These works begin with the potentiality inherent in the materials. Wood panels are first coated with several layers of encaustic, creating an unexpected surface. I then work with the natural flow of the wax to enhance it with color. Oil paint is lightly smoothed over the surface, allowing the paint to fall into the crevices. Then, some or all of the excess paint is removed, revealing lines, bumps, and whatever the waxy surface allows. I then carve purposefully into the wax with tools, and often during this step, shapes or even images begin to emerge among all the lines and cuts, to create the final work. The finished product is a combination of enhanced, naturally appearing irregularities, as well as my additional lines or grooves. Both are intensified with oil paint, the excess again being removed. Other areas of color might be added as part of the painting. As the artist, I sublimate my creative intentions, instead inviting the viewer to bring their own interpretation and meaning to the work.
Jeanne C. Neal was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Today, she especially enjoys investigating the inherent possibilities of materials. Jeanne received a B.A degree in Art History from Texas Christian University in 1974 and has been creating works of art in earnest since 2009. She has been included in the 500 Expo (Dallas, TX), the Hunting Art Prize Gala Exhibition, the Texas Nat’l Art Competition, New Texas Talent, and the Dallas Art Fair (2017) - RO2 Gallery. Her first solo show was in 2016 at the Magnolia Theater, Dallas, Texas, with the RO2 Gallery.