”

Amie's contemporary landscapes incorporate elements of nature and her figurative pieces place emphasis on the beauty of the female form. Her preferred medium for these pieces is acrylic on high quality hand-stretched canvas.

Painting by Amie McCarronEstablishing herself in a short time, Amie's work has been accepted into many art events and also won the painting category at the 4th National Women's Work Art Awards. Now a successful exhibiting artist, Amie's paintings can be seen in numerous art galleries across New Zealand and are held in private collections around the world. Amie encourages people to contact her to discuss commissions or to visit the studio. Many of Amie's paintings are sold over the internet so make sure you view her personal website
and view the collections of work.



  • Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards
    Selected for the 2009 Exhibition
  • Telecom White Pages Art Awards
    Selected for the live White Pages Charity Art Auction 2006
  • 2006 Womans Work National Art Exhibition
    Winner of The Professor Jack Richards Award - Painting Category

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