Nicole Fournier’s passion for photography was first revealed in a fourth grade class trip to Washington D.C., when she slipped away to photograph a spiral staircase. This fascination became a path followed, leading to obtain a BFA graduating cum laude, to a professional career in fine arts and photography. Nicole’s art is a combination of photography and encaustic. She transfers images she’s photographed directly into an encaustic (wax) medium, and embellishes them with colored wax mediums she makes from oil-based or powder pigments.
Encaustic painting is one of the oldest forms of art known to man. Samples can be seen as far back as the Egyptian Fayum Mummy portraits which are over 2,500 years old. Encaustic 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 art, she continues to express concepts of growth and awareness, and to promote the preservation of our external environment, as well as the cultivation of our inner.
Nicole Fournier is located at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles. She has been participating in their biannual open studio events since 2007, and she also teaches encaustic workshops held there from her studio.