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Artist Statement

       Prairie Impressions: Encaustic Painting 

I am a woman that belongs to the prairie. I was born and raised on the Minnesota prairie and left it for the city for 30 years. In 2007 my husband and I moved back to the prairie to be stewards of our land. I am blessed to live every day in the amazing beauty and healing of the land. That beauty infuses my work and is seen in the horizons, prairie fires, flowers, grasses, trees, big skies, colors and textures.

 I started my artistic pursuits with photography and various classes in painting and mixed media. It wasn’t until I took classes in encaustic painting that I felt I had found “my” medium.  I was finally able to achieve the look and the feel I had been looking for. I was thrilled.

Encaustic medium is made of beeswax and resin to which pigment is added and applied to wood or another porous substrate in a molten state and fused and manipulated with heat. It is an incredibly pliable surface with layers of wax  creating depth and receiving impressions, marks, images and collage elements. Creative options are many and make work in this medium very enjoyable.

In my experience with encaustic painting, the medium itself is as much a participant in the process as my own ideas. We work as co-creators of each painting. I am often surprised by the interactions of heat with the pigmented wax which will move and shape with my guidance yet often give birth to a texture or blending of color that is unexpected. The process is an interactive and interesting journey of discovery and joy. My recent work with "raw wood" (discarded lumber or natural wood that exhibit beautiful grain and "flaws have pushed me into expanding my mediums. To the point that now I consider myself a mixed media artist. This expansion has brought further opportunity for artistic exploration.

I like to integrate my photography into my encaustic work to capture the beauty and mystery of nature in a way the viewer can experience the energetic and sensual feel of a certain place at a certain time.  Nature often offers us abstract expressions that draw the viewer in to look closer and wonder about images, capturing the imagination. I am continually inspired and nourished by the landscapes of the prairie where I live and work.

Vicky Radel 

Norcross, MN



May 1 - June 3 2021

Solo Show

The Smallest Gallery

Ortonville, MN

October 1-Dec 20, 2019

Lake region Arts Council

Solo Gallery

"Raw Wood Exhibit"

Fergus Falls, MN

April 2018

Minnesota State College

Fergus Falls , MN

"Raw Wood 2 & 3"

August 24 - September 4, 2017

Minnesota State Fair

Fine Arts Exhibit (juried)

St Paul, MN



June 2017

Rural Arts Summit Exhibit "Range" (juried)

University of Minnesota- Morris

Morris, MN


June- November 2017

"Horizontal Grandeur" national juried show

Stevens County Historical Museum

Morris, MN

(three paintings)

February 2017

"Selfie- Self Portrait" national juried show

Schelfhaudt Gallery

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport Connecticut

"Prairie Girl"

November-December 2016  

Solo Exhibit - "Prairie Impressions"

Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance

Morris, MN

October- November 2016  

Solo Exhibit - "Prairie Impressions"

Wheaton Library Gallery

Wheaton, MN

June- November 2016        

“Horizontal Grandeur” national juried show

Steven County Historical Museum

Morris, MN

(three paintings)

October 2015

Solo Exhibit

Lake Region Art Council Galley

Fergus Falls, MN

August 2015            

Group show - “Five Women in a Gallery" 

Terrace Mill, Terrace , MN

July - October 2014        

“Horizontal Grandeur” national juried show 

Steven County Historical Museum 

Morris, MN

January 2014           

Lake Region Arts Council Gallery

Fergus Falls ,MN

(photograph and painting)

July- October 2013

“Horizontal Grandeur” national juried show  

Stevens County Historical Museum

Morris, MN

August 2012

Photo Show

Wheaton Library Gallery

Wheaton, MN

August-September 2011

Fine Arts Exhibit- Minnesota State Fair (juried)

Honorable Mention "Looking Through the Past"



Vicky Radel

Tel: 320-304-3907



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