Larain Matheson


Encaustic & Oil

MAP # 2

Open Year-Round by Appointment

Kachina Dream

Contact Information:
Larain Matheson
PO Box 1585
Gualala, CA 95445

Phone: 719-588-0777 / 707-666-7610

These recent paintings I’ve done reflect my love and inspiration from nature, and abstracting the forms I see in the universe. I have been working in ENCAUSTIC WAX and OILS for over 8 years. I have been an artist for over 35 years and received an M.F.A. from U.CL.A. I am captivated by the medium of encaustic which reveals new space and depth, colors, transparencies and surprises. Use of multimedia and collage in my work to experiment with the pigmented wax, I can pour, paint, monoprint and texture the paintings. My work spans abstract to realism. I am always connecting with the energy of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

Encaustic is an ancient medium dating back 2000 years, and was used by the Greeks and Egyptians. The process must b.e learned as it involves layering of oil and melted wax. I use brushes and tools to make marks and then I fuse each layer with a torch or hear gun. I continue doing many times to create the wonderful transparencies that emerge form encaustic. Many of my pieces have 8-20 layers of wax with pigment.

I am a member of the Encaustic Art Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. and exhibit my paintings there. I have exhibited my work in Mendocino Art Center, Dolphin Gallery , Cirrus Gallery in Marin, Sebastopol Art Center, Berkeley Art Center, and numerous other galleries and shows throughout California and Colorado. My work is published in the EAi catalogue in Santa Fe, and in “Art Takes Miami “book for 2012. I studied with the artist Richard Diebenkorn as I worked on my MFA. and influenced by his abstract work and architectural paintings. I have taught art at Riverside City College, Santa Ana Junior College and Marin Junior College in California.

The process I use takes many turns and as long as I am open to the way the paint moves and the process of heating each layer with a torch to “fuse” the paint, the patterns and images begin to emerge. I paint to discover the unseen, make it visible and return to the connections that nature inspires.

Contact me at for an appointment. I look forward to seeing you come to my studio at the Studio Discovery Tour this year.