Current Exhibit

"Forces of Nature"
Presented by Linda McCarley

October 27 - December 4
Reception November 29 6-8 p.m.


Artist Statement

 The use of encaustic medium captures my imagination about the forces of nature and evolutionary processes, those which are both seen and unseen. I am fascinated with the ideas of particles floating and binding together in the atmosphere, glaciers melting, cool water flowing, heat escaping, melting, transforming, and encouraging new growth.

The word encaustic comes from the Latin word encausticus or Greek enkaustikos which means to “burn in.” Historical records tell of the use of encaustic paintings by Greeks and Egyptians as far back as the 5th century B.C. The creation of encaustic paint medium involves melting bees’ wax and tree resin, and then combining it with oil pigments. Layers of paint are fused onto a surface, usually wood or paper, with a heat gun or torch. The pigments are luminously preserved in the wax. I have also discovered the joy of painting with cold wax mixed with pigments.

Linda McCarley Artist Plano

Artist Bio

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Art Therapist Registered - Board Certified (ATR-BC), and Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor (RPT-S). I have worked for over twenty five years as a psychotherapist specializing in art and play therapy for children and families, I have always had a fascination for the way the two worlds of art and psychology overlap. While observing my clients in therapy, I have witnessed the power of art to foster personal growth, speak when words cannot adequately explain, and help heal broken hearts.

Five years ago, I decided to retire from full-time practice and take more time to make my own art. I currently have a studio/office in the Rail Station Gallery and Studios in Downtown Plano where I enjoy keeping company with other artists and exhibiting my art. I also currently serve as Vice President of the Plano Art Association. I still provide art psychotherapy on a part-time basis for a limited number of hours each week, and I offer clinical supervision for therapists.

After retiring from full-time practice, I discovered the use of encaustic medium at the Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas. I have also discovered the joy of painting with cold wax mixed with pigments. I am thrilled to be having my first solo exhibit in the gallery at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.