Terra Firma 4 is an encaustic painting by Michigan artist, Ronna Alexander. Encaustic painting (also known as hot wax painting) involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Layers and layers are used to create these amazing abstract landscape paintings.
Ronna Alexander holds a BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit with a major in Industrial Design. She has been consulting domestically and internationally for 20+ years. She uses drawing as her form of communication for companies across all industries. Ronna has traveled to countless places on earth. She counts herself lucky to always return to Douglas, Michigan. Ronna resides in Douglas with her husband, 3 daughters, pup, chickens and a hive filled with bees!
Ronna says, “Working with encaustics allows for the unexpected. There are opinions which I lend to my work through color and stroke, but in the end, the painting creates itself. It is an ongoing learning process for me. Allowing the wax to do what it will, building layer upon layer, watching it bring some points of detail to the surface while quieting other areas down. It’s a peaceful space for me. A place where I can engage most of my senses. The scent of the beeswax, the colors that shift one way or the other when it moves from liquid to solid, the sound of the flame used to fuse each layer into one. I love every aspect of this ever-evolving medium which is as expansive as the landscapes it represents… continually urging me to set down my expectations and be present for what is about to unfold.”
Most importantly, Ronna uses handmade frames from reclaimed wood. The wood comes from the Bigelow-Cooper building of Bay City, Michigan constructed in 1915. This factory was demolished to revitalize the property in 2017. A large part of the structural lumber was intentionally salvaged to pass its history for hundreds of years to come as a fine picture frame!