Jewel Yoder Hertzler Paintings, Jewel Hertzler

Creating encaustic paintings

Email for appointment to see my art work. My studio is at the Spitzer Art Center in Harrisonburg Va, Hours are 5-8pm, each first friday of the month, and 10-2pm every Saturday.

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I have been involved with painting in various mediums all my life. My passion is portraying nature in new and surprising ways. My latest series of paintings is painted using encaustic paint, which I have chosen because of the endless ways of combining texture, luminosity and color. .
Encaustic paint is the medium I choose to portray those images, as I am fascinated by the interaction of the colors with the translucency of the layers
of melted wax. In my pieces, I balance soft focus against detail and texture, and swing from realism to abstract.
These landscapes are intended to evoke forgotten memories of places we have been before.

Encaustic painting is an ancient method used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greeks, and means, “to burn in”, which I dowith a heat gun to meld the layers together. My encaustic paintings are a combination of encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin), pigment, oil paint and mixed media. I generally paint and heat fuse many layers to create a textural and luminous appearance. I use birch plywood, encaustic board, or other rigid substrate as a foundation.

In the past several years I have had art included in solo and group shows at the Arts Council, the Edith Carrier Arboretum, the Spitzer Art Center, Larkin Arts, VMRC Main street Gallery, and at Oasis Gallery, where I display my current work.

I spent the majority of my life in the Tidewater area of Virginia, reveling in the beauty of the salt marshes, tall pines and ocean. My degree is from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Va., and I taught art in the area for 20 years.

In 2000 we migrated to the Shenandoah Valley, home to my mother and many ancestors. I taught art for 10 years at Broadway High School and am currently retired from
teaching but involved with my art, my gardening and as a board member at Spitzer Art Center. As a transplant to the Valley, I am enthralled daily with the beauty of the mountains and landscapes around me.

I give private art lessons and group classes from my studio and the classroom at the Spitzer Art Center, 486 West Market Street, Harrisonburg, and can be contacted at


Jewel Hertzler


486 W Market
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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