Artist Q&A with Charles Ivey

Chaos Theory 27 , 24 x 24 in., Encaustic on panel, price upon request. ©Charles Ivey

Chaos Theory 27, 24 x 24 in., Encaustic on panel, price upon request. ©Charles Ivey

Where do you find the most inspiration for your work?

The most inspiration for my work comes from music. In the studio I listen to all kinds of music from classical to country. The music definitely has an effect on my painting. I could not paint in silence.

Who (or what) has been a major influence in terms of finding your own style, technique. etc?

I think that there is no one single influence on my work. The first thing that comes to mind is life. I think that the multitude of things that I encounter every day are the major influence and my particular style of art is my reaction to it.

How did you learn to work with encaustics and Venetian plaster?

I only work with encaustics now and it has been that way for ten years. I would say that I am mainly self taught, although I did study with a very accomplished encaustic artist named Elise Wagner in Portland. This was several years ago and I learned a lot from her.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice that I have ever been given was to learn to control your mind, and this came from my father. It applies perfectly to creating art. With abstract art, you have to be in and out of control at the same time. So having a plan but being open to detours along the way is the way I create. For me, this can only be done with mind control.

In one word, describe your current work being shown at The Arts Company in November.

The one word that I would use to describe my most current work is mature. This ties in well with the theme of the show. I have been creating art for many years, and it's to the point of maturation, just like autumn is the mature part of the year right before winter where it rests, If this makes sense.

Charles Ivey will be exhibiting new works at The Arts Company from December 3-23, 2015. Click here to view his artist portfolio.