Process Driven 33: Lisa Pressman

As much as I love working with acrylics in my paintings, because many of them are literally dozens of layers of pigment, collage, found objects, and thick layers of acrylic medium, it can take weeks to finish a single piece just waiting for layers to dry. A few years ago, I began looking into using encaustic, which offers the ability to create work with a similar aesthetic to my acrylic work in a fraction of the time. In doing the research, I came across the work of Lisa Pressman. Lisa is a fabulous artist from New Jersey who works in both encaustic and oils and has been exhibiting her work for nearly four decades. In addition to making her own work, she inspires others to start their own artistic journey through her workshops and one on one mentoring. Lisa and I have spoken a few times and I’m so grateful that we were finally able to hit the record button.


Elizabeth Murray:
Ross Bleckner:
Susan Rothberg:
Gregory Amenoff:
Terry Winters:
Philip Guston:
Joan Mitchell:
Jake Berthot:
James Marshall:
Hans Hofmann:
Alice Neel:

Pretty much the best book out there for working with oils and cold wax: Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations*

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Music in this episode: Please Listen Carefully (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0



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  1. I’ve recently completed round 1 of Lisa’s newest online course – Cold Wax and Oil Paint. When I came across this podcast I was eager to have a listen. A real extra-special connection occured when I found out she lost a child last year. I too have suffered the loss of a child, many years ago though, so my connection to Lisa is now so much deeper. A GREAT episode of your podcast, Jeffery, a great one! Thanks, Lisa! Love your work!

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