Painting & Drawing

A portrait of Dania Al Obaidi

Abstract painting has been one of my favourable passions as an artist. My imagination sprung deep from my environment and from my most private inner thoughts. I began using encaustics because I was quite intrigued by its ancient history. I was challenged by its process of heating and cooling which in essence captures the dynamic of turmoil and demands control nothing like that of any other painting medium.  If one tries to fight wax’s essential characteristics to harden the instantaneously it leaves its heat source, one will be conquered.  In encaustic painting one needs to plainly go with the flow and let the wax find its place.

This medium reflects how my mind processes and stores the environment around me.  Encaustic is a layering process.  Layering the surface of the painting with beeswax is much like the way that my memories are layered and revised in my mind.  Beeswax preserves vivid pigments and adds brilliance for thousands of years just like how my mind preserves my memories as colourful and fresh as the day that they were formed.

Dania Al-Obaidi’s work is heavily influenced by the richness and beauty of old and new world flare. She finished her BA in Fine Arts and continues further training alongside extensive exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Her most favourable passion is encaustic painting. She uses intense combinations of materials and colours in her work. Dania enjoys using properties of mixed media within encaustic on wood and different mediums as it conveys her true self, heavily influenced by the textures and layers of wax. When starting with this medium, it spoke to her; driving the advancement of her ability. Alongside painting, she has been teaching art for over 10 years. She aspires to make an emotional and inspirational connection with her work.