My landscapes serve as imagined scenarios that are inspired by the natural world around us. This series draws from the historical genre of Plein air painting practiced by such icons as; Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro and Pierre-August Renoir who were driven by the transference of time, space, movement and essence of place within painting. My work aims to build upon their earlier technology of paint and brush by incorporating multi-media elements of photography, encaustic and collage. Also inspired by American 19th Century philosopher and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, my landscape paintings seek truth in the remotest of spaces as with Walden Pond.  They reflect  countless hours  of wandering through various locations seeking out spaces that resonate a mystical serenity.  Once found, often hundreds of photographs are taken of these environments and the objects that inhabit them.

In the studio, I manipulate these images digitally, deconstructing and re-combining them while incorporating various textures, collage elements and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular scene evoked. The result is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting. The encaustic is poured, brushed and heated into grid-like or striped patterns, which mirror my continued interest in abstraction and the role it plays in evoking emotion. The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory.

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood
The Stillness and the Silence
2018
Encaustic and collage on wood
Triptych. 48 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Grace revised
2018
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Three
2018
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 48 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
The Invitation
2017
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Geo
2017
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
A Path to Forever
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
A New Journey Begins
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 60 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Landscape study 2017
Encaustic and collage on wood.
24 x 36"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
A New Horizon
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 32 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Four White Corners
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 48 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Flatlands
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Variation on a Stripe IV
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Large Canopy II
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 60 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Close to Home
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Sun or Moon
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Grey Stripes
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Between Now and Never
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 48 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
The Nature of My Solitude
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
The Tilled Field
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 48 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Rubicon
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 48 x 96"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Am I Blue with Stripes
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Miracle and Wonder
Encaustic and collage on wood.
40 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Golden Field
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky landscapes Encaustic and collage on wood.
Terra Cotta Field
Encaustic and collage on wood.
40 x 54"

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