MIXED MEDIA | ENCAUSTIC
"I am an evolving amalgam of artist, designer, wordsmith, & mischief-maker. As artist, I'm an abstractionist working in encaustic, mixed media, assemblage, & site installation. My process is a psychosocial exploration traversing the dark & sometimes grotesque, always reaching for the higher perspectives of expansion, beauty, & redemption. My work is more about combining materials in cohesive expression of inner-contextual impulses, & less about specificity of material. I’m drawn to forms & materials with raw, natural qualities & those suggesting imperfection, impermanence, & past life: aged paper, reclaimed doors, lumber, textiles, wire, old house paint, found objects. With these, I employ a number of artist media—encaustic, graphite, soft pastel, oil pastel, ink, acrylics, oils, spray paint. To view my art is to engage with my process. To own a piece is to connect and integrate it into your life. These are points of relating between us, & I thank you, the viewer, for showing up."
— Cara Hines
Cara Hines is an expressive abstract artist best known for her extemporaneous work in encaustic, mixed media, and site installation, as well as her penchant for working with eyes closed. In her previous life, she was an interior designer who mixed sleek contemporary with reclamations in a sophisticated layering of materials, color, and texture. She has also been known to capture photographic images and write articles, stories, and poems, some of which make their way into her art.
Ms. Hines started life as a precocious, barefoot artist in the small West Texas town of Childress, the daughter of a farmer/rancher and a teacher. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Interior Design, and worked in the profession for more than 15 years. Her shift from designer back to artist was born of a desire to be less exacting and more spontaneous, as well as a deep, primal longing to explore the existential nature of emotions inexpressible through language alone.
Cara currently splits her time between Comfort TX, Abilene TX, and Northern Virginia, with her partner, Ernest, and their Australian Shepherd, Ginger. She works from various studios located in her home, Studio Comfort, Virginia, and occasionally her 1966 Shasta travel trailer.