Walton Debuts Jewel-like Treasures in Cold Wax Paintings

Fine artist Cindy Walton evolves an ethereal, emergent style in a series of cold wax paintings evoking a timeless pathos and elegant sensibility

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Cindy Walton, fine artist, may be known for bold, emotive impressions and sweeping, color-carved landscapes, but reveals yet another layer of talent and meaning in a new series of finely executed cold wax paintings with unsurpassed elegance and intricate detail.

The works will be available for viewing by the public for the first time at the Fall Open House of the Cotton Mill Studios on Friday, Sept. 24, Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26.

The cold wax medium consists of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture.

“These paintings are small format, intimate, jewel-like treasures,” says Walton. “The detail is really exquisite.”

During the exhibit, Walton’s work will appear alongside those of Cotton Mill resident painter Genie Maples and fellow guest artist Susan Finer. Walton will be present during the Open House event, working the cold wax medium to show how inspiration and method evolve the creation of an original piece.

“This medium gives a three-dimensional quality to a two-dimensional surface,” Walton explains. “It’s really quite exquisite, and very interesting to see.”

The technique is ancient in origin, and can be traced to early civilizations as a fine art application. Often confused with encaustic wax painting (represented at the event in the works of Christine Dougherty), cold wax mediums are not heated to produce the delicately textured effect, but instead are applied with knives or other tools and layered for unique visual appeal.


Attend the first public showing of Cindy Walton’s cold wax paintings, and a demonstration of the cold wax technique, when she appears as a guest artist at the Fall Open House of the Cotton Mill Studios, 122 Riverside Drive, on Friday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, with refreshments served Friday evening. For more information on Cindy Walton, fine artist, see her web site at www.cindywalton.com, email her directly at info@cindywalton.com, or call for a private studio visit at (828) 251-1499.

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