JoAnne Bott Anderson
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Painting
I ventured into the art world during my earlier careers in business and education. It started with glass and the creation of commissioned pieces and many gifts, and expanded into watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings as the years went on. But, it was with my venture into the world of bees that I truly found myself. Using their beeswax in the medium called Encaustic painting was mesmerizing. The lingering scent of honey as I touched the mixture with heat; the versatility as I blended, carved and collaged into it, captured me. I found I could begin a studio day with an idea and watch where it led me, either to an abstract or realistic endpoint, both showing my individual style. I’ve taught the medium at the York Town Craft Guild and in my studio called Art From the Beehive. Being part of the revitalization of this ancient art form as an artist and as an educator has made this third career the best!