Encaustic Arts Magazine SPRING 2017 - Page 105

BIO Jennifer Pretzeus is a New Mexico based visual artist currently focusing in encaustics. She studied graphic design and advertising at Kent State University in Ohio. Following graduation, Pretzeus continued her education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at the Evanston Art Center in Chicago, where she took her first class in encaustic painting about 10 years ago. The direction of her art shifted after moving to New Mexico in 2006, as she and her art were deeply affected by the land and the environment. In addition to working in the medium of encaustic, Pretzeus also creates jewelry containing found natural objects and constructs welded steel sculptures utilizing scrap metal. Her work is exhibited at the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe. In October 2014, her piece “Acoma” was awarded Best of Show in the National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibit at the Encaustic Art Institute, in Santa Fe. Email: jpretzeus@hotmail.com Website: www.jenniferpretzeus.com