The majority of the studios in this series are found in or behind the artist’s home.  That is the case for Jane Braddock’s place.  As it stood when I visited in early 2012, the studio was the smallest she had ever had.  Created from the old garage to save money, she crowded both her encaustic and painting work into the one room.  Frustrated from the resultant crowded and uncomfortable situation, Jane relocated the encaustics to her basement;  but, even then, it was not at all an ideal arrangement.  It has been especially challenging to work on more than one canvas at a time (which she likes to do).  Some of the work is done against a wall.  The works that include those large, stenciled letters is done with the canvas lying flat on a table top.  Jane prefers large canvases - some are 60” x 60” - so the space is very tight.  But, as this is being written, her dream studio - adding another 1000 square feet to the existing room - is close to completion.  Much more maneuvering room and 12 foot high ceilings!  Even though it is not quite ready for prime time, just walking into the unfinished space makes Jane feel as though she could fly....

From the artist:  “I am so curious to see how the added space impacts and expands my thinking process and how working on multiple pieces simultaneously will synchronistically enrich them all.”

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