Nicole Fournier first discovered her passion for photography during a fourth-grade class trip to Washington D.C. when she slipped away to take a picture of a spiral staircase. This fascination became a path followed, in obtaining a BFA graduating cum laude, and growing into a professional career in fine arts and photography. Her art today is a combination of photography and encaustic, transferring images she has photographed directly into an encaustic (wax) medium, then embellishing them with colored wax mediums combined from oil-based or powder pigments.
Encaustic painting is one of the oldest forms of art known to man, and examples can be found from as far back as the Egyptian Fayum Mummy portraits over 2,500 years ago. These paintings are resistant to moisture, acid, and mold, and thus contain excellent archival properties. Nicole enjoys the wide range of possibilities inherent in this technique; the evocative and distressed tones, and especially the additive and subtractive qualities that come along with the process. Through her work, she continues to express concepts of growth and awareness, and to promote the preservation of our external environment, along with the cultivation of our inner self.
Nicole Fournier is located at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California. She has been participating in their biannual open studio events since 2007, and she also teaches encaustic workshops held there in her studio. She can be reached at email@example.com.