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About


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About


 

About Kayla Barker

 

Kayla Barker is an award-winning and published film photographer based in Midland, Texas that travels around the world for her commissioned work. Kayla uses film cameras, old and new, that range from $40 to
$4,000 as her medium to photograph places and details that inspire her. Kayla especially loves the
nostalgic look of film for her work. 

Her fine art film photography is available for purchase as wax infused photographs which are encapsulated with a mixture of hot beeswax and tree sap and enhanced with oil paint. This process, known as encaustic, is one of the oldest forms of painting. Kayla uses encaustic to fuse together her realistic view of the world and parts of her imagination. She layers and distorts the wax to bring texture, depth and feeling to her photographs and art.

Small glimpses captured on film and forever documented in how they existed at that time, Kayla’s artwork is an expression of how she views the world. Through her work, she lets the past continue to live on and evoke emotions in the present.

 
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Statement


Statement


 

Artist Statement

 

My work is an expression of how I view the world. Small glimpses captured on film and forever documented in how they existed in that present time. Preserving a little piece of history through my lens, I work with film cameras, old and new, to photograph places and details that move me. Through my work, I let the past continue to live on and evoke emotions in the viewer.

In my desire to preserve these memories even more, I use encaustic wax to preserve my photographs and other found items. Encaustic wax medium is an old form of painting and preserving and I use it to fuse together my realistic view of the world and parts of my imagination. I layer and distort the wax to bring texture, depth and feeling to my photographs and art. My desire is to take something that is flat and breathe life back into it through texture. 

Just like life, my work is messy, imperfect and sometimes distorted, foggy and unclear, but that is what makes it real.
 
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Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

2007 Associates of Applied Science Summa Cum Laude, Graphic Design for Print, Platt College, Aurora, CO

Awards

2015
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
“Shadows” - Third Place, Mixed Media

The Knot Magazine Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

2014
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
“A Fresh Start” - Second Place, Mixed Media

Mod Wedding Best Photographer 2014

2007
Student of the Year in Art & Design from the Colorado Private School Association, Meritorious Recognition

PRESS

Trouvé Magazine Online
Kayla Barker: Encaustic & Photography

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

March 25-May 1, 2016
Midland Community Theatre Gallery, Texas
“Glimpses of Dreams”

selected EXHIBITIONS

December 2, 2016-January 29, 2017
Encaustic Exhibition
A Smith Gallery, Texas
Searching For Herself” - Director's Selection

October 13-November 11, 2016
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
McCormick Gallery, Texas
“Unaware of Her Beauty”

June 2-29, 2016
2016 National Juried Photo Encaustic Exhibition
Sage Gallery Portland, Oregon
“Étretat, France”

May 17-June 12, 2016
Midland Art Association Juried Exhibition “Texas Artists Today”
Museum of the Southwest, Texas
“Swimmers in Nice”

March 3-April 2, 2016
Odessa Art Association 58th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Texas
“Chateau of St. Julien l'Ars", "Intimate Reflections"

October 22-November 14, 2015
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
McCormick Gallery, Texas
“Shadows”, “London Tourists”, “Where’s My Ship?”

February 26-March 29, 2015
Odessa Art Association 57th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Texas
“The Dream”, “Monet’s Home”

October 9-November 8, 2014
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
McCormick Gallery, Texas
“Two Sides of Me”, “A Fresh Start”

June 6-28, 2014
Somerville Toy Camera Festival Juried Exhibition
Nave Gallery Annex, Massachusetts
“Fredericksburg Flowers No. 2”

May 8-June 1, 2014
Odessa Art Association 56th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Texas
“Napa’s Small Valley”, “Baptist Church”, “Fredericksburg Flowers No. 1”

May 1-June 1, 2014
Midland Art Association Juried Exhibition “Texas Artists Today”
Museum of the Southwest, Texas
“Sedona No. 1”

October 11-November 15, 2013
Midland Art Association Fall Juried Exhibition
McCormick Gallery, Texas
“Georgia Railroad”

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Commissions


Commissions


 

Commissioned Work

 

A select number of commissioned pieces are taken every year.
Contact me for pricing and more information.

 

 
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Workshops


Workshops


 

Workshops

 

Join fellow photographers and artists for a full day of learning the art of encaustic wax to enhance your photography. Kayla Barker will teach you how to turn your photography into wax infused photographs which are encapsulated with a mixture of hot beeswax and tree sap and enhanced with oil paint. During this workshop, Kayla will be sharing the history, art form and steps to using encaustic wax to enhance your imagery.
The day will include supplies for the creation of six pieces and learning about:

history of encaustic
supplies and types of wax
choosing the right photographs
brushing and layering
adding texture and collaging
pouring and scraping
adding color with pigment sticks and oil
working large scale
preservation and care and keeping
framing and presentation
six 8x10 encaustic works using your photographs

 

Upcoming Workshops:

The Encaustic Center
Richardson, Texas
January 22, 2017 - FULL

 
 
Images by Kayla Barker and Sarah Goss Photography