Hi, I'm LYN BELISLE (say "buh-LYLE"), artist, teacher, author, and perpetual work-in-progress.
My hometown is beautiful multi-cultural San Antonio, Texas, where I practice art, design amazing eBooks, run a popular Etsy shop called Earthshards, and teach workshops.
I work in four main media to explore my ideas:
•In collage with encaustic and altered papers, celebrating anonymous faces and otherworldly places
•In earthenware clay with found objects, creating spiritual and symbolic “neo-santo” assemblage
•In fiber, with natural colors, wax, felt, tattered and dyed cheesecloth and digital photo images
•In acrylic abstraction, with intuitive, non-referenced explorations of form and veiling
I am an active member of the San Antonio Art League (Past President), the Fiber Artists of San Antonio (Board), The San Antonio Potters' Guild, the Encaustic Art institute, the International Encaustic Artists (Board), and the American Craft Council.
Shards, Relics, and Beeswax
My work has always been strongly influenced by the idea of “shards” as a metaphor for human
communication across time. A shard can be a found fragment of clay, a rusty nail, a scrap of handwriting
– any little clue that becomes a “secret handshake” between the maker and the discoverer.
For decades I’ve worked with clay, fiber, and paper in assemblage and collage to express this non-verbal
time-circle connection. When my friend Michelle Belto introduced me to the encaustic process in 2009, This new-to-me medium seemed the perfect companion for my most-loved materials. I’d briefly tried encaustic medium on collage, but I began to understand that beeswax is a metaphoric
material in itself, ancient as clay, versatile as paper, compelling as ivory and bone. Now beeswax and encaustic are integral parts of my process.