Her latest series reflects Brander’s love of natural beauty.
Grand Rapids artist CJ Brander has a passion for art and gardening, which she combines in her current series, Blowin’ in the Wind, a reflection of her love of natural beauty. “I am continually surprised by the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis and enjoy sharing that beauty through my art,” Brander said.
A garden designer, Brander uses the encaustic technique, and that is what makes her art so unique.
Encaustic, which has a long history, is a painting method where color-pigmented beeswax is melted, applied to a surface, and reheated to fuse the paint into a smooth or textured finish. The surface can be polished to a high gloss; it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools immediately, so there is no drying time, and beeswax, which is impervious to moisture, is an element of nature, connecting Brander’s work even more to her subject matter.
Her work can be seen at the Glass House Gallery, 215 W. Main St., Lowell, and at The Gallery in the Cherie Inn, 969 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. Her work appeared in the LowellArts! Regional Competition this past month. She also has had pieces at the First United Methodist Church’s Celebration of the Arts, ArtPrize, Fountain Street Church, Terryberry Gallery, East Grand Rapids Public Library, and Coopersville Library.