Susan Nuttall


Susan’s need to create heavy textured artwork started when her grandfather went blind. As a young girl she wanted to make art so that he could feel what she was creating. She would work in all kinds of different mediums to allow him to experience her art work through his sense of touch.

Years later when she was doing larger paintings and she wanted to make them with more dimension. Susan could find no product on the market that pleased her, so she set out to perfect her own medium in hopes of creating paintings with the texture she envisioned. Susan also found creating her own encaustic medium gives her the freedom to express her love for color and texture. Susan has been using these self created mediums in her art for over 20 years.

The process of creating Susan’s textured paintings and encaustics begins by working with her photos and her sketch book. Once she finalizes the design for the painting, she starts with an art board or canvas, layering the textured medium using an artist trowel or spatula. This can be many layers to get the desired back ground texture she envisions. Susan then adds the detail layers by hand sculpting each element to the background layers. After she completes the texture part of the artwork, she then makes her own oil glazes and starts the overlay process. Susan uses many layers of hot wax encaustics, oils and varnishes to achieve depth in each of her paintings.
Susan has been using these self created mediums in her art for over 20 years.

The evolution of this creative process has both helped her to further develop her personal artistic style while satisfying her love of working with heavy textures in her artwork.

Susan has won numerous awards, both regionally and nationally. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout the World.

Encaustic painting is one of the world’s oldest art forms! The earliest applications of encaustic wax paint was done by the artists of ancient Greece—hence, where the Greek term “enkaustikos” comes into play meaning “to burn in”
Despite being over 2500 years old encaustic paintings are still on display in museums today withstanding the test of time with minimal cracking and without having faded or darkened in color. Whenever someone asks about the durability of encaustic paint I often suggest they research these gorgeous paintings because they are a perfect illustration of how well encaustic paintings can hold up if properly care for.

These paintings are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving a painting in as car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustic colors tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your painting appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.