100: Lara Plecas
Lara Plecas grew up in a small town near Chicago and started painting when came to Arizona for college. She describes herself as a self-taught artist: "I learned by just painting. By working in a productive studio environment with other artists, you develop your work ethic and begin to truly understand your craft."
Plecas is a member of eye lounge gallery in downtown Phoenix, where you can catch her hauntingly beautiful encaustic painting of landscapes and everyday objects.
|"Northern Migration" encaustic on panel 2010|
I make art because . . . I process things visually. I have a good visual memory and it is interesting to explore what surfaces after it has all been digested. We are inspired in one way or another by everything that we come across. I have always found art, be it dance or painting, to be an outlet to explore and to truly embrace what I am feeling.
I'm most productive when . . . I have uninterrupted time alone to really allow things to flow.
|"Passage" encaustic on panel, 2010|
I've learned the most from . . . my friends from the House Studios.
Good work should always . . . be well crafted and thought-provoking.
The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . mid-career collectors.
|"Natural Origin" exhibit at Monorchid February 2010|