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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

Ginny Krueger's Burning Desire to Create Art Results in Award-winning Encaustic Work Fueled by a Festival of Color

Updated: Apr 8

SNOW MAGNOLIA by Ginny Krueger, encaustic and lace on cradled wood panel, 40 x 40 x 4. Scroll down for more of Ginny's work...

Ginny Krueger has been painting all her life or making things of one kind or another. Receiving the Best of Show recognition as a senior in high school after taking numerous art classes, cemented her art journey. Then 25 years ago, she discovered the medium of encaustic and was completely captivated. The many steps involved in working with encaustic would be daunting for most, but she finds the process fascinating.

“Encaustic painting is painting with a molten mixture of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment on a wood matrix,” she explains. “Each successive layer of medium is burned into the last with heat. This process yields a surface that is pleasantly aromatic, lush, and sensuous.

Her intricate, layered work is filled with natural shapes and the color palette of the seasons.

“I consider myself lucky to live in the Midwest with its distinct seasons that continually inspire me,” Ginny observes.

And because she loves learning about other cultures and traveling, she’s put her retirement to good use applying for Artist Residency opportunities around the globe. In this capacity she’s stayed in Iceland, Italy, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Scotland through RES ARTIS  About Us – Res Artis

(From their website: Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies is a 30 year old network of arts residency operators from around the globe. Operating from our international office in Australia, our network comprises more than 650+ vetted Members in over 80 countries.)

Two upcoming art shows feature Ginny’s work. About a dozen of her pieces are at a two-person exhibit in the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago. Opening reception is Saturday May 11, 2024 from 12-4 PM and will be open until June 6, 2024.

The second show is at the College of Lake County, Esper Petersen Reading Room, April 1-30 with a reception on April 11, 2024, from 5-7 PM.

Encouraging other artists, she says: “Allow your work to be criticized and grow from it. Open yourself to someone you trust, get an honest answer and move forward. Don’t ever give up or spin in circles.”

She credits participation in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatauk, MI as helping her along her own art journey. She is a Collective Artist at Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, IL.

 For more information, visit her website at: Shop Art | Ginny Krueger

FROM WHERE I SIT encaustic and fabric on cradled wood panel, 56 x 80 x 4

COLLECTING POOL VI encaustic on cradled wood panel, 40 x 40 x 4

ICELAND OWNS ME encaustic on wood panels 40 x 40 x 4

RIOMAGGIORE encaustic on cradled wood panel 40 x 40 x 4



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