Women in a Hat, 2018. Clear encaustic and tissue paper on wood panel 24” x 24” x 1”.

Women in a Hat, 2018. Clear encaustic and tissue paper on wood panel 24” x 24” x 1”.

Welcome to David Alan Carpenter's art studio.  Exploring innovative approaches to the ancient wax medium of encaustic, David creates works characterized by bold, translucent color and deep texture.  

After studying sculpture with Clayton Bailey at Cal State East Bay, David expanded his practice to include drawing, silk painting, textile design, sumi-e, watercolor, acrylic and encaustic. 

David is especially passionate about encaustic, as the beeswax/resin medium allows for more carving, shaping, scraping and molding. He has developed a unique approach in order to “paint” with gauzy, nearly transparent, layers of colored paper. This elaborate layering of clear wax and paper highlights the blending of colors and the relationships between them. Trihue color theory as developed by Richard Nelson informs most of his work, and David is grateful to Mr. Nelson for patiently and persistently forcing him to ask the right questions and deepening his understanding of relative color and light.  

David is a contributing member of the Encaustic Art Museum based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can view his current and past work here or on the tabs above.   For details and pricing on paintings available for sale, please click here or select the Purchase tab. 


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