Visual artist Kana Clark works to paint the universe with an encaustic focus. The Ancient Greeks are credited with the invention of encaustic, which is considered to be one of the first methods of painting. In her studio, Kana creates her own encaustic paint using dry pigments, damar resin, and beeswax. She uses a propane torch to work hot and cold, as compared to traditional painters who work wet and dry. Kana currently works out of her studio at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, a historic textile factory, and resides in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to giving workshops, Kana frequently participates in regional and national art events.
A lifelong creative who has worked on various artistic endeavors, Kana has been painting with encaustic for nearly a decade. She is known for creating works within the realm of all things outer space. Combining her love of nebulae and encaustic painting, Kana is one of the first painters to depict nebulae and exoplanets in this medium.
Kana’s intention is to evoke wonder and awe for the universe through her artwork. She thinks that art can help close the gap between human awareness and scientific understanding, leading to a deeper comprehension of the cosmic wonders that are all around us. The artistic representation of her celestial work reminds us that despite the distance separating us, there is a certain thread that binds us all together.
International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA)
International Encaustic Artists (IEA)
R&F's Teaching Artist List
Enkaustikos Teaching Artist List
Women's Caucus of Art, AL Chapter
"I like to think each encaustic piece has its own life story, every layer of wax building who it will become and what it wants to say or reveal. Each piece has its own life journey and is just like our own, often full of nicks, scrapes and scars. The layers in between the start and end are the most important parts, and yet those in between parts are often never seen."