Suzanne Merritt’s art is as much about the surfaces as it is about the subject matter she chooses, which most often is inspired by the natural world. Her encaustics are created through a process of painting and fusing, layer upon layer of molten wax, resin, and pigment—as many as thirty layers go into each painting. The luminosity of wax on wood allows the viewer to see beneath the surface, creating a depth and mystery in many of her pieces. She includes rich, saturated color, and often embeds gems, sand, and book pages beneath the wax, as well as silver and gold leaf overlays. The combination of smooth-as-glass finishes next to rough, dimensional brush strokes enhances the visual and tactile sensation of her paintings. These are engaging works of art—art that invites the viewer to touch and feel the lush, textured surfaces.
I'm Suzanne Merritt, an artist, daydreamer, night owl, and seeker of light and beauty. I'm also passionate about the creative process and work in encaustics, an ancient art form consisting of beeswax, resin, and pigment.
I've been creating art since I can remember and discovered my love for encaustics about fifteen years ago after a colleague introduced me to it while working together in the studio. It was the perfect medium for a collage project I'd been planning and I immediately fell in love with this lush, malleable art form. Plus the fragrance and feel of fusing molten beeswax on wood continues to challenge and thrill me and I’ve been painting in encaustics ever since.
I show and sell my work in Southern California where I also hold one-on-one and group workshops.
Feel free to message me with any questions you may have about upcoming shows, commissioning an original painting, purchasing art, or to schedule a workshop.
~Thank you and have a fabulous day.
Art Workshops & Retreats with Suzanne Merritt
Join me for an exploration of encaustics where you'll gain knowledge and skill using this versatile medium. I'll cover safety practices and the foundations of encaustic, as well as a wide range of techniques, such as: Creating a gorgeous shellac burn, embedding elements into resin and wax, achieving a smooth finish, image transfer techniques, accretion and incising, and adding mixed media, such as paper, oil, and pastel. Each workshop is based on skill level and tailored to whatever techniques you're most interested to learn.
Beyond techniques specific to encaustic, I'll spend time focusing on color, design, composition, and content to help guide you to find your own individual style.
My workshops are set up for all skill levels. So, if you’re new to encaustic, you'll leave with a strong overview of the medium, along with some finished pieces! For those who’ve worked with encaustics before, my workshops are designed to push your work to the next level.
I’d love to collaborate with you to make you a beautiful original work of art!
If you have an idea for a painting, or if you would like me to a create a work similar to something I’ve already sold, I am happy to collaborate with your specific creative input in mind.
The design process for a commissioned painting starts with discussions about elements such as content, color, size, and themes. I also may include sketches, if need be, until our shared vision crystallizes. Once the painting begins, I’ll send snapshots of each stage as the painting progresses, if you’d like.
I’ve collaborated on a variety of original works, ranging from monochromatic abstracts to cool-blue ocean themes, landscapes, as well as figurative work. Meaningful ephemera, such as maps, letters, and photographs—or even shells and gems—can also be embedded into pieces and preserved forever. Whatever you desire, your commissioned piece of art begins with a conversation that flows throughout the process until the painting is complete.
For more information and to schedule a consultation, please message me here and let’s get started!
A 50% deposit is required to begin a commissioned painting and final payment due upon delivery. Shipping rates separate.