“I moved into the passion and practice of painting later on in my life; after child-rearing, and meandering through work experiences that included paramedic and neurotherapist. My mother passed along a lifelong passion for gardening, oil-painting, reading and drinking tea. My love for flowers, landscapes, texture and pattern, and water of any kind forever influence me. I am intensely curious; so a driving force in my work is simply the exploration of what can be done, and what effects can be achieved through experimenting with the medium of encaustic paint. The options are endless. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface. I love the interplay between obscurity and reveal, as well as the sheer thrill of seeing an image bloom into something magical under the heat of a blow torch. Encaustic wax gives me an additional element to painting, allowing me to build, carve, or manipulate, that mere oil paint will not allow. Not to mention the rich aroma and luminous glow that accompanies each piece.”
Annie Glotzbach was born in Columbia, Missouri in 1958. She works predominantly in the medium of encaustic painting. Encaustic painting is the practice of painting with molten pigmented beeswax and damar resin that is fused between multiple layers with a blowtorch. Annie is self-taught; painting many years in oil, under the tutelage of her mother, until she discovered the exciting world of encaustic painting. She has just recently made her entree into the realm of juried art shows and festivals, showing in 2015 at The Art Event at KCC (Kansas City Christian School), Art Westport 2015 - 36th Annual, and Barstow Arts Festival 2015, where she won “Best In Show”. She lives and works in Overland Park, Kansas.