Paul Kline

I work primarily in two different media: encaustic (hot wax) and the combination of oil and cold wax. The beauty of encaustic painting is in the vibrancy, luminosity of color, and the lasting durability of the medium. When cold wax is mixed with oil paint, the medium becomes “buttery” in consistency, which allows me to buildup many layers that create a strong tactile quality to a painting’s surface.
Abstract Expressionism and German Expressionism have had the greatest influence on my painting style. The physical action of painting is primary to my style of painting. I do not formally plan a composition, but rather a painting develops, much like a dance, from one action to the next and to the next and so on.
Both media allow me to paint rapidly and spontaneously. My inspiration comes from many sources – memories of travels, topography, global events, artistic masterpieces, and constant observations of lines and shapes in the world that surrounds me. My goal is to create a work that is more organic than planned, and I am often emotionally driven and serendipitous, incorporating all of the “accidents and mistakes” that occur as I paint.