Nicole Fournier’s passion for photography was first revealed in a fourth-grade class trip to Washington D.C., when she slipped away to photograph a spiral staircase. This fascination became a path followed, leading from a BFA graduating cum laude to a professional career in publishing, fine arts, and commercial photography. Through and through, her photographic style and interests have centered on visual patterns and the deeper truths they can express.
Nicole’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, and has appeared in popular magazines as well as textbooks and scientific journals.
“My art is a combination of photography and encaustics. I transfer images directly into beeswax, and embellish with colored wax mediums I make from oil-based or powdered pigments. I enjoy the wide range of possibilities inherent in this technique – the evocative and distressed tones, and especially the additive and subtractive qualities that come along with the process. Through my art, I continue to express concepts of growth and awareness, and to promote the preservation of our external environment as well as the cultivation of our inner.”
Encaustic painting is one of the oldest forms of art known to man. Samples can be seen as far back as the Egyptian Fayum Mummy portraits, which are over 2,500 years old. Encaustic paintings are resistant to moisture, acid, and mold, and thus contain excellent archival properties. Treat them with a minimal amount of care, and they can be handed down for generations. Avoid scratching the surface of encaustic art, and do not subjected it to extreme variations in temperature. Wax will melt when it becomes approximately 150°F. Normal household conditions are fine environments for encaustic paintings, but as for most art, placing artwork in direct sunlight is not recommended. To clean, gently buff the surface with a clean, dry, soft cloth. The wax medium in encaustic art hardens and becomes more translucent over time.