Inspired by her fellow Paleolithic artists,
Ardis Harshe applies charcoal, dry earth pigments, and encaustic (a beeswax
medium) into oil paint to represent the texture and look of the caves. With
charcoal sticks she boldly sketches using quick, natural strokes on her "cave
The encaustic medium has a free flowing
waxy texture that creates an abstraction which stimulates the imagination and
invites the viewer to closely observe and discover hidden layers of omnibus
In some works Ardis mixes sand and other
natural substances with the encaustic, creating the "encaustic mixed" medium.
Using this technique she recreates a hunk of the cave, beckoning the viewer to
reach out and touch the surface.
Ardis Harsche has a BFA from the Herron
School of Art and has worked as an instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center
and taught in the Adult Education Program at Indiana University Purdue
University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). She has exhibited widely, including solo
exhibits at Butler University and the Indiana Venture Center. Her work has
received numerous awards.
Ardis recently moved her studio to historic
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