Cynthia Makara works with encaustic, a combination of beeswax, damar resin and pigment, mixed with oils for unique colour combinations. “I fell in love with the finish, the smell and viscosity of the medium”, it is very different from other painting techniques.
Skies are her favourite subject to paint. “To enjoy a painting is not essential to understand painting. Painting and art feels good, gets to our heart through the eyes, touches our inside, sounds like good music, and according to the sensitivity of each person is appreciated and enjoyed differently.”
To those concerned with the medium, encaustic paintings are extremely stable and structurally solid. The wax will not begin to melt until roughly 70C degrees. As with any type of original artwork, encaustic paintings should not be exposed to extreme heat or cold, and should not be displayed in direct sunlight.”
With a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Design, Cynthia participated in art classes since the age of fifteen, taking private art classes in drawing and painting, plastic expression and human figure with Nicolas Menza, who is a professional and famous painter in Argentina.
“I’m a figurative artist, my paints are peaceful and relaxing, they tell the glory of the sky and its magnificence. I love texture and explore the volume of the material…”
Her influences are many and varied. Admiring the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Lucian Freud, as well as encaustics from Emma Ashby, most of the inspiration in her latest artworks is found in the western skies of Alberta and the beauty of nature.
Currently a member of Federation of Canadian Artists and Calgary Community Painters Society.