Artist, Author, Instructor, EncaustiCamp and EncaustiKits creator, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch has a passion for inspiring others-to lead them to know and proclaim ‘I can do that!’-as she did herself over two decades ago.
Her love for the medium of encaustic translates into her teaching, and students benefit from a passionate, engaging experience filled with all the knowledge Patricia has acquired and developed in her forage into this rich and diverse medium.
Patricia has been an instructor, and specifically an encaustic instructor, for more than twenty years. This work spans five continents, four highly successful books and two DVDs. In 2010 she created EncaustiCamp, an annual week long encaustic experience for artists at all levels of practice in the medium. In 2013 she began EncaustiCamp International, a similar experience held in various locations around the world.
In order to reach a wider audience, and in order to more deeply instill her core belief that encaustic is a dynamic, inclusive medium available to all, she created a product line of kits designed to introduce encaustic painting to artists as well as to open the medium to the craft market, where much of the art and creative force begins. In collaboration with Enkaustikos, she has created her own color line of paints.
Since 2015, with a move back to the states from her two year teaching abroad in Australia, New Zealand and Bali, Patricia conducts pbsartistOpenStudio events with national visiting guest instructors at her home, the EncaustiCastle, in Lexington, KY as well as her own bi-annual encaustic retreats.
Patricia exhibits her encaustic in galleries throughout the world. As well, her reemerging works on paper as well as oil on canvas are available in galleries throughout the southeast, northwest and midwest.
And a bit about the why behind why I do what I do; in as much as I get the why to this point 🙂
For a long forever I have felt things preexist. Not in the grand sense, although that too; but that’s another conversation. I mean in the sense that elements, materials, tools have all been at hand, used by others, and reused by us. By me. Yet I also believe, in the grand sense and in this materiality sense, that these preexisting things are never repeated, always new, because of the hand that holds them. I believe that when one is standing in the river flow of their own unique life, that whatever comes to be in their hand a paint brush, a dentists tool, an electricians meter, that the river flow will say what it is meant to say, purely because that person is standing where they’re meant to stand. You have your own way of looking at things; I have mine. We can share, to the deepest of our being our own view, but never can we replicate with any truth and spirit, each other’s horizon. In this is the why of why I teach.
For a long forever I have taught it all; everything I get my hands on, my hands in, my mind around, is translated back to the best of my ability because I trust the universe to put it into the hands of those who are meant to find it, use it, and make it their own. I don’t believe in the prospect of imitation; only authenticity.
Therefore, what you get every time you come into my space, is everything. All that is required of you is that you stand in the flow, find your footing therein, and take it up to make it your own. You have that responsibility. If you want to be among the ones who get to be a part of the perfect, clear, prescient creation; this is your job.
It is your charge; to take great ownership of all that courses in you, to look around and understand, in the way only you can, in your own inimitable way. This is your duty to life. And to each other. For now, we here, as well as those past and those to come. We owe it. you owe it. yet the beauty of this debt is that it pays back, thousand-fold, when you give into the terms~
Forever and always I end
Workshops in Kentucky
Partnering with Sue Stover in October
“In my current work I find myself striving to reintroduce color and use it in a sophisticated, understated, elementary way after several years of a strictly earth-toned palette.
This desire for color speaks to the influence and adoring love of our new 1880 Victorian home in the NoLi district of Lexington. The vibrancy and integrity of this urban area have captured my soul.
As well, my own hearts-desire to explore the memories of places visited in the last decade of travel bespeaks the introduction of small pockets of color. With this color and gentle rhythm I hope to speak back to a way of life and exploration that enriches and expands every day living in whole new ways~
Through my art this emotional desire for expression emerges via the tools of simplicity, poignant color and intentional mark.”Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch