These are several new pieces I have been working on. In my latest works I have been incorporating layers of wood and hardware collaged in with the encaustic. I am enjoying it so much that last week I went to a flea market and got sooo many goodies in both rusted hardware/tools…. and wood from old doors, cabinets and windows. Can’t wait to see what I will make with all that. Love collaging into the wax!
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Every painting starts with a grid. The vertical and horizontal lines calm my active brain and provide a structure on which to work.
I often paint within the cells of the grid before tying everything together. Because I use encaustic, I work slowly and deliberately. Building up sticky, fragrant layers of wax forces me to be present. This meditative process is as important as the end result.
Autobiographical stories on paper are encased inside the waxy pigment. The layers of narrative and paint parallel the layers of energy from daily life. Abstract shapes, patterns, and vivid color recall cherished memories of my native Argentina.
Dora Ficher relates autobiographical narratives in her encaustic paintings. Abstract shapes, patterns, and vivid color recall cherished memories of her native Argentina.
Dora was born in Buenos Aires and raised in a family of accomplished musicians and visual artists. Her formal training started at a young age when her aunt — a well-known Argentinean painter — taught her to paint in oils. Though interrupted by family moves to Missouri and Philadelphia, Dora continued her training and entered the Instituto de Bellas Artes Beato Angelico in Buenos Aires, where she received her degree in fine arts and art education. After graduation, Dora returned to Philadelphia to teach art to grade-school children. The innocence, freshness, and unique quality of children’s art inspires her to this day.
Dora now lives in Center City Philadelphia with her partner of 20 years.
Her son Jonathan is her hero. You might be wondering why? He is doing what she wished she would have done back in her 20’s but didn’t have the guts to do. Watching how Jonathan is doing gave her the courage to do it. He is following his dream.
Since 2009, Dora has been able to devote herself to being a full-time artist. To that end, she consistently seeks exhibition opportunities while enhancing her studio practice and knowledge of the art business.
During the summers, Dora co-owns Fun in the Sun summer camp for kids, where she has served as owner-administrator since 1991.
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Featured Artist, Artista Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
More Colores, Olitsky Art Gallery Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glenn, PA
De Colores, Gratz College, Elkins Park, PA
Everyday, Old Candy Factory, Lancaster, PA
Wax Poetic, Contemporary Encaustic Work, Nicholas Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Culture Hair Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Faculty Art Exhibit, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Open Studio, 915 Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA
Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA
Fall For The Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
2007 – 2010
Strawberry Festival, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Instituto de Bellas Artes “Beato Angelico” Profesorado de Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day of Flames with Lynette Haggard, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Patterned Effects with Mixed Media in Encaustic with Gregory Wright, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
The International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
Encaustic with Tremain Smith
Encaustic with Leah McDonald
2009 – 2010
Art business classes and workshops with Alyson B. Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!
The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
2009 – 2010
Encaustic with Lorraine Glessner, Abington, PA
1993 – 1995
Berkeley Computer Training, Bala Cynwyd, PA
1989 – present
Co-Owner/Instructor, Fun in the Sun Children’s Summer Camp for Art, Philadelphia, PA
1990 – 2008
Art Instructor, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Plymouth Meeting, PA
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