Hi! I am Carolyn Sommers, a/k/a Carolyn Heizer. As Sommers, the maverick, “I’ll-try-almost-anything-once” artist/poet and vibrant, ubiquitous creative; as Heizer, my legal name, I am the “let’s-make-a-chart” logical/linear brains of the business. It is a great combination and serves me well!
Over the years I have been a social worker, owner of a wallpaper/painting business, energy healer, legal litigation secretary, bookkeeper, workshop/retreat facilitator, poet, writer, public speaker, and last, but by no means least, an artist. I am self-taught in most everything I have ever done in my life, including all of my art.
Whenever I decide to do something, particularly something that involves using my hands, it never occurs to me I can’t do it. In my earlier years, I often did home repairs, always sure that if I could take it apart, I could figure out what wasn’t working and fix it.
In the midst of it all, for almost 40 years I have followed a spiritual path, and a large part of that has been the unique pen & ink intuitive art that spontaneously appeared in my life in 1986 and came to be known as Soul Glyphs™. And, given my creative nature, in 2015 I began to also create encaustic art – that versatile, anything-goes, hot-wax art of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Through it all, Nature has always been a vital part of my life – I am so connected to the earth, to nature and its creatures; and I commune with all of it – the rocks, plants, trees, flowers, winged ones, four-leggeds – being outside in sunshine, walking or hiking, is where I feel most at home.
Now let’s talk about Encaustic – an ancient art form that dates back to the early Greeks and the Fayum mummy portraits. It is, in simple terms, layers of hot pigmented beeswax combined with damar resin (a hardener for the wax), typically in an 8:1 ratio, wax to damar resin, with each layer fused to the prior layer with heat and then allowed to cool before another layer is applied.
It is perhaps the most versatile of all art mediums, has a translucency not found in other mediums and is deliciously fun and rewarding.
Know that when you purchase any encaustic you are purchasing a labor of love, as well as the creativity involved.
Encaustic is “time-intensive” as it requires careful fusing of each layer of wax to the prior layer, applying heat just long enough in any one area until it gets a little shiny – but not too much or that layer will mix with the prior one. And then there is the waiting for the layer to cool so another layer can be applied because if it is too warm, the next layer will mix with the prior layer.
And, there is scraping – to smooth and uncover areas in underneath layers, typically not knowing what will show up. Even though my work is typically very textured, there is still scraping that takes place, often several times on different layers. There can be as many or as few layers as the artist, that would be me, decides.
Most of my work is abstract because the finished work is always a surprise and never anything I envisioned when I first started the work.
Unless otherwise noted, all art is for sale!