Seattle-based artist Alicia Tormey is known for her encaustic paintings that show abstracted landscape and hybridized elements of nature. Her imagery incorporates organic materials involving bees wax, shellac, and resin. Blending those materials, Tormey then utilizes a blowtorch to transform her artworks into dream-like landscapes, flowing waterways, and ethereal flora and fauna. While the ink completes the composition, the layers of wax create an illusion of distance, and the shellac places the color beneath like a stained glass window.
Tormey graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle, Washington, in 1995 and the Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, Washington, in 2006. Her works have been featured in publications such as The Boston Globe, Encaustic Arts Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine, as well as public collections including the United States embassies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Belgrade, Serbia. She has received the Grant for Artists Projects award from Artist Trust, Merit Award from the Art Institute of Seattle, and the Artists Choice Award from the Pratt Fine Art Center. Tormey’s paintings have been exhibited at the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho; Chase Young Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts; and Hall Spassov Gallery, Seattle, Washington. She currently paints full-time in her studio near the waters of Puget Sound.